06 April 2010
Truly disappointing, as The Three Mariners had been recommended by a friend, who had been to a ‘taster’ session during the week, and loved it.
We arrived a little early, but were told in no uncertain terms, that although our table was ready, we would not be served immediately. Eventually, a waitress arrived to take our drinks order, but refused to take our food order – again we were told that we would have to wait until they were ready.
The starter I ordered was not available (crab and avocado), so I had the potted shrimp with “cucumber and creme fraiche”, which was just 2 slices of peeled cucumber with a dollop of creme fraiche on top.
Before our main course was served, we were asked if we would like the dessert menu !! Duh!
I had veal with saffron risotto for my main course ; not only did it look sloppily presented, but also I have never had such gristly, unpalatable veal in my life – in my experience, veal is tender and fat free – but not here – in fact, I am not even sure it was veal, but I will give it the benefit of the doubt. I couldn't taste any saffron in the very runny risotto. My partner had sea bass (which the waitress mistakenly announced as cod), on top of some spinach, and the grand total of TWO tiny new potatoes. We left, finally, with a bad taste in our mouths – and to top it all, the waiting staff didn't even bother to ask if we had enjoyed our meal. In fact, we had the impression they wanted us out as quickly as possible (we were a late-ish sitting – 9pm).
All in all, I feel we were not made welcome, the food was pretentious and poorly presented, and the staff by turns ditzy and arrogant – very unprofessional. I certainly would not return, nor would I recommend this ‘gastropub’.