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user reviews of the Minnow, Weybridge

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OK look this is without doubt a yummy mummy establishment. However. I went there today and was blown away by the fact that despite the Doom tap being turned around, the chap on duty took it on himself to check if the cask was ready, pulled it through and poured a fabulous pint for me and my mate, as well as a reasonably priced soft drink, for a fraction of what it would have cost over the road at the cost "local" establishment. Love live professionalism.
ifyouaskedmeonafriday - 28 May 2012 02:15
I love this pub! David and his team always look after us. Great ales to enjoy with some lovely food
richardrealaledrinker - 5 Nov 2010 12:02
We have just moved to Weybridge and thought we would try out the Minnow.
We had the pleasure of meating the manager there David. What a great pub he is running. I couldn't fault a thing.Great service, brilliant food. This our new local!!
brian79 - 21 Oct 2010 14:59
Pride and Bombardier, Doom Bar was off. Also Aspalls Cider and Erdinger on tap. Clearly aimed at the food side of things.
GuideDogSaint - 8 Aug 2010 17:09
Having just moved into Weybridge, I thought this would be a lovely pub to take my brother and sis-in-law to for an anniversary lunch. Suffice to say I won't be returning. Sat at our table at 1pm and had still not been served our main course by 3pm. Couldn't even get a drink at the bar as it was 4-deep and only one barman. Girls serving dinner were about as much use as chocolate teapots and had the mental capacity to match. Appalling service, will not be returning, and will make sure friends avoid it like the plague.
Happydays33 - 28 Sep 2009 13:03
Know the pub from when it used to be The Lincon Arms and feel that some of the service used to be better. However i still find the pub enjoyable for a night out and really enjoy the food, wish there was abit more room inside for just drinks though
jammmyjames79 - 15 Aug 2009 22:22
Not been the same since the place lost Roland, the old Landlord, and Ian, the old chef. The Lincoln Arms was legendary - The Minnow is a sorry excuse for a pub; a mere shadow of it's former existence. End of.
cageyjoe - 8 May 2009 15:51
Not been the same since the place lost Roland, the old Landlord, and Ian, the old chef. The Lincoln Arms was legendary - The Minnow is a sorry excuse for a pub; a mere shadow of it's former existence. End of.
cageyjoe - 8 May 2009 15:51
Visited 19 April - Sunday. What a disappointment! The swordfish was burnt and the roast was like chewing rubber. The service was non-existent. The staff were too busy having their Latte (saw 2 staff talking for ages and drinking latte behind the bar) whilst we were waiting for service.

This is the WORST food in this chain of pubs. I have visted The Warren & The Belvedere and The Ferry.

The Minnow - get a chef and a proper manager
csSurrey - 19 Apr 2009 20:12
Visited on a Sunday afternoon. Very busy but we had reserved a table so had no wait. The food was delicious and the service particularly good. Quite expensive (although not surprising for Weybridge and the quality of food). Highly recommend a visit.
mcinernn - 2 Mar 2009 14:17
Very busy on a sunny Monday evening in the garden. Interesting selection of foreign bottled beers as well as draught beers. Good quality food but at Weybridge prices, as you would expect for such a nice location.
Mothroy - 21 Jul 2008 20:50
Visited on a sunny Sunday afternoon and was very impressed. Had an excellent pint of Guinness that was expertly poured right to the top of the glass. Didn't think it was too outrageous at £3 a pint. Sat in the large garden at the front which was quite busy and enjoyed the sunshine. Well worth a visit.
Dave_Home - 18 Feb 2008 09:36
More a restaurant than a pub. Lovely place to sit outside on a sunny day but get there early because it gets mobbed. Aimed at the Weybridge Set so expensive.
The_Prof - 12 Feb 2008 13:14
I asked for our pints to be topped up no problem. Then my drinking buddy told me they where pint to the line glasses so we got more than pints. Well you have got to win once in a blue moon. So beeronaut "see 3 bellow" you asked the wrong bar person, or your charm is lacking.
hiram - 31 Aug 2007 16:42
I wanted to go for a pint as I was in the area but did not have the correct poser gear, so had to go elsewhere. I am not worthy!
anonymous - 10 Aug 2007 21:17
My company had a meal here for about fifteen people around a week ago and although I only live in Walton I'd never been to the Minnow.
The food was great quality, the staff were accomodating and the kitchen staff know how to make a Don Pedro! Decent winelist, good seating outside and they pretty much rearranged inside for us to fit everyone in our group on one table.
Really impressed, will definitely be back!
gizmozuk - 21 May 2007 09:34
Once it was a pub called the Lincoln Arms. Now it is a family eaterie and the barstaff was surly when asked to top up a less-than-full pint.
beeronaut - 30 Apr 2007 05:17
Used to be a Vintage Inn now upgraded and completely ruined as an eating house to become a yuppy haven with the half empty half full wine brigade happily talking about how well their shares are doing. At the prices you need more then a decent dividend so take my advice and go down the road to the Old Crown.
Barra - 10 Apr 2007 11:53
A wine-led gastropub thingy in a rather nice location.

