Visited the Cross Guns at Bradford on Avon , which is beautiful old town, and the walk to the Cross Guns in along the canal tow path , a lovely walk in stunning countryside. The Cross Guns is typical of the old 16th/17th century buildings in the town, and is set over looking the rive in a valley with long terraced gardens down to the river. It is a fantastic situation to sit on a Sunday afternoon, and the pub has lots of baskets of great flowers outside adding to it's charm. The bar is very small and most diners were sitting outside although there is a larger dining area as well. The small bar means you queue through the centre of the building, and this is OK, but as they have staff doing some waiting duties it seemed badly organized. We had a Sunday lunch which was fine , pretty standard but well done, and enjoyed it, it was what you would expect a decent pub meal to be. I didn't like being given a disc that activates when my order was ready and then having to go to a kitchen door to collect my food, and when the diners in the garden were "activated" and didnt collect their food quickly enough one of the waiting staff , would shout the number very loudly from the balcony over the garden, that is quite off putting , your having lunch and someone is bawling number XXX is READY ! This is not what I would expect from a food lead pub in a tourism beauty spot. Other criticisms are the mens toilets are abysmal, they are not clean, and they smell , and they badly need renovation, and hand gel , hand dryers and cleaning, they are not acceptable in this day & age at all. In summary its a great place to be on a sunny afternoon , with a lovely walk to it, and its a nice building , and the food is standard pub fare , but good pub food. The downside is a service model you would expect in a takeaway, abysmal mens toilets , and some strange oversights like placing big orange bins alongside the balcony, where you are supposed to eat, and not very enthusiastic welcome or description of the food. In all a slightly mixed bag of good and bad.
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