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“Lord Help Us”
Review of The Lord Binning

The Lord Binning
Ranked #4 of 4 Restaurants in Kelsall
Price range: $13 - $33
Cuisines: British, Gastropub
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed August 27, 2012

Went for Sunday lunch which was reasonably good though the roast potatoes were not brilliant , the yorkshire pudding slightly overcooked and the veg uninteresting A special commendation for the cheese plate which just happened to have both my favourite cheese and crackers.

Service was variable , rather slow and the girl seemed surprised to be asked for horseradish sauce to go with beef and mint sauce with lamb.I`ve seen half as many staff work twice as effectively.It is obvious that none of them would find employment at Aldi!!!!

I had read quite a lot of favourable reports about this place but it didn`t seem particularly good to me and as far as very loud live music with Sunday lunch definitely a big NO NO.
Perhaps I`m spoilt as I live in South Cheshire and have the Cholmondeley Arms, Dusty Miller,Bhurtpore , and Combermere Arms all on my doorstep.Each one of which could knock spots off the lord Binning.

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Thank harveyes
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

Excellent food, quality staff and a very well designed and refurbished restaurant and pub where visiting diners and drinkers appear to feel very comfortable and welcome. Passing through on a journey home from Liverpool to Oxford we arrived early so the restaurant wasn't open. A charming lady came out and asked if she could help and soon provided a bottle of chilled wine on the terrace where we were encouraged to relax and enjoy the late afternoon sunshine until the restaurant opened. We viewed an excellent menu and specials board and a quality wine list where nothing cost a fortune. The staff were informative and helpful and we were delighted with our meal. Full of flavour and well seasoned, the food was very well presented, the meat was tender and the vegetables al dente. The staff were charming and, on a tuesday evening the buzz and atmosphere suggested this is an eating and drinking venue that has a regular and loyal clientele who appreciate quality.

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Thank roger c
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

We visited the Lord Binning when it was fairly new and forgave some service slip-ups because it was new, the food was good and we were with friends and enjoyed a fun evening together. We returned last Friday with the same friends who asked to go back as we'd had such a good evening together last time.

The menu has changed and somewhat for the better: a bit less pretentious than it was with some well thought our classic dishes and a good selection of specials. Prices appear to be 15-20% below where they were for mains - a bit more gastro-pub and a bit less restaurant. The food was great - everything we had was as good or better than expected and we'd have happily eaten what anyone else on the table ordered. But...the service is, honestly, not really up to scratch.

All of the staff were young and they seemed to be tripping over one another - either too eager or not sure what they were meant to do. "Could we have some bread?"...it seemed not, as we made the request three times before it arrived after we had all finished eating our starters (which we wanted it with). Then a waitress, not our own, appeared to ask us whether we were sure we hadn't ordered a bottle red because they had one waiting for us at the bar. We had not ordered it and all had drinks on the table. Then our waitress appeared and asked the same question. Then the restaurant manager appeared and asked us again. We still hadn't ordered one. They just seemed disorganised. They were either too eager to remove our plates or all behind the bar when we wanted to ask something.

We ordered deserts, mine a chocolate tart with vanilla cream. A good tart but, after the waitress had gone, I noticed no cream. I waited, nothing. I got up and walked around to find her. "I think this comes with cream" I said. "Does it?" she said. She checked. It did. She appeared three or four minutes later with icecream. "There's no cream" she said. I didn't think ice-cream would do it, the pastry and rich tart just needed something to moisten it. A random staff member appeared and said they'd take it off the bill. It would have taken less time to walk to the local Co-op and buy some.

When we left the Manager? Greeter? not sure who, waved from behind the bar. "See you again Fella" he said. Well for the food yes but I'd just like it to be a little more polished to justify our £100+ dinner spend.

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1  Thank Andy W
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

This newly refurbished establishment looks amazing from the outside and it's location is suberb. Situated in the middle of Kelsall next to a park.

Unfortunately, some of the staff were too busy trying to look cool rather than providing a decent level of service.

We sat on the terrace which looked great but the proximity to the busy road made it very noisy and we were eaten alive by midges because the hedges and adjoining grassland were unkempt.

The decor inside is tacky and utterly characterless. There is no atmosphere whatsoever. It is a bizarre parody of warm friendly dining pubs such as The Chesterfields at Bridge Trafford, The Pheasant at Burwardsley and The Fox and Barrel at Cotebrook. I suggest that if you are looking for good food, service, warmth and real customer care in a classy environment, you visit one of these nearby and far superior alternatives. The Lord Binning is a fake!

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2  Thank franberry
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

We have eaten dinner here some 8-10 times with only one disappointing experience after which our complaints were fully accepted and resolved to our total satisfaction.
Food quality has always ranged from good to excellent. The "planks" are very well presented and good value; actually too big for us to share as a starter! The range of wines available by the glass is unusually good; useful if two people prefer different "tipples". The "in for out" deal for a bottle on Tuesday is a real bonus.
The atmosphere in the restaurant is usually very pleasant with no intrusive music; just a nice hum of conversation.
The young staff, although sometimes relatively inexperienced, are very enthusiastic. Table staff are friendly and nothing is too much trouble. These positive features are much preferred to the dour take it or leave it attitude found in many "gastropubs"

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Thank col/michele
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