Samphire

4.5
544 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Anniversaries
Relaxed yet polished, Samphire is more than just a place for special occasions. Paying homage to fresh produce, Chef Lee Smith and his team of dedicated chefs have created a series of contemporary menus and meticulously crafted plates. This creativity continues through to the killer cocktail list with twists on the classics.
Samphire offers all-day dining options in the main restaurant, a beautiful Private Dining Room, an al fresco terrace, 2 intimate bars, and an all-weather rooftop garden. Whether you fancy a Relaxed Saturday brunch, leisurely breakfast, a quick coffee, a lunch meeting, light afternoon snacks, cheeky drinks or a tantalising dinner, Samphire is the place to be.



“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Virginia Wolf


Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British, French, Contemporary European
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 9am - late
Saturday: 10.30am - late
Sunday: CLOSED

Breakfast: 9am – 11am (Mon-Fri)
Lunch: 12noon – 2.15pm (Mon-Fri)
Brunch: 10:30am - 2.15pm (Saturdays)
Afternoon: 2:15pm - 6:30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – late (Mon-Sat)
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Phone number
01534 725100
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Lee Smith
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Private Party Facilities
The sophisticated private dining room enjoys all its own facilities and private service and can accommodate up to 14 diners. The space can be combined with the adjoining private bar to cater for a drinks and canapes party for up to 50 guests. The private areas are all located on the first floor.
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Private Party Contact
Kate Stephan: 01534 725100
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Catering
Sublime cuisine beautifully crafted by chef Lee Smith. Delivering for all palates from the more casual grazing foods on the bar snack menu, to the divine a la carte, the small but perfectly formed breakfast choices and the popular set menus. Mainly British and French influence.
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Public Transit
Taxis and cars can drive up and drop guests right outside the front door of the restaurant.
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Special Events & Promotions
The entire restaurant can be hired for a special event although significant advance notice is required.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 544 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

I went to Samphire with friends for a special occasion and the whole experience was outstanding. It's a beautiful restaurant and everything we ate and drank was wonderful. The service was exceptional too and we loved the terrace too. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

With most tasting menus there are generally a couple of stand out dishes. On this occasion it would have been unfair to single out any course, the quality was superb throughout with an excellent selection of paired wines, the two dessert wines in particular. The service was a little patchy initially, but nothing to complain about and probably not helped by members of our party not being ready when the staff were. A thoroughly enjoyable meal.

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4.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Great food, elegantly presented with superb service that’s not overly stuffy

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3.0Dined on 23 June 2018

Really wanted to try Samphire for our wedding anniversary.
Husbands starter of foie gras was excellent but crab was tasteless.
Both chose lobster Thermidor for main course. This was really dry with an overwhelming flavour of fennel. Not the silky, brandy, mustard, light cheese classic we were expecting at all. So disappointing.
Jersey royals would have been perfect if cooked. They were hard throughout the centres.
Expensive meal which we would not have minded had the food been spot on.

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2.0Dined on 17 June 2018

The music was too loud for a nice calming restaurant, it was fairly loud anyway as it was busy and then in the background was some really heavy music! It was actually giving us a headache.

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5.0Dined on 5 June 2018

We had our 25th Wedding Anniversary meal at Samphire. Truly stunning evening!!

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5.0Dined on 5 June 2018

good service and it’s my birthday I’ve got a birthday cake which was lovely.

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4.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Date night

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3.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Samphire needs to decide whether it is a casual everyday restaurant or a fine dining experience. It is currently trying to be both and risks satisfying nobody. The menu is both confused and confusing, and whilst the chef can clearly cook there is one ingredient too many on most of the dishes (including lots of hazelnuts on two different starters which were not mentioned on the menu description of either). Although the menu is long - too long - it was surprisingly difficult to find something appealing without defaulting to the safe (i.e. boring) option of steak or lobster. At £100 per person (admittedly including a £50 lobster and chips main course, although the lobster was small) it was too expensive to encourage repeat dining or to recommend to friends. The fact that the fire alarm went off intermittently all evening was unfortunate, but the staff dealt with this well and a glass of complimentary champagne by way of apology was welcome. Overall a pleasant enough evening but I will not be rushing back.

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4.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Wonderful food and service. Quiet for a Thursday which was a shame.

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5.0Dined on 22 May 2018

Service and ambience were excellent, food was nicely presented.

