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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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OK, a curate's egg if ever there was one.
My wife and I moved to the Knebworth area of Hertfordshire around 7 years ago. We have tried most new, existing and recommended restaurants. We dine out at least once a week and have travelled as far as L'Enclume in the Lakes for their awesome taster menu, Jamie's 15 in Cornwall for lunch and trawled most of London for quality and value, not necessarily mutually exclusive.
Maybe 4 years ago we ate here one evening – and were very very impressed. It would appear that the restaurant has changed hands. On the surface – and having called ahead to confirm the experience we were looking for – the menu and conversations were promising.
However we were looking for something similar to that which we had received some 4 years ago – journeying 24 miles for my father's 75th birthday. We didn't receive it.
Unfortunately I have had to score as above and I'll explain why.
With 3 of us having 3 courses I allocate 1 point for each of the 9 plus an additional point discretionary for drink.
Starters – mushroom risotto, baked egg & smoked salmon and tomato soup. Only the soup failed. 2 points. Mains – venison pie, chicken&mush pie and beef goulash with chorizo. Nil points
Deserts – 2 peach melba specials and a baked apple and creme freche crepe. NIL points
Discretionary point – had to walk to bar to ask for drinks twice – and on the bill had added extra tonics and bits that hadnt been used. Additional order of chips – not crispy, damp, lifeless and nearer to McCains wedges.
So food 2.
soup – clearly not home made – no attempt at garnish. tasteless other 2 starters really very tasty indeed – the highlights
pies – over priced, underfilled, poor pastry, too dry.
goulash – meat very tasty – but no evidence of ANY chorizo within the stew. Queried this – and the evr helpfyul waitress took the pot to the kitchen where cold chorizo was sliced and added to my dish with gay abandon.
chips seriously rubbish.
A new lady on her first evening or week – and she could not have been more helpful.
On at least 5 occasions something was queried or requested – and she could not have been more accommodating or more pleasant. Very well done there. However you ARE usually asked if you fancy a drink within sy 10 minutes(?) of sitting down. This elapsed so i had to go seek out the bar myself. There were only 3 tables occupied I should add…
Again for a Saturday evening – half empty, minimal atmosphere. Significant “noise” coming from a table of 4 50-something couples – but they just worsened the experience. Shreiks of “the best ever chips I have tasted” were clearly fuelled by wine and not gastronomic knowledge. I am truly fearful of turning out like them in 10 years time.
All in all a lovely setting and building of charm, with a supporting cast of interesting, local drinkers – let down by a kitchen that either didnt care or was going through a difficult transition.
The toilets appear to have remained untouched since our last visit – apart from daily cleaning that is – and they are truly a plus!
However I cannot recommend when coming in at around £40 per head – which was only 2 drinks each.
A great shame.