by fjm30, 21 Nov 2010
We arrived to a smile and were seated at our table. We were given menus and asked if we would like a drink... I responded that I'd like just water for now and would look at the wine list. It then took at least 15 minutes for anyone to come near us again, and I had to wave them down. I asked for some advice on the extensive and expensive wine list. No real help available, no sommelier for this extensive and - as mentioned - expensive wine list. We finally decided on a bottle which then took at least 10 minutes to arrive.
Food was ordered and delivered promtly. Taste ok, value for money not ok. Overall the food was good. The service was appalling though. There were so very many waiters and no one to wait on us - each time we required service we had to hail someone down.
Considering the cost to dine here, it certainly is NOT worth the money spent. I would not choose to dine in this restaurant again. Nothing special on offer! Stay away. I would much rather eat a Sunday roast at Garrison or the Village East on Bermondsey Street, both of which provide far better all round value.
by hayley1, 10 Aug 2010
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by matt chapman, 28 Nov 2006
I ordered crab cakes, which were OK, but the plate of 'cheeses and meats from the market' was a bit of Jarlsberg type cheese, 2 slices of jamon and a bit of pork pie, and some vibrant yellow piccalilli. Really not nice. It's so disappointing for a place that obviously has lots of people who are into food around in the market.
I wouldn't go again, or recommend it to anyone.
by Elsie, 21 Oct 2006
Starters of pilchards and Parma-style British ham arrived promptly and were tasty. Mains of roast chicken and beef wellington followed soon after. These portions were very generous and neither of us could finish our meals. Eventually space was found for a very tasty apple crumble.
At some point toward the end of the meal, my husband told the waiter that this had been to celebrate my birthday and that there had been no record of the reservation. Wheels turned, both the hostess and the manager apologised profusely and gave us complementary glasses of bubbly.
Although the food was good, I wouldn't say it was outstanding. Would I go again? Probably not.
by missg (2 reviews), 15 Oct 2006
Which is why it is such a shame that we were underwhelmed and disappointed by the food and time it took to arrive. One dining companion's first 2 choices of starter, first choice of main and our first choice of wine were all unavailable. The starters then took 30 minutes to arrive (whilst staff bustled round us constantly topping up our wine and water even though we asked them not to) and dishes were not all brought out at the same time.
The main courses took over an hour to arrive, despite being told every ten minutes that the food would be with us in "3 to 5 minutes". When they finally arrived, they had clearly been sitting around somewhere for a long time. Again, the dishes were brought out piecemeal and we had to wait for our vegetables. Both the pork and the chicken were dry and the bed of mussels that came with the halibut were stone cold. Unsurprisingly, we requested the bill soon after finishing our main courses 3 1/2 hours after we arrived.
Roast was overpriced and understaffed. I will not be going back.
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by Don, 04 Dec 2005
An original venue, but windows have no blinds which meant one of us was himself nearly roasted for about 30 minutes while the sun was moving round the room!
I thought the wine list was only so-so: the Gevrey Chambertin 2001 was probably too young to be worth paying £49 for, and the Cote Rotie (£50) was only marginally better - possibly trying too hard to find 'original' wines at the expense of reliability... I also have no idea how they managed to initially charge me £98 for the Gevrey on the bill!
Food-wise the veg was a little undercooked (sprouts) but the chips were good, Rare Ox Heart interesting but not that flavoursome (perhaps it's not meant to be though!) and the others said their food was OK but not that special... I guess the kitchen may still be 'teething'.
Will probably give Roast another chance as it's a pretty good venue, but two missed strikes and it'll be out of contention.
by Prasutagus, 23 Nov 2005
Enjoyed the wine list too, and a superb location with views over Borough Market on one side and towards St Paul's on the other.
by tekka (34 reviews), 18 Nov 2005
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