Choice Bar And Restaurant
Choice Bar And Restaurant

Choice Bar And Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.choicebarandrestaurant.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01618333400x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch:

    Sunday from 11am till 1pm


    Lunch:

    Mon - Sat: 12pm - 4pm

    Sun: 11am - 4pm


    Dinner:

    Mon - Sat: 4pm - 11pm

    Sun: 4pm - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British, Gastro Pub, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: Tom Pattinson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We can offer our services for any bespoke event. Please enquire for full details
  • Private Party Facilities: Choice can be taken over for any private event. Please enquire for full details or check our website for full details.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 01618333400x
  • Special Events: We hold regular dining experiences and theme nights

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Deansgate Station Metro and Train stations are 500 metres from the restaurant
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: We have four parking spaces available all the time but after 6pm during the week and all weekend we can offer an additional 30 spaces.
    Strictly no overnight parking
    There is also additional off street parking and an NCP car park close-by
A word from Choice Bar And Restaurant
Choice Bar & Restaurant was established in 2001 as an award winning independent Modern British Restaurant.
Positioned in a Victorian Warehouse by the canal in Castlefield this hidden gem provides a welcome retreat from the busy city centre.
Serving the best local ingredients from the finest locally sourced craftsmen Choice has won a number of awards and accolades including AA Rosettes, Manchester Restaurant of the Year, Taste of Manchester and Best Wine List.
You can enjoy the Castlefield clean air outside by the tow path during the summer and live music is performed around the piano every Saturday.
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Choice Bar And Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since 4 June 2014
Average Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambience3.8
    Value3.9
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (14)special occasions (12)business meals (7)romance (7)outdoor eating (7)outstanding value (7)sunday lunch (7)good vegetarian options (6)group bookings (5)disabled access (5)pre/post theatre (4)brunch (2)child friendly (2)Show More
  • Lovely food, I enjoyed the
    ennjay
    Dined on 27/3/2014
    Lovely food, I enjoyed the partridge which was like a posh English breakfast and the treacle tart was fabulous. Service was prompt and friendly. Value for money was very good on the Thursday BOGOF but I'm not sure I would rush back to pay full price. All in all a pleasant experience, would probably be even better on a lovely summer's evening sat beside the canal.
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    romance, special occasions, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    Brown
    Dined on 20/3/2014
    It is a long time since we last visited Choice. The reason being that I used to work in the Castlefield area and it was always handy to be able to go and have an enjoyable meal after work in a relaxing atmosphere. My husband decided that a visit to Choice was long overdue and so instructed me to book a table to celebrate my birthday, we were not disappointed. We chose from the Al a Carte menu, perhaps this was because it was a Thursday and it was Buy One get one Free. The food was exceptional and we both thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the service was also outstanding. We will not leave it as long before we return.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Lovely setting and service
    Chilly
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Choice restaurant has historically been one of my favourite restaurants in Manchester. The relaxed setting mixed with excellent service never seems to fail, and didn't disappoint on this occasion. However, the standard of the food whilst good on this occasion, has dropped in comparison to my previous visits. I have always recommended Choice for its ability to serve well balanced plates of food with big flavours to match, on this visit I had the Partridge, which I expected to be a rich gamey dish, but aspects of the dish verged on being bland, I think this is down to the one dish, not the whole menu as my husband had the duck which was excellent!
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions, child friendly, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Choice!
    MLCKE
    Dined on 15/2/2014
    Again we were spoilt with excellent food, service and atmosphere at our favourite restaurant. Always recommended to anyone after a meal for a special occasion. A+++++
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10/10 from start to finish!
    JohnnyG
    Dined on 13/2/2014
    On arrival, at 19:00 me and my friend were the only ones in the establishment! We were plesently greeted and I gave my reservation details which were very quickly retrieved and we were shown to a lovely double table with plenty of space. We were offered water, and asked for our drink choice while we reviewed the menu! The menu was well presented and kept simple, with traditional meats served while also offering more exotic food and we also noted a vegetarian option. I opted for the pork belly starter with a main of Partridge, as I had never tried this before! The dishes arrived promptly and were absolutely amazing! From start to finish the taste, presentation and service were 10/10. I would recommend this resteraunt to any of my friends!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food, fantastic value!
    Matio
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Choice Bar and Restaurant. The service was top notch, the food was amazing - and great value - and no diners were disappointed. I highly recommend checking out the various offers they have on throughout the week, as you are always guaranteed great food. We will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    special occasions, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • marked slightly lower for
    Mosie
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    marked slightly lower for ambience as us only the 2 of us there !
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday lunch
    Lester
    Dined on 26/1/2014
    Very quiet rainy day so restaurant was rather empty. Restaurant smart , Service was excellent and food very good. Chose from the "daily offers" so very reasonable in cost. This place has a lot of paved and pleasant outdoor area for summer which is on an unfenced canal 30 yds away,- so would not be suitable for unattended children outside. There is a long white footbridge to Duke street which did not show well on googlemap so look closely for tiny grey line!! 5 mins walk from Ellis Brigham.
    Special Features:
    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, brunch, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visit with Friends 30th November
    Hotspur
    Dined on 30/11/2013
