In response to the last review, I would like to comment that the service since the new landlord came in has been top notch. I live locally and can't emphasise enough how much the atmosphere has changed and the quality of food has risen.
I think I can say for the whole village that there are now 3 good pubs in Bradfield to go to and the last comment is nothing but mischievous and obviously aimed at getting custom for 'the Castle'. I'm sure they do good food and service so I suggest you 'no city slicker' stay there.
Having met the new landlord and knowing he works in the kitchen I'm sure it wasn't him who made comments like that or served 'leather' steaks.
Since the new landlord has taken over it's been well worth a try, the lamb shanks are nice, I've eaten a few times and everything is home made. It's well worth a visit and try for yourselves.
Great food but a limited menu even for one that makes a point of specialising in good pub food.
I had a steak and chips, which were excellent, and the price was reasonable. But a meal out is not purely about the food; it's about the basic atmosphere and service. The maitre d' was brash and loud, and service was rushed and slipshod - we had to ask more than once for cutlery with which to eat, for a clean glass because a dirty one was brought, and when my unassuming mother sent her coffee back because it was 'so bitter she really couldn't drink it' another equally bad cup came out. My tea was not hot. These are not extravagant demands - just simple things that should have been done right. Must try harder.
This pub used to until the last few years, be a really good pub, good service, food but it has gone completely downhill.
We went there in the last month twice. The first time we had to wait over an hour for our food despite the pub not being all that busy and only us eating. The second time we went the same thing happened. In fact we had to wait even longer for our food. We have three children under four and found it difficult to entertain them. It is not usually a problem, as we are usually out of the pub within an hour but two hours in the pub is ridiculous. Suffice to say we wont' be coming back.
I would like to say how disgusted I was not only with the food but also with the service that we received.
My partner asked for a medium rare steak and received what can only be described as a piece of old carpet. My daughter was served with a lamb shank that was just fat and bone, no meat to be seen. And I had a gammon steak that was so dry that it could have been used as a doorstop.
We tried discretely to complain, and the landlord grabbed my partners plate from him and said to my daughter "I'm not worried about yours it's out of a bag" then made a great scene and shouted across the whole pub "give these people their money back and get them out"! If this is how the other customers felt then it's a wonder they have any left.
We only live in Bolsterstone, and not a city slicker I thought it would be nice to try somewhere for a change. Never again. We will stick to the Castle - good food and a least Glynn knows how to look after his customers!
Visited the Strines Inn today, 5th March 2009, for a quiet lunch without the hassle of kids or husbands!
We found the staff extremely pleasant and helpful, the place had a nice relaxed atmosphere. The menu caters for a variety of tastes with homemade dishes. Prices are very reasonable considering the very large portion sizes.
We will definitely return and take our families with us.
I had heard that the Red Lion did good food, so I booked a table so me and my good lady could enjoy a meal.
We arrived at our booked time of 20:15 to find that we were not expected, although I phoned and booked a table.
The waiter pointed to a table set for four persons and promptly removed 2 place settings, for us to use.
About 5 minutes later we were approached by a waitress, who politely enquired if we were ready to order. We weren't ready, so she carried on serving other people. About 4 minutes later we gave our order to a waiter, who we believed had submitted our order to the kitchen.
We then waited. In the meantime 2 other sets of couples, who came in after us, were served with food.
After 30 minutes and 4 drinks later, we enquired if we had been forgotten and found that the "the kitchen hadn't received our order". The waiter apologised and offered us a complimentary drink for our trouble. The menu did look promising, but it was spoilt by the fact that communication between the bar and the kitchen didn't work, a distance of 10 feet!
It was a total waste of our time, effort and expense. Furthermore there was no form of apology from the management or landlord.
Strongly recommended by a couple of friends, I took my father, son and daughter for lunch. Apart from the waitress, who was lovely, and very helpful, we were all completely disappointed.
We wanted steak, which for some reason wasn't on the menu and so chose gammon, which was quite dry and served with the drab and not (or so it seemed, fresh vegetables, apart from the chips). It was very expensive for what it was and nobody enjoyed it.
The next week I cooked the same meal for the family, which was far tastier, the gammon succulent and enjoyed far more by everyone. Certainly wouldn't go there again.