Okay, I visited this place last month for the third time. While I'm currently on late holiday (London) the contrasts in catering and streets seem laughable.There is a lot to say about the Swiss Cottage. It's welcoming from the outside, and the locals appear happy there. This is good but....this is also a big mistake > never cook just for locals or friends, in business. Unfortunately, it's often pointless telling people, even if you're professionally experienced.The cafe is less than welcoming for strangers - why? Because on our very first visit, and fifth visit last month, we were not welcomed. At first glance this Cafe appears promising, but it has outdated values, sorry. On to the positives: the menu has a lot of choice, but it's outdated.
The food is okay and home-cooked. The quality is fine, it is totally acceptable and reasonable but over-all the Swiss Cottage is just okay and if you have expectations - it is nothing more than average. Outdated because they are still cooking traditional food, family orientated fayre. Reasonable, because of the prices, the breakfast is affordable but boring. Start adding side orders or experiment, and you'll be paying around ten pounds apiece, which is way above family budgets.
The kitchen set up, cook, and staff do not engender confidence.In summary they are living and working out of date, in a bubble thinking "we are right, do not argue with us". To push this point home, we asked for a more interesting lunch - this was refused. Wetherspoons will offer a far better selection and a better menu. I think the Swiss Cottage needs to invest in itself, its kitchen and in its customer service. It seems it just won't. However, they seemed friendly and personable, while not offering a welcoming and exciting experience
There is much more to be seen and had in Barnstaple but that's about ten miles away. All in all, the Swiss Cottage (along with all the High St. small restaurants) is okay, but they are way behind the times (ditto) and in my humble estimation, they need to revamp their kitchen restaurant, and what they call their menu - because their nemesis is getting built on Ilfracombe sea front: Wetherspoons "will be opened this Easter" and probably rocking along by the Summer.
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