The Potting Shed

4.3
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$40 and under
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Modern Australian
The Potting Shed is a place to meet, eat, drink, relax and chat your day and night away – where hanging plants, terracotta pots and timber beams meet brass, brick and iron. Where you can plant yourself down on the swing seat, bench or at the bar and feel like you are on your family’s porch. It’s a lively place where you can hoe into fresh, locally harvested produce, delivered by our shed-hands. The same hands that will deliver you good-natured banter, craft beers on tap, great tasting wines and unique cocktails. The menu offers cozy share options for groups, three course substantial meal choices for those wanting to make an evening of it and a fun selection of nibbles for people wanting a light after-work snack with their cocktails or a share jug amongst friends.
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4.1
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JC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a wonderful experience, went with my daughter and we both loved the food. Highly recommend the Potting Shed

m
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The food was thoughtful and amazing quality. The service was great, however, one waitress forgot to add dessert to our order and we waited for an extended period of time until we asked about it. Otherwise, it was a pleasant, enjoyable experience.

A
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was delicious... especially enjoyed the cauliflower thingies.

The Potting Shed
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Albert, Thanks for your review, we love the cauliflower thingies (beignets) too! We look forward to seeing you again next time. Warmest wishes, The Potting Shed Team

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PH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Good food & service. Too crowded and noisy. A bit pricy. Went for a birthday.

IJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service, I have been there over 100 times.

The Potting Shed
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Ian, Thanks for your continued and valued custom, we look forward to seeing you again next time! Warmest wishes, The Potting Shed Team

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A
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food and the ambiance. The staff are always very personable and approachable.

The Potting Shed
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Alexandra, Thank you for your kind review, I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you back again soon! Kind Regards, Catherine, Venue Manager

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B
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Potting Shed was outstanding. Noise levels just right to create to create the right atmosphere just. The parrot was great. The service was excellent as was the food. Had our 50th wedding celebration here a few years ago and that was above and beyond. Thank you to "The Grounds". However, I did miss Kevin Bacon.

The Potting Shed
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Bingo, Thank you for leaving this review, it is really appreciated. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us. We miss Kevin too! Warm Regards, Catherine, Venue Manager

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LD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Very nice spot, perfect ambient. The food was quite good, too!

The Potting Shed
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Laura, Thank you very much for your review, it is greatly appreciated. We hope to see you back again soon! Warm Regards, Catherine, Venue Manager

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EW
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The music and the vibe was great! Good choice of songs. Friendly waiters and waitress. The food was Definitely delicious!

The Potting Shed
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Eve, Thank you so much for your kind review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your experience with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards, Catherine, Venue Manager

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KP
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful birthday lunch for our daughter who turned 5, the staff made a big fuss for her and it was so special xx

The Potting Shed
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Kayla, Thank you very much for your kind review. We are thrilled that your daughter enjoyed her birthday with us! We hope to see you back again soon. Kind Regards, Catherine, Venue Manager

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J
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

We were all disappointed with the service, having to ask for things several times, waiting too long for drinks, requesting a special meal with no beans only to be given mainly beans ... I could go on. We’ve also had poor service at the Grounds in the city, so poor we don’t go there anymore

The Potting Shed
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Jalee, Thank you for your review. I'm sorry that you felt disappointed with your experience at the Potting Shed. I'd love to know a little bit more so that I can look into where we went so wrong, please do get in touch. Warm Regards, Catherine, Venue Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Good range of options, but was not as accommodating to our vegan diner, which we found surprising.

The Potting Shed
Responded 5 days ago

Hi there, Thank you very much for your review. I'm sorry you felt as though there weren't as many options for your vegan friend. We do try to cater for as many dietaries and preferences. Thank you very much though as we will definitely pass on your comments to our chefs. Kind Regards, Catherine, Venue Manager

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CD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Ambience and setting was lovely! Mixed reviews about the food - Loved the Mussels, however the shell fish curry was a little too messy as all of the seafood was shelled but in curry sauce, which took the enjoyment out of the meal. All other foods looked great

Staff were really friendly and really helpful.

Would recommend this restaurant!

The Potting Shed
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Chloe, Thank you so much for your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to see you back again soon! Kind Regards, Catherine, Venue Manager

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MJ
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was great
Service was EXCELLENT, our waitress was friendly & so helpful. Knew the menu inside out & gave great recommendations
Only thing was the seating was very claustrophobic with people very close even on top of us

The Potting Shed
Responded on 6 January 2020

Hi Melinda, Thank you so much for this review, it is greatly appreciated. I will definitely pass on your feedback to your waitress, Emma. We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again soon! Warm Regards, Catherine, Venue Manager

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JT
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

One of my favourite places for a meal. Great ambience, delicious food and friendly service. Would highly recommend.

