Chez La Vie at the Nelson Inn

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KS
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal at my favourite restaurant.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service somewhat slow when we arrived. It significantly improve when we got to our table. The food was excellent, so much so that we have recommended the restaurant to all our friends.

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IJ
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal great menu will certainly be back

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S
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice of food
Lovely comfy seats and great staff

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JP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had Sunday lunch. Biggest Yorkshire Puds ever had. Generous meat portions, gravy superb and freshly cooked veg. Did not try dessert. Very efficient, friendly service and lovely atmosphere- relaxed. Excellent beer garden and very comfy, spacious dining. It’s a must!

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LS
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have already sung your praises since we had our meal on Saturday. We left it to the last minute didn't think we would get a table. I went on line and bingo 6 15 a table was available. It was our first visit , and we will certainly be going back.

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JO
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food presented well , staff friendly and attentive. loved the baked Alaska

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SM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited on a Saturday for lunch. The restaurant was tastefully decorated and very comfortable. The wait staff were attentive but not intrusive.

Selected the three course set menu which was reasonably priced but the choice was not huge. The a la carte menu was extensive with a separate fish menu - looking forward to trying next time.

Food was delicious, fresh, hot and perfectly cooked. Don’t fill up on the lovely bread because the portions are generous.

Highly recommended and already planning a return visit.

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HT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. We will definitely be returning soon.

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect - so nice to be back! Food excellent, really extensive menu, good service - we’ll definitely be back

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SB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I was quite disappointed, remembering the old Chez La Vie which I loved. I had frequented the Nelson a few times and liked it but it was a pub with good food. Nothing has changed now it’s Chez la Vie but there’s none of the French atmosphere it’s still the Nelson.
The food was ok but I felt ill through the night as the little I ate sat heavy on my stomach. The food was too oily and greasy, very disappointing. The starter ‘Prawns on the Lawn’ was tasty but the onions very greasy. The main course salmon was over cooked, quite small and smothered in a bearnaise sauce. The vegetables, predominantly cauliflower, I thought totally inappropriate and didn’t eat so shared French Fries with my guests.
To me I was expecting special but it was very far from that. Doubt we’ll go again as there’s much better on offer in Harrogate.
As for the staff they were good, efficient and very polite no problem there. My issue is with the venue and the food. The 3 other guests with me had similar problems and 2 of them had previously been there for Sunday lunch which they rated very average.
Sorry to say the old Chez la Vie isn’t back and that’s the disappointment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to the ivy Saturday may the 5th and chez la vie on the Sunday. What a difference the ivy is like a over priced cafe compared to chez la vie. The Sunday menu was fab the food was great and the onion soup was to die for. The owners were in while we were their and I found them very friendly and I would hundred percent go their again. Anyone who reads this must try this restaurant ..

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LH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food and reasonably priced for the quality and standard of service. Fantastic to have proper home made Yorkshire puddings. I will go back for sure.

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A
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great as usual apart from overwhelming noise from large group who became extremely abusive and intimidating to my husband as we left in the car park. Suggest a no children under 14 in the evenings it ruined a pleasant evening.

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LG
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit to New venue loved it will be back and definitely recommend

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CT
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from friendly and efficient staff and management. The food was superb, freshly cooked and piping hot. Great atmosphere with obviously happy and contented customers. Well done!😀🥂

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KS
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious and such great value for money

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RS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

An excellent location for the relaunch of this well known restaurant formerly located in Harrogate town centre. Extremely comfortable with glorious views and friendly staff. A very good menu at sensible prices with plenty of choice and a welcome fish menu too. Think more concentration on service rather than constantly being asked if we wanted to order drinks would be helpful though! But all in all a very good experience and we will return.

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TB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good, cosy, smart yet comfortably informal. Food was really good only slight issue was seating was a bit cramped. Was on a table of 6 with 3 to a bench either side. Considering myself to be a normal size & weight person alongside other similar people there wasn’t enough space for 3 people to sit & eat comfortably without an occasional elbow in the ribs - cramped

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was disappointed when Chez la Vie closed in Harrogate, it was my favorite restaurant so I was thrilled when I heard it had reopened at the Nelson Inn. The interior is smart but cosy at the same time and the staff are attentive but not intrusive. The manager was very friendly and informative and the whole experience was perfect

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MM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food, service and ambiance are excellent. For quality and value this must be one of the best three course Sunday lunches we have experienced. Well done to all and keep up the good work. MM

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SW
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening at Chez la Vie on Easter Saturday - the food was lovely,and the service was excellent,we couldn't fault anything.We will be back!

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SO
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited Chez La Vie for the second time, the first being just after they had opened at the Nelson and the staff were still 'raw'. The food however was good and decided to go again with friends visiting Harrogate. We were all very satisfied with the whole experience and will go again in the future.
(The Gourmet Society card was not accepted despite the Nelson being included in the GS website.)

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LB
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Think the sandwich menu is quite poor. Asked for Granary bread to be told just had brown bread or white but yet friend was given a granary role for their beef sandwich. The fries were cold and the mushroom soup not warm either. The waiter didn't know what the soup was. One of the coffees came wrong, asked for a flat white and it was a cappuccino, didn't say anything but then the flat white coffee turned up at the table. Second time being and put on the same table where there is a cold draft from the door.
Think for the price paid for the sandwiches over priced for what you got, the cheese sandwich and pickle was just a piece of flat chedder out of a pack. It could have been presented as a better quality cheese grated in a choice of bread. the prawn sandwich seemed to be a very good filled sandwich the beef one also seemed good value.

