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|Address:||1 Judges Hill, Northaw, Hertfordshire EN6 4NL|
|Tel:||01707 655 507|
|Price: £35.00||Wine: £14.50||Champagne: £32.50|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sun 12N-10pm (Sun -4pm)|
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Sunday lunch on a beautiful spring day. We had a drink in the sunny garden surrounded by mounds of dog mess, perhaps deposited by the pub's obese spaniel, who joined us and other diners at lunch begging for scraps. It took us the best part of 1/2 hour to be served a drink with a dining room less that half-full, no wine list or bread was proffered. I was served a moule marinieres without a spoon or any bread to mop up the good creamy sauce. Our main course of good quality beef was meant to be served with horsearadish “cream” as part of the holy trinity along with Yorkshire pudding – we had to ask twice for this. Dijon mustard to add some much needed flavour to my sons almost tasteless portion of sausage and mash did not arrive. On to desert, apple crumble was accompanied by custard with lumps in, our miserable, verging on rude waitress, asked us what the sauce should have been? Is smooth custard too much to ask for when you are being charged in excess of £25 for a 2 course and in excess of £30 for a 3 course Sunday lunch in a pub dining room? Don't believe the hype and avoid this place at all costs; poor service, overpriced food and drinks. The kitchen has skill and the efforts to source local ingredients are laudable, but its all served up with little empathy, let alone a smile. Alternatives for Sunday lunch? Try the nearby Brookmans or the Cock of the North, cheaper food with lower ideals, but at least you will be served in a friendly atmosphere at both venues.