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My wife, myself and our 19 month old son went for lunch at the Hill on Tuesday 11th Jan. As other reviewers have said, it has very recently changed hands.
My wife ordered provoleta cheese and I had a pizza (primavera - with mozz. rocket and parma ham) and we had garlic bread and a salad.
We both thought the food was very good indeed. My pizza was excellent, and the provoleta was also extremely tasty. The garlic bread was light and obviously home made - probably the best I've had in recent memory. All ingredients were very fresh. The service was good as well, and we found all the staff there very friendly and laid back.
As for our son Sam, we took a pot of food for him which they kindly heated up for us, and although they don't yet have a children's menu the chef offered to cook us a small pot of fresh veggies, or anything we would like (next time we go we may leave the food pot at home and get something fresh made up for him).
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Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9
Friday, January 14, 2011
We have been to the Hill many times before and always found it good, but I think the Hill has recently changed management and our recent visit was a disaster.
We booked a table of 8 for Sunday lunch on the 9th January. The waiters can hardly speak or understand any English at all which made ordering very difficult and when the food arrived, the plates were cold, the food just warm, the vegetables so over or under cooked and the meat very fatty and tough (clearly cheap cuts of meat were used). The gravy was almost non existent and tasted disgusting and the Yorkshire puddings were completely flat.
When we complained about the temperature of the food, the plates were taken away and simply heated in the microwave which we think is unacceptable.
We decided to order desserts as we were still hungry having left most of the main course, but that was an even bigger mistake, the cream tasted sour, the cake stale, even the tiramisu was horrible.
We would not return and would encourage others to think very carefully before booking this restaurant.
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Food 1 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 1
Monday, January 10, 2011
We decided to pop to the Hill on Sunday 02nd Jan 2011 for Sunday Lunch - Have been may times before and it is always excellent - However this time we had an awlful experience.
The roast was the worse I have ever had - Some of us got roasties, some did not. Some got yorkshire and some did not.... What ever they covered the lunch in - Gravy it was not!!!! The place was cold - We had a waiter that could hardly speak any english - And the manager was more interested in texting on his phone than customer service!!!
I think it has recently been taken over - And to be honest if they do not up the game I feel the place will be nore more - Sorry to say this is one place I loved, but will now avoid!!!
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Food 1 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 1
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
I attended a Christmas party at the Hill. The drink was overpriced-a glass of red wine nearly £7. The food was very poor. I had tasteless overcooked salmon with a beetroot sauce-plain wrong!! Main meal was over-processed turkey wrapped in very fatty bacon and very small portion. Dessert was just plain wrong- my cheesecake consisted of a lump of cheesy cream on one side of the plate with a sprinkle of crumbs and chocolate sauce on the otherside. In general very poor food for the price and very small portions for £27 without any drink.
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Food 3 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 2
Friday, December 17, 2010
Just came back after a pleasant dinner at The Hill Greenwich. We decided to give it a go after reading various reviews, and we were not disappointed. The place is nicely decorated and has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, attentive (but not invasive) staff, and reasonably priced food . We eat our fairly regularly, and we were pleasantly surpised at that the menu had to offer - the presentation and quality of ingredients was good. We would definitely recommend to others.
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Janika and Peter
Food 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Customers thinking about going to The Hill, Royal Hill, Greenwich - I can't stress strongly enough how avidly you should avoid this place. Last night myself and my husband were thrown out of it; (a first for us, I must say!) by a member of staff/manager?/complete diva, who seems to think she is running Restaurant Marco Pierre White in the 1980s rather than a suburban gastro-pub. After waiting for over an hour for our main meal, we, (uncharacteristically for us, as we are typically British when it comes to complaining) - expressed some dissatisfaction - in a very few words - about the lengthy waiting time. She then told us in no uncertain terms to get out of the venue. It was both totally shocking, and after we had thought about it, really quite surreal....And actually a bit funny. She's the Basil Fawlty/Madonna/Mariah Carey of Royal Hill. But we will not be visiting The Hill again, any time soon.
The moment we walked in to the restaurant, or rather gastro-pub, (which incidentally we have visited several times before, as we live locally) at 8pm, and attempted interaction with this staff member, who we assume is the manager, we had the impression that she was boiling with anger and hostility. Sulking for England - she brought a whole new level to the word "curt". Doing away with any niceties such as "Hello", Good evening" or "Where would you like to sit?" she somehow manouvered us to a table with barely an acknowledgment - took our drinks order and brought us a bottle of wine and one of water all without eye contact. She splashed a token inch of water into the glasses, glugged some wine into the wine glasses and was gone, frosty, unsmiling, and really quite frightening.....
After some ten minutes or so a waiter came back and took our food order; a Thai prawn curry for me (£10.50) and a "Pan Fried Chicken Supreme" with creamed potatoes, mushrooms and leeks (£12.50) for my husband. This seemed an uncomplicated order - there was no mention of any special waiting time on the menu. "Pan fried" is a fairly speedy way to cook a chicken breast, in my world, at least. When I last looked it did not involve any special equipment or skills....I had seen a customer served with the Thai curry as we arrived, and again, it looked straightforward - a bowl of curry, with rice on the side.
