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"What a lost opportunity"

A review of Swallows Return by Bad Bunny written on Thursday 18th of February 2010


This is a great location right on the southern slopes of Highdown Hill just outside Worthing and was, originally, a large square assembly of farm buildings. I said to my wife on several occasions in the past that this would make an excellent site for a Restaurant.

Sure enough Vintage Inns (I believe) who are the current owners bought it and converted the site. Credit where credit where credit is due, they did an excellent job and even now, allowing for wear and tear, both the building and the atmosphere is excellent. See http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/theswallowsreturnferring/

However, I will not be going back for some time. After a break of some time we returned last week and were again disappointed. Quite simply this is a great opportunity thrown away.

The food if the first problem and would describe it simply as “fodder”. The menus deteriorated and were simplified rapidly from its opening.

The second issue is that the service is diabolical because they are so understaffed.

Don’t get me wrong, the staff themselves (the few that exist) are excellent, very friendly and truly seem to try hard. There is no surly attitude or anything to offend a customer but they are understaffed.

I am led to believe the manager is also of the same nature and was struck by the respect that the staff seemed to show for their efforts. It’s the simple fact that there are not enough people to serve.

To sum up. For a cold night by a fire or for a summer evening, if you have the time, then go and have a drink otherwise there are plenty of better places around to eat at.

Bad Bunny


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