Bearing in mind we have lived in the area for 28 years, I thought it was about time we tried out the Farmers. Booked a table for two for Thursday night (19:30). Arrived and received a good welcome at the bar where we ordered drinks. Definitely a sort of locals feel to the place but not unwelcoming. It is a large pub with many separated areas for sitting with a drink or eating plus a long bar area. (it also has a large garden to the rear.) Were told we could go straight through to our table or, if we wanted to stay a the bar, should just let the barman know when we were ready and he'd take us through. Very good!
Had a look at the menu - nice selection and got hold of the specials board where unfortunately all but couple of items had sold out! Went through and sat at our table; ordered, all good. Food was tasty - wife had the sausages (good quality) and I had the pie ( a proper one shortcrust pastry all round and cut from a big home made one). I was slightly disappointed that the edges of the pie, were slightly dried out, presumably from heating (reheating?) in a microwave. but the pie was packed with meat and very tasty. The staff were pretty good - attentive enough without being over the top.
However bearing in mind that the owners appear to take note of customer comments on here, a few thoughts for them: Others have commented on the staff not quote having the systems in place to make the service slick and efficient and I noticed a bit of that. Like when our half full carafe of water was removed during our meal with other stuff and not replaced?? Just weird! Also when we were finished and ready to pay we seemed to lose all the staff for a while. ( By the way I noticed the 10% optional service charge that would be added to our bill but it is "optional" so you can have it removed if you want - just hope it goes to the staff!)
So, would I go back -Yes. Are the small issues regarding getting a system in place for the staff to raise that extra star feasible and easy to do - Yes. Do I think the management will attend to this - Yes. Do I want it to be like Claridges? No!
It's almost there and won't take much to sort. It needs the management to get on top of it, watch the activities from the customers perspective, and they'll be successful.