All reader reviews by Tom

The White Hart

I've eaten several times in The White Hart and it has been variable. It's a nice pub, with a raised level around the windows which makes it a nice place to sit and watch the world go bye outside. The food I've had has ranged from being excellent to being rather average. The tables are always sticky which is a bit off-putting and the prices are pretty full. But generally it's a good place and I'll keep going back there every so often.

Thursday, October 25, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 6


Renezio's is a hilarious place. I think they've misunderstood the market a bit - the prices are ridiculously cheap, it probably puts people off! But, you should not be worried, as the food is really good. It reminds me of being on holiday, eating in a sort of random restaurant somewhere. The furniture looks like it's from the Flintstones, the walls are covered in Italian pictures, and while we were there they were playing something like 'the best synthesiser hits from the 80s' in the background...

It has a nice atmosphere inside - relaxed and not too loud, it's clean, the service is attentive, the food is good... when you want a good cheap meal you should try it.

Thursday, October 25, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10

The Ivy

I went to The Ivy with some work colleagues and our clients for lunch.

Obviously being such a big name our expectations were high, but I think there were some genuine reasons to be diasppointed about the experience.

We arrived before the rush at 12.30pm and were seated. It is a pleasant space inside and we settled down in anticipation.

Overall, we had a pleasant enough meal, but were disappointed by a few things. It took them nearly 50 minutes to bring out the main course after we finished starters. Then, for the main I had Shepherd's Pie which didn't taste that good (the gravy had a burnt taste) and it also had more than 5 bone chips in the meat which was unpleasant and off-putting.

For a restaurant with a reputation as big as theirs I think they need to improve and avoid becoming complacent.

We noticed that by about 2pm there were vacant tables and they seemed to let anyone walk in off the street (including several families with loads of Kids who sat and drew with Crayons) - I wonder if this reflects people are already voting with their feet and going elsewhere.

Thursday, October 25, 2007
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 3 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 4

Calico Bar & Eating House

Having seen the mixed reviews of the Calico, I was interested to see what it would actually be like.

Overall I had an enjoyable time here, thanks to having good company, but there is a genuine issue with the service. This seems to centre around one of the staff who I presume is the manager, a small lady with blonde hair.

I phoned up in the morning about 11.30am to make a reservation. The phone was answered by someone who couldn't speak English, who told me 'Please could you ring back' and put the phone down.

I made sure I got there early so I could get a good spot anyway. I sat down at a nice table at the front, but the blonde lady told me that it was reserved for 3 people (we were only 2 people) and that I would have to move. She then tried to give me a table at the back with 3 seats, which didn't make much sense, so I offered to sit at a table for two.

To my annoyance less than 5 minutes later the table I'd originally picked, and the other 2 tables nearby which were all set out for 3 people, were then filled by couples who definitely hadn't reserved (I heard their answers when asked by staff).

The food was ok, bog standard pub food really, and the wine was good albeit with a couple of bits of cork in my glass.

Service wasn't great, no one ever came to our table, rather we had to try to get someone's attention which was often difficult. Of course the tip was automatically added to the bill at the end, another annoyance.

I'd recommend this place for drinks if you're going to be at the bar, but for food or table service it's unfortunately quite poor.

Friday, May 18, 2007
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 5


Went there for the first time a few days ago. The bar downstairs is nicely done, but it is a RIP-OFF! Went to the bar and ordered a beer - they only serve Kingfisher in half pints. The cost: £3.95, plus 12.5% sevice charge! I wouldn't have minded too much about the expensive beer, but the service charge really takes the p***.

Friday, January 12, 2007
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 0

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