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If you ask Trip Advisor for the best restaurants in Clent, The French Hen will not be amongst them. There are 5 others in a relatively small village, which is rather dominated by this rather large pub. It has a strong French theme throughout. Alas, it also has a strong pie and chips theme as well. Our experience in this chilly, empty, barn of a place was that the beers are interesting, also the decor, but the food is bog-standard. Happily this appeals to lots of people who aspire no further, so everyone should be happy.
It was delightful to escape from the rain and murk outside into the cosy and welcoming French Hen! Although busy, the service was friendly and efficient. The portions were well cooked and generous. Our various starters were nicely presented. We all chose the roast beef and Yorkshire pudding - delicious gravy and a proper Yorkshire! Nice selection of fresh veg too! Too full for a desert we retired to the bar area for coffee where a friendly Sunday afternoon atmosphere pervaded. It was lovely to see the well behaved dogs enjoying the ambiance too!
Fantastic menu, fabulous food-piping hot and delicious! Just one problem-big portions, no room for pudding 😄 Really enjoyed our meal here, friendly staff and a nice atmosphere. Will definitely come here again!
We had a delightful lunch off the prix fix carte. The food was 8.5 out of 10 but with a few tweaks could have been 10. Mushrooms in a beautiful cream sauce with rustic bread - 8/10 Give the mushrooms a bit more colour (+1) and the beautiful sauce a bit thicker - 10/10 Mains: Liver & Bacon with Mash and Peas and a rich onion gravy - yum 8.5/10 Make the liver a little more pink (+1) and serve crispy streaky (not back) bacon on top (+ 1/2) - 10 Dessert- Tarte au limon avec creme Chantilly et coulis framboise. 9/10 The tarte was exquisitely tart, the cream indulgent, the coulis making my teeth squeak 24 hours later. Substitute slightly crunchier pastry (+1) - 10! With a touch more attention to these minor details we would be well on the way to a Michelin Star. Great effort - keep it up
This is a nice pub which I visit every now and then in a good location, but seems to have gone down hill, when asked for a gin and tonic it was served to me in a Peroni half pint glass no explanation just here's your drink , when I complained I was told they had run out of gin glasses, the pub was not that busy and to my knowledge only a couple were drinking gin, this was totally inexcusable.