I visited last Thursday evening with the other halves family as they were visiting from Middlesbrough. There were 9 of us in total, having been to this pub before I knew it would be a squeeze as it is very small inside but has been pleasant in the past.
We arrived to be seated at a long table which was incredibly close to other 2 tables and quite a squeeze to get into. Our drinks orders were taken soon after we sat down. We were dining between 6.00pm and 6.30pm, of which a Prix Fixe menu is available, however there was no 'Prix Fixe' menu to be found on our table, nor any mention of what the children could eat. This was soon sorted once we requested the menus.
A female waitress, whom I believe is the owner, came to the table to take our order. She was not very friendly at all and seemed to talk to us in a very patronising tone - somewhat like we were not good enough to be dining in her establishment. My partner ordered fillet steak for main, of which he requested it to be cooked medium. However the waitress still asked if he wanted it pink in the middle - surely any reasonable chef/waitress will understand that medium is served blushing pink - so my partner obviously said 'yes, pink'.
The waitress then reappeared with a plate and said the chef has sent out an amuse-bouche, which was fine, but she then proceeded to explain that an amuse-bouche is a pre starter, as if we were stupid. The 'amuse-bouche' was a blini topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon - which may I add is a canapé NOT an amuse-bouche. We had to pass the one plate around the table of 9 with no side plates to eat off.
The starters were average, nothing more than your usual pub food; however my partner's mother had flakes of stilton on her plate of pâté which must have fell on her plate in the kitchen - yum. My main of chorizo and scallops in a tomato sauce with macaroni pasta was again average, under seasoned and not very warm at all. The Lyttleton Arms, which is a 5 minute drive away, does a chorizo and prawn pasta dish which has bags more flavour. My partners' fillet steak came out well done and stringy even after the 'do you want it pink' remark.
Deserts were pleasant, served in a shot glass on a slate - been done before.
I have dined in Michelin starred restaurants and have never been looked down upon or had pretentious staff serve me. It would be useful for the Fountain's owner to take note that you are a small pub in Clent - not Kensington, London darling. It's a pity as I would have been able to forgive the food not being so great if the waitress had of been warm, attentive and friendly. Sadly this was not the case....
On a lighter note, visit the Lyttleton Arms 5 minutes away, great service and fantastic food every time.
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