My husband and I go to the Hurstwood often. Sometimes we go to eat and sometimes we USED to go just for a drink...and then get tempted by the menu and end up eating there on the spur of the moment.
The food is always absolutely superb, the service usually very good, and the prices are fair for the quality of the food.
A year or so ago the atmosphere in the pub was very welcoming; it was furnished with a nice variety of tables for dining, tablets that suited a drink and a chat, easy chairs a nd a cuddly sofa by the fire.
BUT on the last two occasions we visited, there was change afoot. Gone are the sofa and the chairs, gone the cosy atmosphere and the touch of eclectic bric-a-brac that made the pub feel so easy and yet impecably furnished.
Tables are now arranged in almost miltary order, the atmosphere is uninviting and more functional, and it feels more like all the other generic bistro pubs in the area.
I can only suppose that the owners have decided that they want to squeeze as many bums on seats as they can, but for my husband and I, this has knocked the Hurstwood of our 'favorite ever pub' pedestal.
No doubt will still go there for the food from time to time, but never at busy times of the week because you'd be in danger of feeling you had no personal space whatsoever while you ate.
What a shame that when a thing is perfect, it has to be spoilt.
We are embarking on a search for a 'new' favorite pub.
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