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5.0Dined on 16 May 2018

From the moment we walked in we felt we were going to have a great evening. We had more or less decided in advance to have the tasting menu, and a quick glance at the menu confirmed this. The menu was well balanced and imaginative, and the cooking and presentation faultless. Service was friendly and efficient. What really made the evening special was the way in which the sommelier adapted the wine flight to give us the opportunity to try wines we would almost certainly have never selection from the list.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

My party thoroughly enjoyed our evening. A really friendly welcome flowed through to knowledgable and friendly staff. The menu had plenty of choice, my only dislike is the price of the lobster for the size of the portion. I don’t feel it’s good value. I had the risotto and it was delicious and a really good portion.
Can’t wsit to return

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

The food was spectacular. I had the crab started which was delicious and Monkfish for main again amazing. We were a table of six and we all said they were the best chips we have ever tasted. The puddings were so so good, again the chocolate fondant was the best we had ever ever had ! Will be going back and highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 10 May 2018

Absolutely amazing. This restaurant just gets better and better under new ownership. Excellent menu and very attentive staff.

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3.0Dined on 9 May 2018

Very disappointed. When Ormer last year was excellent . But this time less so. Service good but my steak and 4 large chips was so salty I could not finish it.

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5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

Am absolutely outstanding restaurant - the food was delicious and the staff couldn’t have done more for us.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Excellent service and quality food. Expensive but good value. Great for couples

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Great menu with some fantastically matched wines. Great ambience and fantastic service. Not cheap but if you’re prepared to pay you’ll enjoy. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Fantastic food. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Lovely restaurant. Could not fault it at all and we will certainly be back.

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Amazing food.

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4.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Very nice food, and lovely dining room. Would definitely recommend.

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3.0Dined on 6 April 2018

I went to see how the rebrand from Ormer worked , had it changed was it different . The answer was not in a material way . Excellent starter , good wine , main just average . Very quiet for a Friday night .
I left feelin what's really changed , the answer very little. I was always under impressed by Ormer and I left with pretty much the same feeling. A feeling of missed opportunity

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Wonderful and creative dishes, smallish portions which I like, beautifully presented, friendly smiling but deferential staff.

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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

Great service and food. Lovely crab starter and fillet steak. Good advice on the wine. Very enjoyable evening and a nice treat.

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5.0Dined on 2 April 2018

From the expertly mixed aperitifs and the smooth service right down to the butter, this was a superb dinner.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

très bon restaurant , des plats harmonieux , beaucoup de saveurs, tout en gardant une belle légèreté . Le service est chaleureux mais reste discret, l'ambiance fort cosy. Un superbe choix de vins en bouteille ou au verre. Un must.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Highly recommended, great food in a relaxed atmosphere retaining much of what was good about Ormer

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Exceptional in every way

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4.0Dined on 21 March 2018

Wonderful evening to celebrate my husbands birthday but so disappointed that there was no candle or happy birthday message on the plate. I asked twice and it was forgotten.

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5.0Dined on 19 March 2018

Lovely service and made my daughter feel special as it was her 19 birthday

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Absolutely amazing food. We were celebrating our 32nd wedding anniversary and had a wonderful and relaxed evening. The staff were attentive and we were able to take our time over our meal. The food was exquisite - every mouthful was a culinary experience.

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Fabulous dinner in Ormer. We had taster menu which was delicious. Service excellent with just enough time given between courses

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2018

Business lunches are relaxed and enjoyable, a regular visitor to Samphire

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5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Very impressed with the vegetarian menu and the food in general. The wine flight was fantastic and the sommelier very knowledgeable and keen to ensure we enjoyed everything. A fantastic special evening. I would recommend. The cocktails served in the bar are also stunning

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5.0Dined on 3 March 2018

We had an exceptional dinner, felt very well looked after, friendly team. Perfect evening for my husbands birthday treat- thank you

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5.0Dined on 1 March 2018

Gorgeous food prepared by amazingng chefs which was almost too beautiful to eat. Great waiting staff, attentive and there when you wanted them.

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5.0Dined on 23 February 2018

Had a breakfast here to celebrate my birthday and it was fab. The staff couldn't have been nicer/more welcoming and they gave me a birthday message and delicious petit fours as it was my birthday - loved it and the food was amazing

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4.0Dined on 21 February 2018

We were looking for a nice lunch in easy surroundings in a place with a great name. Everything was delivered with finesse and elegance. I would most definitely do it again.

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3.0Dined on 15 February 2018

Food delicious. Very good service, until all the other tables around us left and we were a little abandoned at our table. No one asked us to pay our bill we had to walk over to the bar near the exit in order to do this and ask for our jackets. Was late in afternoon by this point between service but there was another table in as well, so not good enough to have so few staff around to meet guests needs. Also no chocolate or biscuit with tea and coffee which is a poor show for a restaurant of this standard. Will return as food lovely, would expect better service though and more attention to detail.

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