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Trevor J
"Old school" food but done very well. Expen...
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4.5
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Reviewed Today

""Old school" food but done very well. Expensive, exclusive, very popular with University dons and good buzz. Worth splashing out for a special occasion."

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Trevor J
Rustic French bistro serving good food. Gre...
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4
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Reviewed Today

"Rustic French bistro serving good food. Great value, no wonder it is packed!"

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Alexandra B
What have they done to the Pit Bar? Awful f...
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2
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Reviewed 2 days ago

"What have they done to the Pit Bar? Awful formica cafe style, zero ambience. The food (a simple cheeseboard) was ok but served with a plastic knife and fork (and a poor quality one at that)! Certainly not a place to return to."

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Robert K
The restaurant was empty on a Tuesday night...
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2.5
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Reviewed 2 days ago

"The restaurant was empty on a Tuesday night so atmosphere was lacking and service difficult to judge. Mixed grill food was OK (chicken lamb and kofte) which came with no sides, so ordered chips. Very standard (F4 rating seems too high), and better Lebanese/Mediterranean restaurants around in the area. No sauces as standard and had to ask. They do not offer a meze platter in the evening."

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Stefan K
Reasonable food in a decent setting ruined ...
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2
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Reviewed 3 days ago

"Reasonable food in a decent setting ruined by bizarre sudden increase in muzak volume, and complete failure of staff to take an order correctly, or know what was on the menu. They ended up forgetting our 7 year old's food, and she had to share! We won't return!"

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Chris J
Interesting menu of excellent seafood. BYO ...
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5
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Reviewed 4 days ago

"Interesting menu of excellent seafood. BYO so it makes it a very good value experience.Tiny back parlour that only seats 14/16"

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Haris M
A convivial place, with a wide range of Spa...
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2
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Reviewed 4 days ago

"A convivial place, with a wide range of Spanish and other Mediterranean tapas."

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Susan K
Not the best day at delilah's today. Unders...
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2.5
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Reviewed 4 days ago

"Not the best day at delilah's today. Underseasoned burger with oversalty bacon and rubbery cheese that hadn't melted properly. And polenta chips are not a good substitute for potato"

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Andrew L
Come for the beef Wellington, stay for the ...
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4.5
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Reviewed 4 days ago

"Come for the beef Wellington, stay for the owners! Forever friendly, reliable and delicious plus a decent and sensibly priced wine list. the loos are starting to feel a bit in need of a refurb."

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Andrew L
Boozey sunday dim sum set lunch is the way ...
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4
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Reviewed 4 days ago

"Boozey sunday dim sum set lunch is the way to do it: I am not sure it would be worth the eye watering a la carte. The venison dim sum particularly memorable."

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The Editors Review
hawksmoor manchesterJay Rayner weighs in on the north/south restaurant divide question

The Observer's critic-in-chief heads to Manchester to try out the new Hawksmoor and stumbles across a veggie dining room, 1847, serving great food – well, apart from the desserts. Read our roundup of restaurant news in Manchester and enter our Hawksmoor Manchester competition.

 

 

Meanwhile the Guardian's Marina O'Laughlin pays a visit to the much gushed about Kitty Fisher's

Everyone else love, love, loves it but Marina can't help but feel she's ended up at a house party she wasn't quite invited to, particularly as the restaurant staff seem allergic to answering the phone. We can attest to that having called them on at least 10 occasions without success.

 

The award for most ferocious review this week has to go to The Sunday Times's A A Gill

The critic has a thing or two to say about Mayfair's 'ridiculously overpriced' Mexican, Peyote, including: “...fiddly, neurotic preparation with pale, polite taste and silly, parsimonious sharing plates that aren’t bounteous or fun and are more like eating the catering pitch for a drug cartel’s wedding.”

 

Over at The Times, Giles Coren gives his opinion on Russian-imported pizza chain Bocconcino

“Bocconcino isn’t a bad restaurant. It just isn’t a necessary restaurant.” At £202 for pizza and pasta it's not hard to see why Mr Coren might feel that way – mind you, a £46 bottle of wine probably helped nudge the bill up.

 

And last but not least, Ms Maschler reviews Brindisa's new Morada Asador

The Standard's long-standing critic heads to the latest outpost of this tapas chain (in Soho) and finds the meats are the reason to flock here – from the 'delectable' milk-fed lamb to the Secreto Iberico.
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TOTTchannel4Recently there's been quite the hubbub about a new Channel 4 documentary series Tricks of the Restaurant Trade that claims to be 'lifting the lid' on restaurant industry secrets. The programme, which aired on Tuesday 19 January, discussed how many UK chains (like PizzaExpress, Leon and Frankie & Benny's) use pre-prepared food from centralised kitchens and outside caterers which is microwaved before being served to customers.

The show's co-presenter and restaurateur Simon Rimmer says he understands why chains use central kitchens to produce food off-site, including maintaining consistency and quality across multiple sites. However he believes restaurants should be more upfront with customers.


Harden's co-founder Peter Harden, who was interviewed by Channel 4 and appeared on Tricks of the Restaurant Trade this week, agrees and says outsourcing is understandable in order to run a profitable chain.


We'd like to know if customer expectations are in line with industry practices. Please take a couple of minutes to answer the questions below and you could win a £50 wine voucher for Berry Bros & Rudd. Your name and email address will not be made public or shared with any third parties.

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