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Blacksmiths Arms, Halland

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user reviews of The Blacksmiths Arms, Halland

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Recently stayed overnight & ate in the pub in the evening and breakfasted in the morning. Good accommodation. Staff pleasant & helpful. Food good.
Aliboo - 11 Jun 2015 18:02
Went here for sunday lunch. Its a lovely looking pub and really cosy inside, which is why I have given 4 as a rating. A couple ordered before us but the pub wasn't busy at all. We then waited over half an hour for our lunch. Thought this was unusual for a pub offering sunday lunch. When it arrived there was no apology for the wait. I am veggie so had asked for no meat, wasn't offered an alternative but I am happy to just have the veg and trimmings. I would have expeced an extra potato or a bit of extra veg but got exactly the same portion size (which wasn't particularly generous to start with) as my husband who had the pork (which was quite fatty). I also got charged the same as my husband and was a bit surprised, at 8.50 we thought this was quite a price for such a long awaited measley portion of food. The food quality was ok, but nothing special. When we left the couple who had ordered before us were still waiting, we estimated 45 mins plus for them! I don't think we'll make the trip back!
Chiliwidle - 6 May 2012 17:43
This was AWFUL! Really Awful. I was passing throught with my son at the weekend, we had been to Charleston house near Firle (having eaten at the Ram Inn in Firle the day before, which was wonderful) and my son using the local map given free in shops, musuems etc spotted this pub.
We were hungry and I left my better judgement far behind and decided to go against my instinct.
We parked round the side, not a problem. The pub was empty at lunchtime, (round 1.30pm ish), should have backed out and ran there and then!!!
Landlord helpful, if not a little vague!
He handed me bar snacks menu, but half the menu was not available.
He said he could russle up an hamburger and fries for my hungy 10 year old son. When it arrived I cut through it (so I could have a bit) and the mince was RAW, not rare, but raw!!.
I took it to the bar and said I am so sorry, don't want to make a fuss but the meat is.... the chef was at the bar chating to the landlord and carried on the sentence with 'rare', he should have let me finish! I said I don't mind if he reheats it but I m afraid to get sick if my son eats it. He said the mince was fresh that day and generally made me feel silly and like I was making a fuss.
15 mins later the new plate arrived. Meat the side of a tennis ball, no seasoning, the bunwas stuffed with under cooked bacon! Imagine biting into uncooked, fatty bacon rind!!! smothered in cheap, sweet BBQ sauce.
Chips, frozen and deep fried, nothing special. No salt, not sauces to accompany. Sorry to go on but I will never go back and this was not a good experience. I would have had a better meal at a Harvester!!!
If you are looking for good, locally sourced food in a stunning location try THE RAMM INN in Firle village, perfect setting and beautiful walled gardens.
Susansusie - 23 Aug 2011 22:27
Had a great lunch there on Sunday, highly reccommended
pubgoer2010 - 29 Jul 2010 13:23
Under new management in 2009 and recently refurbished. The new landlord is very jolly and welcoming with a great team behind him. Great pub food. The bedrooms have all been modernised and updated with flat screen TVs, and luxurious bedding and accessories. What a transformation!
KSBHARMAN - 25 Jan 2010 18:57
Visited this pub recently, and it is under new management! Unlike the previous reviews, the bar staff appeared friendly, the pub had a great family atmosphere. Food both in the pub and restaurant was fabulous, and reasonably priced. I also stayed in their accomodation, which was clean and confortable, and extremely reasonably priced. Overall a most recommended place.
tan130x - 4 Aug 2009 14:01
Efficient, orderly bar staff, if not the friendliest (a smile to new business never hurts). Wonderful food though and a decent and unpretentious landlord. Not a drinkers, but more a Gastro Pub.
CheeryBee - 1 Oct 2008 12:52
There are a few downfalls awaiting this pub, it is currently an up and down buisness. B&B, Food, Passing trade and some locals. Some staff are not fully committed and find time to hide behind the locals. Clearly giving off negatives and causing a rift in encoraging new punters. The food is better than average. But certain facilities need cleaning up, money well spent in the loos. Drinks need looking at, poor ale. Landlord and Landlady seam to have own problems and should encourage the buisness potential or ratings will fall.
aadvark - 30 Sep 2008 11:29
Had real ale, bar staff not the most cheerful when I called but served quickly and efficiantly, food prices a bit steep but beer seemed to be the usual price at this time. A good stopping off point after a long journey home.
real_ale_ade - 2 Sep 2008 20:02
A pub with a landlord that looks like a landlord and not an estate agent.

Decent enough. Beer ok.
terenced - 22 Jan 2007 10:05
A great pub with good food and good beer. Has a friendly family atmosphere and a top quality restaurant.
douguk47 - 9 Jul 2006 16:37
Grotty pub with (sometimes) no real ale at all. Potential is there, but current management have a 'could care less, but not much' attitude.
anonymous - 18 Dec 2005 21:54

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