I'm so disappointed, as it's my local, and I used to love it, and I want to support it.
BUT. The last few times I have been there, I've had really rotten meals. My creme brulee just before Christmas was truly disgusting. No flavour. It had obviously been sitting in the fridge for weeks. My friends (three others) also had various complaints about the dishes they had.
On top of this, the service is absolutely appalling. They are rude beyond belief, and you have to wait for EVER to have your dishes cleared and for the next course to arrive. Coffee is served before pudding, etc., ect., etc.
They're coasting on their reputation. It's not good enough. They need to improve. I shan't be having dinner there again; I might go for Sunday brunch, but only because they're close.
I agree, I visited the HC once a year or so ago, after hearing how great it was supoosed to be. We were treated with contempt for requesting more bread and the attitude of staff was appalling and the food/ambience nothing to write home about. Sad to hear nothing's changed recently!
I know what you're talking about, I went there with my mum and dad, and felt embarrassed at the way we were treated. The music was also really loud (too loud to talk properly) if you want something a bit different, why not go to Tas on Borough High St? the food is fantastic (turkish) and it's really good value! The service is OK too.
If you want more 'English' type food, then Delfina is really good still, but the main problem there is that it's only open for lunch......
If anyone wants a small and intimate local style restaurant then I would recommend Arancia, on Southwark Park Road. It won the Time Out local restaurant of the year award two years ago, and is still a real treasure. Good luck! I wonder if anyone from H.C will read any of this and make an effort to stop abusing the loyalty of their patrons??!
Having enjoyed going to the honest cabbage many times, I was disappointed to go there about 3 months ago. They were rude forgot several dishes and drinks and when I told them I was not leaving a tip because of the above they said suit your self. I have and not gone back.
At the moment I find the Leathermarket Pub has good meals that you can have upstairs in a much nicer surrounding than the Honest Cabbage, much cheaper also, simple food and the potato chips are divine.... Staff are very friendly as well.
Also worth a look I feel is Campor Campor ? - not sure about the spelling there. Interesting asian influence on the food, a few weeks back I had eel soup! It's a set price for either 2 or 3 courses and you can take your own bottle of wine in if you ask very nicely - probably when booking would be best. I think they charged us a couple of pounds corkage per person, but still much cheaper than you would usually pay for a good red.
Where else is good......... I might start a thread about that.