The Potting Shed
Responded on 7 January 2020

Hi Joanne, Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. We are so pleased to hear you had a great experience. We will be sure to share your feedback with your waitress, Hannah! hope to see you back soon! Kind regards, Catherine, Venue Manager

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CA
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

😊Great setting brilliant service & a real treat❣️

The Potting Shed
Responded on 7 January 2020

Hi Carol, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your visit at The Potting Shed. We really value feedback like yours, and will certainly pass your comments on to our team, especially Paige, your server. Looking forward to having you again. Kindest, Catherine, Venue Manager.

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CA
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Love this place! Kat is fantastic! Unfortunetly they changed the menu and took away my favourites... Crossing my fingers that they will take the mussles with coconut and the tuna carpaccio back! Still one of the best places in Sydney!!!

The Potting Shed
Responded on 6 January 2020

Hi Caroline, Thank you very much for your kind review! It was such a pleasure having you back again, thank you for recommending your guests to us as well. We will be sure to pass on your comments about the mussels (they were my favourite too) to our team. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards, Catherine, Venue Manager

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T
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always a bustling venue and consistent, we enjoyed the ink pasta dish

The Potting Shed
Responded on 7 January 2020

Hi there! Thank you so much for your review. The Barramundi with squid ink pasta is one of our most popular dishes! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience and hope too see you back soon Kind Regards, Catherine, Venue Manager

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p
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time dinner experience at The Potting Shed did not disappoint. With the amount of plants around we were really surprised at the lack of bugs all night. The ambience of night dining in a garden was spot on. Food was good. Service was very efficient. Would come back with a larger group to be able to try more food.

The Potting Shed
Responded on 7 January 2020

Hello Pham, Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the plants and the greenery, as that is a very important detail and decor for our venue. We will be sure to let your waitress Libby know about your feedback and will look forward to seeing you soon! Kindest, Catherine, Venue Manager.

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GF
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The atmosphere, food and service we're all absolutely fantastic!

On one of the busiest days of the year (NYE Lunch), our server was efficient, well presented and friendly to deal with which made the days events run smoothly. The special surprise of presenting our mum with her birthday dessert and a special song with fellow staff in tow was a brilliant surpise! (We were all sure to not take the credit! That was all you Potting shed!)

We were all very impressed and look forward to returning to the potting shed again very soon!!!!

The Potting Shed
Responded on 6 January 2020

Hi Stella, Thank you so much for your review, it is greatly appreciated. I will pass on your lovely comments to your waitress, Caitlin. We are thrilled to hear your lunch with us was so memorable and enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you all again soon! Warm Regards, Catherine, Venue Manager

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f
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

We ordered the share platters as it was limited menu at 4pm. They were so boring and cheaply made. All of the food was cold and not at all plentiful. And things that were boring to eat. There was a lot of food left on them just because it wasn’t yummy food. Like too much pickled vegetables. At $52 each they were the biggest rip off. I have ordered share platters before and got some hot food on them such as meatballs or calamari. There was no hot on this. The cheese was tiny and a weird crumbly sheep’s milk cheese not a favourite for many I would say. Poor choices and cheaply made.

The Potting Shed
Responded on 6 January 2020

Hi there, Thank you for your honest review. I'm sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the Shed Platter. At the Potting Shed we use the finest quality products, some of which are exclusively made for our venue such as the cured meats which is a blend that our chefs created. I'm disappointed to hear this did not meet your expectations and I'll be sharing your comments with the rest of the team. We really hope to have you back so we can make it up to you. Kind Regards, Catherine, Venue Manager

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RS
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really great food & service. A little expensive but the food is worth it.

The Potting Shed
Responded on 6 January 2020

Hey Rachel, Thank you so much for your kind review, it is greatly appreciated. We hope to see you again soon! Warm Regards, Catherine, Venue Manager

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S
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

I went there for Christmas Eve with my family of 4. the food was amazing like always. But being a busy time of year especially on Christmas Eve I felt there want enough staff, the lady who took our meals had to come back and double check what we ordered. The kids meals came out late, not to mention they totally forget about there desserts. the staff just seemed a little unorganised and were racing around from one table to another.

The Potting Shed
Responded on 28 December 2019

Hi there, Thank you so much for your feedback. I am so sorry to hear you felt let down by the service. This year's Christmas Eve was definitely a lot busier than we have experienced in previous years, so I agree that we were understaffed. I am sorry that you felt the impact of that, and would love to make it up to you and your family. Your feedback is very valuable, and has definitely highlighted where we can do better for next time. Hope to see you soon. Kindest, Catherine, Venue Manager.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We would like to personally thank Cat who went out of her way to make sure our family Christmas Eve lunch was special after there was an error with the booking system and our original dinner reservation had to be moved. We had wanted to visit the Potting Shed for quite sometime and we were not disappointed. We will definitely be back. Antoinette

The Potting Shed
Responded on 28 December 2019

Hi Antoinette, Thank you so much for your kind feedback. It was my pleasure to have you and your lovely family at The Potting Shed. I am so pleased that your enjoyed yourselves, and thank you again for your understanding regarding the error. We look forward to having you again! Warmest wishes, Catherine, Venue Manager.

