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“Cold and Unwelcoming”
Review of The Seagrave Arms

The Seagrave Arms
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Seagrave Arms is a charming country pub with rooms serving award-winning British cuisine in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. With 2 Rosettes, the restaurant serves seasonal British cuisine. The menu is made with sustainable local produce including fruits and vegetables from nearby farms, Cotswold beef, Gloucester Old Spot pork and plenty of game from local shoots. Whether you want to enjoy a pint of real ale in the bar near the roaring-log fire or dine on classic dishes in the candlelit and intimate restaurant, the team look forward to welcoming you.
Pontypool, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Cold and Unwelcoming”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

From outside this venue looked welcoming. However our opinion was changed upon entering. The bar and restaurant were extremely cold, to such an extent that we asked to have the fire lit and sat with our jackets wrapped around us.
The menu itself was very disappointing, with a choice of 4 starters, 4 mains and 3 puddings. No vegetarian choice was available. Having chosen our mains we were not given any option over how the beef would be cooked and was not told that the meals were not served with any potatoes or veg; nothing was mentioned on the menu. We then ordered potatoes to be told our only option was new.
When the meals arrived the beek was in starter-sized portions - very disappointing considering the price of £19. Although well cooked, overall the food was small and very overpriced.
The deserts followed the same path as the mains; small and expensive. The cheese platter had a good variety of local cheeses, although no one seemed to know what they were.
Such a shame but given that the food was not great and extremely overpriced and the venue cold, we and our friends will certainly not be returning. We left around 10.15pm and got the impression the staff were waiting for us to leave.
Having visited the Cotwolds a couple of times over the past year, there are fantastic restaurants and pubs where you'll be warm and get great food, unfortunately this isn't one of them.

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Warwickshire, England
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“An unexected surprise”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

This is a local gastro-pub we haven't used enough, so we were unaware of the recent change in chef when we dropped in for lunch. You couldn't fault it. If you like unostentatiously skilled cooking using the best ingredients in a subtle and crafty (in the best sense) this is very hard to beat. And astonishing, considering this is a pub, not an esteemed metropolitan restaurant. Watercress soup was sublime, fish was perfectly cooked and imaginatively presented, with fine desserts. If your preference is for huge helpings, or if you elect to salt your meal before tasting it, this might not be for you, but we left delighted with an exceptional meal.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Neuendorf
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Braunston, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Excellent Sunday lunch”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

Probably one of the best Sunday lunches we've had in a pub! Lovely place, nice decor and lots of different little rooms so it all feels quite cosy. Excellent and friendly service. Short menu with a few added specials on the board - definitely prefer this as I do believe it's better to do a few dishes and do them really well (which they do), rather than have a wide selection of average food.

We had scallops and salmon mousse for starters, beef and pork roasts, and then both had the apple crumble for pudding.

All delicious, and will definitely go back if we're in the area again.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank JayKay1011
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Guildford, Surrey
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Could be very good but....”
Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

Planning to relocate to the area so trying out the local fayre...bearing in mind we are from Surrey we obviously have high standards (I am being pedantic by the way...). The venue itself is less pub more restaurant, although apparently is a B&B as well the white cloth tables with slightly runny dishwasher stained glasses did make me think it was a restaurant. Food was actually pretty good, limited but good menu and the service helpful and friendly with some good local beers and ciders. Unfortunately if you have a small child / baby it has no changing facilities or menu, so sort of assume it's more geared for the mature customer. So with that in mind and it gets an average as you can't exclude this demographic and easy to rectify.

Visited March 2014
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Moreton-in-Marsh, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“First visit, Not the last!”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

We ate here with friends last week for the first time. What a surprise! Warm and friendly atmosphere, chilled and relaxed surroundings. Certainly did not feel like it had just changed hands. Everything was smooth and seamless, the staff were attentive and chatty, the food was tasty, filling and mouthwatering. Chatted with the other diners, and the consensus was the same. We will certainly be taking friends and family here! I wish the new owners all the best, and cant wait to see what the future visits will bring.

  • Visited February 2014
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1 Thank Sara H
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