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This is our local for over two decades so it needs to be good. Current form is infuriating. Lovely dining room as always, and the cooking is now excellent again. Our party of four had three different main courses (chicken, lamb, duck) all of which were cooked in an original and attentive way and gave us an appropriate pleasure. We all had the same desert which was delicious. We all had scallops for starters, and these were well-presented but there were only two small scallops in a large plate and the cooking was just slightly too harsh. At £9 a plate one is inclined to think that two small scallops looking lost on the plate is insensitive: three or four would have made a much better impression without adding much to the costs.
But the great dowo clients expect proper attention. D&D need to take this place in hand. Inside is the staff which are just not on the case -- ten minutes to bring a bottle of water on a very hot day and when the restaurant is only one third full! And the waitress brought a scruffy plate with a few slices of bread, two of which were so hard they should have gone in the pigswill. It seemed in particular that the maitre d was just not on the case. My hunch is that he needs to leave by the end of this week. The waitresses will no doubt improve if properly managed. £230 for four people is in the upper bracket so clients expect an appropriate level of service. The owners -- D&D -- need to take this place in hand.
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Food 9 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 2
Friday, September 06, 2013