We went for the four course lunch menu this weekend. The restaurant was lovely, although we were rather close to the table behind us, and both my dining companion and I had to squeeze into and out of our seats rather tightly (we aren't the biggest people either).
The piano player is a definite plus!
The soup was advertised as butternut squash. We were presented with a green unidentified soup.. I asked the waitress what it was and she said she didn't know. When she checked it was broccoli soup. No mention was made as to why this was different from the menu.
The buffet second course was lovely, although not much was labelled. We had to sort of pick and choose and hope for the best. Nothing was labelled as vegetarian, which was a bit confusing for a fellow diner.
The mains were a horrible let down. Everything was on a chopping board, making it impossible to eat (lack of space to cut things!). I had the minute steak which was cooked to death, completely inedible. I was served a mountain of fries. I was not offered any sauces, and found the whole thing very dry. My partner had the pork loin; on the menu it was advertised as being served with roast potatoes, yorkshire puddings and an assortment of other veg. The yorkshire puddings never materialised, and the dish of vegetables was drowned in butter, and inedible again. His pork was half fat. We weren't approached until we'd pretty much finished our mains, and when I raised my complaints with the gentleman who served us he made no comment. The yorkshire puddings are still missing to this very day.
The puddings were buffet style again and very nice (creme brulee, lemon posset, crumble and bread and butter pudding), although the crumbles were served piping hot in little ramekins which were incredibly hard to retrieve from the hot plate without burning yourself!
All in all, an okay experience. Perhaps a little more attentive waitressing and a more on-menu menu would be better :)
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