The Manor Inn
Reviewed by Christine Charlesworth
On Thursday 26 September, 2013 I went, together with my husband, for an evening meal to the Beefeater Grill, situated at The Manor Inn, Godalming. The Manor Inn is set beside the main road from Guildford to Godalming, with gardens backing on to the River Wey, an easily accessible, large car park, hotel accommodation and pleasant country surroundings.
On entering the restaurant we were met by a friendly, young member of staff who was not put out by the fact that our name was not on the list for a reserved table, but instead made us feel very welcome and showed us to a large table in the restaurant. He checked that we were seated comfortably and informed us that our server for the evening would be Ozgur.
Ozgur soon arrived with two menus and a wine list, introduced himself and was extremely friendly. When asked where he was from, Ozgur told us he was from Turkey and he explained that most people over here prefer to call him Oscar as it is easier pronounce and also sometimes they have dogs of the same name.
Most of the tables in the restaurant were full, there was a pleasant, friendly atmosphere and the lighting was good. Layout of the tables was good and seating was comfortable.
We chose to have Prawn Cocktail and Crispy Calamari to start. The Prawn Cocktail was excellent with large prawns in good quantity and quality, a good sauce and plenty of salad in a large bowl, set on a wooden platter. Unfortunately the bread was rather ordinary and the Calamari was very fatty with too much batter and tasted a little bland.
Next I chose Rump of Lamb but asked not to have the mint juice, instead I had butter on the new potatoes and broccoli, which were cooked perfectly to retain their crispness. The lamb was extremely tender, with no fat and nicely pink in the centre.
My husband chose to have 8oz Sirloin with spicy chips and salad. We did not like the fact that the chips were presented in their own container, preferring them to be on the plate, but perhaps this is just a personal fault. The steak was cooked as requested and very tasty.
For pudding I chose a Sticky Toffee Pudding but requested that it was served with ice cream rather than the usual custard. When it arrived it was a sizeable piece, with artistically placed sauce and a separate, fairly large, container of ice cream. Ozgur very kindly presented us with two spoons so that we could share the pudding.
We chose to drink a bottle of La Chamiza and we also ordered iced water, which arrived in a large jug, with slices of lemon and separate glasses. Both the wine and water were served promptly and at the correct temperatures.
Eating at this restaurant was a good experience and I would recommend it as a place to eat with family and friends.
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