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The Duke of Portland, Lach Dennis - pub details

Address: Holmes Chapel Rd, Lach Dennis, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 7SY [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 7094) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Lostock Gralam (2 miles), Plumley (2.4 miles), Northwich (2.8 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.4/10 (rated by 14 users)
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Old Broken Cross, Rudheath (1.5 miles), Three Greyhounds, Allostock (1.6 miles), Watermead, Lostock Gralam (2.0 miles)

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I was excited about going here as the owners are of the superb Belle Epoque, Knutsford and I dont mind splashing out if the food is good. I went on a quiet night which accentuated the dull, ambiguous ambience of the interior. The juxtaposition of the mass of overpowering olive green and cheap looking 'Euro' posters in cheap frames coupled with the dim lighting meant our dining area was a bit depressing ! These guys should look at the interior of the Bunning and Price Pubs, the Bears Paw at warmingham or even The Frozen Mop in Mobberley to see how it should be done. The toilets here were equally unimpressive. The food was fairly good, if somewhat dated - maybe it was supposed to be retro and the portions certainly were - very nouvelle cuisine !! I will say that the quality of the food was good actually and above average - taking into consideration, the stale, hard bread and overcooked stiff chips. The lamb was almost sublime though as was the construction of the dish and its ingredients. I feel this establishment struggles with its identity and what it is attempting to be. Is it a Restaurant with a bar? Is it a gastropub? Is it neither? The menu jumps between several styles without trully capturing any. There is a degree of integrity in the dishes but I am not sure the Duke of Portland is paying more than lipservice to local ingredients as it claims on the website. The process needs to be followed through right to the kitchen with love and attention to detail. The best thing here was the staff, who were friendly, efficient and attentive which was lovely. In summary, this place ultimately disappoints and does not quite deliver or achieve its goals. In light of the pedigree of the family who owns this business, the Duke of Portland experience is an anticlimax at best. I hope it improves here and I will try again later in the Spring or early summer. My mark is 6 1/2 / 10.
foodieontour - 31 Mar 2010 17:04
I went to the Duke of Portland last week, it was superb, had an excellent couple of Jennings before we sat down for food. The food was well presented and good value. Got chatting to the new manager who was excellent. Have not been here for more than six months, they've refurbished the dining areas and ladies and gents loos,(overdue as other reviewer mentioned), best food and drink I've had overall for a long time, strongly recommend.
martinfry - 28 Jan 2010 23:15
Went for lunch & things must have changed because we found it very good.

Recently refurbished I guess. We did wait quite a bit but you would expect to for freshly cooked food.

We ate off the Market Menu (2 courses for tenner) and it was good quality with ample portions. All in all very nice.

On the down side the loos were not great & would appear not to have been done up for many a year. (wife said ladies were grotty) and didn't quite get the TV on the window ledge?
indegojoe - 13 Aug 2009 09:48
just tried this place for sunday lunch as party of 5 adults, having got there a little after opening time some of the starters were not available, the soft drinks for drivers were absolutely flat (the staff already knew about this) the special Sirloin dish I ordered was terrible as about 50% was fat and grissle (on a siloin) and the chasseur sauce left a very bitter taste in the mouth.

This used to be quite a smartly decorated pub, which used to visit regularly, but since being taken over has been allowed to become tatty with chipped tables and chairs, and has also lost the ambience it once had,

How this Pub got such a high rating with the Times I do not know but it is my opinion that there are far better places to dine locally that here

Very Dissapointing
PGM1958 - 9 Nov 2008 15:23
Two meals for a tenner!!!? just screams quality!! Does she go to the drive thru or sit in? Stick with what you know ( very little)
Glutton - 18 Sep 2008 09:48

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