In such a beautiful setting we were hoping for something special, but it was not to be. The lunch buffet they were setting up seemed incongruous given that apart from us there was just a family of four but it was just noon. We decided to go a la carte and the menu we were given had a number of appealing options. Unable to decide, we went for the combo starter to share and thought we'd decide from there whether to go mains and deserts (and make it our main meal of the day) or just deserts. In the end we did neither.
The combo took an age to come, during which time several coach parties arrived and started filling the place. The reason for the buffet style industrial catering was now clear, but we still had high hopes for our a la carte selection since they also do expensive dinners in the dining room of the plantation house several times a week.
Sadly it wasn't worth the wait. The vegetable samosas were nice but the greasy potato skins with cheese and bacon bits, 3 scrawny chicken wings and fish cakes that were almost entirely potato and batter were not; and as for the promised accompanying selection of dips: after repeated enquiries we were eventually presented with some sachets of ketchup and a bowl of barbecue sauce!
We cut our losses and left.
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