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      02.07.2014 20:59
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      Probably worth paying a little more and going elsewhere

      On arriving at The Sloop it look great. The outside masked it look like a lovely place. The car park is pretty big but it is also really busy and we found it difficult to park in. There is also a massive puddle in the middle after it raining. Arriving inside the pub / restaurant it feels really warm and inviting. It is actually huge sand much bigger than it looks from the outside. There is even some decking out the back and a little garden. Waiting to get served at the bar took forever. I literally wanted to give up and go somewhere else it took that long! Finally after getting a drink and a ticket to get the carvery you queue up like your going up for your school dinners. There is a good selection of meat, I think we could have had, turkey, beef, or gammon, or a mix of all 3. I had the turkey which did taste good. There was also a selection of potatoes and vegetables. This is where it really let the place down as it was all clearly tinned and frozen. Some of it looked like it had been sat out as bit too long. There was a selection of 2 types of gravy but they have both run out! We hasd to stand at the end of the food conveyer belt for whats felt like ages as our food was getting cold waiting for the gravy to be brought out. I guess you get what you pay for and it was cheap!

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      10.08.2011 14:18

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      We visited this carvery about 2.30 pm, the service was good the food even better with multiple choices of veg. The Turkey, beef and gammon were absolutely amazing. This size meal for £ 3.69 was incredible i would have paid much more for this. So i cannot fault the food, the staff were very helpfull and friendly. Great VFM well done and thank you Sloop. One minor criticism some of the seats were stained and need a good clean. Out of 10 its a 9 from me and my family and we will be back.

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      26.02.2011 16:02

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      Myself, mum and son were looking for somewhere to eat so when we came across The Sloop we decided to go there as it looked busy. On entering we were quite impressed. Nice looking pub with stunning views across the water and that's where it ended. We had 3 carvery meals. The beef itself was horrendous. You could hardly cut into it let alone eat it. It was gristle and very tough. The veg looked frozen (sweed for sure). Such a shame as it could be a little gold mine. Charge a £1 or 2 more and buy quality meat. We won't return.

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      04.12.2010 21:55

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      A bad experience before we even ordered!!!

      Unfortunately we never got to comment on the quality of the food, which I hear is good as we were so off put by the appalling service we received prior to even ordering!! To start with we sat down in the bar area being a large party with children it was the only available sitting for a party our size. After settling the children and taking off coats and sitting their for more than 5 minutes the bar man very rudely asked if he we could read as there was a sign saying no under 18's in the area we picked. We did not notice the sign, however there was clearly an under 18 on the table next to us in the designated bar area who were visibly eating!! We then moved to the back of the restaurant, which was busy. Looking for a table we clearly was in the way of a waitress who was angered that we were in her way and walked back in to the kitchen area swearing about us being in the way!!! Completely unprofessional. At this point my husband a very placid person, said lets go somewhere else. Only as were walking out did a member of the bar staff try offered to help us find a table. Unfortunately the services that we first received put us off as we knew we would not enjoy the meal.

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      16.02.2010 19:57
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      Well worth a try!

      I recently visited this pub whilst on a week long break to the Island about 2 months ago.
      The pub is situated in Wootton bridge, which is located roughly between Ryde and Newport. The pub offers a tasty carvery for £3.50 per adult Monday - Saturday. (However, I've just checked the website and the current price is now £3.59). On Sundays the price is £6.50 each.

      Originally when driving past, we noticed the signs and was a bit apprehensive about the food, as it seemed very cheap, but we was not disappointed.
      The carvery is based right on the Wooton Creek, with tables to the rear of the pub having great views looking over the creek.
      We visited in the early afternoon, and it was quite busy then so I would imagine it would be very busy around 1pm, lunchtime - so best to avoid it then if you don't like it busy.

      You order your drinks and carvery at the bar, where you will get a ticket to take to the chef carving the meat. There is a choice of Turkey, Gammon or Beef, which would be served by the chef and is not unlimited like the vegetables etc. However, you can then help yourself to as much vegetables as you liked. These included roast potatoes, swede, peas, carrots, and cauliflower. There was also lots of gravy, apple and cranberry sauces on offer.
      The meat was freshly cooked and moist and the vegetables were cooked perfectly.
      If you've got any room left after that, there was a choice of deserts that was very reasonably priced, I think they was all under the £3 mark.

      All in all a very nice meal for very little money. Two carveries and two soft drinks was around £10, which is great for a cheap lunch.

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        16.01.2009 00:59
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        The Place for a Carvery

        Getting cheap pub food is becoming more and more difficult these days; in some places, a baked potato can set you back over eight-quid! - that's why I was impressed when I heard about the £3.50 carvery at the Sloop Inn on the Isle of Wight.

        The Sloop is situated in Wootton Bridge which is located in the North East quarter of the Island. Perched on the waters edge, the building has an outdoor seating area which is a pleasure to sit in during the summer whilst watching the sunset across the water.

        To be honest, I had eaten at the Sloop a couple of years ago - and vowed never to do so again... I remember ordering the roast beef, which turned out to be no thicker than a piece of paper, and tasted decidedly dodgy. However, times change, and the Sloop has been recently taken over by 'Crown Carveries' - so I though I would give them another chance.

