We visited this restaurant on the recommendation of a neighbour, to enjoy a birthday party which coincided with mother's day. It was clearly a popular location.
The premises presented well, and the layout of the carvery was good - in fact, the buffet looked very impressive. However, while the starter and pudding were of a good standard and deserving of 3 stars, we found the main course carvery to be a bit disappointing - the beef and turkey were a little too dry. The beef was quite chewy. In fairness, it could have been due to the amount they needed to prepare, as the place was booked solid.
While the staff were very pleasant, we found that the price for a self-service lunch was on the high side. I would have expected waiter service for that price. We even had to order and fetch our own drinks.
Cost, per person, for self service carvery (3 courses), was £28, including a pint of beer, no coffee.
I will probably visit again, when there are fewer eating there, to get a better idea of how their standard when not under the sort of intense pressure they were experiencing when we visited.
Nice and presentable, a hint of luxury, decor is pristine and contemporary; minimalist, perhaps a little generic. Leather chairs are appreciated. A good place to go for above-average coffee, although the experience is marred slightly for me by the fact that, at least from where I have sat on two occasions, the large windows of the restaurant look out onto the car park - not an inspiring or relaxing view. Talking of inspiring views, I'm a fan of the gorgeous large mirror near the entrance :) On the one occasion I have ordered food, the beef in my baguette was too stringy, tough and chewy to eat. Unacceptable. This was a disappointment. Though I understand the received wisdom that beef can be "tricky", I expected more.
A generally good experience. I would go again if passing through, and would recommend the restaurant to coffee-drinkers and indeed to most people, with some minor reservations.
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