At one point the terrifying manager came back and at my suggestion wordlessly replaced a dirty side plate, with a grim face. Sadly, the plates were redundant because at no point were we offered bread, although all the diners around us were. After 25 minutes or so, our perfectly adequate starters arrived, mine a pear and gorgonzola salad and my husband's a nicely cooked lamb tortellini.
Then the long wait began. A party of four and another couple who had come in well after us were all served with their main meals, some had fish and chips and some had what appeared to be either the chicken dish or the "slow-cooked belly of pork". I know this because we were sitting in the middle of the room, directly in the eye-line of the main serving counter and opposite the kitchen, so we could see all the plates coming out and where they were going . The absurdity of the situation gained pace, though, as, after another half an hour, each plate that left the kitchen we imagined was destined for us - only to have our hopes dashed as they were taken off elsewhere. There was a point when the waiter asked a couple next to us if they would like to see the dessert menu, when I wondered if maybe we were the butt of some dismal reality TV prank show.....If the place had been packed it may have been understandable, but it was half full at most.
I watched as various chefs drifted aimlessly in and out of the kitchen - one took a mug of tea outside for a break and two others appeared to be having a chat at the kitchen entrance - and it slowly dawned on us that they had apparently forgotten about our order. This happens in restaurants, it's just one of those things. It's not a big problem if staff acknowledge there's been an error, apologise, maybe offer the starving customer some bread, or take a bit off the bill and then just get on and serve the food ASAP. What IS a problem is a total denial of the issue and then suggesting it's the customer's fault - which is what subsequently happened.
It's not the fault of the restaurant that we had both been up since 5.30am, had had a particularly gruelling day at work, and by 9pm we were starting to get quite seriously hungry, but the reaction of the waiter when we called him over at 9.05pm to ask about the estimated time of our main meal, WAS the restaurants' fault. Without any attempt at explanation or apology he told us would be "five minutes" and disappeared. After another seven minutes passed of us watching various staff drift about aimlessly, we were on the point of aborting - my husband suggested we pay for the wine and leave as it was clear nothing was happening. The chefs were still milling around the entrance to the kitchen , and we had still had a fighting chance of getting some food elsewhere. If we hadn't been so tired and hungry it would have been interesting to see what would have happened if we had not drawn the waiter's attention to us - and how long we would have sat there before someone realised our order had been forgotten about...
At that moment the manager suddenly appeared with my prawn curry and putting the plate down in front of me, she coldly remarked that it was the chicken dish that had delayed the meal - and the reason was that we "had had starters". We were both completely taken aback - I admit I was expecting an apology or some routine polite explanation - but to be accused of delaying our main meal because we had irresponsibly chosen to have starters was strange to say the very least.... My husband said "What? Because we had starters it delayed our main meal for an hour?" and the manager replied with outright hostility "This is not McDonald's, guys". My husband, very tired and hungry, and very insulted at her rudeness, then used an expletive, which he should not have done, but he was pushed to the limit. The manager instantly removed my plate and said with extreme aggression "That's it, I'm not having this - you can leave the restaurant now, I want you out" It was very shocking - both over the top and unnecessary - we were both so gob-smacked that she should act as if we were completely at fault.
My husband sensibly immediately left the venue before he lost his temper, and the manager rushed over to the group of staff - chefs and the waiter watching at the entrance to the kitchen, and began theatrically shouting and gesticulating in full view of the restaurant and the other diners. I put on my coat and went over to her to attempt some sort of civilized interaction before we left, but to no avail. She had completely lost the plot, and any attempt at professionalism on her part seemed to have flown out of the window, which was bizarre and disconcerting. I could not get a word in and was subject to a good five minutes of her furious temper - she said that she would not put up with us "acting so incredibly annoyed when our meals arrived", she reiterated that it "was not a fast food restaurant" she gestured at the chicken forlornly sitting on the counter behind her in the kitchen and shouted that it "was a really difficult dish that took 45 minutes to cook and they had to cut it open for us to try and cook it more quickly" - at which I suggested that maybe if they mentioned on the menu it took so long to cook then people would have the choice as to whether they wished to wait or not - but she continued shouting at me with no regard for what I was saying. She implied that we "did not know how to act in a restaurant" that we had "never been in that restaurant before and we didn't understand how it worked" (why this was relevant I don't know).
I told her that we lived locally, that we had been in the restaurant several times before and never had a problem, but that we had been up since 5.30am so after waiting for an hour for our food we were not really in the mood to take unpleasant remarks about us wanting a "McDonald's" and that it was very rude to suggest we were unaware of the difference between her establishment and a burger joint. She also said that "She'd had a bad day too"....which was odd, and again, very unprofessional. After taking as much as I could of this I said I was sorry but I would have no choice but to tell everyone I knew to avoid the restaurant and that I would be writing a letter to the owners - to which she retorted "You've got no choice? Well then, if I've ruined the reputation of this place, so be it - now just get out". Which I did.
Incidentally we went straight around the corner to The Guildford and even though it was by now 9.30pm we were served a meal with charm and graciousness. My husband enjoyed his chicken dish, which was well-cooked, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Don't bother with The Hill, unless you are so hungry that you are prepared to be totally humiliated and insulted for no good reason in order to get a free bottle of wine and a couple of starters. But if you don't mind that - then try it - it worked for us!! The food seems fine....but the serving staff, hmmmm...that's another story.
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Food 5 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 5
Friday, October 22, 2010