We went to The Clarendon for a drink, with a view to eating some lunch. It was not busy, and that should have rang an alarm bell. The menu describes the food as 'locally sourced' and 'home made'. None of what we were served looked or tasted fresh, local or home made, although to be fair there are a number of supermarkets close by to source the ingredients and I suppose it was all warmed up in somebody's home. I opted for the surf and turf-a sirloin steak and half a lobster served with the home made chips, mushrooms and tomato. The steak was well enough cooked, but that is as complimentary as I can be. The 1/2 lobster was rubbery and dry (I don't believe it was caught just off the Goodwin Sands, unless it was thrown out of a supermarket and caught by the cook), the chips had the look, taste and texture of frozen chips, and the rest was just garnish. My wife's pork belly served with bubble and squeak and a balsamic gravy was equally poor. The pork was dried out and tasteless, the bubble was two pats of a potato like substance, and the gravy still had powdery lumps in it.
I ate my food and my wife did her best but the plates were not cleaned. Why, one might ask not complain at the time? This is a family run establishment, and I suspect that any amount of complaints will not make the cook (can't bring myself to write chef) do anything any differently. I feel that The Clarendon could do so much better with a little more care taken on the food. It does have a great location and is a lovely building, but there is no excuse for such poor food. We did not stay there so cannot comment on the accommodation.
We will not be eating there again.
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