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|Address:||High Street, Reed, Near Royston, Hertfordshire SG8 8AH|
|Tel:||01763 848 366|
|Price: £33.00||Wine: £12.50||Champagne: £35.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-3pm 6-11pm (Sun -10pm)|
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Having heard good reviews from friends we decided to travel from London to dine here a short while ago. Having arrived at around 7:30 on a Friday night we expected a busy and lively atmosphere, unfortunately this was not the case and we were seated in an almost empty restaurant. The bar out the front had a better atmosphere due to the locals drinking there, something the waitress seemed to realise as she spent all her time at the bar chatting. Despite the fact there was practically no one else in the restaurant we had to go to the bar to order drinks twice, a critical error in a restaurant trying to market itself as fine dining. The frustrating thing is the food was entirely acceptable, if a little expensive, just ruined by the atmosphere. The wine list was also very disappointing with the only half decent wines being hideously over-priced. Although we found the food to be well crafted (if a little gastropub!) I certainly would not visit again. The lack of atmosphere in the restaurant completely ruined our experience, teemed with an inattentive, and sometimes bordering on rude ,service. Despite the fact that our experience may have been improved had the Cabinet been busier
I feel that the poor service we received would have been even worse should it have been busier- the uninterested front of house organising a busy Friday night. I think we will give it a miss!!! On a final note if you do decide to visit this restaurant do not order a side dish, a very small bowl of rocket with olive oil was £4! And be aware if asked would you like bread that you will be charged for this £4 again!!!