This was our first visit to the restaurant and we chose it for the proximity to Dartford FC as we were watching a night international "C" game. This meant that time restrictions were tight and, when we saw how busy the restaurant was, we were very apprehensive.
We couldn't get a seat straight away, but were given a number and left to get a drink (good choice of lagers, and very reasonably priced, although the draft wine was a little murky). The tip here is to note where your number is in the queue and then count the number of lights needed before you are seated. This meant that we could sit away from the bar in relative comfort.
Thankfully, our number came up pretty quickly - within ten minutes - and we got seated at about 6 o'clock. Any later, and the wait would be much longer; and this was a Tuesday night!
Still, we have experienced Harvesters before, and we were very aware that tables can sometimes get "lost" in the melee, but we were very pleasantly surprised. Our waitress (I shall only call her "R") was absolutely brilliant and very attentive, but not over the top. She explained how important good service was to her when she went out and tried to offer her tables the same standard. If she works the same area regularly, we were seated towards the far right hand corner, opposite the tills. The food was, as you would expect from a Harvester, simple and honest but well cooked and hot when delivered. My only slight gripe would be the amount of the scampi and prawns that I ordered - the meal was a little small for the price - but as the BBQ chicken was pleantiful, I got to finish off the rest of the families!
The salad bar was pretty well stocked considering the amount of food that people were squeezing into the bowls but, as I stated previously, we were eating quite early in the evening. I would also suggest checking the empty bowls before picking them up as it looked like a stack of them had not been cleaned at all.
Oh - and as we left at about 7pm the queue was getting muchj longer to be seated.
In summary- good, honest food; very busy but, for us, excellent service.
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