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Langton Arms, Tarrant Monkton

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user reviews of the Langton Arms, Tarrant Monkton

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I entered via the door on the right, this bar was really set up for dining but had 3 tall stools at the bar. There were 3 ales on the handles - Flack Manor, Crop Circle and Piddle, the latter of which I had and it was excellent, price was £3.90. Vegetable soup was £5.50 which was accompanied by a dish of croutons and 4 slices of rustic bread plus butter. Service was friendly and efficient, you can also buy meats here from the nearby farm, both the farm and the pub were Dorset award winners last year. If I had turned left when entering, there was a dog friendly bar not set up for dining. There's also a skittle alley in this very smart thatched pub. Will try this pub again another day
Feed - 17 Aug 2016 08:45
We came here for an evening meal for two in September 2012. This does seem to be a mainly dining pub, and including a conservatory extension has capacity for a good number of covers. One of us had an excellent home made steak pie, and the other venison sausages, which were made on site, and served in red wine gravy. Attentive service (even though we were the first to be seated in the overflow area). And yes, it's not cheap: we paid around 60 for main and pudding, plus coffees and drinks, but we weren't disappointed. If you're looking for cheap bar meals, you may need to try elsewhere. But the setting is charming, at the heart of a picturesque village just a short distance from the ford.
Marlowe - 21 Sep 2012 21:19
It IS expensive,especially when compared to some other places in the area which others have mentioned. Stopped by here for the first time today and was favourably impressed (though we just had sandwiches). It's low on the "value for money" side, but the food seemed to be extremely good (and local) and the service was very good too. I suspect that it is aimed at the well-to-do rather than people who want an old-style "local". 7/10
HenPen - 29 Nov 2009 14:57
Bloody expensive , and not worth it. Kids meals were about 6.50. The beer was in good form but I don't like to have to get a Mortgage out when I go to a pub.
Henners - 23 Apr 2009 12:38
The wife and I have a sentimental attachment to this place, having had one of our first 'proper' dates here in September 2003. So this Valentines evening, we booked for food and went back. The new (to us, anyway) 'Stables' eating area is nicely done but lacking in character, and browsing the menu, with starters at anything up to 10 and mains up to 20, I expected a proper 'gastropub' experience commensurate with these prices and the occasion. I ordered crab souffle to start at 9.50, the missus had a mushroom medley kind of deal at 7. The crab was nice, but not 9.50 nice, and the mushrooms were mainly a handful of buttons on a virtually inedible piece of toast. For mains, the wife had faggots (having had them and loved them last time we ate here), which passed muster, but my game pie at the thick end of 15 was positively fraudulent. It had clearly been reheated and thus dried out, and had I been blindfolded I would not have guessed I was eating game. It all just tasted of overcooked steak. It came on a bed of mash, which had also received no care or culinary skill to warrant the price - it was slightly better than packet 'Smash', that's all that could be said for it.
There was something on the dessert menu that I had my eye on, but after the highly variable starters and mains, I'd lost faith in them, so we paid and left, me with a nagging sense of having been 'had'. I didn't complain because I didn't want to upset my wife on this day of all days, but I really wanted to. The Hopback GFB was nothing to write home about, either; this can be an excellent pint at other establishments, most notably The Duck in Laverstock.
In short, not an amazing experience, save for my bank manager's.
We won't be going again till reports drastically and consistently improve.
bigsand - 18 Feb 2009 12:16
This pub used to me my local - good beer, good food at decent prices with good staff. All I can say for it now is good location but even that is being jeopardised by some building foundations in the car park which the builders seem to have deserted months ago. My sister ate here more recently than me and spent 50.00 on very ordinary (microwaved) fish & chips for two and a couple of drinks. You can eat a top notch 2 course meal at the Castleman in Chettle or the Museum in Farnham for less than this and they are the real McCoy! What is more, if you go here on any night there is hardly anybody around which is why all the other comments refer to lack of atmosphere. How anyone can say this was forced on the pub by the fire is talking tosh. The landlady is simply more interested in servicing overspill from the Museum and wedding parties - hence the London prices. The fact that locals all congregate at the True Lovers Knot or Museum speaks volumes in my opinion If ever there was a pub/restaurant that has lost it's way and need old Gordon Ramsey to sort it out and let the Landlady know a few home truths this is it!
dorsetpubmeister - 17 Nov 2008 17:08
Let me make myself clear, I use this pub about once a month, usually for a meal and a drink, and have done so for many years, and it seems I'm ploughing a lone furrow.
The Langton Arms has changed, no doubt about it, but the changes were forced on it by the fire.
Nowadays, the pub supplies, as it always has, first class food, almost entirely sourced locally. The presentation may not be to everyone's taste but it doesn't alter the high quality of the final product. The food is pricey but no more so than other commensurate establishments in the area.
The cask beers I have found to be somewhat 'samey' and not entirely to my taste, although it appears I have just been unlucky. Nonetheless the quality remains high. In my experience here has never been a problem over replacing a 'duff' pint.
The place is spotless. The staff are always friendly, the management equally so.
My rating? 9, built on it's consistently high standards over many years and adversities.
Runningdog - 8 Apr 2008 11:06
Information for 'anonymous - 31 Oct 2007 15:56'. The Langton Arms had for many years a very good chef 'Francis Baumer' who was responsible for winning the awards for the pub. He left a couple or so years ago and at that time the quality also dropped. Unfortunately the pub no longer has any atmosphere, it is no longer a country village pub but just happens to be in the country (if that makes sense). I have given up going there and as someone else said try the True Lovers Knot in Tarrant Keyneston, it is pretty good.
myviews - 13 Mar 2008 15:23
What can I say, this place was terrible. The food was overcooked and salty. We went for sunday lunch and won't be hurrying back. The staff were rude and had no knowledge of the local bitters, and the food was far too expensive for what we got.
The whole pub had no atmosphere to it, it was a money making business not a welcoming and friendly place to eat.
If you're coming down this way for food, don't bother with the Langton Arms, go to The True Lover's Knot, its only a couple of miles away and the food and prices were much better.
janetaylor - 13 Feb 2008 16:17
Another pub I have eaten in, on and off, for years. I find the recent downbeat comments incomprehensible. The staff have always been friendly and efficient. Food has always been good, sometimes much better, although I do agree it is a touch on the pricey side.
The one area I do have problems with is the beer, not its quality, but the choice. Too samey, bitters, usually hoppy and rarely more than 4.5% vol, no stouts, porters or dark ales. Maybe I've been unlucky.
To the landlady I say, keep it up. The complaints probably say more about the their origin than their target.
Runningdog - 27 Dec 2007 12:34
This used to be a award winning pub. God knows what happened its terrible now. Its ok if you want to eat overpriced food which is badly served.

