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Hat and Feathers

We went to the Hat & Feathers this evening, where the food was very poor.

I started with foie gras and brioche (£9.50), the brioche was hard, cold and crumbly. The foie gras itself was over powering with cognac, it was cook perfectly pink but it could have been any other duck “pâté”. My friend took as a starter the scallops with figues (£10.50). The scallops were cooked to perfection but needed some seasoning and the figues was not worth to be mentioned on the menu.

To follow we had the rabbit (£16.75) and the pheasant (£16.50). The portions were good but could not taste the three mustard sauce for the rabbit and where were the wild mushrooms with the pheasant? (In supplement, you get five led shot in the thigh of a pheasant on your plate!).

We ordered dessert, the crème caramel with crème anglaise and rhubarb (£6.50) was the sherry on the cake! The crème caramel was so small, two mouths full, the crème anglaise and the rhubarb were for the decoration only. By that time, we were annoyed and it was not worth eating. We sent it back, explaining to the manager that it was an insult to a dessert!

In contrast the French & British cheeses were very generous (£6.95). I do not know how the chef can make any profit when there is only 40p difference between egg custard and British cheeses! Not to mention French cheeses.

The service was average, the friendly waitress was dropping more bread that she could serve. Please give training to the staff.

After working in this business for twenty eight year, it would be nice to see an improvement in this area, unfortunately this is not one.

This place is a gastro pub with restaurant prices and 12.5% service charge, £107.89 for two when you did not find satisfaction, “where do we go from here?”

Saturday, January 19, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 4 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 4

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