Let me start by saying, I use to visit this pub occasionally in its glory days, when pubs like this seemed to survive even though the location is quite remote!
The standard of food was of a good quality for a lunchtime, and the apricot and lamb pie was beautiful. The burger was also a good 'un. I won't say anymore than that on the food because the concept of using a groupon voucher here seems to leave you with a bad taste in your mouth.
We went for a 2 course lunch with tea/coffee to finish with for £39. How can it be advertised as £39 when you pay an additional 10% also PLUS a £5 fee for being a voucher customer? Yes it states it on the voucher but that's not the point! The perception is the deal is for a pound short of 40 quid!
Now here's the good bit
The friends who shared this with us were great company but of the four of us only one was drinking alcohol. Drinks consisted of 2 small cokes, 2 lime and sodas, 1 orange and lemonade, 1 mineral water, 2 pints of shandy and 4 pints of ale. For this little lot we were charged £45!!!!
So the sum total for the dining experience was £100-by the way we didn't take them up on the tea/coffee as part of the offer.
This is not value for money for a lunchtime. To cap it all Shepherd Neame, who are the brewery, have a delectable range of toilets in a lot of their hostelries, and the experience here was much the same...grim! Shepherd Neame please get your act together on this front.
The landlady did her best and was hospitable enough, but the pub world is struggling and unfortunately the pricing made us feel that you could have got the equivalent for less without the voucher in other pubs.
Remember the apricot and lamb pie was FANTASTIC though and maybe that's enough for you?
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