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 Selected Comments in Sevenoaks

 Pub Carvery
Previous review ignored because of numerous spelling and grammar errors.
Poor meat selection.
In general, vegetable tired, dry and under heat lamps for too long.
Roast potatoes under-cooked.
Carver carved meat with no degree of finesse.
Dessert inordinately long time in coming.
Advertised dessert ingredients not available - substitute edible but awful.
the worst 'Carvery' dining experience I have ever had.
not an establishment that I would recommend.
Thursday, February 23, 2017Rating: rosettes

jack cheale
Was dubious about here as there are some unpleasant reviews, but I am so happy we came. Came last sunday on the off chance and didnt book, was greeted by the manager in a very warm and friendly manner who very quickly moved some tables and sat us down before we even had a chance to order a drink. He took our drink order and explained everything about the carvery with care and attention. My wife had a carvery and I had an 'ultimate mixed grill'!! Could not fault it and strangely neither could my wife (makes a change). It was very busy yet extremely welcoming and service was very efficient, well managed and everyone worked as a team. There must have been a few regulars in as there was a lot of banter between staff and customers. The only thing I could find wrong was it was a little hot in there. But what can you expect from a busy carvery restaurant. Have already booked again. Well done crown point, I did not expect it
Saturday, January 7, 2012Rating: rosettes

 Nice Venue Shame about the service
We pre booked a table for 17 so not the smallest party of people to be seated drinks order taken and then nothing we had to chase up after our drinks when they finally arrived the waitress took our food order and we waited and waited and waited after an hour ( the rest of the restaurant was not busy ) i asked if i could get a carvery for my 1 year old son who by this point was screaming his head off with hunger and i was told i would have to wait, then 5 mins later i was told i would be able to get it, we then waited a further 35 minuted before we asked if we would be getting any food as we had now been waiting for out main courses over an hour and a half, we were told we had to wait and we were not even allowed to get the other children in our party their carvery's when we finally go to the carvery the food was very well presented and tasted good but the chef was clearly over stretched and stressed , in all i would not recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to eat before they die of hunger shame because the interior and the food had a lot going for it
Sunday, October 2, 2011Rating: rosettes

the Rookster
 changes for the better !
Well - there seem to be big changes afoot at The Padwell, and all for the better so far (they've dropped the Arms from the name, too).

Was in there a couple of times over the last week in July 2011, and there are clearly new management in control; Doug and Jayne are out of the picture, and instead we have Maria and Ray - very personable, locally based and full of enthusiasm for what they hope to do with the place.

Can't comment on the food, or state of the kitchen, as the entire dining area and food prep area are being completely revamped with a view to being up and running shortly with a new chef on board and - by all accounts - what's going to be the simple but bloody good approach to things, which IMHO is what pub food should be all about

Well kept, serviceable ales on tap - all local stuff, plenty of cheerful folk in the bars and outside, and a really upbeat feel about the place, although they've clearly got a real job on their hands and it's still very much a work in progress.

Also delighted to say that they're repeating their Harvest Beer Festival in September - fantastic last year, with morris dancers, drummers and reduced prices on beer, which can't be a bad thing !

I can only give a 7/10 rating on what's there so far, but I'll be making a point of going back to see how they're getting on, and reckon that a much higher mark will be due then - very promising start
Friday, August 12, 2011Rating: rosettes

 Shame about the manageress
Just returned from our numerous visits to be thinking never again.
Placed our order and when it turned up we were missing food items on the menu.
When challenged we were informed that these items of food had run out, was asked if we wanted additional items of food we asked for a small lreduction in price.
This was met with a vehement no way, Manageress proceeded to argue with us creating a scene amongst other diners. In two minds to return again.
Other staff were very professional.
Sunday, June 19, 2011Rating: rosettes

 Progressive drop in standards
We found this pub by accident one day and it took us months to find it again. We had loved iur first experience so much we were delighted to return, only to be sorely disappointed. The standard of the food had dropped considerably to the last time we were there. A ten pound burger came out looking really sparse like it had been thrown together on dry bread. When she complained that the burger which was quite pricey did not look worth the ten pound, the manager told her very arrogantly that that was the way it came. There is no way we will ever make the trip or the effort again. Whislt the scenery os very lovely and the pub could be good, the prices are rather high for what can only be classed as mediocre food.
Friday, April 29, 2011Rating: rosettes

 Never again !!!!
Been there a few times and food has always been good. However the service does not come up scratch. Today's visit resulted in me being ignored at the bar. No room in the main resturant, so sat in the bar. I did try to book, but no one answered the phone!!! The bar was fine, but I felt that the waiting staff looked at us as second class citizens. Took over 10 minutes to queue and pay for food at the bar with no apolagies from the staff. The food came out in dribs and drabs so we didn't all eat together. When I complained, I was set upon from a member of staff, claiming that they were very busy, and it should have been made clear when we ordered that the food may come out at different times!!!!! But they did then go and chase up the missing dishes. Its such a shame that after being set upon by this memeber of staff, it has convinced us never to go there again!!!!!
May I add, that not all the staff are rude, and the food is lovely.
Sunday, April 17, 2011Rating: rosettes