One beer (Tim Taylor Landlord) which was very average.

It was cold inside, someone should have put the heating on. Also smelt strongly of Milton, which was a bit odd. Better than smelling like a Wetherspoons I suppose.

Maybe worth it for a lazy summer drink, but I wouldn't fancy it otherwise.

Quinno - 7 Apr 2007 15:00
The food here is excellent and the atmosphere too. I have been here on a number of occasions and have always left very impressed and very full.I highly recommed the 'Sticky Toffee Pudding'The staff usually very helpfull and attentive , but on one occasion a girl serving us was particulary useless to say the least, but this was only on one occaion and has not put me off for a return visit.
tweets - 23 Mar 2007 14:16
I've never seen a pub that is back sliding as fast as this one. The proper staff is all leaving one by one & all the shit ones are staying behind! I wasn't sure if I should leave this comment, but our whole family were there one night, and all you hear was the manager swearing at the staff & demanding them to do this & that. I had to cover my four year old childs ears, because I couldn't let her hear the F-word once more! This is a pitty. No wonder the best staff is moving on! Well, I just want to say thank you to all those great staff that help build the place, & I would not call in again.
anonymous - 17 Jan 2007 00:08
Looks good from the outside as it is in the inside. Been down there on Saturday night with family and had a bashing good time! The admosphere was fantastic, very busy though, but the waitress knew what she was doing! I'd recommend this pub any day!
anonymous - 29 Oct 2006 21:16
I thought I'll write a comment with my friend. Well, what can we say? The service has always been good (towards us) maybe so, but the staff is wonderful. They are always in a happy mood and we are always glad to come in here and even for a meal! The girls are great. They make us laugh and come again, everytime!
anonymous - 5 Oct 2006 00:16
I was in there a few days ago and it has improved alot! The service is done with a smile and the staff isnt just having fun working, but they look happy too.

I am really glad for this. Alot of people is noticing. Good work.
anonymous - 5 Oct 2006 00:09
I was in a couple of weeks ago - excellent food, great service from the young South African lass (sorry, forget her name). My only gripe is that there's a lack of comfortable furniture for people who just want to drop in for a pint and a chat!

The service has greatly improved in the last couple of years. A while ago, before the refurbishment, my mum was choking while staff were walking past. We asked for a glass of water and got "Still or sparkling? With ice?" Now I regularly go in The Minnow and the staff can't be faulted, in my opinion.
shakespeare - 3 Oct 2006 15:43
We ate here last night and although it's only my second visit, I have to say I'm sure more will happen in the future.

We were served by a knowledgable, friendly and professional waitress. She provided the sort of service you would expect (and rarely get) in a much more expensive restaurant. I'm hard to please as I use to work in restaurants, and this was one of the very rare times I was impressed.

The food was excellent, and there was a fantastic choice including the specials.

