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Camilla E
They need to do something about the decor, ...
Reviewed Today

"They need to do something about the decor, it is non-existent and makes you feel like you are in a cafe. Which is a shame as the food is delicious and the service is friendly."

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Tim H
Excellent salad too start. One main course ...
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"Excellent salad too start. One main course was very good, but the other (the basic fish & chips) was not good. The fish could have been fresher and it was nowhere near as good as Poppies!"

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Michael L
Let down by poor liasion between the sommel...
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"Let down by poor liasion between the sommelier and server: twice the wine didn't arrive with the course. Unforgivable."

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John L
We went and had champagne afternoon tea.We ...
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"We went and had champagne afternoon tea.We were under the famous olive tree we given a glass of champagne as we arrived then given a menu with what was available ,and asked if there were anything on it that we didn't like or couldn't eat as it would be changed.The service was first class but discreet and and the food was first class with a slightly slant on a normal afternoon tea."

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Nicholas G
As a regular at this restaurant, I enjoy co...
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"As a regular at this restaurant, I enjoy consistent high quality cooking, friendly and attentive service and relaxed atmosphere."

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Alastair B
Awful - I asked for a burger rare, when the...
Reviewed Today

"Awful - I asked for a burger rare, when the waitress came back to update me that well done was as rare as it got she seemed surprised I wanted to change my order. Samphire on salmon limp and old, meagre desert menu (three options) wasn't helped by one being unavailable. Dreadful. Avoid!"

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Nick P
I went on a hot August day; inside dark and...
Reviewed 1 day ago

"I went on a hot August day; inside dark and cool, outside warm and pleasant with good view of street life. My oysters were fine and my pork terrine was first rate, meaty and rich, with an excellent sweet, crunchy piccalilli. Service was very good, marked down for belief that 'All right there?' - used twice by (I'd guess) public-school-educated waiter - is an acceptable substitute for 'How can I help you, sir?'"

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David Y
Interesting menu with nice twists. Generous...
Reviewed 2 days ago

"Interesting menu with nice twists. Generous but not overwhelming portions. Very hot day so we ate in the garden and therefore not sure about ambience."

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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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