Booked a table via email to eat here on Saturday night at 8:00. I arrived and ordered some pre-meal drinks from the bar man and said I’d booked a table under the name of Mark. He asked me what name it was booked under and assuming he hadn’t heard me I repeated my name. So he asked me again what name it was booked under and I said my name again. At this point he told me there was no table booked under that name, so just as I was about to show him the email on my phone he asked if I was Mark Cain. Bingo, that was me. Clearly he objected to me not following some kind of unwritten protocol by providing my surname only…the place was not busy, I doubt whether there were a plethora of other Marks booked in at 8:00. Bad attitude and a bad start to the meal. I didn’t feel the need to continue to argue with this character as alternatives in Askrigg that night were not suitable and my partner and I had been looking forward to eating here.
However, the food was not great either. The scallop and black pudding starter was fine as was my steak and ale pie. The mash was bland however and my partner’s plaice was a less than generous portion and riddled with bones. Worst of all the accompanying prawns were so overcooked and hard you could bounce them off the wall (which was about all they were good for). We might have told someone we were disappointed with the food but at no point did anyone ask.
A nice pub, but less than average food and a surly, tedious bar man. Won’t be going back.
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