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Table Table Pub Restaurant
Member Name: Larrabee
Table Table Pub Restaurant
Advantages: Funny I suppose, as long as you've already eaten!
Disadvantages: Ridiculously poor service, awful food.
Table Table is a chain pub with many branches across the country, but this review is only about the Rochdale pub, called the John Milne.
I recently visited this pub for the first time for a meal with the extended family, with the venue chosen and arranged by another family member. They booked well in advance, and informed the staff of how many were in our party (fifteen, so not thousands!) and that four of them were children. There was no suggestion at all that they wouldn't be able to cope with the size of the group or that they didn't have the facilities to accommodate us.
The restaurant/pub is easy to find, located on a main road very near a motorway junction, and there is ample car parking which is always handy. Unfortunately that's where the positives end!
We were slightly surprised when we arrived to find that the space reserved for us was actually 3 separate small tables that couldn't be pushed together to create a bigger and more sociable space. I realise there were a lot of us but we've had many meals in other places in these numbers and have always been much better accommodated in the past. Its hard to catch up and chat when you're sat with your back to half the group and have to keep swapping seats and shuffling round to say hello to everybody! I feel that we should have been informed when booking that we'd be seated at separate tables.
The service was pretty shocking. It took forever to even order drinks and the waitress who was looking after us seemed very inexperienced and flustered and utterly unable to cope with a party of 15. It took about two hours from our arrival for everybody to get their main meals, and they were so slow and erratic in the order they appeared that some of us had finished our main courses before others had even been brought out! This is after we'd waited as long as we reasonably could for them too! Several orders were incorrect and had to be sent back and swapped, and quite a lot of things on the menu were unavailable.
Having waited so long for the food, we were getting slightly ravenous and were hoping that it would at least be tasty, even though the service was poor. Sadly, we were disappointed again! The food was pretty awful for the most part. The roast dinners looked rubbery and unappetising, the fish was burned and I had the most rubbery salad ever created. Even though we were starving by this point hardly anybody actually cleared their plate!
At this point, the manager was called over. Credit where its due, he was polite and apologetic and offered everybody a free dessert. By that point though we all just wanted to go home, and possibly to the chippy on the way!
You won't be shocked to hear that none of us will be going back to the John Milne, it was shambolic to the point of being quite funny but despite the amusement factor it was not worth paying for or wasting time on.
Summary: Just don't, seriously!