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S
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All good. Brought the wrong starter but quickly rectified and apologised. I had put on booking that it was our wedding anniversary but there was no acknowledgement which was a bit disappointing but we will visit again.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We used to go regularly to the original Chez le Vie and this was our first try of the new one. We liked the decor and ambience of The Nelson and it was very comfortable. This was Monday evening so fairly quiet.

We went with the set menu so 2 mains and 2 desserts. It took a long time for our order and when it first arrived it was 2 starters which we had not ordered, so another wait for our mains to arrive. The waiter apologised and as it happened it didn’t particularly matter as we weren’t in a hurry. We had a basket of bread with butter, but that could have been brought sooner.

My wife’s chicken breast was perfectly cooked. My duck leg was a little overdone and dry but there was plenty of sauce to help. There were plenty of French fries and vegetables which were simple and good.

The ice cream and chocolate sauce was very good.

Overall, Chez le Vie’s simple approach seemed very much as it used to be - which is what we like about it.

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L
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food wasn’t as good as the old chez la vie. Not proper roast potatoes with Sunday lunch - (roasted new potatoes - can’t compare). French onion soup was lovely. Website implied ‘a menu for vegetarians and vegans’ but the options were limited and uninspiring. The service was good and ‘meet and greet’ host was lovely. The decor was nice and tables/linen were lovely and clean.

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CJ
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Lovely place and great food but oh what a pity about the service. Over an hours wait between the starter course and the mains course. The manager could see that we were getting rather annoyed and in the end offered us a complimentary bottle of wine. The bar staff were fine but the restaurant people were a lot less friendly and not a smile from any of them. Hopefully the management will sort out the issues and I look forward to returning to a warmer reception and some great service.

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MH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I introduced yet another frend and he was (as expected) highly impressed, So was I, but I am becoming accustomed to the exellent food and service, Need I say more?

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was very busy and the ambience was good. This is the third time I’ve been now and I find the food disappointing. Everything is served with chips and peas. Fish is served on extremely hot plates which means it goes on cooking. I had on this occasion calves liver which was thin slimy and tasteless. I left half. It is a shame as it is a lovely sociable space for friends to eat and dine together. It is obviously popular though just sad that the quality of the food does not live up to the previous Chez la Vie’s standards.

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AM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, well presented by cheerful and efficient staff. We hadn’t expected Sunday lunch food to this standard. We were a party of 4 and we each had difficulty in deciding what to choose, such was the choice. The French onion soup is highly recommended. The main courses were substantial and well presented. Particular favourites were the beef and mushroom pie with flakey pastry lid and the salmon. The accompanying vegetables were varied, plentiful and well prepared. The puddings too lived up to expectations and nicely finished off the meal. We were not rushed at the conclusion of the meal and as an aside the dining chairs we extremely comfortable. A 3 course meal cost £22.

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J
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Chez La Vie on several occasions and have thoroughly enjoyed each time. The Service and Food are exceptional. The Bar area is lovely to relax either before your meal or after and also is a lovely place to sit just for a drink with friends if you're not eating. Until next time .....

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TF
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We introduced are friends on sat night , the first impressions were good ,but when we sat down the table was too low for the seat and found it difficult, the manager kindly moved us we had a good evening, service was hit and miss ,food excellent please adjust lighting it is too bright ,if it could be dimmed , nice candle or equivalent on the table .Mike Fisher .

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D
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We used to have lunch at Che la Vie nearly every Saturday and quite a few evenings as well. We are delighted to see them again and have already been several times and not been disappointed.

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TJ
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The interior is comfortable and contemporary but the older features of the pub have been well preserved giving a very warm and quite intimate ambience. We were shown to a lovely round table which had ample space for the 4 of us. I didn't get the feeling of the tables being crammed together as in so many restaurants these days.

Staff were polite and helpful but they were clearly stretched. Having pre-ordered a bottle of Champagne for our arrival, this wasn't ready and took almost 15 minutes to arrive. We also had a significant wait until our food order was taken (1 hour).

The food was very good. I had the monkfish fritters to start and the smoked haddock mornay as a main. There were plenty vegetables and fries with the mains. My husband had the lamb which he said was very good.

I felt the lighting was too bright for evening and it would have been really nice to have a candle on the table. I feel dimming the lights a little and adding candles to the tables would have made the ambience more cosy.

All in all we enjoyed the venue and the food and will certainly return and recommend.

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JL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all respects. We used to dine at the original Chez la Vie on Station Parade and are delighted that it is back and even better. We’re looking for an excuse to go again.

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GH
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a leisurely lunch with our friends and were very happy with our food apart from the veg. Just peas was disappointing when the other food was so good. Service was great.

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EB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived and realised I’d only booked a table for two, the lady on the front desk was excellent and arranged a table for 4 even though they were very busy, appreciated that alot

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TH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second visit since Chez La Vie re-opened at The Nelson and on both occasions our (different) friends were suitably impressed. The 2 or 3 course set lunch menu offers excellent value for money and the staff combine efficient service with a friendly approach.

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BW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just excellent the food and service was spot on

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