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The Abergavenny Arms Hotel, Frant - pub details

Abergavenny Arms Hotel

Address: Frant Road, Frant, nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 9DB [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 8039) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Frant (1.4 miles), Tunbridge Wells (2.5 miles), Wadhurst (2.9 miles)

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Visited this pub at lunchtime on Tuesday. Our party of four people were all impressed by the interesting and varies menu. We were equally impressed by the food when it was delivered by a charming and helpfull waitress. I had half a braised pheasant which was tasty and cooked to perfection. The vegetables served with the pheasant were well cooked, varied and tasty. My other guests had smoked salmon and sea bass all declared their meals well above average.

I have read other reviews and feel I was at a different place. My Wife and myself have visited the pub separately several times over the last year and have always been well looked after by the charming staff and always enjoyed the food, beer and wine.
leonB - 21 Dec 2012 13:02
I recently visited this place with a friend of mine who has Down's syndrome. Naturally he was paying, so I decided to have food and so we sat down at a table near the colouring books.
The waitress approached and asked "Oym boobleh. What yews want?" A bit surprised I explained that my friend and I had come for lunch. She tutted and boldly walked away, snatched a menu from the bar and returned with a sigh - throwing the menu on the table. Regrettably I asked what today's special was and she hissed "Loik it or loomp it". In the end I had the steak and my friend just had peas.
Halfway through my meal I realised that my steak was slightly undercooked. I requested that it be cooked for a little bit longer, which isn't usually a problem. As I explained the situation to the lady she called me a "Fockin twut" and told me to "Fock off". I decided that we should call it a day and go somewhere else. After all, we didn't come here to be insulted.
As we got up to leave a very aggressive looking man wearing a ripped and blood-stained chef's uniform came rushing towards us wielding a set of nun chucks. As he came towards us he destroyed at least 30 pint glasses that were innocently sitting on the bar. This man was definitely well trained.
We ran out of the pub across the car park. The chef got into an Austin Montego estate and began to drive at us with fury in his eyes. We had to dive out of the way as he screeched past us. He did a U-turn and came pack at us. The waitress had now appeared and was throwing plates at the chef. He mowed her down violently pinning he against the outside wall. We called the police and he was later charged but then released due to lack of evidence. Suffice to say I will not be visiting again and Martin Lewis received an email the very next day.
t_northern - 10 Feb 2012 15:08
Whilst we had a decent pint (reasonable selection) the food left a lot to be desired and don't get me started on the landlady - a proper charmer. There was a slight issue with one of our dishes and we asked for it to be warmed through (if it wasn't too much trouble.) Without even looking at the dish or feeling the plate, was told that it was fine and she wouldn't warm through, she was actually quite rude - the fact that the staff seem to cower behind her suggest a great working environment. Life really is too short to get into rows with people like this so we'll take our custom elsewhere - their loss but guess they're too thick skinned to care.
redforest - 9 Feb 2012 14:50
Wonder if this Pub/ Restuarant will be on the " Hotel Inspector " series on Channel 5 soon, if not, I think someone should recommend it !!!!!......
DuncanDisorderly - 2 Jan 2012 22:20
Went into this pub last month with my husband and children and I feel compelled to write my review here, I originally put off reviewing it because I feared I'd identify myself but that is not my concern now since reading the other reviews it sounds like our situation is common.

We ordered the Duc l'Orange which was overcooked and leathery, and the orange was obviously, at best, a chocolate one. Hubbie's beef was apparently revolting and tasted "like bull semen". My son's fishfingers from the Kid's menu looked like they had been in the deepfryer for months. The wine was corked also. I informed the landlady about our disappointment politely in a non-confrontational manner and she erupted in front of us, I could not believe her tone and I could feel the sweat on my neck and I am not an easily intimidated lady. Hubbie wolfed down the remainder of the revolting meal and wine then informed her we would be leaving without paying due to her VERY aggressive tone. She picked up the now completely empty wine bottle on our table and took a swing at my husband with it and knocked him on the head with a thud.

At this point the other guest's audibly gasped and my son (6 year's old, plays the Piano and Tuba and is going to Oxbridge) started to cry. I was FURIOUS that this woman was reducing my family to this on our day out, so we ignored her and just walked to the exit, with her cursing and hissing closely behind us the whole way.

We hurried outside, to find the sous-chef had chained himself to our car bonnet. A fight ensued as the hissing banshee clambered down the steps toward us and started pelting us with cheap french furniture. It was like a scene out of a movie. Their kitchen staff and several guests had gathered at the spectacle but she sent them back inside; I could see they were all terrified of this evil woman. At this point an alarmed patron phoned the police but they told him that they were refusing to come out to a disturbance at this pub again as it was "too common an occurrence" - I kid you not!!

We eventually prized the sous-chef off our car and ran down the landlady who was wailing out "not again" which also suggests that this has happened before, and made our exit.

I would advise everyone to go to this pub, to leisurely eat and drink everything on the menu then tell the landlady how revolting it is, start a fight with her and then you don't need to pay for anything. I have also added this guide to the MoneySavingExpert website for those who are looking to save cash in these hard times.

Despite what you might expect, we are going back here on Tuesday. A+++

benton - 2 Jan 2012 21:42

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