We chose this restaurant for a family event – to celebrate the life of our father who recently passed away. The restaurant offered us a private room and asked us to pay a surcharge of 100 pounds to reserve as apparently the min. no. of people to book the private room was 18. (We were a party of 15pax). On arriving at the restaurant we asked if the tables could be re-arranged but were told quite bluntly that this was not possible.
We certainly felt the restaurant staff could have been more accommodating, as the main purpose of booking a private room was to enjoy our dinner as one group seated together. The room itself was not at all private – located across from the kitchen and near the restaurant entrance, we had another couple at a table sitting behind us.
Some of us had the fish as a main course based on the restaurant’s recommendation – I ordered the John Dory fillets that came with a piquant pepper sauce and some other vegetables. The taste was very bland and the portion itself was remarkably small. Some of us had the Gressingham duck for the mains and were equally disappointed, stating the duck was tough – I tried a piece and found it impossible to chew and digest as it was so tough.
The starters that some of us ordered were fairly good albeit a little cold – for a soup we expected the serving temperature to be hot not warm. The steaks as a main course were good.
We chose this restaurant based on the good reviews that we had researched beforehand. Sadly the whole experience left me regretting I had not booked a different restaurant for the occasion.