Absolutely tragic lunch experience. I visted Turner's with a colleague during our Half-Term. We are both foodies and had heard the name "Turner's" mentioned alongside the likes of Purnell's and Simpson's. Due to the restaurant's Michelin Star (surely soon to be revoked) we were distinctly underprepared for the baffling levels of incompetence that followed. A long story short: our lunchtime trip lasted three and a quarter hours! We had three courses. We arrived at 12.45pm and left at 4.00pm. By the end of the meal, we decied to laugh about the farcical nature of our experience rather than grumble about it. Turner's is only saved from a one star review by the, it must be said, exceptional amuse bouche and pre-dessert, alongside an apologetic and professional maitre'd. Generally the food was good, but sometimes lacking in execution and finesse. For example, the blackcurrant souffle was swimming in butter at the bottom of the ramikin. I took little pelasure from pouring the butter on to my side plate as a means of minimising the risk of a coronary. There is something extremely wrong that Turner's (because of its underdeserved Star) is mentioned in the same breath as Purnell's. If you want a true Michelin Star experience, Purnell's excells in both servuce and execution. Turner's flounders around in the pool of abject mediocrity and staggeringly bad service. Alas, we will not be returning.
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