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Be hungry... don't be thirsty!
Member Name: pinkprincess24
Disadvantages: Everything else
Hungry Horse pubs seem to be everywhere and everyone seems to think they are cheap, good value and good quality food.
I have a Hungry Horse a few minutes drive from me and have been there a handful of times. I like their promotions that children eat for £1 (with an adult paying for their main meal) during school holidays and also on 2 regular days a week. I also like the fact that they have plenty of booths for kids.
What I don't like is that they show cBeebies in the booths, ON MUTE. Whilst I understand that they obviously don't want to hear Mr Tumble full blast, it seems ridiculous as kids can't hear the show and get bored (which defeats the object given that the tv is there to entertain them whilst they wait for food). I also don't like the lack of baby changing facilities - nowhere you can change a baby and tiny cubicles which make it hard to go in with your toddler.
What I also hate is that EVERY time I have been to one, if you ask for a large diet coke with no ice, they leave literally 3 inches of the glass at the top empty. If you have ice, they fill to the top. Basically to save coke/money. It is ludicrous. I thought it was a one off but noooo, every time I go that happens.
I've been to a few Hungry Horses and cokegate is common. However the food is good value, they offer "big plate specials" (not that big but bigger than normal). Steaks are cheap, they have a good selection of burgers and desserts as well as normal pub food. The kids' menu is not very varied but there are healthy choices on there, although the only drinks are fruit shoots or ribena! There are lighter options if you're not very hungry and a selection of sandwiches, an all day breakfast and a few curries. There isn't LOADS on the menu but definitely enough to choose from.
What I do like is the kids' play area - unsupervised of course but plenty for the little kids to do. There's a park in the garden for the bigger kids but I have never used it as I just don't fancy my 4 year old being knocked around by the many kids that frequent it.
The food is not good quality. The mash is often hard with a peculiar taste. The peas are rock hard. Things are often missing (lamb shank with no mint sauce as promised for example). The chips are ok, the steaks are bearable and the kids meals are generally ok if you don't have mash. The desserts are nice but average. The all day breakfast is revolting - overdone cheap sausages, 2 stringy fatty rashers of bacon, 2 slices of almost stale bread, a hash brown soaking into the beans and becoming disgustingly soggy and the rest is just cheap.
Would I go there again? Er, no.
Summary: Avoid unless you're desperate