We are regular visitors to The Ball on Wednesday nights for a meal and a catch up with friends. Tonight the pub was the busiest we've seen it for a long time. However, the food was excellent tonight and we all really enjoyed our meals.
The difference tonight was that the chef, Garion, came out of the kitchen to ask if we had enjoyed our food, and nothing was too much trouble for him or the waiter who served our meals. Not sure if Garion is a new chef, and his assistant, James, too, but hope they are here to stay, as the meals tonight were the best we have had there for a while.
Hello, since my last review I am now happy to say at last things have been turned around now.
I wandered in there on Saturday evening to sample the beer. I tried the Farmer's Blonde and it was excellent. It was the only beer I tried and I was more than happy to stay with my choice for several more.
Been a regular customer to have food here and always great until today. We booked a table but were not on their list. Had to wait 30 minutes before we were sat down. No apology. Ordered food. Took 30 minutes and all the meals had dry, burnt chips. Dry chicken and dry lasagne. All overcooked. Really disappointed.
Just found out that landlady Heather is leaving. All I can say is someone will have a big pair of boots to fill. As a regular I cannot praise Heather and her team enough. She always goes the extra mile for both customers and staff, and she will be missed by all. Thank you all at the Springvale for always making us so welcome. Kerry and Andy.
It is some years since I visited the Sportsman (my loss). Dropped in today with my granddaughter for some lunch. What a treat! A friendly, warm welcome when we arrived; a good and varied choice of meals on the blackboard.
We both opted for the steak and scampi at £10.50, one medium-rare and one well-done. They came cooked exactly as they had been ordered, with chips, peas, mushrooms and 8 pieces of very decent scampi. A bowl of onion rings on the side to share were perfect (real onion rings).
With a glass of water and a lime and lemon the grand total was £21.50, an absolute bargain.