We stopped at the Verbeer Manor for a late lunch after a trip to Diggerland. The experience was so awful it's hard to know where to start. First up, we were the only patrons, which is never reassuring, but we were happy to give the place a chance, especially as we had a sleeping baby who we didn't want to wake up by bundling her in the car to find somewhere else. The welcome was warm as we were shown to a table. It was a while before menus appeared and we then had to ask if we could order drinks, so far not so good. The menu was extensive, from baguettes to stuffed lamb and tenderloin of pork, however it was a little confused, ranging across many cuisines. Despite the choice, between the five adults we ordered scampi and chips for three, haddock and chips for one and a jacket potato with tuna and cheese. There was a wait of around 30 mins for the food to arrive and sadly our already low expectations were far too high. 8 small pieces of scampi with oily chips (£9.50), the chips indeed so oily that we found pieces of blue kitchen paper stuck on a number of them. The battered haddock was just as soggy, full of bones and went uneaten. The jacket potato was the highlight (it was edible) but had never seen an oven, just the inside of a microwave. The cheese was good. The tuna was a couple of lumps straight from a briney tin (£6).
For the prices charged here, the food needed to be a lot better. There were main courses on the menu for well over £10, we're thankful we didn't order any of them. We left feeling concerned about how this restaurant plans to stay in business. Perhaps dramatically scaling back the menu and doing a couple of simple things really well might help? The staff could use some training in basic service. Being far down a drive with only Diggerland at the end can't help.... Surely the only clientele likely to eat here are those that didn't fancy the Dig Inn.... I can't imagine anyone ever returning for the food. We wish them luck but we won't be back. Ever.
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