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M
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is very busy around Christmas time, but the food, service, and overall experience was well worth wading through the crowds!!! So many cool novelty touches, for example the cocktails (which look amazing) are presented in bird shaped mugs and flower pots, and there is a real bird that perched on my hand for a photo!

The Potting Shed
Responded on 23 December 2019

Hi Mary, Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. We will definitely pass your feedback to your waiter, Acts. We are very pleased to hear you and your guests enjoyed your experience at The Potting Shed. Fluffy sends her regards and hopes to see you and your guests again! Many thanks, Catherine, Venue Manager.

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s
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

An exciting place to enjoy with friends or family, it’s such a popular venue that the staff try their best to cater to everyone within the allocated time. So, sometimes takes a while for the food to come out, and it doesn’t taste as good as it should.

The Potting Shed
Responded on 23 December 2019

Hello, Thank you for getting in touch and sharing your experience at The Potting Shed. We thank you for your kind words, and have passed your comments to the related departments. We hope to see you soon, and have an even better visit. Kindest, Catherine, Venue Manager.

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S
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you all so much for an absolutely magical and amazing night. You made my friends birthday quiet special and the cake was delicious! I will be coming back on a regular basis and I can't thank you all enough!

The Potting Shed
Responded on 23 December 2019

Hi Semir, Thank you so much for your comments, it was such a pleasure looking after you and your guest! We really enjoyed having you here, and we hope to see you both soon! Kindest, Catherine, Venue Manager.

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KG
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

Its a nice place but service is ridiculously slow. The wait staff are good when they attend to you but to get attention, its a slow wait. 20mins on arrival & we manage to get an order for a first drink order. You might find a wandering waiter but if its not your dedicated waiter, they tell us they will get "our" waiter because its not their section.....?? This process is painful in terms of service.

The Potting Shed
Responded on 23 December 2019

Hi Karen, Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us about your experience at The Potting Shed. I am so sorry to hear you were let down by the service you received - I would equally be frustrated about not being able to order, regardless of the section. While we prefer the section waiter to take responsibility to look after their own tables, we would hate our guests to be left waiting. Please accept our apologies, and we hope to see you again, so we can make it up to you. Catherine.

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JT
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience was amazing. Diana our wait staff friendly, efficient and looked after us. The food delicious and well timed. The cocktails Diana recommended superb and food selections excellent. We got free dessert for my husband’s 60th birthday celebration and Diana arranged happy birthday sing a long by staff

The Potting Shed
Responded on 23 December 2019

Hi Jacqueline, Thank you so much for your beautiful words - we have shared your feedback to Diana, and we are delighted to hear you were well looked after. We really hope to see you all again, and wish you a wonderful Christmas! Kindest, Catherine, Venue Manager.

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HT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

It was a super hot day and although the servers were lovely we didn’t get any drinks until our mains were served - not even water, which when we got it was room temperature and with no ice. Food was great - overall we enjoyed our lunch

The Potting Shed
Responded on 23 December 2019

Hi Heather, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We are so sorry to hear you had a few hiccups within your service, but we would like to thank you for sharing your experience with us. I have raised your comments to our team, and we hope to improve on this, and we look forward to having you and your guests back. Warmest, Catherine, Venue Manager.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience4

Nice food and surrounds. Poor service and lack of attention.

The Potting Shed
Responded on 23 December 2019

Hi Andrew, Firstly, I would like to thank you for taking the time to share you experience with us. I am sorry you were let down by the service you received when you visited The Potting Shed. I would love to discuss with you further where we went so wrong, if you would like to get back in touch. I look forward to hearing from you. Warmest, Catherine, Venue Manager.

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C
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

When we arrived we were told we would need to be done with our table within and hour and a half. Ironically it took that long just to receive our food. While the food was delicious and the place is beautiful, the wait times to order, receive drinks, receive food, and even to pay was very disappointing. Too many patrons, too few staff. We even had to ask three times just for some water while we were waiting on our order.

MS
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience5

Understand you're busy in summer towards Christmas time, but after we arrived we're told they could only give us 1.5 hours. After explaining we're having a Christmas n send off party, they gave us 2 hours, from 6.30PM-8.30PM. The staff were lovely, yet we were asked and rushed to order our food, and got kicked out at 8.30. BUT then we one of our orders never arrived, the spoons we asked for never arrived, as well as the water we asked for. You should've advised the 2 hour limit in your booking system, should have time-slots, or some sort.

