I had always been meaning to visit Polly’s tea room since moving to the area five years ago as it had always looked so inviting from the outside, so my wife and I had high expectations but sadly these were not to be met. The first thing that stuck us when perusing the menu was the high prices, which in some ways is unsurprising, Marlborough being the home of the poor little rich kid, and I should imagine rents for premises in the High Street are extortionate. The second thing we noticed was that although the décor is cosy the place looks tired and in dire need of a lick of paint. The wooden cladded wall next to our table was liberally stained with splatters of either tea or coffee. I plumped for an omelette and my wife a baked potato with coleslaw. My omelette was rather limp and undercooked and the portion of chips was the smallest I have ever been served – roughly a measly eight or so chips! My wife’s baked potato was overcooked/old, the inside watery and wet, not fluffy. The portion of coleslaw was generous, but was very wet, with way too much mayonnaise. The meagre salad garnish on both our plates consisted of overripe tomatoes, a few slices of cucumber and tired leaves. The dressing though was tasty. The price for each of these dishes was £6.95 – way too much for such poor quality. I’ve had better omelettes and baked potatoes in good ol’greasy spoon kinds of places. One of the other reviewers has titled his review as ‘Pretentious’ and I would agree with that along with overpriced and disappointing. We shall not be back.
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