The soup of the day was "Broccoli and Brie", served in a small tureen with fresh baked rolls.
We decided to try some sandwiches. We had mature cheddar with Suffolk chutney (a sweet, coursly cut relish made from fruit) and ham with English grain mustard. The rolls were hand-thrown and the ham was sliced off a cooked ham, not the deli sort. The sandwiches were dressed with sprouts and green and yellow peppers. They were very substancial and tasty too.
I got brave and ordered traditional lemonade. I always hoped it will be like home but I was wrong again. It was weird tasting and very sweet.
The service here was not the best. The waitresses seemed distracted and I'm not sure weather they have assigned tables but we had to wait longer to give our order than the amount of people in the restaurant warranted. Our waitress was all business too, no personality at all. We considered ordering dessert but were never asked so we just paid and left, with a small tip I might add.
The problem is that when you are visiting the houses there are no other restaurants close and when you want to visit several in one day you need to eat when you can. The food here was good but they could work on the service.
October 6, 2001
From journal Visits to the Treasure Houses of England