We had been to Spread Eagle a few years earlier and the food and service had been of a very high standard. We decided to visit again, knowing that it had changed hands since our first visit. The interior is still impressive and as described on the website. Sadly the food and service is way short of that.
On arrival we ordered two drinks and some tap water. Despite the fact that the restaurant only had a couple of other tables filled we still hadn't received either fifteen minutes later. When we chased them the water arrived to be followed by the waitress saying she had forgotten what some of our order was (it was only two drinks!)
Service was sporadic and very slow throughout the meal.
We booked for sunday lunch but when my partner selected the roast beef billed as 'sirloin and yorkshire pudding' he were told they had run out of Yorkshire puddings. Disappointing on two levels: 1) that they didn't have enough of the staple menu ingredients 2) suggests they don't maker them but buy them in.
The menu offered Tagliatelle then goes on to describe a risotto dish - even on the website - check it out on the sunday menu!
The bread arrived at the table at the same time as the starter and rather than being accompanied by butter it was unpleasant yellow margarine (albeit with herbs added, presumably to make it look posh)
The goats cheese and caramelised onion tart starter was heavy on onion, low on cheese and with an overcooked brittle tart. The crab salad offered a measly portion for its 9.50 price tag
The main of Plaice and vegetables was good and worthy of the 14.50 price, whilst the chicken wrapped in pancetta at 13.50 was.,..
A disappointing end to a disappointing meal was an apple crumble clearly with tinned apples,packet crumble lacking taste and accompanied by a mediocre bright yellow ice cream.
This place is still trading on its previous good standards and is failing. Rather than "setting the standard for fine food in Greenwich" as its website suggests.
It is at best on a par with a very average restaurant chain but still charging a premium price. We certainly won't be going back
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