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“Good food but Slow and unhelpful seems to be the running theme”

The Old Post Office
Ranked #15 of 61 Restaurants in Wallingford
Price range: $11 - $37
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Overlooking Wallingford’s market square, the Grade II listed building in St Martin's Street that was once home to the town’s prominent post office, first re-opened its doors as an Oakman Inn in 2009. In addition to bearing the same name, The Old Post Office features many of the original elements, including the Victorian counter, and the traditional red post box situated in our front courtyard.
Reviewed July 9, 2013

We have been here for drinks on several occasions and although on the top end of drinks prices for the area it has been a pleasant experience, the surroundings are lovely and you feel like the extra money you have parted with has gone to good use. It is also the only place of its kind in Wallingford.

After months of visiting this establishment for a drink, we decided to give the restaurant a go. My husband booked online and everything went smoothly. We were seated, our drinks order was taken. We waited a little over average for our starters which were of a very good standard. At this point the restaurant was less than half full and things were still going well.

We had ordered our mains with the starters and in the mean time we had waited for the starters watched 2 sets of couples on the table next to us one of which arrived as we finished our starter and ordered the same main off the specials menu as my husband. They waited, got their meal, ate their meal, chatted with friends and we were still left waiting. A family then sat on another table next to us, ordered and got their starters, we were still waiting. I spoke to who I assume is the manager who happened to be nearby. I explained the situation and he said he would find out what was going on. This took up another x amount of time whereby we were told they burnt the first lot and had to start again and then that they were plating up for another 10 minutes. All the while we were offered nothing to tie us over or even a drink? It was almost an hour before we gave in and told them to keep their mains which coincidentally were still just on their way out.

This is a lovely place for a drink but I certainly wouldn't recommend the restaurant unless you are happy to wait until next week for your very tasty meal to arrive.

Sort it out o.p.o. Looking at the rest of the reviews on here it is pretty obvious you have a major problem in the service area.
A simple apology would be a great start!

Thank jemma27
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We had heard good reviews about the "OPO" but are dining experience was disappointing. On the day we ate the food was not fresh and we both were left feeling bloated and underwhelmed. Maybe this was a one off and it could be worth another try.

Thank Obazma
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

First they were half an hour late with our table, suggesting we went to the bar. The whole half hour was spent trying to get served. We did get a table but it was next to the serving counter and was boiling, had to ask to be moved (which they did without question once a table was available). Wine was expensive and warm. Food was mediocre, in fact so poor that we decided to go home and get some cheese out of the fridge instead with a bottle of affordable wine.
Bet it was better when it was a Post Office, did Wallingford really need another posh bar/restaurant.

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Thank clfm20
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

I had travelled from Devon to The Old Post Office as a treat for father's day from my daughters. It was busy and I accepted the 2 or 3 minutes it took for someone to attend to us. I ordered the Mussels, followed by Belly Pork. The mussels arrived some 45 minutes after ordering, and by the look of them they were the frozen ones (they would have made good rubber bands). A finger bowl and receptacle to put the shells was not provided.

A 30 minute wait for the main course. The Belly Pork was advertised as having "crispy crackling". If it did, someone had obviously stolen it, as it wasn't on my bit. Instead it was a thin layer of fat that had been shown the grill to brown it a little. There were also bones and bits of gristle left in it. I can cook Pork Belly better than this chef, and that's not an idle boast.

A 20 minute wait for ice cream and Eton Mess and our lunchtime "treat" was over. The problem throughout was that the waiting staff never made eye contact, so it was an age before they noticed anyone needing attention. The disappointments were mentioned to them, but sadly, it didn't appear that anything would be done.

On a positive note The Old Post Office gets a star for having "proper" napkins - those that are cloth and not horrid paper ones. And another star for the wine.

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Thank Martin O
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

We went to here as a party of 18 older people, staff very friendly and orders were taken quickly. Starters very fast but a long wait for mains - this wouldn't have mattered if we hadn't been subjected to a table tucked at the back near one end of ours that subjected us to loud and foul mouthed 'shouted' conversation for the entirety of our meal. We did ask the staff to have a word but nothing was done. I can only assume that they are regulars who spend a lot and we were a one off from the river. Only three of our party could bear to stay for dessert - so they did not get as much money as they could have. The décor and cleanliness of the whole place was excellent and the loos are huge although a long staircase and corridor to get to them. Full marks to the staff for their attentiveness - perhaps a little more training in how to handle a situation like this?

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Thank V2038F
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