I would not normally review a restaurant in my hotel review, but I have been to this hotel twice now, and both times the restaurant has been appalling! Why would I visit a second time, I hear you ask? Well, I was a captive audience, let us say. The hotel itself isn't too near to another eating option and so 'Centrale' it was!
Firstly, let me say that the hotel itself is perfectly adequate. It's just a glorified Travel Lodge, plain and simple (but quite well-equipped) rooms, nothing that makes it stand out from any of the other corporate 'high-end' chains.
The room was very reasonably priced at £65 (an offer) for a single. I had a HUGE bed, much bigger than the last time, but it was a disabled room so I'm not sure whether this made a difference?
Large TV, usual tea and coffee facilities, adequate bathroom which smelt slightly unpleasant and vinegary, but nothing too serious.
On to 'Centrale' the upmarket, very expensive 'French Bistro' within the hotel.
Dear Lord above.
Starter: £11, grilled king prawns. Slightly overcooked and rubbery, but edible.
Main: burger, £11-ish. Overcooked to the point that it was totally inedible. Sent back to the kitchen, another arrived straight away ("the chef has loads ready" the waitress said! Surely the problem?!) Again, inedible, but it was difficult to press the point with a waitress who had absolutely no interest whatsoever.
Dessert: £5.95 (I think) Tarte Tatin. Pastry was raw, sent it back. Came back nuked in microwave, pastry still raw. Brown stewed soggy apples on top, and - get this - treacle from a bottle sqeezed over in place of the procedure known as "cooking", when you caramelise the apples.
After this, the will to live had completely departed and so I left the dessert for the waitress to find and returned to my room without asking for the bill.
It was charged to my room, but at no point did anyone ask whether there was a problem - they knew that there was as I had returned two dishes to the kitchen!
It's a pretty scandalous restaurant and it really lets the hotel down. It's a plain, corporate hotel, but if it had a nice restaurant then it would make the experience of staying there quite nice. As it stands, I would avoid.
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