Stayed at South Lodge Hotel specifically as the restaurant is run by the Masterchef 2013 winner. I have rarely been so disappointed: Table booked for 8.30pm, orders given by 8.45, shown to table before 9pm, starters arrived10pm. No apologies, no explanation why, no offer of additional drinks. My pigeon was tepid and served on a cold plate, but by that point couldn't be bothered to send it back. Main courses arrived after 10.45, the vegetables of one was cold (i.e. chilled, barely reheated) and subsequently left in their entirety. The meat was correctly cooked, but no enquiry by the staff if all was OK or why all the vegetables were left.
During this whole disappointing experience, we had drunk the wine ordered to go with our meal whilst waiting for the starters, so I asked for a complimentary bottle of the same to have with our meal. We were presented with a far more inferior bottle which I refused and reiterated that we had been waiting for over an hour for our food to arrive. The one positive thing was that they eventually honoured our wine request.
To be fair, apart from the cold elements, the remaining food was good, but it was the incredibly long wait for the food and poor management of the situation that massively disappointed. We had started the evening already discussing our next trip to the hotel, but our experience of the Camellia restaurant has left us vowing never to return.