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“Worst cream tea I've ever had”
Review of The Anchor Inn

The Anchor Inn
Ranked #3 of 15 Restaurants in Tintern
Price range: $7 - $20
Cuisines: Gastropub
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Good for: Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed September 26, 2013

So we took our seats at a table in The Anchor with a glorious view of the Abbey, but were greeted with a "sorry we're closed" by the waitress despite the 2 obvious 'open' signs in the window. This could be forgiveable had the waitress not also observed us struggle with my gran in her wheelchair for sometime before telling us this. However she then said she would allow us to order a cream tea so we gratefully placed our order and excitedly waited for our cream tea. What followed was the worst cream tea I have ever experienced and such a major disappointment I have felt compelled to write this.
It consisted of a stale sultana scone (like one from a packet of cheap budget supermarket scones), a stingy blob of clotted cream and a cheap and jelly like jam all horribly chilled and completely unenjoyable. Unfortunately we'd already paid and the waitress then made a disappearing act into the kitchen where she and the rest of the staff remained whilst more customers poured in and we were left to explain to everyone they weren't taking orders and were closed. I also took the opportunity to tell these fortunate 'would be customers' that it was terrible and they'd had a lucky escape!
Thankfully had it not been for a lovely visit to the Abbey afterwards, then I'm afraid this experience could have ruined our trip.

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Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

Called in with US in-laws on way back from Puzzlewood. Great beer, food tasty and filling, with pleasant atmosphere and service.

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Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

Passed by a few times but called in on Tintern Abbey open doors weekend for a snack, just tea and cakes on our first visit. Excellent cake, will give the rest another day. Not cheap.

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Thank Jonnycad
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Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

Stopped in for a bite after touring Tintern Abbey. Worried that we'd step into "tourist trap" but very pleasantly surprised. Getting seated is tricky-- no clear host station when you enter, but we flagged a waitress who helped us get seated and good service after that. Food was very generous portion with great vegetables and very nice baked cod. We're here on a Sunday afternoon and they're very busy but we are well satisfied with food, service and atmosphere.

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Thank TwoMillionMiles86
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Thought we'd eat there as we were staying across the road. We were completely ignored by the barmaid/waitress when standing at the bar - not even an acknowledgement of our presence with a 'hi, someone will be with you in a moment'. Eventually a young lad appeared and said "sorry, we can't take any more food orders as the chef is overwhelmed tonight". An odd statement we thought....how about "sorry, we're fully booked tonight"?! Seems to be a place popular with coach trips, so food is probably good. Shame we never got the opportunity to try, so this rating is for customer service.

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