We used to frequent this pub on a fairly regular basis when it belonged to,I think,the Chef and Brewer chain. Was usually cosy and the food was quite good although a little uppish in price.
It has now been taken over by Youngs.Oh dear! Their website states that their main menu is served between 12 and 10pm ...not so on this occassion. We arrived at about 5pm (early for dinner I know,but we were heading for the panto in the town which began at 7pm) only to be told 3 dishes from the main menu were available until 6pm. Burger,Fish and Chips or the vegetarian wellington.
We opted for the vegetarian wellington as we dont eat either burgers or fish and chips.It sounded tasty and it was,it was a shame about the rest of the meal though; hard mash,lukewarm red cabbage and a "tomato and butter sauce" ( which tasted exactly like the cream of tomato soup that we had eaten at home for lunch!!!).
We felt it was expensive too as we had one beer,one cider and the two wellingtons and the bill came to almost £37!!!! What? I know this is Richmond,but come on!
We were also quite surprised at the number of staff that were eating at the adjacent tables and being quite noisy,obviously there before or after their shift.(They seemed happy with the burgers!).Where was the manager? If they were my staff I would have requested that they eat (and mess around) in one of the little private areas around the corner!
Needless to say,we wont be returning any time soon.The whole experience almost spoilt our evening,it was lucky that the panto was brilliant!
Sorry to write such a negative review but have had a look at other reviews and cant quite believe we were in the same place.
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