        The carvery and new-look pub was recommended to me by fellow dooyooer adambrown400 - who also wrote an (excellent) review of the venue this evening. In fact Adam suggested going there for some food tomorrow - so if you're in the area at 7ish then come along! (imagine my surprise should thedevilinme or hogsflesh step through the door...).

        The interior of the building is large, yet quite cosy. The lighting is bright enough to see your food, but not too bright as to ruin the ambience. To be honest, the decor is probably the same as every other 'clone-pub', but it's inoffensive enough and actually quite tastefully done.

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        When I first sampled the Carvery at The Sloop a few weeks ago, I was both surprised and impressed. After queing orderly in line, the chief carver (or whetever he's called), asks you what meat you would like. The selection is Turkey, Beef or Gammon (I made the mistake of callling the gammon 'ham' - and was greeted by "it's ACTUALLY gammon" by the carver ... err, ok then...

        You can ask to have all three meats, although you do get less of each one than if you choose just turkey for example. After selecting your meat, there is a self-service section which includes roast potatoes, boiled potatoes, peas, carrots, swede, some other bits and pieces that I can't remember, and cauliflower cheese... is that traditional in a roast!?

        The vegetables were nicely cooked, and the meat was quite tender and not too dry - pretty good for £3.50! Apart from the cheap food, the drinks are also of a reasonable price, which is good to see as the Sloop has always been a bit pricey in the past. Of course, this new found cheapness and quality comes at a price - which in this case comes in the form of how busy the place gets. If you intend to come here at a standard lunch time... say 12 or 1pm, then think again. Firstly, you won't be able to park, and secondly, you won't be able to get a seat. It's strange because The Sloop has always been a rather empty place in the past.

        As well as the carvery, the venue has become popular for it's turkey curry (made with the carvery left-overs), and also offers a vegetarian option.

        The service in The Sloop is of a good standard, and although the carvery is self-service, the waitress came over when we first sat down, and introduced herself. She also went and located a high-chair for my nephew - so no complaints there.

        In conclusion, if you're ever in the area, you could do worse than visiting The Sloop for food and a quick drink. I'm sure Crown Carveries do a similar system in pubs across the country, so have a look to see if there's a venue near you. A good filling dinner for just over £3 is great value, especially in this difficult economic climate - and to eat it overlooking the beautiful Wootton Creek is highly recommended.

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          15.01.2009 15:42
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          you can't go wrong!

          Situated just by Wooton Bridge, halfway between Newport and Ryde of the Isle of Wight is The Sloop Inn. The Sloop has changed hands many times in the past twenty years or so, going from Brewers Fayre, to privately owned premises and now Crown Carveries.

          When I drove past the Sloop about 2 months ago I almost crashed into the creek as advertised in large red writing was the sign - carveries for £3.50! I tried to read the small print on the way home, but there as none and as the week rolled by till the big opening we decided we had to check it out.

          On the first night opening we were greeted by a brighter pub than the Sloop's previous incarnation. As well as this, the price of drinks is much cheaper than before. It wasn't unknown to pay over three pounds for a pint. Now drinks are around the £2.50 to £2.80 price bracket, which brings it in line with other pubs around the area.

          The Sloop is perfectly situated with a view of the creek, so if you sit by the window you get a fantastic view. Its worth going for one of these seats if you can, as you cannot book seats in the pub at the moment. I would suggest going after two o'clock in the afternoon and after 5 o'clock in the evening to be guaranteed of a seat, as its getting very busy otherwise - you may not also be able to park in the limited car park.

          So onto the food. The Sloop's £3.50 carvery is exceptionally good value and surprisingly good quality. If you heard that there was a £3.50 carvery near you, you might expect poor tinned veg, black burnt potatoes and meat of unknown origin. However, when you get your ticket for the carvery from the bar, you are greeted by a fantastic selection of quality meats and veg.

          Once you've got your ticket from the bar and selected your table you take it up to your carver of the day. You can choose from three different meats, beef, chicken/turkey or gammon. You can also go for all three if you wish. The meat is the only thing that is 'plated' up for you, so you can't take as much meat as you want. You can then go for as many potatoes as you want as well as veg. then theres gravy, apple sauce etc. All of the veg is very well cooked and is constantly replenished.

          If you don't want the carvery, and fancy something a bit different, then having the turkey curry could be for you. If you do go for this it will set you back £3.99, but you also get a free pint. Result!

          OK, so what are the bad points about the Sloop? I suppose the first thing is something that you can't help - its so busy. As the Islanders have cottoned onto the fact that you can now eat out cheaper than actually cooking at home, its very very busy. Just get there at the right time. Another con is on one occasion there were potatoes on the floor and the carvery area looked a little tatty - this could have been easily cleaned up, but there was no one around to do so.

          On another occasion people were complaining that the food wasn't being replenished as quickly as it should have been. This is certainly an issue that the Sloop will need to work on, if it wants to survive the wrath of Island customers - especially the 'old dears.'

          An unfortunate result of the £3.50 carvery is that many other pub chains and individual privately owned establishments on the Island are now offering their versions of the cheap carvery options. So places like the Hare and Hounds, The Castle in Ryde are now offering a similar deal. This is annoying, because the quality is generally much worse.

          I do think though that The Sloop has changed it fortunes from going from the 'Marks and Spencer' of Island pubs to the 'Aldi'. I hope that The Sloop keeps going in its present incarnation, as they seem to have got the balance right. I enjoy the food, as do an awful lot of other Island people - its definitely worth a visit!

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