Wildwood Kitchen (Barnes)
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It is probably more of a summer restaurant. The big windows opening onto Barnes Pond are more suited to light and warmth. On a cold and damp October evening, the interior is unattractive. The owners should consider some window covering, at least on the road side, to bring warmth to the place.
However, I am not holding my breath. They tell me that they are busier than ASK, which was the predecessor, which may be true. But they clearly cannot afford enough staff. Two people, one the friendly boss and the other someone with very little English who was clearly on her first week or so, were left to deal with the whole place. Everything was slow, albeit friendly.
The first rule - sit people down, offer them a drink immediately, and probably something to nibble at. Then go and serve other people. It is depressing to go out for a quick supper, be seated in a cold and bare space, and then be left alone for ten to fifteen minutes.
The pizza was fine, but we had no patience or wish to hang around for another twenty minutes while the gargantuan, and no doubt delicious, puddings were served.
Surely it is not asking too much to demand that these places simply sharpen up a bit before they take money off you for a mediocre time?
Oh, and there was a musician. A couple of tables moved away when he started up. Not surprisingly.
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Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 7
Monday, October 14, 2013