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Review of The Orchard

The Orchard
Ranked #61 of 172 Restaurants in Horsham
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

Went here with a group of friends. We were all rather disappointed with the menu on offer. The choice appears to be quite large but unfortunately it is more a choice of different mains with a limited choice of the same vegetables which did not look that appetising. My husband's steak was very overlooked ( he asked for medium) and tough and dried out to the extent he couldn't eat it. The new potatoes served needed butter and a friend's gammon was smothered in parsley sauce. It would have been far nicer if the sauce had been served in a jug. It isn't obvious from the special board which vegetables are included which means you need to keep asking the waitress. The service was quite slow and not particularly friendly. This wasn't nearly as good as we remembered from a few years ago. It all seems a bit dated really. A great pity but I think the standard of food we expect from eating out in this price range has risen over the years with more choice and better value for money provided by more establishments. Sorry

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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Friendly staff, even if overstretched. Pretty good service. Great menu. Lovely home cooked food. Modest interior to restaurant. Good value for money.

1  Thank Richard L
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

Stopped here whilst on a walk following the Downs Link path. The day was lovely so sat in the garden and ordered a Panini. Food was really prompt and good quality.

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1  Thank Simon B
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

My mum and I called in this restaurant for the first and last time during a trip from Kent to Arundel. On arrival it was more like entering a cake sale at the Woman's Institute and we were shown to a table which was dirty and tatty. We were given the specials board which was basically all fish dishes and decided on reading the menu which we thought was over priced for such a dive, decided on an afternoon tea. The service was slow and a pot of very weak tea arrived approximately 20 minutes before the food. The afternoon tea consist of one round of
sandwiches,one scone with butter only and one slice of cake with a pot of tea for one costing nearly £11.00 per person. The choice of sandwich filling was poor and the crusts were extremely tough. The scones were dry and hard and we informed the waitress of this who provided a replacement which was just as disgusting and inedible. Both the carrot cake and chocolate cake were dry and stale. The portion of chips we ordered never arrived and we were charged for these. I reluctantly paid for this awful experience and was extremely surprised at the waitress and chef's attitude when we complained about the very poor standard of food and hygiene observed. I'm not surprised the place was virtually empty. Save your money and health and buy a supermarket meal deal instead of attempting this joke of an afternoon tea.

3  Thank ashfordstephanie1
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

Good selection on the menu and specials board, but maybe this is where the problem lay. Refine the menu and focus on the quality not quantity.
Lovely young waiter, who left us to chat and didn't rush or hover.
The food was poor, I had chicken and leek pie, the filling may have been very nice, but such thick pastry that you wouldn't know. Mash potato definitely home made with a desperate need to be mashed, more lumps than soft and fluffy. The veg plentiful and served separate, but I have never been served yellowing broccoli ( that's the sort of thing you do at home when you don't want to throw out the veg that's lurked in the fridge a day or two too long.) The quiche, seemed to go down well and the chips nice and chunky.
Dessert, the treacle tart lacked the balance of sweetness with the citrus cutting through, far too much of the breadcrumb filling detracting from the sweet gooiness you expect. My pannacotta, was served with sliced strawberries, but would have smashed the window if I had thrown it- tip for chef go easy on the gelatine, definitely not a pannacotta with a wobble.
I like the idea of 2 sizes of meals offered.
Enjoyable evening due to the company not the food.

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Thank Gill2108
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