Gary Taylor
 An Absolute Gem Of A Pub
A beautiful country pub set in wonderful surroundings. The main bar area has been opened up to make a much more inviting area with the open fireplace making the winters snug and cosy. Families and Dogs are very welcome. The restaurant is well sited to allow for sectioning off for private functions which leads out to the beautiful landscaped beer garden and covered terrace area. A wide variety of functions can and have been held in the garden including weddings, christening parties and music festivals. The food is very very good home cooked style and the real ales are kept in very good condition. If you have not been to the Fox and Hounds in the last three years since Jeff and Fran Veal have owned it then you are truly missing out on a great pub.
Thursday, February 24, 2011Rating: rosettes

Kristie Horley
 Good food - shame about the service!
We arrived and waited to be seated while the manager layed a couple of tables - not a great start, felt very silly standing there. He didn't even acknowlegde us. (on previous visit he was quick to seat us, but was patronising when we asked if someone could take our order. I heard him speak to some other customers in the same manner).
The waiter we had was very helpful and friendly...he was really busy, but never made us feel rushed.
Food is good (nearley very good!). We ate from the main menu this visit, but had the carvary last time. Portion sizes are great, so worth the money. Wish the diamond club wasn't just for over fifties as it's a great deal!
Thursday, June 3, 2010Rating: rosettes

the food is wonderful and good value the wine is good and cheap. Its a shame Basil Forty runs the place no there is more than one there. All chiefs no indians I went to the bar to buy a bottle of wine told a bar man would be along stood for sometime he then said he would bring it over he then went behind the bar when the cue got so long it could not be ignored any longer. Served everybody remembered us and brought the wine over he was talking to a woman from head office. Just one waiter and four or five walking about in charge. Such a shame it should be a gold mine.
Thursday, May 20, 2010Rating: rosettes

nice food but shame it is warm i like my dinner hot not just warm. I now its a carvery but i think it could be hotter..
had the beef and wasent a bad price either. There is alot of other pubs in the area doing the same and hoter, The welcome was as warm as the food lol.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010Rating: rosettes

Esther Greig
 good food but...
Good food but won't book a table for less than 6 people on a Sunday - that's discrimination!
Saturday, April 17, 2010Rating: rosettes

a. mercer
the diamond club menu is very good and the carvery excellent but the second time we went my husband had the fish and chips and it was not good - the batter was hard and tough and the fish inside only just cooked. this was pointed out to the waiter and the person we paid but apart from saying sorry about that no other comment was made - very disappointing.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010Rating: rosettes

Bianca Williams
 An unfriendly place
Maybe it's popular with regulars. New clients will never know, as strangers are not welcome in those parts. There were a few people sitting down to Sunday lunch, but when we showed up we were more or less told to get lost. The kitchen is apparently too small to make a few walkers a few sandwiches at 2pm on a Sunday. Dim and grim interior, sour-tempered bar manager. Pretty forgettable. I can't comment on the food of course.
Thursday, March 25, 2010Rating: rosettes

Banks family
We visited The Crown Point on th 12/03/10. We found it while looking for the Toby Carvery, but has such a fantastic meal will def visit again. staff were great, even though we had 3 children with us, 2 being toddlers. The food is delicious well cooked and offers a great variety with the meat and vegetables
Thursday, March 18, 2010Rating: rosettes

mick brown
We went with 2 friends and 1 friend is blind .The staff and manager where very friendly and helpful.The carvery was gorgeous,and desserts where scrummey.looking forward 2 many more visits
Thursday, February 25, 2010Rating: rosettes

June McAndrews
Wow! We popped into the Crown Point today and what a transformation - my husband Jack and I loved it. New managers were extremely friendly and the food was amazing. I have never seen such a beautiful Carvery. We will definitely be back and I'll bring along all my over 50's friends next time for the Diamond deal.
June McAndrews
Friday, February 19, 2010Rating: rosettes

The Druce family
have been to crown point several times and known the place for over 20 years. Since the change of ownership/management this year have found the staff very welcoming and food very good each time a different dish has been chosen the standard has been equally good. Good value too.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008Rating: rosettes

Lee Wilson
 Bags of Character
I have visited the Crown Point Inn, Sevenoaks Road, Seal, TN15 0HT following the review I read. It is dated 2005 and I believe has changed hands. No longer a Brewers Fayre - appears to be owned by a small company who have invested a lot of money into the site. Still good value, but with bags of character - excellent food and very friendly service!
Thursday, April 24, 2008Rating: rosettes

the Anchor more like the star wars bar but Larry the landlord does try his best
Friday, December 29, 2006Rating: rosettes

fantastic food, great service, real ale and lovely garden. what more!!
Friday, December 8, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Thankyou to Everyone 25/11/06
Thankyou to every one that turned out for the last night at the Dorset Arms in what can only be described as an emotional night supported by you and ending another piece of Sevenoaks History with a bang ! God Bless and new venue tba poss Social Club will let you know or email DJMATTNEAVE@YAHOO.CO.UK to keep informed
Sunday, November 26, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Goodbye The Dorset!
Dear Dorset, we will miss you! Sad sad shame, the only place in Sevenoaks to go for a boogie is closing down, there's nothing else around like it! Will miss top tunes played by DJ's cheeky Matt and new guy John (fab!), and lovely bouncers! Hope to see you at alternative venue very soon!
Saturday, November 25, 2006Rating: rosettes

Monday, November 13, 2006Rating: rosettes

Sir Percy
 Much better than it used to be
I've only got good things to say about the Fox & Hounds.

