A real gem and accidental find. Whilst out searching for launch sties for our hot air balloon, we found this lovely pub out in the sticks. It has a lovely safe children's play area at the back with plenty of outdoor seating and car parking. We were made most welcome - (even wearing walking boots).
We had the basic menu and found it was very tasty and quickly served. As a result we are well pleased with the warm welcome, and plan to return again - even with the balloon, as there is plenty of space to launch - when the weather is being kind.
We also plan to visit to have a more formal meal, as the menu looks quite interesting - there is even crocodile available - but it is best to ring in advance for this unusual dish.
Thanks for the warm welcome, Anthony, we will return, especially when it's a flyable evening.
Very busy on arrival but we found a table with ease. Lots of staff around but not much seams to be being done, only 2 bar staff serving so I spent the first 15 minutes waiting at the bar.
Food ordered with ease, hot shared platter for starters and 9oz ribeye for main (that's mine) by the way I am writing this at the time we are in the Admiral Rodney. Starters are here and wow - how gutted are we, nowhere near £10.95 worth, and over cooked. Not happy with that but hey - everyone can make a mistake. We'll wait for mains and pass judgment after that.
Not bad, small portions and the children's steak was too over-cooked, but then again my daughter will eat a rare steak with me and most kids are not like that.
Overall OK, could have had better service and the toilets are very smelly.
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.