I was quite excited to be going to Albert's table as, since Le Cassoulet closed down, it's probably the closest Croydon has to a "Posh" restaurant. It was decent enough but for me slightly disappointing.
The decor is fairly bland, looks a bit like a semi posh Dorset tearoom. Not particularly striking & a bit cold. There were only a few tables in when we arrived so I didn't expect much atmosphere but it didn't seem to improve much as the place filled up. I don't enjoy rowdy places but neither do I enjoy eating somewhere where everyone speaks in hushed voices. We were not eating in a library!
I had the pigeon wellington to start & my husband the crab cake, both were very pleasant.
For mains we both had the aged beef. I'll be honest & say it didn't set my world on fire. I've had far better bits of beef at far cheaper restaurants & the fact that it comes on a slate with a "smear" (You know where they run the back of a spoon through your sauce so they can charge an extra fiver) was not fooling anyone.
For the first time ever that's pretty much all I've got to say & my reviews are usually pretty long, I just couldn't find anything here to inspire me & thought that the price charged was too high for what was offered. I also found the 12% service charge which is automatically added to your bill totally unnacceptable & to be honest that's what's put me off ever going here again. A tip is a reward for good service. If you're going to add it to the bill yourselves (Darn presumptious, particularly as the service was not outstanding) then just raise your prices.
If you have a maiden aunt or granny it might be worth taking her here to make her feel like she's been somewhere posh but personally I can't figure out why you'd come here when there are many other restaurants in Croydon offering better food, at lower prices & with a far better atmosphere.
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