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The Wiremill, Lingfield - pub details


Address: Wiremill Lane, Lingfield, Felbridge, Surrey, RH7 6HJ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 34684) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Dormans (2 miles), Lingfield (2.1 miles), East Grinstead (2.8 miles)

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Such a shame as food was excellent... Starters came out pretty quickly and were fantastic but we sat with the plates for 30 mins. Staff cleared glasses from other tables but plates were everywhere. Eventually I had to go in ask a waiter to clear our table and make sure our mains had been put through.
We then waited 35 mins for mains which again were fantastic.
After another 45 mins we were still sat with our plates.
I spoke to the manager about it because I think it's only fair to give them a chance to put it right but he just said he'd look into it and put the blame on the kitchen.... While talking to him a frustrated chef interrupted to ask for service. Clearly the kitchen wants to be serving great hot food it's just a shame that the front of house team aren't supporting them.
Dibdab00 - 21 Jul 2013 12:19
Ok for a pint, food is bloody awful.

First of all, I've been here a few times. I don't like it when folks get angry and write a lousy review saying somewhere is crap because their rare steak got over cooked the one and only time they went....

Anyway, overlooking a large lake, it's a relaxing place to enjoy a couple of pints, often with waterskiing taking place. It can get very busy, and if you're there after sunset, watch out for the flies and Mosquitos. The owners could probably spend some more time in keeping this area tidy though - there is a lot of guano on the chairs and tables which never seems to be cleaned up. The beer is actually good, some guest ales are of a random quality, but guest ales always are.

The place looks great, and promises so much, but has never really delivered a good meal. I have eaten here three times - I wanted so much to like it, the first time was ok, the second not wonderful, and the third time was even worse.

The menu has been written by the scriptwriter of A Clockwork Orange. Chips are 'Chippies' and Chicken is 'chick chick chicken'. The fish are 'tickled'. Duck is 'Ducky'. It also says the chefs are 'somewhat mad' - this is correct; the menu is created by the head chef 'Jason' - he's referenced on the menu - 4 times, on the blackboards, website and so on.

The menu describes what you would expect from a pub, with an occasional random main course from somewhere overseas. Jason, (in case you missed it) wants to create something special with a 'twist' to all of these, but fails; Classic mains often have a wild and fey interpretation, and the occasional foray into more international food is frankly, bonkers. The food is often way to complex and way way too over spiced.

'Posh' ham egg and chips, for example - is a kind of salty soggy pork burger drowned in a spicy tomato and onion sauce which completely overwhelms everything - apparently there was a poached egg in there somewhere - I couldn't taste it, and the chips were dowsed in chilli powder - why? It's rare that a meal containing just 3 ingredients can be so wrong. On that particular night I'm just glad I never ordered a Foraged Mushroom, Leak & Sorrel Strudel. This is another place which thinks its cool to give you your chips in a little metal bucket - I can't wait for that trend to come to an end. The fish and chips are about as greasy as you can find - anywhere, and they throw some newspaper on the plate as well (Metro).

There are a few other things to avoid - the beef Wellington is always overcooked to the point where it cannot be accessed with cutlery, and the South African fish stew, which is an unholy combination of aquatic matter, and too many spices is to be ignored unless you are some kind of maniac. And that's just what I've tried. It's difficult to put into words quite how bad some of this stuff is.

Kids food is poorly considered - fish and chips is an off cut of an adult portion containing, you guessed it - bones. If you've got kids and you want them to reach adulthood, don't feed them in here. (Seriously.)

Hospitality is reasonable enough, though don't try and question anyone about the quality of the food or the chefs interpretation of a portion of chips. Sorry, its worth mentioning again; Chilli powder on the chips for gods sake. Did I ask for chilli fries? No. I asked for Ham, Egg and Chips.

Good pub food is simple, well put together, with the better pubs being more creative in combining traditional and appropriate world cuisine with great execution. The chefs here can do none of that; They are very much in the category of thinking they have good ideas and can cook, but they don't and they cant. The use of spices in food is a subtle art or at its basic level, at least sensible, and it is not done here.

Is this harsh? Yes, but it's also true. A family meal in a place like this can cost upward of a days salary for a lot of people. That's a very big ask for what this place gives back in return.
muiramas - 12 Jul 2013 20:32
Dreadful, dreadful food.
Had breakfast here last weekend. Probably worst ever. £7 for one sausage, two poor quality bacon, a spoon of cold beans, and a cold, completely solid yolked egg. Two cold toast.Wife had tiny portion of scrambled on toast that came with no butter. Absolute rubbish. The waitress said they did the fried eggs hard because "it's personal preference" - whatever that means. I asked to see the manager and he walked past about 5 times before I collared him, he had no intention of even speaking to us until I made him. His attitude was a total joke, he literally did not have a clue. Instead of apologising or offering some kind of refund he tried his best to come up with stupid excuses about the quality of the food, trying to tell me people like eggs hard etc. The chalkboard talks about the "Classic full English" as if it's some kind of culinary treat. Pot of tea £2 each - for £4 we had one of those silver pots between us.
So my recommendation is: do not eat there. My recommendation to the owners is: More training for the waitress and the hapless manager, he stands there like a rabbit in the headlights if you try to complain, teach him to offer some kind of apology and refund or compensation to the (many?) disgruntled customers and, I'm sorry, but find a new chef - if he can't cook a breakfast he can't cook anything.
bigwasa - 29 Apr 2013 21:25
Really surprised about the adverse comments regarding service, just visited thw Wire Mill and the service was excellent, (it is November so not many people there) but they were friendly, efficient and quick. The beer was OK not brilliant, maybe it had been sitting in the pipes too long.
Randyray - 22 Nov 2011 21:09
Lovely pub - but staff were unhelpful and food was average! Waited nearly and hour for 3 sandwiches, pub was moderatley busy but staff seemed more interested to stand around chatting! Disapointing as the location is so pleasant.
Tinks44 - 12 Sep 2011 13:34

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