The Pearson's Arms by Richard Phillips
The Pearson's Arms by Richard Phillips

The Pearson's Arms by Richard Phillips

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.pearsonsarmsbyrichardphillips.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01227 773133
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: English, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Richard Phillips
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Car Park
A word from The Pearson's Arms by Richard Phillips
The Pearson"s Arms is very much a community pub whilst retaining a welcome to tourists and those in search of a great night out; a place where local and seasonal fare are as much of the experience as the proud heritage of the town. The Pearson's Arms is a totally different Richard Phillips experience, but retains the quality, passion, and attentive service for which his restaurants are known. 'We are as passionate about our ales and wines as we are our food offering. I want this to be a real pub atmosphere, somewhere that is the hub of of a great community. A pub is a place to take friends and loved ones for fun and relaxation and we want to install a real community spirit. Our ethos naturally supports local businesses and where possible we always try to use Kent produce and apply the same thinking to our ales and drinks.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Pearson's Arms by Richard Phillips reviews from OpenTable diners
161 reviews since 27 November 2013
Average Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambience3.9
    Value3.5
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (75)sunday lunch (72)special occasions (69)romance (40)child friendly (31)brunch (30)group bookings (29)business meals (22)outstanding value (17)good vegetarian options (13)afternoon tea (4)outdoor eating (2)pre/post theatre (2)Show More
  • Beautiful Sunday lunch.
    Glossy
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We ate Sunday lunch here, my party consisted of 3 adults and 3 children under 6. The food was exceptional with a good selection, cooked perfectly, fresh and good portions. My only complaint, and it is minor, was the service was not attentive which led to delays in drinks arriving. I will go back and I recommend.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been many times and will go again!
    Licenceforlife
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I cant really say much more, unless I write a thorough critique, than the food is dependable and good and there is one excellent waiter who cannot do enough for you. Having said that it was a fairly quiet day and the weather was pretty awful. The staff enjoyed the experience of customers! Theres little point in detail; it was a good meal, very good in fact, nicely presented, and politely served, with the usual Richard Phillips style. The tired rustic style of decor may not be to everyones liking, but it sets out to be a seaside and fishing pub, and thats what it is, pure character, but do beware of the narrow steps and stairs everywhere. It is however one that serves good food and great beer and wine. Pub food that pleases.
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    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Tuesday Lunch
    piglet
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Came here with my mother and enjoyed the set lunch menu which offers three starters, three mains - and puddings should you want three courses. We went for two and were slightly disappointed with the salmon starter which was a little undercooked, and the poussin was incredibly smoky, so hard to taste the other ingredients. Our main courses of cod on a red wine risotto with Jerusalem arthichokes in balsamic vinegar, though were superb. And we had a very reasonably priced delicious Sicilian white. Hope to return over New Year.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Great setting, great meal
    Figgylover
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Have eaten here a few times before. The food has always been of a fabulous quality and we think very reasonably priced. The set menus are particularly good deals. This time we went a la cart and had the Sunday roast beef which was a very generously sized with crispy potatoes, lovely Yorkshire pud and perfectly cooked veg. It's also in a fabulous location with fantastic views of the sea. We will be going back.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Sidecar
    Dined on 31/10/2014
    This was our third visit to the Pearson's Arms , and by some distance our most disappointing . The service is a serious issue I believe . From having to remind them that we had ordered drinks , to the late arrival of our ( too salty) green beans , we always felt that there was something else likely to go wrong. The staff seemed glum and unhappy - and this does not make for an enjoyable or relaxed atmosphere . The food was good as you would expect , althought the size ( small ) and number ( 2!) of scallops for the starter was disappointing. The liver main course, whilst delivering great flavours ,was tepid at best . The puddings sounded great , but we did not feel like staying any longer - even the coffees took a long time to arrive .
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    fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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  • Great setting not great service.
    Ktjm
    Dined on 31/10/2014
    Food was presented imaginatively and a great setting by the sea, however Service could be improved. When booking we had said it was a birthday celebration and would like to make it special. Despite being assured of this at the time,on arrival no mention was made of it and our table was tucked away at the back of the restaurant. During the course of the meal several things were missing and had to be asked for. Plates for the bread starter never arrived at all and we got our salt from another table ourselves. I would expect better from a restaurant of this calibre.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • Gig for girls who gossip
    Littletoot
    Dined on 29/10/2014
    This is the ideal location for ladies who lunch. The setting is interesting but not distracting; the food is tasty but not overly fussy; the staff are attentive but not overbearing and the price is sufficient that you know you have eaten out without breaking the bank!
