Our lunch party the day before had a very similar experience, only no free champagne, just a refund for meals not served after an hour. Just to add to the misery all three draught bitters were off at the same time. Unbelievable!!
8 reviews of The Crooked Chimney in English
Went there for a birthday celebration. The food was atrocious. Badly cooked, small portions, had to wait ages for it and the orders were cold and muddled. I would not recomend this restaurant to anyone. Money was deducted from the bill and we were given a bottle of champagne to make amends....but we would have preferred to have had a competently cooked and served meal after all it's their job. I will never go there again.
Youngnick, 27 April 2011:
Tictockman, 1 July 2011:
I wrote to the HO of Vintage Inns and complained about the dreadful meal we had and never received a reply from them, which to me shows they just don't care. Bad management all round!
Youngnick, 1 July 2011:
We wrote to the manager, Marc, at the pub and got a telephone apology in which he blamed everything on the chef!
No explanation why he went into hiding and left a young waitress on her own to try and placate 30+ angry customers.
Lunch here was the poorest paid dining experience I have ever had. We waited nearly an hour for our food to arrive and when it did it was thoroughly disappointing. They were not even that busy. The garlic bread was charred and clearly a budget offering from Iceland. The actual pasta dish consisted of shrivelled canned mushrooms, badly overcooked, dry chicken breast and a vomit coloured sauce drenched over soft tagliatele. They probably think Al Dente is one of their regulars at the bar as there was no sign of any culinary aptitude at all in this place. Maybe an OK pub but do yourself a favour and steer clear of lunch.
Nice pub with a cosy atmosphere, but the food was pretty dire when we ate lunch there. I had a pitta bread with hoummus and red pepper at a cost of around £4.95; this consisted of one pitta with a tiny amount of hoummus inside and a few strands of pepper, with no garnish at all. It looked miserable on the plate and I felt miserable when I looked at it! Tasted okay-ish, but I kept resenting the fact that this would have cost them about 30p to make and I was paying nearly a fiver for it.
Nice atmosphere with a low ceiling.
This is a nice traditional pub (though it is run by a chain) which has a good selection of food and regular specials. Real ales served on pumps and good selection of wines.
Only negative point is the location - it is fairly remote.
This is a lovely pub to go to outside of welwyn if you want to catch up with friends for a chat. They have a great menu and the food is reasonably priced. Outside is a garden area which is great for the summer
This is a lovely pub which is situated close to brocket hall. It’s easy to get to and is out of the way enough not to be full of drunken rowdies on a friday night.
For a quiet drink it is certainly somewhere I would recommend, there is a nice homely atmosphere created by the comfy chairs and sofas. They food is good and reasonably priced too. They do a nice sunday lunch. This isn’t fine dining, but it is a step up from the brewers fayre type pubs.
Thanks to the loss of electricity in our village a little while ago we spent quite a few meals out. One of the places we decided to check out was this one. We keep passing it on the way home from work but have never stopped. I’ve always been attracted to, wait for it…, the crooked chimney! I thought this lent a bit of charm to the place. The pub inside is quite nice. Modern with lots of comfy sofas scattered about. We headed straight to the back room and settled on a nice big table, one side with chairs the other with booth-type seating. The view out the window was great, the pub backs onto fields so very nice. We decided to go for burgers and chips. It wasn’t the best gourmet burger but perfectly fine for a gathering where conversation is more important than special seeded-buns and organic free-range mayo…The table, cutlery etc…was all clean and tidy and the waiter who brought us our food (though you must order it at the bar) and the waitress who brought out all the dips and sauces were both very nice. Recommended for a chilled-out gathering or family lunch.
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