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“Really wanted to like this pub!”
Review of The Cuckoo

The Cuckoo
Ranked #46 of 427 Restaurants in Peterborough
Price range: $24 - $40
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Cuckoo in Alwalton is a country pub & restaurant oozing rural charm and rustic character. Our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar.
england
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Really wanted to like this pub!”
Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

Oh dear. Family reunion at Sunday lunch was marred by very poor service and cold food. It's such a lovely place and the staff are all so friendly and accommodating, but then it goes so wrong!
Starter came WITH MAIN COURSE!! So we sent them away. Main course vegetables cold. Had to ask several times for cutlery, mustard, etc. And gave up on our drinks order and eventually went and got it ourselves at the bar. Asked for extra gravy for us all, and it all came on my plate - like soup! It's as if they don't understand how things should be. But truly lovely people, and very smiley and obviously working hard. Training needs to happen. And cleaner tables. My menu was smeared with sticky.
Loved the layout and the building and the friendliness but management need to sort things out.

Visited March 2014
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“If you haven't been - you must go to the Cuckoo”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

We love it here for drinks; for Sunday lunches or for special occasions. The food is excellent and the service is brilliant. We have never been disappointed. The price is reasonable as well and the staff are away willing to go that extra mile. Highly recommend the Cuckoo.

  • Visited February 2014
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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“Local pub with food”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

The cuckoo is located in an ideal position near to the A1, the east if England show ground and open countryside. The menu is better than most chain pubs and the standard of food usually very good. My only grumble is the service, for some reason even when the pub is quiet it takes a long time to get served. The service is friendly and attentive but it either takes a long time to be served or even longer to wait to be served. Usually there is only one member of staff serving at the bar or if there are more they all seem to be busy doing something else instead of acknowledging the people waiting at the bar. (A simple smile to acknowledge they've seen you or even better a quick sorry I'm just serving someone else etc.. would go a long way) This isn't a one off occurrence as it seems to happen on the majority of my visits over the year I've been going there whether they be at lunchtime, middle of the afternoon or evening.

Though saying all that the location, atmosphere and food are all normally very good. Just make sure you are feeling patient when you visit....

  • Visited December 2013
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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“Lovely, as always”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

We've visited here several times after finding it by chance, and always had an excellent experience, though we have learned to book a table. The food has always been excellent quality, particularly the beef and merlot pie, and the service has always been polite and efficient. This is one of our favourite places to eat when we're in the area.

  • Visited February 2014
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Peterborough UK
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“A proper treat”
Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

No need to work up an appetite before coming here to dine. The menu will get your taste buds going in no time at all. Can be busy so reservation is advisable at weekends. The food is delicious and generously proportioned, heavenly in fact. I fully recommend this Restaurant

  • Visited February 2014
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