We went for Saturday lunch in the bar and when we phoned to ask were told there was no need to book. They might want to re- think that little policy because they seem to have a kitchen which cannot cope. They might if bookings were staggered, who knows?
We ordered 3 deli platters (houmous, salami, that kind of thing) and just after I'd ordered I overheard an irate man complaining at the bar that his party had ordered 5 meals but only 4 had arrived. At the other end of the bar a customer from another table was complaining about the same thing. Poor waitress, I thought, they didn't need to be quite so tetchy with her. Three quarters of an hour later, when our food hadn't arrived, I felt their pain and was just as unimpressed and feeling pretty tetchy myself.
When I said to a passing waiter "excuse me, we've been waiting 45 minutes" he shrugged and said "everyone's waiting" - oh well, that's all right then. But just as we were about to leave it turned up and it was fine. Although on a platter with roast beef, ham and chorizo I'd have expected to be offered horseradish or mustard and there was no lemon with the fish platter (smoked salmon, trout, taramasalata, anchovies) so that was a bit rubbish too. Nice pesto and tapenade with the bread though and great chicken with the Caesar salad.
It's a really pretty pub, all Cotswold stone and trailing wisteria and sloping flagstones and I love the lack of music and the pretty garden and the Molton Brown in the loos but they need to sort out the kitchen and the service. There was a sweet woman behind the bar who was very apologetic and she knocked 25% off the bill which I appreciated but honestly, I'd rather have been fed within a reasonable time scale. If we had been we'd probably have had pudding, coffee, more drinks and spent more money but as it was we just wanted to eat and go.
To sum up: pretty pub, well meaning woman behind the bar, average food, terrible speed of service and for this reason I wouldn't recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Sheep Street, in the heart of Burford; The Lamb Inn boasts 17 classic Cotswold bedrooms, with history around every corner. This dog-friendly hotel is also home to a traditional bar and comfy lounges, a beautifully manicured garden and a 3 Rosette awarded Brasserie. ... more less
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