Our first visit since Covid and my 65th Birthday celebration meal. The turkey and beef looked lovely but at only 1 slice of each served we relied on the good range of accompaniments to fill the plates. Maybe they were saving the meat for the coach party that turned up and took over the bar and carvery food line. Good quality but meger portions. Dessert was lovely but the coffee we ordered didn't arrive. Pity as we really love the setting and ambience of the Punch Bowl.
Arrived on a Friday night and have to say we felt that standards have really slipped. The young waiter was fabulous and really knowledgeable and helpful, but the food was very disappointing. My husband had the burger which although looked fabulous, was really dry. I had the carvery and was served the last scrapings of the dry, overcooked turkey and the beef was extremely tough. My Dad had parsnips with his and they were that hard, he couldn’t get his fork in them. The other veggies were also very hard so he didn’t eat them. This was at 6 PM on a Friday night so looks like we had the remains from earlier in the day. One would hope that they upped their game for the wedding going on next door and for the later diners.
Room was nice but the room and corridor could do with a really good dusting! Bed was comfy and shower was nice. The host was a nice, polite gentleman. The only downside was the stable door not closing properly in the bedroom. Which meant extra noise from the main road and vehicles really do speed past at high speeds! Also the neighbouring dogs... they barked til gone midnight and once one dog started it set the rest off! The lady who sorted us out with our breakfast in the restaurant was lovely and really helpful. The full English breakfast was cooked to perfection. Restaurant looked really nice.
First visit today, belated Father’s Day meal and we couldn’t be more pleased. The carvery was hot and tasty. The beef and turkey was melt in the mouth. Dessert was amazing and they even catered for my dairy free mother in law. Excellent service will definitely visit again.
Visited for our Wedding anniversary, what an absolute treat, Food was fantastic and such good value for money, we can't recommend this place enough, Chloe and Ange looked after us so well, thankyou all for an amazing evening !!
Couldn’t have had our special day in a better venue the staff are amazing super friendly and helpful. The day went without a hitch and always staff on hand to help. We stayed for 2 nights the rooms were beautifully clean plenty of towels and condiments. The venue is set in a beautiful location and our guests were amazed at the views and setting of their outside areas! Couldn’t have asked for more thank you for everyone at the punch bowl you were all so so kind and helpful!
We have visited previously during lockdown and rated this place to return for a special occasion, that was today. Celebrating a 70th Birthday, we booked for 20 guests, 17 attended. We were seated in close tables, and although not ideal it was fine. The person serving us greeted us, I had to ask for the menu, she replied that more than half would 'have' to eat carvery because it was too busy as there was a wedding on in the function suite. Being told what we must order was quite disappointing, even more so because we had booked a good few months in advance. Carvery was chosen by all, apart from the kids. The starter and kids food was great, the dessert good too. The carvery was all very dry and poor. I appreciate how busy colleagues can be, however it is not good practice to take bookings and then restrict the options available to guests trying to celebrate. Despite the emphasis on the price at every point (I must look poor) we spent £400 this evening. We/ I will never return, I'm so disappointed.…
Originally we had our wedding date back in May 2020 but as everyone is aware lockdowns and covid got in the way. Well what can I say, staff at Ye Old Punchbowel we’re understanding and accommodating. They changed our date twice… that’s right twice, to ensure we could have our day with no government restrictions. The staff were lovely and friendly every time we had any dealings with them and they literally took all the stresses away. Right from the first meeting to the final goodbye the staff were polite and literally bent over backwards to help run our day. I really could not thank them enough. The setting is absolutely amazing, accommodation is out of this world (clean tidy and the little thoughts shine through). Food is to die for, not one single complaint from any of the guests and all the guests were complimentary about the gardens too. From myself and Jo we can not give this venue enough praise. Thank you for our special day, each and everyone of the staff should be proud of the levels of service provided. This venue is a must see for any couple wanting to get married.…
We had our daughter’s wedding on Saturday and we had a wonderful day, we were well looked after by the bar staff and the events team. The food, both the buffet and the canapés were very well received by all that I spoke too on the day and afterwards. The location including the suite overnight was also extremely good. A great place to host a wedding.
Overcooked tough beef the pork and turkey were tasteless. Cold vegetables. Booking system does not work. More or less thrown out after our two hours were up. Never again. I would have put zero stars but you have to give at least one star.