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: 01227773133
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerChild Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSunday Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Pearson's Arms by Richard Phillips reviews from OpenTable diners
161 reviews since 20 May 2014
Average Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambience3.9
    Value3.5
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (76)special occasions (75)sunday lunch (63)romance (38)child friendly (37)group bookings (28)brunch (27)business meals (20)outstanding value (16)good vegetarian options (12)afternoon tea (3)outdoor eating (2)pre/post theatre (1)Show More
  • 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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    Sunday lunch
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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
    LondonBlonde
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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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.
    Special Features:
    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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    child friendly, group bookings, special occasions
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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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    fit for foodies
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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.
    Special Features:
    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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    child friendly, Sunday lunch
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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.
  • Relaxed, friendly and good food
    ianargent1
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    Friday night dinner was a delight. Nice upstairs restaurant. Table overlooked the beach with a fabulous sunset. Food choice was excellent. Nicely presented. Nice atmosshere, reasonably priced for quality of food. would definitely recommend to others and will go back.o
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    fit for foodies, romance
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  • Exceeds expectation!
    Hi5nibs
    Dined on 26/6/2014
    The Pearson's Arms is our favourite place for special occasions. We recently celebrated our wedding anniversary there and were delighted to be shown to the table for two that is situated upstairs on the corner overlooking the beach & the Oyster Company building. With the window wide open on a balmy evening, watching the sun go down it was very special. Add to this delicious fresh food lovingly prepared, and it was perfection.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Great Food with a Brilliant View
    mfc31VIP
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    Upon recommendation, we booked a Saturday lunch here and were more than thrilled with our experience! We grabbed a drink at the bar downstairs before heading upstairs to our table. Our table was a cosy little 2 seater with a view straight out the window overlooking the water. The food was cooked brilliantly, from the starters through to the desserts... simply delicious! We got the 3 course deal, and it was worth more than the 15 quid each easily! Simply delicious! The service was also great & friendly, just as you would expect from a small country town. We will definitely go back when I'm next in Whitstable!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boigersh
    BoinkTheIrrefutable
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    Turned up massively late and was still served beyond the actual kitchen closure with one of the tastiest burgers known to man. Delicious chips too. Simple fare but super tasty. Friendly staff, nice relaxed atmosphere, sea view, cold beverages and not noisy (though I bet it can be). Wunderbar.
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Wine
    corvette
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I have visited this restaurant before and it was perfect, however this time not so good. It was Sunday lunch so some of the main courese had been removed for roasts. I had the fish which was disappointing and had an ammonia taste to it. I should have sent it back but for some reason didn’t. My husband had the beef which was excellent. Also, my wine was not as cold as it should be so had to ask for an ice bucket. Pet hate of mine. The restuarant is lovely, looking out to sea by an open window. I will go back but not on a Sunday.
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  • Very Happy
    HappyCustomer
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The food, atmosphere and staff were great. Great views from our table. Watch out as the optional service charge is added to your bill, so you have to ask for that to be taken off if you don't want to pay for it.
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    brunch
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  • Sunday Lunch
    Dinedevine
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Food very good and fantastic value. Limited but pleasing choices on Sunday Lunch menu.
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    Bexleyite
    Dined on 26/5/2014
    Have dined here before. Nice friendly bar downstairs and excellent dining area above. Food nicely presented and a good choice. Recommend a table by a window looking out to the beach. Would come back here.
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    romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Vindra
    Dined on 25/5/2014
    Although we didn't expect it to be quiet - the noise from the band downstairs was manageable it was the noise from the table next door which causes us to ask to be moved (with several diners following suit). This was not the staff's fault per se and they were polite about it but they should have asked the table to be quieter -also possibly reduce the volume of alcohol being served! I have never asked to move table before and am normally very laid back but the noise from this table was unbelievable. Spoiled a nice meal
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    fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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  • FAB MEAL AGAIN
    TINKY
    Dined on 25/5/2014
    Pearsons is a regular for great food and cocktails in Whitstable - never disappoints
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 25/5/2014
    Had Sunday lunch here and was very impressed. Great food, great service and lovely environment.
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    child friendly, fit for foodies, Sunday lunch
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  • no vegetarian
    starved
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    There was, unbelievably, no main course vegetarian choice! As we were three people, two of whom were vegetarian, this was a problem. One of the two ate fish but the other didn't, so had to have a very small starter as a main meal. The food was scanty and not well cooked, and the deserts were ridiculously expensive so we didn't bother. The restaurant is riding on the fact it has good views of the sea. Afraid that's not enough when you want a Saturday night meal. Extremely disappointing and we won't be back, or recommend.
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  • No main vegetarian option available
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The standard of the food and presentation was overall very good but unfortunately there were no vegetarian options available for the main course - only two starters. I was very dissappointed with this as I have never been to a restaurant before where they didn't have at least one option for a veggie main meal. Myself and my partner had to order from the starters menu for our mains (asking for a larger portion) and this really wasn't substantial enough. We both got starters but requested the meat to be removed and this was very nice. Both of my parents also enjoyed their meals as they are meat eaters. The puddings were also lovely. Overall the price and service were very good but I would not come back due to the lack of food options.
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    brunch, Sunday lunch
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  • Great Sunday lunch
    Tinker1
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Once again the The Pearsons Arms delivered a fantastic lunch.....all courses...beautiful. Can't fault the place.
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    brunch, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Teeny tiny portions and over priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Booked dinner at the Pearsons for three friends at the weekend. The pub was lovely with views looking directly over the beach. The food however was disappointing. The portions were that of which you might give a child and the prices charged extortionate considering we left hungry. The staff were friendly enough but weren't as attentive as I would have liked. We practically had to prompt them each time we needed something. Would go for a drink here but would ditch the restaurant.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food was amazing, my partner and I very much enjoyed our time there. Only slight criticism our waiter was quite slow but overall excellent and would definitely recommend to family and friends and we will return.
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  • 9th May 2014
    NL1970
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was our 2nd visit to the Pearsons Arms and once again the experience was great. The freshness of the ingredients and the variety on the menu ensures that all needs are catered for. I started with the smoked haddock omelette, beautifully light yet rich. This was followed by the best ribeye steak i have had in a long time. I rounded of the meal with a lovely cheeseboard of local cheeses. The wine list is extensive and suits every pocket. Great value and a great experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely view
    KenL
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Perfect location and attractive dining room with attentive staff. Food tasty, but set menu not such good value after paying extra for bread with starter (should be included) and side dishes. Friends I brought were disappointed overall.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.