Durley Street, Durley
Southampton SO32 2AA
Tel: 01489 860229
Gluten free: Just ask
Parking: Own car park
Two of us lunched here this week, there should have been four of us but sadly a traffic accident meant they could not make it…. don’t worry they are both OK!
I haven’t been to The Robin Hood for ages so didn’t know what to expect. The table I had booked was very nice, it was by a window from where you could see the attractive decking area… there were a few hardy folks out there. We ordered our drinks (just soft ones, both driving) at the bar and they were happy to start a tab.
Having sat at the table and then nothing happening I went to the bar to ask for menus.. I was told there aren’t any, just chalk boards and then you order at the bar. I HATE chalk boards! They are OK for a few specials but for the whole menu? Surely it wouldn’t cost much for it to be printed on a cheap piece of A4. There are 2 chalk boards (see pics) with masses of choices, far too many for me to remember. If you are a large party you all have to get up to read the boards, if the restaurant is full you have to squeeze your way through other tables and then you have to squeeze your way back and then someone has to write down the choices (if anyone can remember what they want!) and then someone has to go to the bar to place the order…… what a performance! The best conversation is whilst enjoying your first drink and studying the menu. Shall we start a campaign to make menus compulsory?? If you are going to The Robin Hood my tip is look at their menus on line first; at the moment they are the same as the ones on the boards.
Our food didn’t take too long to arrive. My choice was Mixed Mushroom Linguini , tomato and rocket salad and garlic bread, £9.95, my friend choice Pan–fried Halloumi, Balsamic roasted Vegetables with a Lemon Pesto £11.25. They were both well presented and generous portions. We were hungry so both started eating with gusto but after a bit decided they were a little greasy, I think a large green salad would have helped.
We didn’t have anything else as we wanted to get back to check on our friends. The staff were friendly and it was busy so obviously a popular destination. It is part of the Greene King group and the landlords now also run The Cricketers Inn in Curdridge.
Ladies Who Lunch Scoring: The Robin Hood
3/5 Quality of food
3/5 Variety of menu
3/5 Staff and service
3/5 Ambiance and décor
3/5 Value for money
15/25 Total yummy factor. Review CJ
Ladies Who Lunch: score key
The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food and service.
The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head).
5/5 Cannot be improved upon
4/5 Very good
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