Nice decor, shame about the service

Route 303 American diner, on the A303 near Honiton, Devon

In a previous lifetime, Route 303 used to be a pretty good roadside caff, a welcome breakfast stop on the way to Cornwall. Now it’s an American diner. Great decor; an old Harley takes pride of place in the centre of the restaurant, rock posters for the Doors adorn the walls. The menu’s good too, breakfasts graded according to your hunger, pancakes,┬áburgers, bagels, ribs, the whole schmeer. But with all that Americana came an expectation of snappy, American-style service. And sadly, Route 303 didn’t live up to it. Staff were slow, tables not cleared of previous diners’ debris. A half hour after ordering we were still waiting for our food. How long does it take to prepare a cheese bagel (OK a┬ádouble cheese bagel) and a cheeseburger? Disappointing.

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