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A very pleasant place with lovely food and atmosphere in a beautiful setting.
Beautiful food as always. Greeted very warmly and excellent service.
lovely food and staff as usual. couldnt recommended enough. back very soon
Fantastic food and staff will visit again in near future
Ours was one of the last lunchtime carvery sittings with a table for 5 booked for 1:30, and unfortunately it was a very disappointing experience. Normally the food is second to none but they only had a few off cuts of turkey left than a trainee tried to serve with the skin and gristle and about a dozen roast potatoes that must have been under the warming lamps for ages as they were tough and tasteless. The birthday-boy in our party wanted the "summer fruit crumble" for dessert which was heavy on fruit and not a lot of crumble. We did ask for a little time after lunch before they brought in the desserts but they arrived shortly after ordering so I cannot help but get the feeling they were trying to get rid of us so they could prepare for a wedding party that was due. Being typically English I didn't want to make a fuss at the time but after a while I felt I must warn other potential diners about the risks of late lunchtime Saturday sittings. On the plus side the Pork was very nice which was fine for me but our teenage daughter will only eat turkey so we had a grumpy 16 year old for the trip back to Stourbridge.
Our initial view was a negative one as we found out upon arrival that the menu online us different to that on offer at the venue. This would normally not be a problem, but we chose the location due to a vegetarian option that was not now available. We were about to leave but the member of staff who greeted us quickly offered an alternative that was available via the carvery. Three minutes later we had ordered and collected our food. It was tasty (if not that hot) and with a dessert, great value. A really nice venue with nice food. One slight critique I would add us rat the staff did nit look that smart. Sorry guys but first impressions count! 😊
Booking was really easy online. Booked a table for two. Got there a little before time but it was no problem getting seated. Going on a, Sunday they only do a daytime carvery and no evening one. Although the pub was busy we were dealt with courteously and efficiently. The were five meats on and the chef who served us was very friendly. A good selection of veg to go with our meal and a nice choice of puddings after. The staff were attentive without being overly so, just right on all aspects of our dining experience. Would definitely go again.
This was our first visit, was a little disappointed to be given the scrag ends of the lamb, which I was looking forward to! Luckily I chose to have beef as well, so didn't go hungry. Cant remember her name but there was one very considerate member of staff that assisted my mother to get her lunch, was very impressed by this level of service. Hated the process of ordering the food, since the area where this is done gets very congested & it takes so much time. We weren't advised of the process immediately, so had wasted some time before being aware, at which time there were people that at arrived after us already queuing to be served.
Looked forward to going to this place as we have heard such good reviews. The fact there were not many cars on the carpark on a saturday lunch seemed strange, but it turned out after we had our meal, we learned the owner was away and the chef that was on was dissappointing. We were left waiting 10 mins at the carvery before the chef came out of the kitchen, and the Roast beef, which we were looking forward to having, was small and looked dry. So we had Turkey, which was one slice and Ham which we were given plenty. The vegs needed to be topped up as there were not many of some and no Yorkshires, which came out half way through our meal. What we had was nice, it was just a shame the beef was not, for us to have tried it.
Excellent food. No soggy veg thrown in as an obligation; all of the ingredients are cooked to maximise flavour. For me, veg is the most important part of the meal, and so I know I can depend on The Punchbowl to get it right. Would prefer the carrots a little firmer, but that's a matter of personal taste... If you're a hardened carnivore, I would say the meat is perfect too; they clearly use quality cuts, and there is always a good variety of meats available- tasty and tender. Good service. Worth the money.