Advantages Always one close by, quick turn out, children are welcome and catered for.
Disadvantages Toilets can be quite disturbing, not all dishes taste as good they are described.
Harvester RestaurantsRestaurant Reviewed: Stag and Hounds
**** Parking and Getting a Table *****
The Harvester chain of Restaurants have over 2000 outlets across the United Kingdom and owned and operated by Mitchells and Butlers, who claim to be the UK's leading operator of managed pubs, bars and restaurants. Harvester claim to offer healthy eating, drinking and entertainment in one reasonably priced outlet.
As with most of the Harvester's I have visited, there is usually ample free parking at the rear of the establishment. However on Saturday evenings and Sunday lunch times these places are heaving with customers, so avoid the crowds, go early and if possible ring and reserve a table. The Stag and Hounds is no exception but fortunately there is an over flow car park used by travel lodge customers next door.The entrance is usually through the bar
The waitress will hand you over a large menu (these things are over 40 cms in length) and as you try to juggle it open without knocking over a strategically placed wine glass, she or he will take your drinks order before returning to take your food order. Depending on how busy the place is, you will be given around 10 minutes to choose but if you are not ready, just say so and she will return.The menus use a large and clear font size, they are easy to read and also inform the customer of dishes suitable for those with allergies and vegetarian options.
You are not committed to order a starter. To be honest, as you are allowed to eat as much as you want in salad cart, I would avoid the starters altogether. The salad cart is more filling and tastier than the starters and best of all, completely free.Bowls are situated next to the cart and tongs in each separate container. The majority of the time they are clean but one tip is to always rub your finger around the inside first. On one occasion there was a dried mayo sauce which though you couldn't see, I could feel it.
Allegedly "fresh rolls" are placed on top of the cart to also help yourself. The rolls taste like the pre packed baguettes that you bake when required, hopefully not full of preservatives but definitely not fresh and steaming that you buy from the bakers.The salad cart contains a good varied selection, including potato salad, coleslaw, cous cous, Florida salad, cucumber, grated carrots, croutons, bacon bits and at least three different jugs of dips. One to recommend is the blue cheese but don't over do it as too much is overpowering and ruins the flavour of your salad. The mayo and thousand island are rich and creamy. ****** Menu as of Feb 2007 ******
As with all menu's they are subject to change according to season and prices.
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