Sadly we did not stay at this beautiful hotel as guests because we live locally but decided it was the perfect venue for lunch with friends from Sydney. The Orangerie where we were booked was closed owing to a function so we were directed into the main Hordern's Restaurant to eat. Unfortunately whilst the venue is beautiful the food was sub par for some courses. We were told a new chef had just started and he as yet does no favours for this wonderful venue. 2 of us ordered the steak which on the menu stated with cafe de paris butter. The steaks, which were excellent, arrived with no butter and when I asked the waitress, who was very pleasant, she stated that it was not shown on the menu. On checking she immediately went and saw the chef who sent a message back that it was already on the steak. I queried this as it was obvious it was not. She then returned saying the chef will send some out shortly. One minute later out came one tiny dish of green set butter. This was NOT Paris butter but more like a cheap pesto/dried herb substitute intended for some other dish. I was not happy as this was the main reason I chose this meal. Some of the other courses were fine but this and at least 2 other meals fell short of the mark. Hopefully this is just teething problems but it was not a good advertisement for this fine old establishment.
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