Since the new landlord, Phil Tatler, has taken over, the place has improved considerably.

The food is all fresh and the specials are cooked in the kitchen i.e. they are not just microwaved.

Phil puts on regular music events which is a big change from how things were before.

Last but not least I have to mention the fantastic 3-day summer Beer Festival which was a really enjoyable event with real ales and ciders, a host of different musical acts, a magician, a jester etc.

It's always difficult when a pub changes hands and I know that you'll never please everyone but I really don't think that the previous two comments reflect the improvements that have taken place at the Fox & Hounds over the past few months.
Saturday, November 11, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Gone downhill
I agree we were regulars before the current landlord took over at the end of last year and have found that our wonderful country pub has been let down by the new owner and his staff. Gone are the friendly faces and wonderful atmosphere to be replaced by very poor customer service standards and decidedly dodgy beer! Cleanliness has gone out of the window aswell.
Monday, October 9, 2006Rating: No rosettes

We went to the Crown in Seal for Steak night (thursday). It was EXCELLENT. The service was unbeatable and the food was a delight. The whole pub had a lovely atmosphere with great beer to match the food. We'll definately be going back!
Monday, October 9, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Waste of time
We went to the fox and hounds on a sunday lunch time and found it to be a great dissappointment- it was very quiet with no atmosphere. The meal took a long time to arrive and was a let down. When we asked to speak to someone about this the staff were rude and we eventually found the landlord at the bar to drunk to help us. We walked out in disgust.
Monday, October 9, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 Good food, friendly staff
Have had many pub lunches here and always found the food good and the staff friendly. Comfortable bar and a beer garden. Dogs welcome too.
Monday, August 21, 2006Rating: rosettes

Heidi Mansfield
 Great restaurant, fantastic food and lovely staff!
This is a lovely restaurant that is very good value for money.
Excellent staff and a very friendly atmosphere - it's great for families too.
Monday, August 21, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Lovely friendly local pub, very welcoming
A beautiful pub in a nice rural environment with a pleasant beer garden. Although seemingly based on a dedicated local following the pub remains very welcoming to visitors from anywhere.
Monday, July 3, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Beautifull 16th century pub
A fantastic old pub hidden away but what a tresure it is when you get there. The home cooked food is amazing and the staff and landlord are wonderfull. A must if you are in the area!!
Saturday, June 17, 2006Rating: rosettes

Tuesday, April 25, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Good fun
dont live in sevenoaks but visited the dorset last friday and had a great time. The DJ Matt is a little bit cheeky with the ladies but the music was good and the pub packed around 10pm worth checking out especially the DJ xx
Sunday, April 23, 2006Rating: rosettes

mark davis
 great nit
Top nite out in sevenoaks if your staying local ! Dj Matt Neave the best on most friday nites ! check it out gets packed at 10 30pm and open until 12.30am
Sunday, April 23, 2006Rating: rosettes

Alan Marney
 The Farmers - formerly,The Sennocke
It is such a shame to see yet another part of the Sevenoaks I knew and loved destroyed by greedy developers.
Tuesday, January 31, 2006Rating: rosettes

 The greatest!
I agree with Roger.
The warmth of the place a cool barman and a real pub that is seriously on the up and is soon to be the best pub in the area, if its not already.
Monday, January 2, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Best Pub In Sevenoaks!
The Rifleman is one of the few pubs left that is a pub.
Not complicated by food, don't ask for tea or coffee, just plain fun, beer and everything that a pub should be!
Monday, January 2, 2006Rating: rosettes

C I Brith
 Wife & Kids Pub
The food is quite acceptable but of Brake Bros type. Good for an all-the-family lunch. Not ideal for the drinking classes
Friday, October 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

C I Brith
 A Value type of venue.
Typical chain pub-restauraunt venue, aiming at the bargain end of the market. But the food is good value. Hardly a place to use for a relaxing pint only
Friday, October 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

C I Brith
 ATreat-Yourself kind of pub
A largish pub in a tucked away spot. Wide choice of decent beers. The food, whether snack or meal, is commended. A nice pub for treating your visitors.
Friday, October 28, 2005Rating: rosettes

Tuesday, July 26, 2005Rating: rosettes

Ben Dove-Hope
 Best pub for nearly100 yards.
Good Real Ale to be enjoyed in a splendily quaint pub in beautiful surroundings. The company is wonderful (but don't take your maiden aunt on Sunday evening). The governor could bite your leg and Alan teach you theology! Ask after the lovely Luscious.
Sunday, July 24, 2005Rating: rosettes

j phipps
 Great place
Huge non smoking dinning area..fantastic. Very good food..lots of variety...far removed from verything with chips. Highly recommended
Sunday, May 1, 2005Rating: rosettes

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