I've been to several expensive restaurants in my time, but the service and food last night would rival any of them!
andy_t - 17 Sep 2006 17:28
hi there folks im a lad from minisota amerika and have been in england since 2002 moved to weybridge a half year ago i go down the old minnow quite often to enjoy my landlord and eat my bowl of nuts the staff i have met is very nice and interesting the girls have always intertained me with their stories of their countries and the lad behind the bar is a classic so from my side i think is a darn old goody pub
anonymous - 16 Sep 2006 01:45
Anonymous - your poorly written sacastic reply to my posting missed the point. Stop being so defensive and accept that the service leaves a lot to be desired.
Martine - 4 Sep 2006 18:32
Anonymous, if your daughter is as thick as you I am not surprised people are rude to her - Go back and read my last comment again and perhaps you will note what the point of customer service is..
TheGP - 4 Sep 2006 13:08
Martine, sweetie, if you read the menu is says, OPTIONAL service for parties 6 and over. Outside, waiters provide a service and some stingy customers dont want to leave a tip, fine, then you get charged for service, but still, its optional. So read your menu and get your facts right - before leaving a comment. And for the so called GP, what, do you own a pub or restaurant, because you think you know the rude customers my child have to deal with everyday!? Shame on you Weybridge! A caring/understanding Mom!
anonymous - 30 Aug 2006 17:36
Great food - but as so many posters say the service here is abysmal and unless you're prepared to wait for ages for the food and get no sympathy from the management if you complain - do not go there! If you're reading this and you are management, it's worth remembering that you may be popular now, but it won't last. Other places in Weybridge are far more friendly with their service - and although your food really is good, that's not enough to keep the locals from returning. Their standards are so much higher.
anonymous - 13 Aug 2006 18:39
Would never return again and eat in the garden on a hot, busy Saturday lunchtime. "Service", if it can be called that, was shambolic. Our bottle of wine just plonked on the table. Not opened for us, not poured, let alone asked if it was ok. (Luckily it was screwtop ...). Our bill (for 2) included service charge although it states on menu this is only added to parties of 6 (or was it 10?) or more - and it still left space for gratuities to be added. Attempted to query this inside with the manager and gave up after waiting second in line to be served and then ignored when newcomers walked into the bar. This is such shame as it's in a lovely position and an attractive building, and the food's pretty good.
Martine - 13 Aug 2006 11:21
For the staff person who left their comments.. You've completely missed the point.

This is a website rating pubs, and if a pub is not worth visiting because of crap service then it is worth mentioning. Whilst you may do your best, if it invokes the reaction that it has on so many customers, you should leave a service based industry.

Plenty of other pubs manage not to piss off their customers completely, so it is not a case of "seeing it from your side" - It is a case of not putting up with crap service full stop.
TheGP - 3 Aug 2006 12:51
After reading all these comments, I was left thinking, wow, is this really how the public see us? I am working at the Minnow, and proud to say it too! Beyond tiny mistakes (that any pub may have), the Minnow has not just been a great place to work, but also my home.. as a foreigner, I enjoy England and its people, but as my home, I am ashamed. I cant imagine people actually have the time sitting in front of a computer, writing stuff on the net about the pub?! Back home, if we dont like a place, we dont go there anymore, as easy as that. If we like the place, we tell them, and we go again. Working in hospitality isnt always easy. You have to be patient with the impatient, gentle with the hard and calm with the anxious! We are also hot in the summer, we are getting hungry too, and we are people just like you, that can get upset, irritated sometimes and tired! We try our best to deliver quick and be good, but we have only two hands and two legs... it can only carry us 'that far'. So please, next time you come into the pub, change the view and see it from our side too. Thank you.
frommyside - 23 Jul 2006 04:43
Been down there myself lately with my wive and kids. A little pretentious, no, alot! Strange, we also had a problem and the manager was too busy behind the bar and later he came over and told us off. Who does that?
anonymous - 15 Jul 2006 03:14
We had been here twice bofore and it seemed a bit pretentious but the food was very good so we took my parents and grandad. We had a brilliant meal until we ordered whiskey and it all went horribly wrong. They made a mistake and the "manager" (who would not give us his name for a complaint letter) was rude, had no customer service skills, and had clearly never heard of "the customer is always right" and as such we will not be eating there again. Which is such a shame as the food was lovely.
Princess77 - 14 Jul 2006 21:03
Jezz, I have to agree with you. Ive always come to the pub when it was the L. Arms. I thought it would be better, but sorry to say, it isnt. I would rather drive a mile or two and go to another pub. I am so dissappointed!
Angelina - 11 Jul 2006 01:29
Angelina,
Darling it doesn't matter how many 'celebs' come in, the fact is the staff are rubbish. if you are a papparazzi freak then move to Hollywood, or at least Primrose Hill. I don't like having to wait an hour for my food, or be treated like I am an insect by the staff. A lot better pubs in Weybridge, with staff that are a lot friendlier. Walk down the other end of the high street and you might see what I mean! They serve people in order, not of social nature.
jezz - 8 Jul 2006 18:45
True mate! True! This is all down on the fact that it is managed by Mitchells and Butlers. They are taking over all the pubs. Nah, the staff aint all that great all the time - but I bet you they get treated like shit.. probably starving to death! I dont want my kids to work at a place like that!!!
anonymous - 7 Jul 2006 04:08
What a shame Ė is the best phrase to sum up the Minnow.

The food is actually good and the selection of beers and wines is excellent. However, the staff are, quite frankly, awful. Rude, unhelpful, and inconsiderate. Iíve been here 5 times now, and on each occasion someone was treated with contempt or total disregard. Itís like the staff want everyone to go home, so that they can close early.