    We visit Manchester once or twice a year and always visit Choice, our favorite restaurant in Manchester. This time we came with Friends and although the overall meal was good the scallop starter portion size which two of us had was pathetic. The staff were good however and this was knocked off the bill. It was the most noisy it has ever been although it is the start of the Christmas season. Not quite in the exceptional category we have been used to in the past.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The lousiest restaurant
    Fooodie
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    The food was bad, the service was slow, and the food was slow as well. I would never ever go there again. A total waste of my money. Roast beef might as well be call roast wood. The beef was dry and tough. It was like fighting with a bull. The mush was blend and cold. No seasoning at all. The fish was rubbery. It was a total embarrassment to bring my friends there at all
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    disabled access
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  • Warned up fat soaked chips
    panoramabear
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    Very pricey for bland tasting food which didn't taste freshly cooked. Presented and tasted like warned up done. Wouldn't go there again. Disappointing :-( Staff did take account of the complaint and knocked the price of the starters the total price
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    outdoor eating
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  • Maggi Review
    maggi
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    Not a good standard for an award winning establishment , starters and mains adequate , desserts well below standard advertised on the website.Service requests not adhered to.
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  • First Choice
    Choicepretheatrefor4
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Another visit to what has become our favourite pre-theatre restaurant. Choice Bar in Manchester. Superb friendly service. Great food freshly cooked and amazing value on their menu. Their special offers including wine are definitely not to be missed and the convenience with loads of parking is great. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    business meals, disabled access, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Choice, Castlefield - we had
    Critic
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    Choice, Castlefield - we had the weekend special which included a glass of wine with each course. There was a delicious vegetarian option available and also one of the guests was driving so the restaurant offered a non alcoholic cocktail with each course. Great value, tasty food and a good variety of options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 26/10/2013
    Food was superb! Waitress and staff were very friendly and accommodated your every need! Look forward to going there again
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    romance, special occasions, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Great food. Ample Parking.
    Tachyon
    Dined on 19/10/2013
    Great food. Ample Parking. Nice view of the canals. Great value for money. Highly recommended
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • £35 Menu
    Cluso
    Dined on 18/10/2013
    Decent value for money for this set menu meal. Food was ok nothing special and was very small portions. The wine selections for each course was good and certainly helped make the meal feel better value for money. Service was attentive.
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  • Best CHOICE in the area
    Choicepretheatrefor4
    Dined on 18/10/2013
    Choice Bar and Restaurant never fails to please. Even at 5.30pm the staff were ready to serve with a friendliness and efficiency not mound in many places. A choice of tables, due to the possibility of an extra diner, was offered. The mini fish menu on a Friday was excellent and there was no problem switching elements of it around. Have made a reservation for some colleagues for Wednesday to dine at Choice then travel to Old Trafford by barge for the football.
    Special Features:
    business meals, disabled access, special occasions, group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just lovely
    Calli
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    We were in Manchester for the weekend and I had the tough task of picking somewhere for dinner on the Saturday night. Neither of us had been to Manchester so it was a case of looking places up on TripAdvisor and other places. We chose Choice and I'm so glad we did. The food was incredibly tasty and well portioned, the service was super lovely, warm and engaging and the wine (and drinks) list was really great too. We couldn't have asked for more and we'd both happily come back! :)
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent treat
    orchid
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    My partner and I ate at Choice recently, the staff were very friendly and attentive. Our food arrived promptly and was delicious, I can highly recommend the banana bread dessert! We would quite happily eat here every time we visit Manchester
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maintaining the highest standards
    Scotsdiner
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    This is one of the best restaurants in Manchester. Excellent menu and service. Thursdays are two for the price of one and remarkable value for money.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since 4 June 2014
    • Average Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambience4.2
    • Service4
    • Value3.8
  • The following 457 reviews are from the Choice Bar And Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Superb as ever
    gazzathom40
    Dined on 28/9/2013
    This quiet restaurant never fails to impress. Impeccable service, stunning original food all set by the waterside tranquility of the canal. Understated, relkaxed and luxurious.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Davidc
    Dined on 20/9/2013
    Great restaurant, excellent menu, quality food and good value with the special offers. Have eaten here before and always been impressed. Attentive and pleasant staff. Very surprised at how quite it was for a warm dry Friday evening.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and relaxed atmosphere
    Anjellik
    Dined on 15/9/2013
    Visited on early Sunday evening. Have eaten at Choice on various occasions and it never disappoints. The food is always excellent and the Smart Choice menu option is exceptional value. Portions are generous, service is friendly and unobtrusive and the atmosphere is always relaxed. Have visited with family and as a couple and look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions, child friendly, group bookings, brunch, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A mixed bag
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    We dined on a Friday evening at 8:15 and apart from our party of 5 there was only another couple in the restaurant and a further couple in the bar. Only two of our party enjoyed their food. Basically there are much better places to eat in Manchester for the same price and I will not be returning despite living next door!!
