Lunch at Stokes on High Bridge

mushroom soup

mushroom soup

roast lunch

roast lunch

Stokes is excellent for coffee, indeed the gold standard by which lesser coffees are judged. A pity the same cannot be said of lunch.

Last week I missed roast lunch by a few minutes. Scampi and chips was not good. I did consider lunch at the County Restaurant, but as I missed out on roast lunch last week, I thought I would give it a try. A big mistake.

For starters mushroom soup. It was ok, but I have had far better.

It came with an enormous bap. Too enormous.

Portion size meagre.

The roast dinner was beef. Indeed every time I have looked it has been beef. I would have preferred roast pork.

When served, it looked singularly unappetising.

Initial impressions proved correct. It was pretty awful.

Yorkshire pudding was dried up and burnt. Mashed potatoes were not very nice. Something which I think was red cabbage, but why was it sweet?

Last week I had breakfast, not the full English. Bacon in a bap. A lovely piece of bacon, but I did not think much of the fluffy white bap. The same bap that gets served with the soup.

Stokes on High Bridge is an establishment that prides itself on quality, excellent coffee, skilled baristas, charming waitresses in its coffee shop, knowledgeable on coffee, quality ingredients, and yet lunch is awful.

I suggest a new chef, as something is going very wrong in the kitchen.

I would not hesitate to recommend Stokes on High Bridge for coffee. I cannot recommend for lunch.

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