I visited the boathouse with 4 friends on Wednesday evening. We struggled to get a table and therefore had a booking at 6.30pm. The first issue was the surliness of the waitress. 3 of the party were driving so were not drinking the inclusive 1/2 carafe of wine. I asked if I could have one of the mains that had a supplement inclusive as I wasn't having the wine- no negotiation, turned down flat. 2 of the party had the yuk sung starter with bean sprouts, neither could find any meat in the yuk sung, only bean sprouts. I had the tagine chefs special which came in a very small bowl with an egg cup sized portion of cous cous, barely a starter sized portion, the other mains were mediocre at best. The accompanying vegetables were dire, I have never seen cabbage cooked so badly and the other vegetables - some sweet potato/ onion concoction was virtually inedible. The waitresses had no idea what anything was any most couldn't even pronounce some of the dishes. The deserts were acceptable but certainly not outstanding. I agree with a previous reviewer about the availability of only filter coffee, surprising in any restaurant. To round the evening off, we were finishing our drinks and the waitress bought the bill ( we hadn't requested it) and informed us we needed to pay as they wanted the table! Needless to say they didn't receive a tip and we certainly won't be returning. One thing that did surprise me was how busy the restaurant was, there appeared to be a cohort of regulars who the chefs were visiting at their tables. I might suggest if the chefs spent more time in the kitchen instead of chatting with their friends/ regulars they may be able to produce a higher standard of food.
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