The Eagle reviews
They were quite nice service-wise as well, and when they saw that five of us had only a small table while two people were sitting at a large one, they very nicely asked the other people to exchange places with us, which they graciously did. The manager/chef, a bearded Italian guy, was very kind, gave us good advice on the food, and when I asked him for mustard for my steak sandwich, refused with a cool sense of humour! He did give me some mustard, but said that I should try it without, and he was damn right. This thing is the most delicious sandwich you will ever eat in your life!
by khodadad21, 22 Nov 2011
by SaintJ, 22 Jul 2011
by ns1971, 01 Jul 2011
Grilled fish was my choice of the day and this was simply (and delightfully) cooked on a grill and served with grilled peppers and cherry tomatoes seasoned perfectly with olive oil, garlic and herbs. It was a dinner that was simple and fresh and went down well.
The same, however, cannot be said for my friends' choice, the lamb tagine. Now, I'm not a culinary expert by any means but even I know what a tagine is meant to taste like - thick stewy goodness flavoured with dates, coriander, lamb falling off the bone and an explosion of spice combinations. What my friends were presented with was what could best be described as slops: lamb in a watery concoction that was not seasoned and which had rice swimming in the bowl.
When my friend mentioned this to the chef, he rudely told her that she "must eat it"!?! Being of sane mind, my friend politely refused to do so, sent the tagine back and instead asked for some jamon, tomatoes and bread, which she paid extra for. We all had by that time finished our meals whilst my friend waited... and waited for her bread, jamon and tomatoes! When we mentioned this to the staff on the floor he merely told us he was not aware of the problem and then grudgingly brought out a plate of jamon on its own. When my friend pointed out that this was not what she had asked for, he stalked off and then came back a while later with the correct order, asking "Is this better?".
I understand that this is a pub, a busy one at that, but to be written about as a gastropub I would expect it to take some pride in the quality of the food it sends out of the kitchen and some level of service. I'm always willing to give things a second chance but this one I may stay away from.
by bmen3201, 29 Oct 2010
by rednick1981, 28 Jun 2009
I'm afraid I can't say anything about the food here, because it never arrived. Out of a group of 9 people I was the first to order and pay for my food. About 15 mins later 2 of my friends got their meals, about 15 mins after that 3 others of the party got theirs (not great but not too disastrous), but the remaining four of us still hadn't been served more than an hour later. I am not joking - we ordered at about 2.05, and we still hadn't been served at 3.15. I actually ended up not having lunch because I was so p***ed off with being fobbed off by the waiter - who kept telling us our food was 'just coming' when it obviously wasn't - that I told them to forget it.
To her credit the manageress, when I found her and complained, was very nice and apologetic when I brought it to her attention, and gave us free drinks and brought some free bread and cheese for me. But she didn't really have a good explanation for why the kitchen had just seemingly decided not to cook the meals we'd ordered - she just said they'd been very busy. I'm afraid that really didn't wash, because loads of people who had arrived after us got their meals, and neither she nor any of the other staff had even noticed that we hadn't been served, let alone came to explain why. Not one of them.
The one star is for the manageress' apology, but that was the only thing they did even vaguely right. Shocking.
by Inka (2 reviews), 02 Feb 2009
by luckyloly (2 reviews), 04 Jan 2009
by JEK, 14 May 2008
All of this would not matter one iota if the food was top-notch spankingly wonderful. Unfortunately it was colourless sludge. Sunday's lamb was grey - the kind of grey that you see in early TV adaptations of Dickens' novels, when they were filmed in black and white. The pork belly was cooked okay, but served with a mass of Borlottti beans in a thick clingy sauce with no real flavour, and a side of salsa verde that did nothing for any flavours apart from be very tart and vinegary.
Given that this place is the grand-daddy of gastro-pubbery, this is a huge let down on a heritage of culinary interest and diversity. If this is where the movement came from, it is a miracle it evolved.
The coffee is good, and the guy behind the bar was great. But the food still sucks.
by njfdavies, 25 Mar 2008
by matt.w, 21 Mar 2008
I would recommend that they invest a few pounds on a modest 'upgrade', which might return them to their glory days when The Eagle really was an original and fantastic place to go and have some good food with half decent wine or beer.
by varvas, 01 Mar 2008
by KeithKingsX, 23 Feb 2008
by chow, 04 Dec 2007
by catetyann, 09 Nov 2007
by Honey Bee, 09 Nov 2007
by rebels, 08 Nov 2007
by harburg, 24 Sep 2007
by DeeBeeGee, 07 Sep 2007
Bar staff took ages to take our order. Pasta was undercooked. Bream was nearly tasteless. Soups were OK.
Do not go here. Go spend your money somewhere worthwhile.
by wobin, 19 Jun 2006
by Anonymous, 30 May 2006
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