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“The Paddock....A Bit Of A Wet Haddock!”
Review of The Paddock Inn - CLOSED

The Paddock Inn
Cuisines: British, Pub, Grill
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
South Wales
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64 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“The Paddock....A Bit Of A Wet Haddock!”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

Oh! Dear...another pub which advertises itself, with a plethora of roadside signage, as "open all day" and catering to families etc etc But when we arrived at 2.30pm on a wet September afternoon rather hungry and looking for a cosy welcome and a spot of late lunch, we were greeted by an attractive but empty bar, and a very pleasant manager/owner who informed us that food was not served before 4pm as it was "out of season"...my hunger was very much in season, but alas was not to be satisfied at the Paddock Inn!!...we were not even offered a sandwich or snack,.....instead we had to make do with a very nice Cornish ale, and left hungry, and rather disappointed with the sad state of hospitality which now sadly pervades the "hospitality" industry generally....why is it so difficult for proprietors to offer to make a sandwich for a hungry guest in a pub these days??...I must be "old fashioned", but I think that the simple things to make a guest happy is what hospitality is all about....as well as making a little extra profit for the proprietor.
On a positive note, the manager was very pleasant, the beer was good and they did have wi-fi too, but that doesn't fill an empty belly!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank RangeRover29
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Maerdy, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Like a scene from Fawlty Towers”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

A party of six of us visited this pub 24th August 2013 for a meal . Nice looking pub , pleasant welcoming staff but when we ordered our meal it went downhill rapidly . A young lad came and took our order and repeated it back to us and we replied that the order was correct . Two meals came after waiting quite a while plus a minted lamb meal which nobody had ordered . We stated that this was not our order , the waitress was very nice about it and said she would sort it out . After a while she returned again with the minted lamb which as said beforehand nobody had ordered . All this time the other two meals had been sitting on the table because we had been told not to touch them in case they were another table,s order . By this time we were all starving and being diabetic I needed some food . Needless to say I asked the waitress to put my meal in the microwave as by now it was just lukewarm . It came back and was still not hot enough so I gave that to a friend who had ordered the same , I would then wait AGAIN for a hot one . We were not at all surprised when once again the minted lamb returned to our table . What were we to do to just get something to eat ! The order had gone in correctly so what happened to it was a mystery . Needless to say we were in there for about a hour and a half , my husband did get his meal eventually and I left without eating at all because we were still one meal short . The only consolation was that we were only charged half the price but that did not compensate for the sheer frustration we endured . That was the first pub/restaurant I have been into for a meal and left with an empty stomach . Added to that I never want to see minted lamb again !!!!!!

Visited August 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“a bit thin”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

The greeting from one of the staff as we entered was very happy and joking with us i wasn't sure if he was the manager or staff but i do know he was off duty and just leaving, however i thought this a good start. My teenage daughter doesn't eat meat and the options were a bit fancy for her so she settled for a childs meal of a cheese pizza and doubled it up to make an adults size meal.Which made it an expencive pizza meal. I had the double burger which i am glad about as the burgers were so thin that the two together nearly made one but saying that i did enjoy it. My other daughter had a curry which she did enjoy and my partner had the gammon which she also enjoyed. The food on the whole was cooked well cooked and enjoyable but portions and choices for non meat eaters better. The service was good and we didn't have to wait long but that might be because it was nearly empty so can't really comment on the speed. On the whole it was a good meal a little expensive for the portions but enjoyable. We would go back but would hope the menu had improved for teenage vegetarians

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Ian C
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Adlington, Lancashire
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14 reviews
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“Excellent service and Good Food”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

We are a group of 10 who have been coming to Penally for many years for our holidays. It is the first time in a few years we have been to the Paddock. We chose the pub as we needed somewhere large enough to accommodate our party. We were given a large table in the upstairs room which the owners had decorated for one of our members birthday (this was a nice touch). The party consisted of 7 adults and 3 children our orders were taken quickly and they even took 3 separate lots as we were paying separately. We were delighted when all the food came at the same time something which we had had issues with in other places. Amongst the items ordered were the sizzling platters, chicken in tarragon sauce mixed grill and Steak with chilli prawns. Each dish was beautifully presented and very hot, the steak was asked to be cooked rare and it came cooked as requested. Everyone managed to squeeze in a sweet which were delicious. Throughout the meal the waitresses were very attentive making sure everything was ok and bringing us drinks from the bar. On the night we were here the pub was busy with both diners and drinkers . I would definitely recommend The Paddock based on my experience and we will be back next year.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Janice B
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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Awful”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Visited on Saturday evening 20th July and will not be visiting again. Should have realised when we walked in as the pub was empty. Nevertheless, we thought we give it the benefit of doubt, but wished we hadn't. The food portions were measly to say the least. My partner ordered cod and chips and it was the smallest piece of fish I have ever seen. When delivered, the waiter asked if she wanted any sauce and she asked for tartar but then had to wait for over 5 minutes before it was delivered. I had a burger but it was undercooked and tasted awful. My pint of Doombar was warm and flat. We should have complained at the time, but didn't much to our frustration the following day. On the plus side, the garden area is ok so if it's a nice day, it would be pleasant to sit outside, but with a hopefully cold and non flat pint (and no meal).

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Gareth J
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