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“Going down the pan - again”
Review of The Griffin at Plumtree - CLOSED

The Griffin at Plumtree
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed April 18, 2014

I've been visiting the Griffin on and off for over 25 years, and have seen time and time again this promising place being mismanaged. However the latest incarnation is a total joke, and it looks like it's about to change hands yet again.

Two latest experiences - firstly having a mediocre meal in an almost empty dining area. Starters took nearly 20 minutes to arrive, main course another 35 after that. On asking for a dessert (at 9.40pm) being told by the young waiter: "The chef has gone home now, but I will try and get you something!"

Last week, in for a beer - only one ale on tap despite it describing itself as 'a real ale pub'. As sadly is usual recently the place was empty after 8.30 pm. Then began a farcical process of shutting the pub up by stealth - stools put on tables, toilet lights turned out (!) and then quite literally the only staff member left - having a taxi waiting outside with the engine running - at 10pm!

This pub is in a prime location and is nicely decorated, but yet again is being ruined by inept management - when there are such high quality alternatives nearby like the Plough at Normanton and Perkins just up the road, why bother with the Griffin these days? It looks like people are voting with their feet, and judging by the notices in the window, it looks like another change of ownership is imminent - good, as the only way is up for this place.

2  Thank John M
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Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

I visited the pub with my husband for a drink & to enjoy the sunshine. Before buying drinks we asked if there was a beer garden to sit out in and told 'yes, past the stairs out the back'. We order drinks looking forward to sitting in a nice beer garden. We ordered a pint of diet coke & a pint of soda & blackcurrant. When at the till I handed over a £5 note expecting change but was taken aback when told it came to £5.60!! Never have I paid so much for 2 soft drinks. A soda blackcurrant elsewhere (a drink I order regularly) is never more than 80p at the most, as you pay for just the cordial. Being charged £2.60 is disgusting. Having got the drinks we walked out the back wanting to sit and relax and enjoy the sun but we were very disappointed to find a courtyard & no sun. I understand it is really early in the year but the courtyard was tired looking & weeds growing everywhere (a contrast from the nicely decorated interior) and due to the talk trees & buildings, it was in total shade & too cold to sit out. In all, a very disappointing visit & we won't be hurrying back.

1  Thank becs8419
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

We decided to try the Sunday lunch menu for a change and it was excellent. The pub was quite busy with diners and we thought we may have to wait a while however, we were greeted warmly and shown to a table within a few minutes of our arrival.

We didn't have to wait long before the first couse was served, after which we both opted for the salmon which was was cooked perfectly, The service was friendly and efficient and overall for our experience we thought it was very good value for money and we had a very enjoyable afternoon at the Griffin.

We will certainly be going back very soon.

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1  Thank Kathy770
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

Dreadful food worthy of Wetherspoons or similar, the person who stated this was the best pie they have eaten have only had pies before at football matches!

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2  Thank mono d
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We went for our family Christmas meal here we do this every year and there are around 19 of us ranging in age from 3 months to 90 years old. There are lots of fussy eaters thrown into the mix and as there are quite a few children and babies we wanted to be able to sit on the same very large table but to also have a space that the children could walk around without disturbing others. As well as a menu that was slightly flexible because of the fussy eaters and very patient staff. Good food goes without saying.

We got all of this and more. We requested changes to the food on the menu such as no gravy, extra roast potatoes etc and this was all met without any fuss the staff were all fab so helpful James the manager made sure it all went smoothly as we ordered the food a few days in advance so it came out with out trouble. Nothing was too much trouble from getting warm water to heat baby bottles to food changes etc. I can not rate this too highly, food was delicious and it was such a lovely place to sit.

We liked it so much we are having our wedding reception here. Defiantly worth going.

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1  Thank Hayley C
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