The Honor Oak Pub
I ate here a few days ago and I have to say that it was a horrible experience. I have eaten there one time before a few months ago but only ordered the onion rings which were very good.
I only ordered them because it said “house-made” on their menu and they were proper good-battered fat onion rings. So I was looking forward to getting them again but sadly they were no longer on the menu. Shame as it would have been the only good thing left on the menu now.
So my new approach to a new restaurant is to order 2 appetizers and see if they can cook those well, and if they do, then I order something more. Sadly I did not adhere to this vital principal and paid that frustration in a 3rd dish which I immediately regretted. I ordered the calamari and beef brisket taco starters. I figured that a chef can’t mess up something like that right?
So the calamari rings were cut way too thin, almost like strings and they gave less than only 10 rings, yes I counted! It was an extremely small portion put on top of a salad, but I didn’t order a salad, so why put calamari on top of a bunch of greens that had no salad dressing on it? …hmm …maybe to make the dish look bigger than it was? Maybe because they were too cheap to give actual calamari in their calamari dish? Maybe it was to save money since the bar usually goes out of business every 3 months and then sold to new ownership whom repeat the same poor ethics?
Next the beef brisket tacos were the smallest tacos that I have ever seen, It was like ridiculously too small, jokingly microscopic, absolutely pathetic and quite insulting to the customer. I wish that I had put a 50 pence coin next to these tacos and took a pic for you viewers just to show the silly small scale of these tacos …and there was only 3 of these little things. Both of these appetizers were worth less than half of their menu charged price really, we were thoroughly disappointed.
Still hungry ofcourse I ordered a hamburger …my 3rd regretted dish. The bun was hard and stale, the meat was ground chuck and ground up in a course fashion so you get that non-crushed bone fragment chunk on your teeth when biting down while chewing. It was certainly not a fine ground beef like a Great American Hamburger. The cheese wasn’t even melted on top of the patty so the cook didn’t put the cheese on the beef patty while it was still on the grill. And the cheese was a very cheap cheddar Asda version slice that had zero taste to it, besides tasting like plastic.
The burger was overcooked to a well-down state after I had specifically asked the bartender taking my order to put down a medium-rare cook on the ticket and I even went to the cook myself (which you can see the kitchen in the main dining area at the back) and I asked the cook to make sure it was done in a medium-rare and he said no problem and that he will make it sure for me.
The burger dish said that it came with a salad on the menu but it did not, and when I asked the waitress where was my salad as described on the menu she said that the menu meant the greens on top of the burger …but which should NOT be classified as a salad. It should be known that when you order a hamburger at a restaurant that it will automatically come with lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles, this is a normal hamburger yes? …or do they think a hamburger is like from McDonald’s with just a simple patty and a regular bun? So it’s very mis-leading to the customer to write a salad coming with a burger plate and all you give is something that is already expected like hamburger toppings or fixings.
And then in the end when we walked out the chef gave me a thumbs up to me as if he was my buddy looking for approval of his poorly-cooked hamburger and the rest of his sub-par wretched appetizers. This “chef” …erm cook, and this pub gets far from my approval, more like my avoidance. Anyone could have done a better cooking job at home for themselves.
I had already known that this pub has changed hands 4 or 5 times in the last year and I think I know the reason(s) why. The service is terrible, the food is even more terrible, the menu changes constantly, a new “cook” NOT chef is hired every 2 months, there is zero consistencies in management, service, food quality and standards, and it is in a poor location with nothing else around.
This pub is absolutely terrible, and I will never recommend anyone to order anything from it’s menu besides a pint of beer which you would hope that they can’t screw that one up too. Anything more you are threading at your own peril. This was such a bad experience that I am going to copy-and-paste this same review on all restaurant review websites I’m on; Yelp, OpenTable, FourSquare, Harden’s, London Eating, The Good Food Guide, Zomato/UrbanSpoon, Dine, TripAdvisor, Google and Facebook.
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