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J Sheekey

Over the past 5 years I have all ways been a fan of Sheekey’s. It has never been the best food in town by some margin, but I felt its combination of service, location, atmosphere and food made it special none-the-less. I had not been there for a year, returning this weekend for a pre-theatre meal and with my partner.

They used to have a doorman, certainly a bit pretentious in this day-and-age; however, to arrive in the pouring rain to find the door ‘accidentally’ locked and people trying to get in was a, probably, a step to far in the casual direction. Once inside, it was obvious standards had fallen. Migrant workers had replaced then normally efficient, let relaxed, staff. Not a stickerly for dress standards, but the propensities of jeans and ‘scruffy’ shirts was a warning sign of the ‘new’ clientele and they limited demand for excellence.

The warning signs were all there before we had even eaten, but out of loyalty I thought we would stick with it. The starters were normal Sheekey-esque, pretty good, but not mind blowing. My main course was cooked OK but the construction reflected a lack of any really understanding in the kitchen. My partner’s cod fillet was only just cooked enough, and clearly not through design, but though careless cooking. The puddings were OK but not as good as the used to be.

The price was higher than before and for a significantly lower standard. I will not go to Sheekey’s again. We regularly pay significantly more for meals and I love quality restaurants, however, I only feel cheated when, like with this experience, it is obvious no real care goes it to the output.

Very poor: a great demonstration on how commercial drivers have ruined a previously lovely place.

Sunday, May 07, 2006
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 4 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 2

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