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  • Nice surprise
    DavidL
    Dined on 30/8/2013
    In fact the lunch period was very quiet - suspect that when full it is noisy; but the location is great, the service was great and the food very tasty. Toptable deal was better than the house standard offer, which read as smaller meals. House red wine delightful. The outside area is large and offers good views of the canals, boats and Hilton tower. Well worth trying.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good Choice
    TimP
    Dined on 24/8/2013
    My wife and I last visited Choice a couple of years ago, since then we have tried a few of the newer restaurants and places to eat in manchester. Some of those restaurants are good, but few will match the combination of food quality and value offered by Choice, especially with their 5 courses with wine for £35. You are supposed to book the 5 course option in advance, we hadn't done that due to it not being clear, but staff accommodated us and we had an very well cooked, interesting meal from start to Finish. Wines to match were also very well chosen and added another mystery element to the meal. We left very satisfied and hopeful that people continue to visit Choice as it would be a loss to Manchester dining if it closed.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful place to eat in Mancheste
    Holidays
    Dined on 22/8/2013
    We had an excellent meal and wonderful service to celebrate my parents-in-law 60th wedding anniversary. It was a shame that more people weren't eating there. I cannot understand why it wasn't packed - we could not fault the menu. We would certainly return. It's an excellent venue, with great views of the canal. A real find.
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  • Never had a bad meal here
    Lizzic
    Dined on 15/8/2013
    Never had a bad meal here lovely resturant great staff & in a good position for view of the canal , also easy parking
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    fit for foodies, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • greatnight
    aadining
    Dined on 7/8/2013
    Fantastic food, service, restaurant and music. Would recommend to anyone
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, even better service
    Nikkiwigg
    Dined on 1/8/2013
    I enjoyed a meal at Choice last Thursday with my mum, taking advantage of the buy one get one free offer on all items on the al-a-carte menu. We both had scallops & pork belly to start, which was divine - the crispy crackling on my pork belly was exceptional. I then had the lamb 2 ways, and my mum had the sea bass - both again were exceptional with portion sizes not scrimped on either which was nice as I was expecting them to be tiny. Desserts were equally as good and the whole meal was set off by the wonderful service. All the staff were very friendly, and came across as genuine and not contrived. I would definitely recommend Choice to anyone.
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Restaurant!
    toshi76
    Dined on 30/7/2013
    I love Choice! We have been on numerous occasions and it has been utterly superb every time. The food and service is constantly excellent and the location, although tucked away makes it a hidden gem of Manchester and well worth a visit!
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Choice Restaurant...first class
    lauramaytv
    Dined on 20/7/2013
    This restaurant has lots of choice and an excellent menu. There is the standard dishes, but with that little bit extra. A little twist which works perfectly and deliciously! I dined with 2 friends early on a Saturday evening, and I had the choice of the main menu, a delicious pre-theatre menu or I could also use my hi-life diner card. The service was superb, the setting in Castlefield was perfect and I would recommend this restaurant 110%. This is the 4th time I've dined here and would return tomorrow!
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent value taster menu
    Lifestooshorttodiet
    Dined on 19/7/2013
    This restaurant offers a £35 taster menu on Friday and Saturday nights. For this you get 5 courses of food and 5 courses if wine!! Excellent value and the food was superb! I have been recommending this to anyone who would listen to me!
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, indifferent service
    SundayDiner
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Food was excellent and with the special offer of "two for one" on Thursdays even better value. The only downside was that the place was understaffed for how busy it was - with some long waits for attention and staff in too much of a rush to engage with us. Other that that very good food, excellent setting for a summer evening and great value.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never disappointed
    luv2dine
    Dined on 29/6/2013
    Love Choice, from the quality menu to the excellent staff. Can't wait to go back
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five course taster menu - delicious
    svv77
    Dined on 29/6/2013
    We have been coming to Choice for years, it's one of our favourite restaurants. We always enjoy our food. This time we went for the five course taster menu and loved every course, if they do a new five course menu we will be back to sample that too.
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    business meals, romance, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    KEJD2013
    Dined on 29/6/2013
    There wasn't much atmosphere as it was quiet. We we both had stilton and brocolli soup served with stale bread the butter was served on the plate under the bowl. I had to ask for some black pepper as we were not offered any condiments of any sort. For main I had belly of pork, which was cooked well but didn't have alot of taste, with some sort of bland stuffing in the middle. My husband ordered the chicken, again nicely cooked & presented but just not that special in taste, also randomly came with a mini chicken pot pie in a seperate dish on the side. Both ordered some potatoes, there was quote a lot of food. Wine wasn't great. Overall I was a bit dissappointed as its not cheap and I expected a lot more from it.
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  • sunday lunch
    Egon
    Dined on 23/6/2013
    Enjoyed a very pleasant late Sunday lunch at Choice. The three course option was very good value and the service was excellent. The waiter went out of his way to ensure that we had a good dining experience.Would definitely recommend and will be returning soon.
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    business meals, special occasions, group bookings, brunch, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good, Staff freindly.
    Mazza
    Dined on 22/6/2013
    Had a really good night, the food was good and the staff were vey friendly. Would go again.
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    special occasions, outstanding value, outdoor eating
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    I would recommend this to a friend.