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  • Bakehouse
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    Lovely afternoon with friends in a very special place always a pleasure to go back great food always relaxed atmosphere.
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    business meals, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Meal
    MauriceDoris
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    Excellent meal at Pearsons Arms Whitstable. A couple more biscuits with the cheese would have been good
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at the Pearson's Arms
    Maggiemays
    Dined on 25/10/2014
    I had originally booked for a table in the restaurant upstairs but then brought the dog with us and the bar staff were very helpful in finding a table for us downstairs instead. Had a little bit of a wait for the food but probably no worse than anywhere else where it's freshly prepared. The waitress brought our drinks quite quickly and the food (moules) was excellent. Good value.
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  • Always delightful
    AlanG
    Dined on 23/10/2014
    One of my favourite restaurants in Whitstable. This lunchtime the Pearson's Arms maintained their very good standards. My companions enjoyed the very good value set lunch menu while I was tempted by the a la carte offerings. The sea bream was excellent, as were the mussels and the beer battered cod and (thice cooked!) chips. All very fresh, perfectly cooked and nicely presented. Service was reasonably quick and friendly, as usual. The sea view and the sunny autumn weather completed a very pleasant lunchtime. Good selection of real ales on offer. Highly recommended.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Generally good but mixed feelings..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    Positives: - Good quality gastro pub food, reasonably priced. - Great location. - Has a children's menu, though quality not as good in our experience. Negatives: - Slow. Kitchen perhaps too small to cope with demand? - Small portions. If you've been out on the beach you'll need starters or deserts or other extras if you want to leave feeling full up. - Mixed service. Most staff were keen to help and keen to resolve issues. When ordering, we were warned that the fish pie could take 30mins to cook so we ordered the fish and chips instead. 45mins later we asked how long the food be. I was told in condecending tones that "the food will take a little while, because they have to cook it". Oh, so that's what they do with it...
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    child friendly, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Four very satisfied diners!
    RedApple
    Dined on 12/10/2014
    Taking guests to a restaurant is always a tricky business, but we had an excellent welcome, and a superb fixed price Sunday Lunch. I like that the restaurant keeps serving late into the afternoon, and our guests loved seeing the sea whilst they ate.
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    fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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  • Service Lacking
    jules
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We drove from London for Sunday lunch and arrived hungry & ready to eat. Our table wasn't ready but the guys at the bar did their best in chasing it up, after half an hour we were seated. 15 minutes without a menu and our table only half laid. Shell on prawns & squid to start. The squid and soy & pepper sauce was delicious. The prawns, albeit small, were tasty but we had to request a plate for shells and a finger bowl. The main came before the starter had been cleared, when it was received after 10 mins on the hot plate, the gravy was congealed and the horseradish melted. A drink took 20 minutes to arrive & we decided to forego dessert. In all, a very unsatisfactory dining experience & would think twice before returning.
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    brunch, Sunday lunch
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  • Awful
    John
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The Pearson's Arms is nowhere near as good as it thinks it is. The food is not awful, but it is over priced for what is basically average pub food. The staff are not trained, not very welcoming and know very little about their own menu. We ate upstairs in the restaurant - but first we were made to wait downstairs at a filthy table. The whole place feels as if it is not managed by anyone. It trades on its seafront location - which to be fair offers a stunning view at sunset. Have a pint there - don't bother with the food.
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  • Lovely meal watch out for mealoffer
    Senenzo1
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    We had a great Travel Zoo offer which made the meal (which was very good) a reasonable price. Service was good BUT because of the offer the waitress added up our drinks manually and overcharged us - which we didn't realise until we were on the journey home. Despite contacting the restaurant twice we have had no communication from them. So beware of the same things happening to you!!!! Shame as it spoilt the evening.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OMG !! UNBELIEVABLE VALUE
    MadMaxDiningClub
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    This was my first visit and after reading revues on line made my booking via Opentable.co.uk the menu and food delivered to me and my party at 2130 surpassed even my expectations. ..The service was really great considering the upstairs restaurant was full !!! Quality of starters. ..Mains. ...and desserts was faultless. My only negative was paying £32.50 for a bottle of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. ...All other drinks were very fairly priced. I will be going back as soon as I can. HIGHLY RECOMMEND without hesitation.....you do need to book through Opentable.co.uk as I couldn't get in by calling the restaurant direct. ...well done to the whole team at The Pearsons Arms.....Please just look at the price of your Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • its improved
    spratty
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    We first eat at Pearsons soon after it opened. We didnt rate it very much and have only returned on one other occasion at least four years ago. Since our recent visit. We can all say that it has improved a great deal. We live in Tankerton . We eat oy more than at home. in future it will be our first choice of where to dine. Well done and thank you to everyone.
