Haha you're a sucker for punishment Baldrick. Sounds to me like they cook their pizzas from frozen and need to be at one with the idea that less can really be more when it comes to condiments :)
66 St John's Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9PE
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7 reviews of Barn The Restaurant Pub in English
For years I've been solely going to The Barn on Friday or Saturday nights, when it's generally pretty heaving and you'd be very lucky to get a seat. The plus' being for me that it's over 21's on weekend nights and a perfect half way stop when travelling up or down the hill that is Mt Pleasant.
I have, however, recently tried The Barn during a sunny weekend afternoon and for the first time sampled the delights of it's lunchtime food menu. I am, to say the least, impressed; the garden is a sun trap, and a definite addition to my Pub Garden Summer Faves. The food was also perfect for a lunchtime bite. I had a couple of items from their Tapas menu, but they also have a range of sandwiches and burgers, and the neighbouring table were digging into a large bowl of mussels, which looked delicious.
The drinks aren't the cheapest you'll find in the area, so I was also pleasantly surprised by how cheap the food menu was. Most main lunch courses were around the £4-6 mark, which for the look of the size of those mussels seemed pretty damn reasonable.
I was also served a Pimms with more than just a single strawberry in the way of fresh fruit, which is always worth an extra star in my books.
I usually use the bar but went for a meal upstairs last week - two course lunch for a tenner including a drink! fantastic value. Food and service was excellent. A group of about 20 of us are going there in a couple of weeks, should be great!
I'm in a pub, waiting for my beautiful wife and just had the most disgusting meal. Simple fare: sausage inna bit of French bread, some fries and a side salad.
Was served by a preening 18 year old, proudly displaying his chest-based tattoo (and very little in the way if intelligence). He was do busy posing, he allowed my Guinness to overflow. Slow reactions= pint with no head. No apology proffered.
Food arrived. Bread was stale, the sausage was more like herby sawdust. Salad was limp. No that does not do limp justice. The salad was liquid. Liquid. I almost drank it. The fries were not. They should be called "baked".
All so terribly disappointing, dispiriting and dissatisfying. And probably other words that start with "dis.....".
"How was the food, sir?"
"Er, the chips were cold and the sausage had no moisture in it".
"did you enjoy it, sir?"
"Er, not really"
"Oh. Do you mind if I ask why?"
"Um. I've just told you"
"Oh. Are you finished?"
"Yes. Yes I am"
" ......so can I take it away then?"
"By all means, yes". I smile.
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The pub is definitely spoiling it for the restaurant!
I had a pint in the pub last night, the Guinness tasted pretty average, the place seemed sticky and dirty but worst of all was the service. The girl who served me was actually friendly enough, the main issue was what appeared to be the bar manager (just an assumption, he was dressed differently to the rest in a grey shirt) who was offensively loud behind the bar and used language not appropriate for someone in his position!
I'd avoid the bar if you can, but can't vouch for the restaurant having not eaten there for a couple of years now.
I make no apologies for this - somebody needs to be told...
The Barn is a centrally located pub in TW and benefits from the local businesses in the area so is usually busy at lunchtimes (when I've been as it's close to our offices). I can't comment on the evening trade however.
On each occasion the food has been appalling - not just 'below average' pub grub but flat out disgusting. On my first visit the pizza I ordered ('Spicy pepper') was actually wet...don't ask me how they did this...and the (cheddar) cheese topping was hardly melted. Under this vulcanised crust of Cathedral City lay AT LEAST 2 raw bell peppers sliced into chunks. As a final flourish the kitchen had garnished the entire (tepid) topping with the entire contents of a jar of Jalapeno chilies. On collecting my barely touched plate the waiter kept a stony faced experssion of total dis-interest and whipped away the plate before i could open my mouth and mutter 'withold my compliments to the kitchen'. I have been back several times since on 'corporate' get together lunches - last week the seasonal menu was launched and now features the 'All Day Breakfast Pizza'. My homemade burger with stilton came with a side of carbonised chips (as did the other 3 we ordered) and a burger made from low-grade watery mince which oozed industrial grease as you picked it up - tasted of nothing - and was topped off with the crusty arse end of a stilton wedge which hadn't even melted. Oh - a colleague who went for he 'safe' option of a caesar salad was intrigued to see the kitchen had - in typical signature style - tipped the entire contents of a jar of capers on top of the salad rendering it inedible and soaked in bitter vinegar.
It can't possibly get any worse...but I'm going back only to see what the Christmas menu promises!
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