The staff totally let the place down.

I have a feeling "Angelina" (see other reviews) works/manages this bar. Who cares if the Minnow has been graced with celebrity visitors!? You can go for a drink in Covent Garden or Soho and see countless celebs. But everyone cares when their night is tainted by the bad attitude of rubbish bar staff.

A bar that could be easily remedied by better staff. What a shame.

indiekid - 4 Jul 2006 13:03
Doubt she'll be working there, coz she's one of my friends, married with three kids.
Anyway, back to WHAT should be discussed, a pub. No, not one of the best, but definitely one of the most popular.

anonymous - 19 Jun 2006 18:35
Wow famous people! Thats a reason to go to a pub, I don't think. How pathetic.

I think Angelina is staff judging by her comments, so her praise doesn't count. It's not a bad pub though, but the priority in a pub should be the service and atmosphere, not the concentrating on being so called "trendy"
TheGP - 19 Jun 2006 13:25
Just been down the pub to see our very famous Journey South (Andy & Carl) to sit outside and enjoy the lovely sunday breeze!
You boys rock!
Good pub, actually one of the best in town and very nive girls working there!
anonymous - 18 Jun 2006 23:19
Mr Stella Fella, if you have a problem with this pub, then I ask you to go somewhere where your type would MAYBE be wanted and welcome! This pub doesnt need people like you thats cheap pimps!

They change their menu alot, for variety, their beer change, theyre stunning waiters and barmen change, they stay alive and kicking with stunning foreign people. It makes them unigue and special!

So next time someone go there, rather than trying to find mistakes (you'll find them at any pub) look at the great host, his team and the great food. They offer stunning service and always polite.

And if you look closely you'll find people like:
Chris Tarrant
Chris Coleman
Cliff Richard
Robin Williams
The Arctic Monkeys
Guy Richie
even actress from the Bill
etc hanging out there!
Angelina - 20 May 2006 16:43
First of all, for all you 'that think they know hospitality' this is a busy pub, so if you wait for your food, why complain, YOUR IN ONE OF THE BEST AND BUSSIEST PUBS IN SURREY, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?!
Secondly, the management and front of house team is exceptional with a very funny barman! They do try their best and the tall waitress is a babe!
Thirdly, they get celebs there. Cliff, Robin, Chris etc. So buzz of all you complaining freaks!
Angelina - 20 May 2006 16:32
Really nice pub, fantastic food which is very good value and really nice decor. Also a nice seating area in the front of the pub with outdoor heaters - gorgeous!
jen1978 - 10 May 2006 17:09
Amazing food, stunning decor, one of my top 3 locals. Keep it up.
j_watts - 20 Apr 2006 13:20
What a shame! We are moving to Weybridge next month, and were delighted to find such a beautiful pub... However, on both occasions that we have come for lunch, we have been very disappointed. The first time, our food took over an hour to come, with no warning, and a rude response from one of the staff when I asked when it would be coming. Today, we met some friends for lunch, and each staff member that served us, (about 4 in total) were absolutely miserable! I guess we will have to find a different local.
mm1234 - 9 Apr 2006 21:37
How anyone can give this pub a bad review I do not know. The food is fantastic and very good value. The staff are incredibly helpful and even when they are very busy they deliver good service. I can not fault this pub....
anonymous - 6 Jan 2006 14:48
consistently good food and service.
anonymous - 20 Dec 2005 13:41
Plastic pub full of plastic people.the men THINK they are the dogs danglers.....the women are just dogs......mutton dressed as spam,this is where the cheap women from Hersham gather before a knee trembler in the car park.But its 5 mins walk for me so i can put up with the false has beens.
Stella_Fella - 17 Sep 2005 00:18
Visited this pub mid-week evening, seemed to be full of people that were glammed up to the nines. Does a large range of beers including the super-tasty hangover juice Erdinger. The service is a bit ropey, but the location is good.
mike2004 - 31 Jul 2005 14:48
The Minnow is a definite "new style" pub. Inside it looks like a hotel foyer and is frequented by similar clientele.
It has a large front patio gravelled area, which whilst like sitting in a giant litter tray, is quite pleasant in the sunshine.

The food looks nice but is expensive (this is Weybridge after all..). The service is a bit dubious - You would expect better service in a joint like this, but it sometimes seems the posher the pub, the more rude and lazy the staff are. Perhaps it is the la-di-dah punters involved.

Anyway, in the sun this is a pub that is worth visiting for a pleasant drink, but it might get a bit annoying after a longer stay.
TheGP - 22 Jul 2005 16:19

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