by Ivor Evans - written on 21/08/10
I visited this pub with my wife for lunch on a special occasion and was very disappointed with both the service and the food. The salad starter was served without any bread and we had to ask and both main courses were to say the least below average for this type of pub. The tuna steak was dry and tastless and the Cod wrapped in Smoked Salmon was undercooked, tastless and dry. For the price we paid we expected better service and much better quality food. We will not be visiting this pub again.
by Brian - written on 18/01/10
Since mid-November 2009 the Watership Down has been under new management. It remains owned by Punch Taverns but is now being run by a keen, commited couple who are determined to return the pub to its former glory.My wife and I have visited the Watership Down on a number of occasions over the holiday season and have always been warmly greeted and on the occasions where we have eaten we have enjoyed well cooked, moderately priced "pub grub". There is a good range of real ales given the constraints imposed by being part of a chain and the atmosphere is bright and refreshingly different.I am a local and am delighted to see the Watership restored to its former glory.
by - written on 27/04/09
I met my family there from yeovil and me , my husband and 11 month son came from milton keynes.We booked a table for sunday lunch to be told they had no roast on that day!The customer servive was terrible, we were forgotton about so many times!We orderd the chicken to be told they didnt have any, they forgot our drinks twice and the staff seemed like they didnt go to bed the night berfore hand.The pub itself is absolutly gorgeous and set in such beautiful surroundings.If you were to go there it would be for a pint of real ale and packet of crisps only, such a shame as this place could be a thriving village pub.Mrs Naprous
by Mario - written on 22/03/09
Very disappointing. We booked for a party of 10 for Mothers Day.We paid £10 for the roast which was only one choice (lamb) and thought the childrens portions had arrived first but were shocked to discover they were ours! Plus we have never had a roast served in a soup bowl! The roast consisted of raw carrots, peas, tough lamb and burnt potatoes. Another customer complained to be told by the chef (the landlady) that they were hardly connoseurs. So much for the customer is always right!Childrens playground a health and safety disaster with a mini trampoline on top of the slide and a stool on top as well. All in all avoid this place at all cost. 1 star for the ale.
by Neil campbell - written on 23/07/08
I have been visiting this pub for nigh on 30 years due to the quality of food and the great variety of real ales on tap . Last year I felt that standards were slipping somewhat and the food menu had become over-complicated and too international. This year the new Landlord has created a cleaner and brighter ambience with a lick of paint ,de-cluttering and a cheery welcome. The menu is centered around locally sourced produce and I find myself making diversions to eatthere at least once a week ! The Landlord's real ale recommendationshave never disappointed and if you're uncertain you always get a taster . Vive le lapin !!
by Paul - written on 13/07/08
We used to really enjoy the Watership down. Not any more. Due to very poor management (or complete lack of it), which is illustrated by a very high turn-over of staff, visitors to the pub are likely to wait 2 hours for poorly cooked food. On complaining, they may be confronted by a very aggressive Chef who has obviously had little training in customer service, who will likely argue that, "if you're not happy you could have always have left", and "I can't care less what you think and I can say what I like"....Several other customers made similar complaints during our visit.It's a real shame because it used to be a fantastic family pub where we spent many enjoyable afternoons with our children.