After we left the car boot sale we were starving and so we decided to visit the Oak and Saw Pub in Taplow, which we saw had some very good reviews on Trip Advisor. We went in and there seemed to be only a few tables already occupied. Because the weather was good (by the time we had our meal a thunderstorm raged and rain poured down) we decided to sit outside. We entered the premises around a quarter to one.
My partner ordered a Caesar Salad while I had pulled pork in a ciabatta.
While we were chatting I suddenly realized that quite some time had passed since I placed the order and to be exact 50 minutes. I went to complain and the justification was that a lot of people arrived at the same time and my reply was that when we arrived there were not many people so it didn’t explain our wait. Another member of staff said that we should have been informed of the wait. In fact, if they had said that we would have to wait more than an hour, we would have left. Anyway they said the meal would arrive in 2 minutes, but that became 15 and we were just about to leave when the food arrived. By this time it was just before 2. At least the salad and the pulled pork were absolutely spot on, lots of flavour and freshness except the chips were quite dry but the main ingredients in both lunches, the chicken in the salad and the pulled pork in the ciabatta were used sparingly like Beluga Caviar. My Partner had 3 pieces of chicken the equivalent of 50 gr while I was very lucky, mine had the equivalent of 70 grams of pork! Now if you think that an average portion of meat either a steak, hamburger or a chicken fillet is around 180 gr, you do the sums!
What I don’t quite understand is why it took so long to make a Caesar salad and a pulled pork sandwich when the ingredients are already there, well the pork certainly is while to cook the 3 pieces of chicken and the bacon shouldn’t take more then 5-7 minutes.
In all this I would like to congratulate the staff in the kitchen for the high standard of the food but unfortunately due to the very small portions and the waiting of more than an hour the score has to go down, sorry!!
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