I'd booked a table at the Stirling Arms with some friends with the intent of having a leisurely sit down lunch after a morning of exploring the historic town of Guildford.
Though I had called nearly a week ahead to book a table, none was reserved for us and the only seats initially available was at the bar, or in the very sunny beer garden - right out in the sun. Thankfully, the lovely duty manager there set us a table in the restaurant, though as to why this had not been set up prior, I do not know.
The foot is pub grub at its most ordinary. Three of us ordered the thai fish cakes and were disappointed to find that there wasn't much fish in the fish cakes (and there were only two pieces of the fish cakes). I ordered the beer battered fish and chips and it was typical of this dish -- nothing to write home about. The steak sandwich looked rather impressive and seemed to go down nicely with some of us.
All in all, a disappointing outing -- when you're paying around $18 - $20 for a pub meal, you'd expect something a bit above average. As it was, there were 3-4 unfinished meals at our tables simply because the diners could not palate their food.
Perhaps we had caught it on an off-day but the overall quality of the meal was much to be desired.
Kudos though to the wonderfully friendly and helpful manager that day!
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