After seeing the pictures and reading the reviews I decided to book the easter picnic table for me and my mother, at £14.50 a head it's fairly good value, however the whole experience was a bit disappointing.
The pub isn't much to look at from the outside though I guess this can't be helped and the inside is an improvement to the outside. We were seated in a booth, which wasn't comfortable at all, the walls, which were the only back support kept moving, the tables were very sticky and the TV screen was showing flashy, 90s music videos, please be warned if you are epileptic or like me allergic to take that and the spice girls.
We arrived around 10 minutes before the time we had booked for and waited about 30 minutes for our food, The pub was very short staffed, 1 young girl in the kitchen and 1 young girl doing everything else.
on arrival we ordered drinks, I went for the safe option of a coke but my mother asked for a cappuccino which didn't taste anything like a cappuccino and was very sweet and sickly, she couldn't drink it and couldn't get hold of the 1 member of staff to get another drink so we ended up sharing my coke even though my mother doesn't like coke, apparently it was better than the cappuccino.
By the time the picnic table came out we were very uncomfortable from being sat on those hard benches for so long and my mother suffers from a bad back so we decided to eat what we couldn't take away and take the rest home and eat it there. We tried for a while to catch the server for some condiments and in the end we waited for another table to leave and then stole the condiments of their table.
The burgers and vegetarian equivalents were very tasty. The cheesecake was in a jam jar with a tiny bit of biscuit at the bottom and an awful lot of sickly cheesecake on top, I left mine after two teaspoons. The hot cross bun was not warm as advertised so we packed theses and the rest up to take home.
The hot cross bun once warmed was nice and so were the macaroons, although they didn't taste at all like macaroons. The doughnut however was very stale and stodgy which is a pity as the topping was tasty.
We gave all of the chocolate and biscuits on sticks to the children, they were a nice touch for presentation but the cheap chocolate and dry biscuits were only suitable for the kids.
All in all, I appreciate the effort made with the picnic table and the hot food was tasty, but unfortunately they fell short on deserts and overall atmosphere and so I cannot recommend it and wont be visiting again.
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