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    brunch, business meals, group bookings, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sunday lunch disappointment
    Richie
    Dined on 14/9/2014
    Web site looked great and booked with out hesitation. Location good atmosphere ok decore also nice Inside!. Shame the side street is a mess from the food bins. Kitchen did not look clean. Service was poor Typical of a pub. Food arrived cold and not fully prepared as requested. With a burnt yorkshire pudding and disgusting cabbage side dish. Vegatarian dish was a red onion with cheese not very creative. To be honest its the same as abode. The named chief is never there i.e. Richard phillips. So food matches the photos but lacks the skill advertised. Dishes are small so price should drop. Especially for wines which are a basic type. It could be so much better with more attention to detail to meet expectations advertised, other than a Pub!
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    Sunday lunch
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  • Lovely food in a scenic setting
    specialoccasion
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    We had a table upstairs by a window, overlooking the harbour. very picturesque. Food was lovely, freshly cooked to order and stylishly presented. Our only problem was a party of 7 who came in at 1.30 and proceeded to shout, scream and laugh in V loud voices. Luckily we were at dessert by then, so moved to a quieter part of the restaurant, followed by an elderly couple who were also having their meal ruined. One of us did remonstrate with them (but people with such little consideration are not going to be put off by a small matter of manners)and the waitress did apologise on their behalf. Not the restaurants fault,I know but maybe the management could have attended, and asked them to quieten down? Apart from that, we had a lovely time.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Room with a view
    Shazza
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    The restaurant is above the pub so most of the options in point 2 don't apply. The restaurant is an attractive and atmospheric room with wonderful views over the beach to the sea. Try to get a window table to make the most of this! Very good menu with excellent balance of both meat and fish dishes. This has been by second visit to Whitstable and my second dinner at The Pearson's Arms. Love it.
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing but enjoyable ....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    I took a good friend to The Pearson Arms for her Birthday lunch - we had a truly lovely time. The service was very good and the food was excellent. A well considered menu but good value for money. I really enjoyed the scallops and the smoked haddock. Unusually for me I had a dessert and really enjoyed it - full of flavour but not overbearing raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely place and great food
    brawstorneVIP
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    We booked for 12 on bank holiday Sunday and were on the top floor. They were very accommodating as we had a 7 months old and gave us a great table with space for the pushchair. The food was really good and very attentive staff, would definitely go back and would be a great local if you lived there :)
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    brunch, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Would not recommend
    HonestJoe2014
    Dined on 17/8/2014
    Food very average, service poor. it took 1 1/2 hours to be served one course only.
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  • motheregg02
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    Second visit with two very special friends. Was not disappointed. The black pudding scotch egg is amazing and as for the tripled fried chunky chips!!!!! Heaven. All washed down with a glass of champagne from a local supplier.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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  • Just about OK
    mwjohnuk2000
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Slightly Disappointing Sunday lunch, the Fish Pie was quite bland, and my Wife's Beef was a little over done and not too flavoursome and the extra portion of Runner Beans (which were a very good flavour) were very, very "Stringy" and although we mentioned this to the waitress I was surprised they were still charged for, as we left at least half of them, a shame, as some of the food coming out looked very good, might give it another try, the sharing pork looked very good, and the chap running the floor we were on was excellent.
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  • Stevery
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The staff. Were very accomadating with a table for6 and a 5 month baby with supply of a high chair. Food was fantastic and location was second to none overlooking beach.As we booked stating we would have a baby a week before would have been easier if we had been allocated ground floor dining.( push chair etc) rather than 3 rd floor Overall very impressed and would visit again
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    child friendly, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, slow service
    LondonBlondeVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Delicious food and great value set lunch but VERY slow service despite a half empty restaurant. Dining room seemed excessively noisy and populated by some eccentric locals.