Makes me question how they still have a AA Rosette as they certainly don't deserve it.

chefsrus - 31 Oct 2007 15:56
could be my local but i have taste the heart has been lost it is a village pub larger is flat like the atmosphere wish i could say better things lets hope i can one day
madmoo - 23 Oct 2007 16:11
Came down from London for the weekend to visit relatives and thought we would treat them to a nice pub lunch. Having attended a wedding reception there a year ago, had no reason to doubt that the food would be excellent as it had been on that occasion.

How wrong we were! The food was what could only be described as average pub food, similar to which is served in most pubs up and down the country. On leaving the pub we were chatting to some villagers in the car park who told us that the Head Chef who had been there for a good few years had left late last summer. This explains the standard of food we were served. It was such a shame really but don't think that we will be returning.
anonymous - 28 Mar 2007 20:54
Ate there at beginning of March. Food was good but quite pricey. Menu offered a good choice. There's not a lot in the way of atmosphere in the restaurant (conservatory) probably need to get rid of those blinds.

Bar was quiet (we went in there after the meal) although the function room was busy. Beer was good.

Dunno about this place, it's not The Museum (Farnham) but similar prices, so I doubt we'll rush back.
rgb - 12 Mar 2007 12:49
The Hidden Brewerys 'Hidden Pint' is now our house beer.Fresh milk and cream with petit fours is now available with our teas/ coffees. A- la carte menu available in bar Wednesday-Friday. Am currently updating juke box!! Showing six nations at the mo in Carpenters bar. Drop me a line for any ideas on brews you want in the pub.
Bar Manager. x
Goatherder43 - 27 Feb 2007 12:44
have have been to the langton arms many times in hope that one day they will learn what a pub should be about like some one else said on this site why did they bugger it up and big time so come the langton arms give your self a kick up the bum and get it right !
madmoo - 11 Feb 2007 19:13
Went there for a Christmas Party in the function room/skittle alley last night. The food was spot on and the staff dealt with our thirty-strong party efficiently and with good humour. The house beer is now brewed by Hidden Brewery,(it used to be by Hop Back) and was on good form. Its the first time I've eaten there for about six years, I was impressed.
Islander - 19 Dec 2006 20:52
Since loosing their top long standing chef the standard of food in the restaurant has gone down a bit. It will be a while before I visit again.
myviews - 29 Nov 2006 15:03
soggy lettuce and no mustard !!!!!
vungad - 25 Sep 2006 11:07
I agree that the two front bars have lost most of their character but the change was forced by the fire, a few more years hard use may see the previous traditional atmosphere return. The staff were very helpful last time I visited and the beer good.
Islander - 17 Jun 2006 22:36
Why did they bugger it up?

Was a great country pub, now refurbished it is just like a thousand other dining rooms!
satisfied - 31 Jan 2006 17:41
This pub, while set in a lovely village, no longer has the feel of a 'country pub'. It was totally revamped after the fire and the main bar changed into a 'modern eating area'; sad as it has lost a lot of it's character. The food in the restaurant, open most evenings, is still good. Bar food not so good.
myviews - 17 Nov 2005 11:56
Went there today in a group of four, the menu was brilliant, service was excellent, and the food superb. I will definately recommend it to friends and look forward to returning soon. Colin. Friday 09/09/2005
anonymous - 9 Sep 2005 21:03
Recently rebuilt after a fire and no longer has a traditional pub feel (all pale walls and beech/pine furniture).

Went there on Mothering Sunday, never an easy time for any pub. Unfortunately the service collapsed and one of our party did not get served until the rest of us had virtually finished.

Food was OK though. Will have to go back when it is less busy.
ajho - 19 Mar 2005 19:41
Gets full at weekend lunchtimes, but for quite justifiable reasons - as stated below.
anonymous - 14 Mar 2004 22:58
lovely country pub with real ales and lunchtime food, super bar staff also good restaurant for evening meals.
Andy Hunt - 26 Sep 2003 19:20

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