We too had a Groupon for lunch at the Spires Restaurant in the Linton Lodge. As we live just outside Oxford and frequently go out for Sunday lunch, we thought we would give it a try. If we had enjoyed it, we would have become regular visitors. Unfortunately, the standard and flavour of the food was extremely disappointing, and rather reminiscent of school dinners. My husband has worked in catering all his life and is a Swiss-trained chef, so we eat very well at home and he knows what he is talking about! For the first course I had prawns with a salad and Marie-Rose sauce - this would have been a prawn cocktail if there had been more prawns - there was an awful lot of salad and not many prawns, but it was OK. My husband had the tomato and basil soup, which, he was assured, was home made, but tasted just ;like the soup you buy in supermarkets, It would have benefited from some cream and parsley to liven it up a bit, although it did come with croutons. Again, the soup was OK but not very exciting. For the main course, i had the roast chicken and my husband had the roast pork, both of which were rather flavourless and came with cauliflower broccoli and carrots and two roast potatoes. There was also a small amount of rather tasteless thin gravy and a Yorkshire pudding. Again there was very little flavour to the whole course. The best bit was the roast potatoes. For dessert I had the raspberry creme brulee, which was fine and my husband had the plain chocolate torte. He couldn't eat it so I had some to try and it had a most peculiar synthetic taste and I certainly wouldn't want to eat it again. It was obviously bought in from elsewhere and not prepared on the premises.We had coffee and mints to finish, which were fine. It was very disappointing and we certainly won't be going there again for lunch.
I must mention the service though, which was absolutely fantastic, in complete contrast to the food! There was an abundance of delightful East- European waitresses who were charming and polite and for whom nothing was too much trouble. less