On 16 Apr 2012 at 2:47pm DownsWalker wrote:
Anyone visited the newly furnished pub? Walked over there from Malling on Sunday. They have done a good job on it. All newly panelled (but a bit bare if you ask me). Quite a few well kept draught beers and the wines tasted good (so my wife says). Had a Cheddar Ploughmans but that was poor. two very, very thin slices of cheese, a bit of fresh bread, salad, half a pickled onion etc. £8.95. A great deal more cheese and bread and it would have been good value. As it was, it wasn't. Other food looked good but not tasted. Anyway, its still a good stop after a nice walk so I will give it the benefit of the doubt re food for the moment.
On 16 Apr 2012 at 2:57pm Dave wrote:
I overhead the barman saying to a petite woman that they wouldn't 'encourage' her to order a kids meal.
I'm not sure what to think about that to be honest.
On 16 Apr 2012 at 4:12pm Vampire Buffet Slayer wrote:
It is quite pricey,though there is a brilliant selection of ales. My suggestion is take a packed lunch,eat it on Caburn,then hit the Trevor for beer!
On 16 Apr 2012 at 4:48pm bastian wrote:
some one I spoke to recently showed me the menu from the Trevor arms during their beer festival, that ploughmans was priced at £12 and some beers were ¬£4 a pint.
On 16 Apr 2012 at 4:54pm DownsWalker wrote:
Bastian. You are correct. The £12 was for the Stilton or Brie option.
On 16 Apr 2012 at 7:28pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
That's outrageous. Some pubs really take the p!ss.
We stopped at the Griffin at Fletching last summer. They had a barbecue and were charging £13 for a couple of sausages, some salad and some bread. The barbecued lobster was ¬£37 and it was only half a lobster.
Mind you, I was told that the cafe at Ditchling charges ¬£9.95 for a full English breakfast, and that tea or coffee is extra. You could get 3 breakfasts at Warren's in Newhaven for that!
On 16 Apr 2012 at 9:49pm Cyclist wrote:
We once stopped at the Griffin when they had a barbecue. We saw the prices and went to the Pub up the road (I think its called the Rose and Crown) had some nice sandwiches at reasonable prices.
On 16 Apr 2012 at 10:59pm Pork Pie Pete wrote:
12 quid for a ploughmans????? The Grffin has always been known as a rip off joint.
On 17 Apr 2012 at 8:13am In defence of landlords wrote:
Why don't you lot just stick to the cheap burger vans where you belong. I wouldn't want the pubs rent etc around my neck for anything. Thry are just trying to make a living. They ain't getting rich I can promise you that.
On 17 Apr 2012 at 8:34am Pete wrote:
If I visit a place and the food is substandard and/or too expensive, I just don't go there again, end of.
On 17 Apr 2012 at 9:57am B&B landlady wrote:
There's a balance to be struck though, isn't there "In Defence of Landlords"? £12 for a ploughmans is too expensive: the ingredients, even retail, would cost no more than two or three quid and there's no cooking involved. Mark up 100% by all means, but no more.
It's a shame: my guests often ask for a good circular walk out of Lewes and I really hoped that the Trevor Arms might have seized the opportunity to offer good quality pub grub so that I can wholeheartedly recommend it as the lunch-time stop-off. It sounds like they still need to take a picnic...
On 17 Apr 2012 at 10:43am In defence of landlords wrote:
Yes I agree B&B but we walked across the downs from Lewes to the Trevor a couple of Sunday's ago and had a roast there. From memory it was about £9.each Good value I thought. Lucky for me it was a warm sunny day and we had dinner in their garden. I'll be back.
On 17 Apr 2012 at 10:54am Janet wrote:
In defence of landlords - you make it sound like you are the landlord of the establishment in question from the over reaction to other posts - "stick to the burger vans where you lot belong" rather strong to people objecting to being over charged for food that was not up to standard. I like that you manage to get into your recent post the "good value £9 roast"
On 17 Apr 2012 at 10:59am brixtonbelle wrote:
The Trevor is going the same way as the Ram in Firle (now run by same landlady) - same overpriced food, same decor. We stopped there a month or so ago and were shocked at food prices - we all ended up with fish and chips or just chips. We were a large party but even so, it took over an hour for them to arrive which is just ridiculous. We won't eat there again. Best value pub food in town is still the Lewes Arms.
