A friend and I ate at Geales in March 09 and it was very bad value indeed. When I ordered the £12 fish pie I expected a freshly cooked portion big enough to be a proper meal. What I got was a 4"x4? dish that had been microwaved and whose contents, once turned out, were little bigger than a starter. I spent another £2.95 on a portion of beans and got 15 of them, cut in half to make 30 or so bit. So that was 10p for each half bean. My companion had sole which was ok but small at £16.50 but spent another £2.95 on a side order of new potatoes – and got just six of them. so that was 50p per spud. And they were very small. The rest of the meal had the same theme – we got charged for every little thing – and little was the operative word. A bowl of olives was £2, bread and butter was £1.25 and water was £3.50 a bottle. Worst value of all was the cheese at the end. That cost £5.50 and included three small slices of bread and five thin slices of cheese.
So, in the end, we'd had a small sole, small fish pie, some small portions of vegetables and cheese and some water – but the total came to £68!. Thank goodness we skipped the starters and the wine. But we were still very hungry at the end.
Perhaps the final insult lay in the service charge of 12.5%. We paid this believing it would go to the staff, as implied in the word “service” but on checking with the manager discovered it goes to the owners. The staff, largely foreign, are on near-minimum wages and to be fair, they did their best. So don't go is the best advice. But if you do then pay the tip in cash!