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The Willow Tree

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Telephone: 01954719775
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The Willow Tree
29 High Street, Bourn, CB23 2SQ
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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday: 12:00 - 9:00 PM

Restaurant Reviews and Social


Average rating: 4.2

Latest review:

For starter I had smoked mackerel. It obviously came from a packet from its familiar flavour. There were cubes of pickled beetroot and a roll mop of pickled cucumber. Pickling is not a difficult skill, vegetables plus vinegar. This came with a tasteless sauce, which had been spread "a la Masterchef", across the plate. For main course, I chose the expensive sirloin steak. I like steak rare, unfortunately the steak had been cooked rather aggressively, giving the exterior a hard texture and had caused it to shrink. Meat should be treated more sympathetically. It came with a "heap" of green leaves, oven chips, an unseasoned plum tomato and one mushroom. On the plus side, it had a pleasant peppercorn sauce to accompany. For desert, I selected the chocolate orange fudge cake, sounded nice! It was immediately apparent that was not an individually made, but factory produced item, it was far too neat and orange"revel" on top was a dead give away. The texture was dry, as though defrosted a few days ago. It was served with raspberries, which were pleasant, and clippings of fresh thyme to jazz it up. As for atmosphere, I was unfortunately placed at a terrible table, trapped in a corner with what was described by the waiter as a throne to sit on, which was too low and made cutting that steak slightly tricky. To make matters worse, I was hemmed in by a gaggle thirty somethings, who appeared to be equipped with extra loud voices and nothing but flagrant disregard for fellow diners. This rendered conversation on our table impossible. Having retreated to the outdoor decking area, thankfully its very mild for October, we were able to finish our meal. I find the Willow Tree is trying to be something it is not. There is an illusion of good dining. However, you cannot defrost Sara Lee, plop a flower on the side and call it good cooking! In reply to your response, we too were there for a special occasion, our 20th wedding anniversary. I didn't say anything about it at the time, as I didn't want to spoil the evening for my wife! Yes, we were offered another table, but only after we had got up and moved ourselves. I also find the remark regarding the "jolly" party somewhat sarcastic, implying that I was not. Regarding produce, I have no way of providing or disproving your comments, merely my opinion.
Posted by Andrew Goodyer in the last week

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