On 17 Apr 2012 at 12:01pm Frak wrote:
And when you've paid £11.95 for those fish and chips, that's a long wait.
On 17 Apr 2012 at 1:39pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I don't mind paying top prices for top food, but when pubs start charging £12 for what is basically a bit of bread and cheese they are really OTT imo. You could go to somewhere like the Powdermills and have an outstanding 3 course meal, in lovely surroundings with superb service, for about ¬£30 a head. How pubs get away with charging restaurant prices beats me.
¬£9 for a roast isn't bad, at least it requires preparation and cooking, but the sort of prices that have been quoted on here for ploughman's or a couple of barbecued sausages are frankly outrageous. And the best pub roast I've had for a while was ¬£7.95 (local pork or beef, goose-fat roasted potatoes, terrific veg, home-made Yorkshires and huge portions) and all desserts ¬£1. Sadly, it was up in Surrey, not round here. If it was local, it might steal the "top roast" crown from the Snowy.
On 17 Apr 2012 at 1:56pm Little chef wrote:
ACT - Where in Surrey? I'm often that way on Sundays.
On 17 Apr 2012 at 2:54pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
Bletchingley. Not on the main drag, down a little side road called, I think, Little Common Lane. It runs north from the A25.
The pub is called the William IV or King William or something. It has a nice garden and is dog friendly.
On 17 Apr 2012 at 3:20pm Cheeky Monkey wrote:
In the 90's, The Griffin had a reputation for being pricey, mainly because the landlord liked to old peruvian marching powder so 25% of each bill included a line.
Allegedly, your honor.
On 17 Apr 2012 at 3:28pm Little Chef wrote:
Many thanks ATC...
William IV, Little Common Lane, Bletchingley, Redhill, Surrey. RH1 4QF
Know the area very well, in-laws family lived in Bletchingley for many years - Will give pub a try.
On 17 Apr 2012 at 5:55pm bastian wrote:
Why can't pubs be pubs, do the odd roast or a pie and a pint, if it's a good pub with a decent cellar people who love beer will come back, especially if they like the bar staff. the prices the Trevoe arms is charging is for toff food at a resterant..not a pub.
On 17 Apr 2012 at 6:12pm In defence of landlords wrote:
Just for the record, I'm not a landlord of anywhere. Wouldn't want to be.
And the 6 quid roast at the Newmarket is fine. Shame about the pikey's running it.
On 17 Apr 2012 at 6:33pm king cnut wrote:
Newmarket is good value - know what you mean abt the staff (hundreds of them and look like they can handle themselves) but can't fault the service or food.
I long for a pub whose main food selection is crusty rolls withcheese or ham/mustard. A pork pie would be a bonus!!
On 17 Apr 2012 at 10:18pm Taff wrote:
Although I do eat in some pubs I would prefer that the emphasis was on good beer and not the nosh.
On 18 Apr 2012 at 12:18am Bongo wrote:
Oven chips. You pay a fortune in pubs etc, and you get oven chips! Is it now too difficult to peel a spud, chop it, and bung in it a deep fat fryer? That really annoys me when I'm eating out. It just shows lack of commitment/interest. I'd be doing stuff a whole lot differently if I was running a kitchen.
Ban all oven chips!!
On 18 Apr 2012 at 5:14pm Hungry Ploughman wrote:
I had noticed this thread the other day and just by chance happened to go into the Shepherd and Dog at lunchtime. Guess what ...... ploughmans for £12.00! However, it was on the nemu as an option for two to share and the waitress said it was fine for a snack for two and a lot for one. When it arrived it was a normal sized ploughmans with perhaps one extra piece of bread and certainly not enough to share. It was also rather strange in that we asked for stilton and ham and received warm bacon rather than ham and the stilton was a piece with rind on one complete side (meining half of it went to waste). Basically, it was a scam to rip you off for ¬£12 for a ploughmans. Other menu prices were also pretty high so I suggest people avoid this place.