Having heard good things about this place we, we took friends over for a chance to eat good food and catch up. The setting itself is nice, but wasn't sure whether I was walking into the restaurant or the security place next door. Gin and tonics arrived in hideous heavy tumblers. When asked for different glasses, we were told there weren't any due to a party upstairs, only for our water to be served in the glasses we requested.
3 of us ordered the monkfish, to then be told they'd run out (why not tell us when we received the menus), so we ordered ham, mozzarella and fig starter, only for it to arrive without figs. When we asked the waitress if it came with gigs, she didn't know. We were then presented with a bowl of undressed figs on the table. My first bread roll was soggy on the base. Forgivable (maybe)..Returned. My second bread roll was soggy on the base. Unforgivable. Returned. My THIRD bread roll was soggy. Criminal! Manageress was very apologetic, deducted the starters from our bill and blamed the soggy rolls on the supplier.
My main of lamb was ok. Nice meat, but with watery bisto gravy, and not a hint of the rosemary it claimed to contain.
Dessert of tart tartin was lovely, but the vanilla creme fraiche contained no discernible vanilla. And it was served with my spoon handle in the sauce.
A great night out with friends, in a lovely building, for over-priced, bland food, with poor attention to detail. Someone needs a severe wake up call, or this place won't last long. Not a patch on Ascoughs, for much more money.
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