I've been to The Black Horde quite a few times, and although its out of our way, we often go back as the place itself is beautiful, with a fantastic outdoor seating area and outside bar. Here is also a beautiful orangery which is where we usually ask to sit. Today though, it was closed off.
The menu was very sparse, and a complete change to previous exciting fares. There was very little that took my fancy so opted for pâté for a starter, and burger for my main.
I had a lovely chilled glass of Pinot Grigio, and was quickly presented with my starter. The pâté was tasteless, presented with one bit of green garnish and two tiny bits of Melba toast, I had to ask for more otherwise I'd have been eating pâté with a spoon.
I had to ask for another drink, despite only two other tables being booked.
My burger was 'ok', but at £9.95, I expected more, and have had far nicer food at the same establishment.
When my husband finished his drink, no one came over go ask if he would like a re-fill, showing the service standards as well as the food have slipped.
All in all, an expensive but mediocre lunch in what used to be a firm favourite. This is a shame, as it really is a glorious place for a summertime afternoon.