No impressed at all. The staff had obviously been given strict instructions not to smile or converse with their clientele under any circumstances even though it was supposed to be the festive season. Provenance of food not detailed on menu, which you would expect given the prices charged and their reputation. No-one in sight on arrival, in fact we waited in the bar area for a good 10 minutes and then wandered into the restaurant to find signs of life. A waitress appeared and looked at us as if we were pond life. She didn't offer to take our coats or even ask if we would like to have a drink first in the bar. Again, forgiveable in most places but not at such exhorbitant prices. The food was no better than any gastro pub - actually I've dined far better in a good many gastro pubs for around the £20 mark. Apart from my party of three there were only two other tables taken which was probably ominous on what should have been a very busy day for any deserving eatery. Its the sort of place that existed in the early 1970's when you felt you had to kiss the ground to be allowed into a fancy french restaurant and order things you couldn't translate, thus being intimidated. However, it doesn't wash these days when every other building in Bristol is a restaurant with every cuisine imaginable. I am willing to concede that it was perhaps not the best choice for boxing day and maybe their lunchtime specials during the week are OK. Generally though this was a clinical and expensive experience with food that you could get in most good pubs at a fraction of the cost.
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