Hartley Wintney89 reviews
4 July 2012
I had to laugh when I read the first review for the Peacock Inn!! We have had a couple of meals there and I have to say, the food is delicious and very nicely presented. The pub itself is in the lovely, out-of-the-way village of Oxhill and is a delightfully typical old-English place that has been nicely fitted out. The second time we went, we were squeezed onto a tiny little table for two but we didn't mind since the food had been so great. Now back to why I laughed at the earlier review... We too were greeted by the "other lady" who must spend her entire life being grumpy! She was so quintessentially miserable when she greeted us that neither of us could resist a snigger as we turned away from her! She must take lessons in being fed up and she gets an "A Star" from me for her performance! That being said, the remainder of the staff were charming and very attentive which covered for her abruptness. Some might not be so amused though and I would just warn you not to feel too cosy as you arrive, especially if you haven't booked or you are in any way near to the time that they stop serving. All in all, worth a visit if you are in the area but watch out for the wasp-chewer!! I was tempted to give the place a 3 Star because of her but the food was too good for that it had to be a 4. It would have been a 5...
25 May 2010
This is a beautiful pub in the exquisite and charming village of Oxhill (well worth a walk around). The pub serves the best coffee I have ever tasted in the UK and serve it along with sugar that reminds me of barley sugar sweets. I don’t have sugar usually, and the coffee is fab without it, but its extra fab with a tiny bit.
As far as I can tell the pubs run by two ladies, one runs the pub and one runs the kitchen. I have had some excellent meals there and the lady who runs the kitchen is a charming and helpful host.
On the down side we arranged a meal at the Peacock this year celebrating several birthdays including a 18th and 21st. We arrived a little late due to one of our party breaking down in the car and I phoned the pub on the way explaining what had happened. I also profusely apologised when we arrive but was received very ungraciously and sourly by the ‘other lady’. There was 14 of us in the party across a very broad age group, and we where placed on a table that would only fit a very cramped 12. Sadly our welcome became colder and colder and we where treated to some of the most unhelpful and surly service I have had to endure.
They must have been having a bad day I hope, but I don’t think I shall return to find out. Our visit ended with us being challenged by the staff for their Lady manager under pricing for the meal.. It turns out we where overcharged and this issue was sorted out.
So moral of the story is to not go in large parties and avoid the manager who has (to quote a black country phrase) ‘a face on her like a squashed chip’.
Don’t let me put you off, just be warned.
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