We have stayed and dined at the Dart Marina for many years in all its incarnations! We are now lucky enough to live close by and chose to have Sunday Lunch their with friends in the re-vamped restaurant. Whilst the restaurant manager was warm and welcoming, other staff were mostly cheerless. The location of the restaurant and view is lovely although the new decor is rather bland and colourless, fresh flowers on the table would have been nice. The music did nothing to add to the atmosphere as it was pop music and played through one tinny speaker in the corner. As this is a large restaurant on several levels this was wholly inadequate. However, the main complaint we had is about the food which was not good. My companions had smoked haddock fishcakes to start but sadly there was no taste of fish although they looked fab and were nicely presented. We all chose the Blackawton Lamb for our main course and for us this was overcooked and had the texture of re-heated meat, it was sliced in slabs like a gammon steak. The roast potatoes seems to be deep-fried and were very hard to eat. The veg of French beans and carrots were well cooked and colourful. Desserts were very nice except there was a huge discrepancy in the sizes served at different tables - my husband was very upset to see that the lady at the next table had a mango rice pudding twice the size of his although she clearly didn't like hers and sent it back to the kitchen! My Blackberry Mousse was served in a glass but there was no plate on which to rest the rather large spoon between mouthfuls. Cheeseboard was good with all local cheeses. All in all though disappointing and with the wines starting at £26 per bottle not a good experience.
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