I have never been minded to write a review before, but so poor was our experience that I feel compelled to warn others. We were staying at some local cottages and with my father spending the day with us we thought we would take him out for a meal. This was a thank you to him as he has so often taken us out for some fabulous meals. The look of the pub led us to expect decent pub grub. After a drink in the bar we were taken to our table, and were a little disappointed to note that the music system was playing a local radio station, which in turn was playing music which was neither suitable for a restaurant or the valentines evening which they were supposedley celebrating. By far the biggest disappointment was the food. Firstly, my wife who has never returned any food in the 14 years we have been together returned her salmon which had been so overcooked that it was totally unedible. The accompanying vegetables were okay apart from the fact that they were cold. We also had 2 children's meals. My eldest sons pasta dish consisted of fried mince, with penne pasta. There was no hint of a sauce and looked utterly unappertising. My youngest son had 2 overcooked processed sausages and some very old "new" potatoes! Equally dry and unappealing. My father's dish consisted of a duck breast that was either very old or very over cooked, and probably both. Rather than being pink, the breast was grey in colour. It was accompanied by the most incipid looking sauce I have ever seen. My dad was too polite to make a fuss and struggled through manfully. However on the way home he did share that he was worried about the duck and whether or not he would be ill. I am glad to say there was no ensuing illness. My own dish was a sirloin steak. The steak was meant to be rare, but was nearer to well done/cremated. The garnish was absurd, with the star billing being some lettuce leaves that would in themseves have made up a green salad for a party of 6. However,the redeeming feature of the meal were the chips which were reasonabally tasty. Although the food was terrible - credit should be given to the waitresses and bar staff who were friendly. When we recieved the bill we were glad to see that the salmon had not been charged for, but nonetheless felt cheated that the experience cost us £50. As we were eating, and as we were leaving we overheard converations that led us to believe that our experience was not unique and that there were other disatisfied customers.
I do not write this review lightly. I understand that people's livelihoods depend on good reveiws and repeat business, but come on guys you have to do better than this! We will certainly not be coming back to repeat the experience!!!
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