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  • Lauraanncallaghan
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food was absolutely fantastic and the location of the Pearson's Arms is perfect - just off of the beach. Our table was overlooking the sea and the whole meal was fantastic value for money. It's a very child friendly venue - the staff kept our young sons amused with some Etch-a-sketch's they had had tucked away! The only issue was parking - I'd advice anyone visiting to make sure they get their early to find a space so that you're not in a rush.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Wonderful food and fantastic view
    Tibbs2
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    We had to wait a while for our food but that was a testament to the fact that everything is freshly cooked. Our mains were very tasty and our desserts fabulous. The 1st floor dining was also wonderfully cool on a very hot Sunday.
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    brunch, business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely meal
    whitstabubblefoodie
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    We ate here for my birthday and it was the first night of the oyster festival so very busy! We had a beautiful table overlooking the sea. The food was delicious but I think due to it being so busy we didn't get the usual touches of the bread before our starters.The staff were very stretched so we had a wait a little while for our order to be taken and bill to arrive but somehow thy managed to get the food out very quickly and to its normal great quality. The main issue wasit was so busy in the bar the queue for the ladies toilet was ridiculous, luckily I know the area so was naughty and ran across to another restaurant and used their facilities, otherwise I could have easily waited 20 min in the queue! Overall though a lovey evening :)
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  • The best restaurant in Whitstable
    Jules
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    We've been to Whitstable half a dozen times but didn't realise the restaurant was there until we saw The Times restaurant guide. It's located right on the edge of the beach so we were able to look out over miles of beach from the high-level dining room. The restaurant was suitably relaxed and the staff friendly but offering timely service. The scallops with pea, mint and broad bean risotto were a highlight but the haddock and bubble and squeak was not to be underestimated. My only wish was that there was more choice for our vegetarian guest. We will however, definitely be re-booking.
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    brunch, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on Friday night
    kitkat
    Dined on 25/7/2014
    Good, tasty food - nice and fresh ingredients. The scotch egg is amazing, and the fish really fresh. The lamb was a little bit fatty though. The restaurant itself was very noisy due to a large party - not the restaurants fault but something to bear in mind. Service was great and prompt. Would definitely go here again.
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  • Gone to Pot, don't go
    luvfood
    Dined on 25/7/2014
    Used to be a favourite restaurant, but won't be going back. The smallest portions of food ever, that didn't represent the pretentious menu. If you went in hungry you would leave still hungry having been charged for what should have been a decent meal. My husband sent back his fish dish, the smallest, thinest piece of cod I have ever seen under a mound of green, herby goo. It wouldn't have satisfied my cat. My rostiere (their word) potato on top of a small mound of shredded lamb with a teaspoon of chopped vegetable was a thin potato crisp. It was a great disappointment and will not be going back.
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  • Lovely food and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 24/7/2014
    Took my mum and a couple of friends here whilst visiting from Australia during the recent British heatwave. Excellent, fresh food and outstanding service, would .
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday lunch!!!!
    Biggles
    Dined on 13/7/2014
    I received a voucher to use at the Pearsons Arms, and used this for lunch, Amazing!!!! Food was excellent wide choice something for everyone. Service exceptional, no rush plenty of time between courses, good choice of wines and ales. I requested a window seat and was not disappointed it was a glorious day with views across the estuary all in all perfect.Will definitely be returning probably with the rest of the family in tow! On payment I realised that the voucher I had did not cover Sundays but this was accepted without any fuss.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Lunch
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    Had a nice lunch Saturday - although service was very slow. Wouldn't have minded but we'd booked a late lunch hoping it would be quieter - it was busy and very noisy until about 4pm. Would go back - but probably not on a Saturday afternoon with two hungry/hard of hearing parents.
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  • Dinning out
    love2eatfood
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We have visited this restaurant in the past but many years ago and then it was just average. We have to say now it is very good the food was excellent and the service friendly and professional. We will defiantly go again and as we are local have already recommended it to friends
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We've been coming to Pearson's Arms for a while now and our recent visit was perhaps our 3rd. I'm afraid to say that we think that the food quality has dropped and we will not be coming again. My steak was very nice. What disappointed us most was the duck my wife ordered, this was overcooked and dry.
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  • Bigbooker3
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great service, amazing sea views (when sat at the right tables), brilliant food and reasonably priced but good wine! Will definitely return in future.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.