Written on: 20/05/2012
We took my Mother-in-Law here for Saturday lunch on 19th May 2012. We were greeted and seated within a few minutes of our arrival. At first sight everything looked quite encouraging, the restaurant was reasonably full and on looking at the menu the choice looked varied and interesting. However, we decided to go for the Carvery as my Mother-in-Law said that she had eaten here before and the Carvery was good. Before heading to the Carvery we were asked for our drinks choice. The choice that day was either Gammon, Turkey or Beef - I chose the Turkey, which was sliced off the breast and there was a generous portion. My husband and mother-in-law chose the Beef. The vegetables were also varied, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, ratatoullie and either mashed, boiled or roast potatoes.
On returning to our table our drinks had not arrived, and I had got well into my meal by the time they did arrive. We were not offered anything like additional water at the table. I had chosen a German wine, which tasted horrible. I suspect it was perhaps not one which was generally chosen and was sitting in the bottle. It just tasted wrong.
Whilst the meal was OK, the roast potatoes tasted burned and were not crispy. The vegetables were all on the 'crunchy' side, although I'm not adverse to that.
We followed the meal with dessert. I had a trifle, which for £4.95 was only mediocre and not particularly well presented. It came in a pot with the cream widged on the top and it was covered in ghastly hundreds and thousands (how naff!)
Three Carvery meals, one non-alcholic beer, one fruit juice and a 250ml glass of wine, one trifle and ice cream came to just over £43.00. The food was unremarkable, not particularly well-presented and the service was lacklustre, although the waitress was attentive but I think she was covering quite a lot of tables, so she was busy.
Having recently eaten at a Pizza Express, where we had two delicious mains, a beer and large glass of red, plus additional water (at no cost), and desserts plus coffee for just on £32.00, I would say that a visit to the Shepherd and Dog is not good value for money considering the ambience, service and quality of food (which was less than average). We will not be repeating this experience, which considering we were taking someone out to dinner, was disappointing to say the least.