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“Great pub, but the food could be better”
Review of Somerset Arms

Somerset Arms
Ranked #2 of 2 Restaurants in Semington
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed August 24, 2013

We stopped here for an evening meal during a trip along the Kennet and Avon canal. The pub is well signposted from the canal, only about a 300 yard walk. The pub is lovely and looks to have recently had a refurb and the choice of ales and cider was good. The food was a little disappointing members of our group commented that the mashed potato was bland, and the chicken, apple and grape salad was a bit tasteless. As I say it was a shame and it may be individual tastes and not the actual food, the simple question; Would we return? Yes we would.

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

We stopped here on the final night of our Kennet and Avon Canal holiday. Our group of seven posed no problem as a walk-in. Staff were friendly and helpful making us feel extremely welcome. The local beers were all excellent (tried several!). We ordered a variety of dishes and all were excellent. Service was prompt and efficient. The dishes were a cut above normal pub fare, but still reasonably priced - mains were £10 - £15, desserts were around £5. A special mention for the vanilla creme brûlée - they were unanimously declared the best we have ever had. We would definitely visit again.

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Somerset Arms S, Owner at Somerset Arms, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

Thank you very much for posting a very honest picture of what we do here.Best wishes from the whole team x

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

Very average Sunday lunch ....service was very good but the food not good disappointing as had dined a year ago and the food was excellent then maybe they have a new chef ?

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

I visited this pub whilst on holiday recently. We arrived just after 5:00pm on a very hot, sunny afternoon, intending to eat and drink. We were told food started to be served at 6:30pm (before someone later corrected that and informed us it was 6:00pm).

On first impressions, the pub is very appealing, both inside and out. The restaurant area is made up of a lounge/dining area at one end of the bar, and another dining area at the other end of the bar, towards the other end of the pub. There is a third area near this, which is more enclosed and you can see the age of the pub here. However, all areas are decorated and maintained very well, and have a homely feel about them!

We ordered some drinks and sat on the benches out the front. The pub is set on a main road which at first look you would assume is busy. However, it is very much the opposite, as hardly any cars came by as we sat outside for nearly an hour. Why? Well, a bypass road opened about 10 years ago. We saw it in the distance when we left, but went nowhere near it.

At around 6:00pm we went inside to the restuarant area of the pub and sat down to eat in the "third area". The menu selection was OK and could have more added to it, but with this in mind, a specials board widens your choice.

The meal I ordered was lamb cutlets with mash and veg, and not knowing how good it may be, I was very impressed by the meal when it came, and the presentation was carefully thought through too. Other meals that my fellow diners has looked very appealing too. And the deserts? Well, very tasty, and again a good selection too.

Overall, this is a very well run, and well managed pub, with friendly staff, set within a lovely country village. Unfortunately I am not usually in this part of the country, as I was on holiday, but if I'm ever in the area again and need feeding, I know where I'll be heading to!

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Somerset Arms S, Owner at Somerset Arms, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2013

Thank you Ryan for a genuinely honest and accurate portrayal of this business.Mick

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We have eaten here several times and have had a reasonable meal, but we went here on Saturday for a family birthday and it was terrible. The place was nearly empty but they had run out of the rib-eye steak. How is that possible when the place was so empty? They offered us rump instead which we accepted. One wanted the steak medium rare and when it arrived it was rare, the other asked for medium to well done, but again that was rare. Another in our party ordered the "slow cooked belly pork" but it was absolutely disgusting and uneatable. All gristle and fat. We had not complained about the steaks, but the pork was so awful that we had to. We were offered a replacement, but by that time all appetite had disappeared. They offered to take it off the bill but when we went to pay it was still on the bill. When this was pointed out, they had to "go and check" - disgraceful, were they implying that we were lying?
I understand that the pub has recently changed hands. I suggest the new owners take a long hard look at whether they are suited to the pub trade, as this has always been a very successful pub but was virtually deserted on a Saturday night. Need I say more?

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Somerset Arms S, Owner at Somerset Arms, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2013

Why had we run out of Rib Eye steaks?Well thats easy to answer,Our food sales have increased by 19% like for like on the previous year.Being offered a rump as an alternative seems reasonable to me,as for the rest of the comment it is simply "beefing up" the moan as it is quite frankly boring and lies!yawn.

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