Miss_PiggyMember since 05 Feb 2007
The table was sticky and rickety, we were in a small corner of a conservatory (or add on)and the staff had to squeeze past tables to get through. We choose a selection of mains and a rice and noodle dish.
We were suprised at the price of the noodles and rice and believed for the price we would get a good size portion... nope it was a tiny bowl!
They provided us with warm towels at the end like it was special....
The staff were good (except for the lack of cleaning), polite and all said goodbye (which was nice). Sadly the food was nothing special....and for the amount we paid we expect good food...
What happened next and (has happened before) has led me and my husband to think again before deciding to go back to The Open House.
Children! I don't mind children, don't get me wrong, but, whilst eating my Sunday lunch and discussing things with my husband I suddenly realise there are 3 children climbing and clambering over the tables behind and next to us. They are weaving in and out of the tiny space between us the wall. Mum and Dad are oblivious to the fact that the children are now up the fire escape and looking into upstairs. Then Dad looks up and realises the kids are no where to be seen (rummaging through the bins probably). Gets up and then takes a tennis ball out and decides to play football the entire length of the courtyard. The kids then reappear and decide to kick it around. (Other children are also running around parentless!!)
It's a pub courtyard for goodness sake, not a public park, people come to enjoy eating and drinking not dodging someone else's balls!!
Yes, the pub is child friendly, but there is no play area, please respect that the fact that just because you think little Jimmy is the light and love of your life, other people do not feel the same way!!
We shared a grilled sardines starter (perfectly cooked and tasty)
Family Platter for two (Sunday Lunch - full of taste and perfect veg)
Followed by a chocolate melt (sorry cannot remember name) but it was heaven on a plate. I would have sneakily wiped the plate with my finger if I wasn't in public.
The Service was wonderful - the host was friendly and genuine and you could peak into the kitchen, which was running smoothly.
The restaurant is very intimate, cosy with a rustic feel; which was perfect for the location. Everyone seemed happy, the customers were smiling and full of praise for the food. It was a wonderful meal experience.
Next time I'm going to try the cider!!
The woman who greeted us was very friendly and we thought we were in for a good evening.
I ordered a favourite dish of mine pasta gamberi (King prawns) and my husband ordered a smoked salmon bake..
The arrived after some time, the salmon bake was awful, it looked like lump of penne reheated with small flakes of salmon dotted here and there.
My king prawns - well I had one king prawn sliced in half as garnish and the rest of the prawns were packet prawns you can get in Iceland....The tomato sauce was tasteless and watery.
We were still hungry and decided to have a dessert,we ordered a cheesecake and banoffee pie...
15 mins later the waitress arrived back and announced that there was no banoffee...
I gave up and ordered the bill... Which was too much for tasteless food and shoddy service.
A must have is the Tiramisu!! It's heaven on a plate! We usually share it and I have to fight my hubby off of it. The staff are pleasant, they don't hover and what I like is that they are "themselves" - so I would recommend you try lovely coaching inn restaurant.
Can get very busy in the evenings when Brightonians finish work.
Nice wine :)
Staff were good and the amosphere was cozy and intimate (candles). There was a DJ which was at the right volume to allow people to speak without shouting and comfy chairs and sofas.
I had a wonderful time!
For a chain it's expensive - or ended up so and we were still hungry when we left.
One large glass of wine for me and a selection of dishes for the table. We asked the smiley waitress whether we had ordered enough and were told we had... then the teeny plates arrived....
OK I know tapas is on small plates but the food on the small plates were even tinier. We had a special - sardines which were lovely but one and a half sadines for £6.50 is a bit much!! Where was the other half?!!
Not the best!
It was wonderful, my fiance whos birthday we were celebrating felt "treated" and thought it was lovely. The head waiter and waiting staff were smooth and provided spot on service - advising us on the wine, giving us time to eat,chat and savour the experience.
We will be returning!!
Worth every penny!
It never fails to charm visitors and there is always something for the most pickiest of drinkers. My favourite beer is the raspberry one (due to holding fantastic memories of one spontaneous drunken afternoon).
I have also celebrated with champagne and a meal there.
I will be visiting again and taking whoever I am with for a sampling beer session.