The Engineer reviews
by HES, 08 Jul 2012
Starters were pleasant but pedestrian - a pint of cooked prawns is hardly a stretch, and goats cheese bruschetta was pleasant but artichokes were nowhere to be found. Mains were enjoyable - very good burger and enjoyable and tasty sea bass, and a fresh looking mackerel salad.
So, all was going well until we asked to settle up. We discovered to our surprise a 20% service charge added to our not insignificant lunch bill of £170. We felt that, for a two course lunch of what was effectively burger and chips, to suddenly expect us to cough up £20 without forewarning was unacceptable. (Last time I checked, a waitress serving a table of 4 should not be an inconvenience!)
As a point of principle, we objected to being told to tip £20 and left a £15 tip instead. We were then challenged by the waitress that we had not paid the bill, and one of our party overheard the staff bitching about us in the kitchen.
Decent food but no more spectacular than any decent city pub and not worth the stinking attitude of the staff. Being outright rude to our faces was unbelievable and I can't imagine they have regular customers with that kind of entitled attitude. A poor show and a sad end to an otherwise enjoyable meal.
by mel1, 11 Jul 2010
by marlonace98, 31 Jan 2010
by ebacher28 (2 reviews), 01 Dec 2009
by hipwell, 28 Oct 2009
by Lee111, 13 Sep 2009
We booked a table and got seated well enough. The waiter was rushed, but nice (they were clearly short-staffed, although they didn't seem too bothered or rushed because of it). We went straight for mains and ordered duck (was told it was going to come pink, it came more like well done), fillet of sea bream (filled with bones) and salmon with parma ham (although the waiter got it wrong the first time round and we had to wait another 10 mins for the last dish to arrive). We also ordered the 'special' side - courgettes - only to be told they had sold out (at 7.30pm!).
The chef had obviously lost his passion for cooking and should really pack it in. If you can't be bothered taking the bones out of fish, don't serve it. And if you can't cook duck, don't put it on the menu. Added to this the fact that none of the dishes were nice or seasonal and the glass of Gamay I ordered was like vinegar (not worth £8.50), I think they should ask themselves why they are in business. It is certainly not to provide good food or good service.
by freya 4 (2 reviews), 23 Apr 2009
by ALR, 14 Nov 2008
We had a booking for a large group of 12, which we all understand can be more difficult to look after in terms of serving meals etc, so we split our group into a table of 6 and table of 4 - this pub doesn't do bookings for more than 10. The waitress 'looking after us' in fact told us that their kitchen can't handle tables larger than 6.
Our plan for the afternoon was to sit in the beer garden on this beautiful day, eat a yummy lunch (which it was), and share quite a few drinks with some friends but the staff at this pub seemed intent on making sure that didn't happen. We were sick of the treatment so left as soon as we'd finished lunch to go to another pub nearby for a few more drinks.
The staff at The Engineer don't seem to understand the concept of the hospitality business. They were anything but hospitable. I won't be coming back or recommending it.
by meikejean, 28 Sep 2008
Overall, a poor, overpriced experience for a not overfussy diner. I'll be better off next time going for a Sunday roast at a proper pub or a restaurant meal with proper service at a proper restaurant. This was neither.
by Tony C, 17 Dec 2007
by Moo Moo (23 reviews), 23 Jun 2007
Imagine, a vegetarian who dislikes mushrooms and there was just a mushroom risotto on the menu. There was a pasta option with bacon, so my friend thought she'd ask if she could order the pasta dish without any bacon. The reply was no, because the sauce was already mixed in. Understandable I guess, but the pasta dish was £12.00 and you think to yourself, I could have bought an all mixed in pasta dish from Waitrose for much less! There was no attempt to offer any alternative or the initiative to ask the chef if any thing else could be done. A 12.5% 'optional' service charge was added to our bill. I'm ashamed of myself for having paid it!
by Twinky, 18 Oct 2006
by phill2424, 29 Sep 2006
by Gebe, 23 May 2006
by poodle (2 reviews), 31 Aug 2005
by anonymous howard (3 reviews), 17 Aug 2005
by Nathaliecomty (2 reviews), 15 Aug 2005
There is also a large beer garden where you can eat in the summer. Book in advance as it is very popular. A must!
by Anonymous, 12 Jun 2005
by Clysgrl (10 reviews), 22 Feb 2005
Have we missed a great gastro pub in London? Let us know.