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“lovely country pub and restaurant”
Review of Bolney Stage

Bolney Stage
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Bolney
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $23
Cuisines: British, Pub
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Surrey, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“lovely country pub and restaurant”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Tried this as an alternative venue and was pleasantly surprised.

Lovely old building with a huge inglenook, proudly boasting a roaring log fire - just what I needed as it was snowing heavily outside!

Despite arriving early, lunch orders were taken quickly and accurately, with food arriving hot and very promptly. Service was pleasant and attentive.

The steak sandwich I ordered was absolutely first class, with a beautifully tender, perfectly cooked piece of meat and a wonderful onion marmalade. The accompanying chips were rather darker than one expects, but clearly hand cut and with a glorious texture to them. My companion's gammon egg and chips was again perfectly cooked and well presented, with a good quality slice of gammon which had been well trimmed. Really couldn't fault the food at all!! The portions here are very generous, but the menu includes a lighter option comprising a slightly smaller helping at a lower cost - unless you're ravenously hungry, that really would suit most appetites!

Arguably the menu is on the dearer side of average, but as a venue this is head and shoulders above standard pub fayre and in a completely different league to certain restaurant chains I could mention - no sign of a salad cart anywhere here!

Highly recommended.

  • Visited January 2013
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English first
Brighton, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“lunchtime drink”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

My husband and I popped in for a drink and a light bite on a rainy January weekend.

The atmosphere was great a typical old pub with a roaring fire. However my husband took ages to get served as there was no staff around at about 2pm.
No worries but then the drink that I ordered being a Swedish mulled cider did not arrive until my husband had finished his drink and the staff had to be reminded.
The cider eventually arrived with some a couple of home made hot biscuits which were very delicious and somewhat saved the day and made me feel less disgruntled with the service.
I will return and hope that the service has improved.

  • Visited January 2013
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Brighton
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great service and lovely pub”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We spent Christmas day here for the second year running. It is such a lovely, cosy old pub it really is the most Christmassy pub you could imagine. The pub was full and there was a good, lively atmosphere. Service was a little slow but that is only to be expected with a full house. The staff were delightful as always and Nikki really does go the extra mile with her customers. Now, the food. Last year it was exceptional, this year it was average. Maybe we were spoilt last year as there was nothing wrong with the food, we just had high expectations. It was all well prepared, tasty and fresh but just a bit ordinary. The table decorations were all but non existent which was disappointing when you have paid £65 per head. A tea light in a beer jug does not really cut it! Having said all this, we will definitely go back here again as the friendly, welcoming staff make this pub worth a visit.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank LAC66
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London
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Cosy, Comfortable and Consistant over Christmas”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

We tried the Bolney Stage for the first time on Boxing Day as some friends have recently moved down to that area and we organised a big lunch for us all.

What a cosy, atmospheric and traditional pub! When Hollywood portrays a country pub in a movie - this is just the type of place that they should use.

Roaring log fire, local ales on tap, nice crowd and a restaurant to boot, its equally as comfortable for a few drinks at the bar or a long afternoon lunch - as we had.

The food was decent, but this is no gastropub. More traditional English fare, the menu is diverse and varied and there is a nice selection of starters.

All in all we had a very good lunch, so much so that we decided to book dinner on New Year's Eve with the same group of friends.

It was a black tie event and the pub laid on a casino (blackjack and roulette) and an excellent Beatles tribute band.

The food was again good, without being great, but the atmosphere and ambience of the pub made up for it. Although the pheasant I selected was excellent.

Only shame about NYE was that no disco was organised, but it wasn't advertised and we had such a great time on our table that it didn't matter.

I'd recommend the Bolney Stage and we would definitely come back, especially in the summer as they have a lovely big garden. Only thing I would say is improve the food slightly and it's the perfect country pub.

  • Visited December 2012
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Warm welcome”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Lovely warm welcome for two strangers. We couldn't fault the home from home reception from the moment we entered this wonderful country pub/restaurant after a long 3 hour drive. The staff and management couldn't have been more hospitable. So mush so we returned the following evening for a drink (which is not like us, as we like to try as many new places as possible while we are away. 5* rating for it's value for money and for the market it serves.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Jane C
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