The Potting Shed
Responded on 23 December 2019

Hi Michael, I am sorry to hear about your experience at The Potting Shed. Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. I believe the 1.5 hour was a complete misunderstanding on our hosts part, however, we do communicate that all bookings have a 2 hour seating in our booking notes. I apologise if this was not made clear. I am also disappointed to hear that you felt the service was slow. I have shared your comments with our team, and we would love to have you back to make up for your experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

We went to see Santa & a bite to eat afterwards. I booked the table weeks ago. 10 minutes after we were seated we were told we only had the table for an hour and a half. That wouldn’t have been too bad if the service wasn’t so slow. We even had to follow up to see where our drinks were. Table service was very slow, self service would be better if the service isn’t efficient. Left very disappointed

c
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

The customer service was great! the first waitress was very considered and patient explaining the menu. The food was good, but my kids' meat was raw. However, once I gave it to the waitress (a new one), she was very kind to change it and bring a new plate. Thanks for the good service.

The Potting Shed
Responded on 23 December 2019

Hi there, Thank you so much for getting in touch. We are so happy to hear you and your guests enjoyed themselves. I am happy to hear your experience was taken care of when we fell short. We are looking forward to having you and your family back again! Kind regards, Catherine, Venue Manager.

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MM
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Beautiful venue. Food was good but our booking was for 6.30pm and two of the main meal options we wanted had already sold out which was very disappointing, especially as the main menu options are already pretty limited. Strange for it to have sold out so early in the evening. Vegetarian Burger was very average and salty. Lamb and shellfish curry were great. Also our dessert took over half an hour to arrive. Overall it was a nice venue and good enough food but the service was slow and the lack of menu items available is the reason I am giving them an average rating.

The Potting Shed
Responded on 20 December 2019

Hi Melanie, Thanks for reaching out about your experience. We value your honesty and totally understand how frustrating it would have been for the mains of your choice to be unavailable. Due to the overwhelming response from our guests during lunch we ran out of dishes earlier than we had anticipated. We are so sorry you felt let down by the service and will pass on your feedback on to all relevant staff. We hope to see you again for a more enjoyable experience. Thanks, Catherine Venue Manager

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Z
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

I have always loved the potting shed but this evening I attended there was probably 7 dishes that weren’t available to order as they had run out and this was at 6 pm just when dinner had started. I think it was totally unacceptable that I couldn’t even pick what I wanted as half the menu was sold out.
I bought a cocktail jug which was full of ice and it just tasted like water. Was a waste of $48. The service was good but I have to say it was definitely not worth the money I spent there. Will not be dinning again but love the aesthics that’s all

The Potting Shed
Responded on 23 December 2019

Hi Zoro, Thank you so much for your review and honesty. I am so sorry to hear you were let down by your experience at The Potting Shed. I have followed up with our kitchen about our stock issue to ensure we keep on top of our ordering and are prepared for those busier services. I would love to invite you and your guests back in if you would like to get in touch, so we can make it up to you. Looking forward to hearing back. Kindest, Catherine, Venue Manager.

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LL
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience3

really crowed, we were rush to finish dinner because another booking after us. pls if you are here for food, definitely not your choice. you come here only for ambiance which is ok. there are a lot of rules that has to be followed, eg mains could not be ordered until after 6pm, a lot of things sold out, things are sold in Garden but not Potting Shed which is really confused and disappointed! will not come back at all.

The Potting Shed
Responded on 20 December 2019

Hi Ling, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear you had a less than brilliant experience. We will be sure to pass on any information that could improve our customers experiences to our senior management team. Thanks, Catherine Venue Manager

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JM
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time on Sunday at the potting shed. Beautiful food and drinks, stunning setting and great energy. Thanks 🙂💕

The Potting Shed
Responded on 21 December 2019

Hello Jennine, Thank you for your kind words we will pass this onto our team. Happy to hear you had an enjoyable experience and hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Catherine, Venue Manager

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LG
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

I think you need to have 2 queues when coming in to the Potting Shed and one should be for people with Reservations. I waited in a queue for 25 minutes to get to the 'check in' desk. I understand this place is busy all the time - but i thought that's why you should always book a table!
I ordered the Sri Lankan shellfish curry. It needs to be accompanied by crab crackers and a bowl of water so you can clean your hands. I had neither so left most of the crab as i couldn't crack it. It did come with a bowl for your shells though.

The Potting Shed
Responded on 20 December 2019

Hi Lisa, Thank you for your feedback. I am so sorry to hear that you felt let down by the experience. To avoid our reservations from having to wait in the queue, we include a note when making your booking that says to head directly to the host desk, so I am sorry that this might have been missed this. We have definitely passed your comments to our staff, and we look forward to having you back, so we can make it up to you. Kindest, Catherine, Venue Manager.

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