The Boat House Bistro

4.3
103 reviews
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  • Lunch
With a delicious weekly changing ‘Market Menu’, and stunning panoramic views, eating at The Boat House Bistro provides not just a tempting taste experience but a feast for the senses.

The Head Chef and his team use the finest local ingredients, including freshly caught trout from the reservoir to produce mouth-watering dishes every Saturday and Sunday.

Offering nautical theming and unparalleled views, the beauty of Bewl Water reservoir and nature reserve take centre stage whilst you relax and enjoy a glass wine on The Terrace or a delicious meal in The Boat House.
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JG
Kent
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Whilst we were disappointed it turned out to be fish Friday (not clear when booking) this was put right & we enjoyed our lunch. The views are stunning, great service & the food was great. Would definitely go again but recommend anyone going looks closely at the menu's available for each day before doing so.

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SM
Kent
11 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again the Sunday lunch was really excellent and could not be faulted. Service was quick and friendly and the red cabbage served with the beef so good we asked for another portion which arrived straight away.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Beautiful location although you do feel as if you are eating in a venue rather than a bistro. We were served by young people who didn’t have a great passion about their job and were quite uninspired about the food. The fish and chips was adequate, nothing particularly special. We were never asked if we were ok, or if we’d like any desert or more drinks. We are local and probably wouldn’t rave about it to our neighbourhood.

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LG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

It was lovely but I specifically asked before I went about disabled access for my father in a wheelchair and was told it was wheelchair accessible, but when we arrived there was a slight step to go up and we couldn’t get the wheelchair up so he had to get out his chair while we lifted it over. I wasn’t very happy.

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BS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super sunday luncheon out for my mum on her 91st birthday

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Responded on 1 April 2019

Dear BernardS, Thank you for leaving The Boat House Bistro a review. I am so pleased that you loved your lunch for your mums 91st Birthday! We look forward to welcoming you back very soon, Kindest Regards, The Boat House Bistro.

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l
Kent
30 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food from a menu with a variety of excellent choices at a value for money price. great ambiance with suburb views of the reservoir.

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Responded on 1 April 2019

Dear ladies2lunch, Thank you for leaving The Boat House Bistro a review. I am so pleased that you loved the varied menu and of course the breath-taking view! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kindest Regards, The Boat House Bistro.

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LA
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything excellent. One very small negative. Slow service but didn’t mind as view and food outstanding.

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Responded on 25 March 2019

Dear LindaA, Thank you for leaving The Boat House Bistro a review. We always value feedback. I will share your comments with the rest of the team. Kindest Regards, The Boat House Bistro.

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M
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food in a lovely relaxed environment

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Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for the Fish and Chip lunch with friends, never been before at this day or time. It was fantastic and we will be most definitely will be returning soon.

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S
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A great location, good food ,service could of been a bit more attentive at times having said that will definitely be coming again.

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SD
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Second visit to The Boat House Bistro and just as good as the first. Beautiful views over Bewl Water with an outdoor terrace for Spring/Summer. Really pleasant decor, very attentive staff, tables sensibly space apart so lots of room. Excellent Sunday roast each time. Well recommend it.

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Responded on 18 March 2019

Dear SophieD, Thank you for taking the time to leave The Boat House Bistro a review. I am so pleased to learn that you had a great experience at Bewl Water again and loved the delicious roast dinner. We hope to welcome you back for your third visit very soon. Kind Regards, The Boat House Bistro.

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G
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I would recommend it for the view and the style of building.
However two of us had roast beef it was tough, we could not cut it even with a steak knife which we had to ask for.

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Responded on 18 March 2019

Dear Gordie, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I am delighted to learn that you loved the view and the building style. I am so sorry that the roast beef was not up to your expectations and I can ensure you that I have passed this on to the management team at The Boat House Bistro. We look forward to welcoming you back. Kind Regards, The Boat House Bistro.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Super lunch, great food and wonderful setting. Chef added some extra snacks at no extra cost - shame there was no draught ale/lager.

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Responded on 18 March 2019

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for taking the time to leave The Boat House Bistro a review. I am so pleased to learn you loved the stunning setting and the delicious food. I will share your kind comments with the rest of the team. Kindest Regards, The Boat House Bistro.

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CS
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely, welcoming atmosphere and super views. Food excellent and very generous helpings on the kids menu, which was proper food, not the usual processed rubbish.

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Responded on 11 March 2019

Dear CatherineS, Thank you for taking the time to leave The Boat House Bistro a review. I am delighted to learn that you loved the delicious food and the stunning views. I will ensure that your kind comments are shared with the fantastic team at The Boat House Bistro. On behalf of everyone at The Boat House Bistro we look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Kindest Regards, The Boat House Bistro.

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E
London
12 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was very good and the staff were welcoming and friendly. It is a boat house so the ambience is a little plain but the view on a sunny day was awesome

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Responded on 28 February 2019

Dear Emjay, Thank you for taking the time to leave The Boat House Bistro a review. I am delighted to read that you enjoyed the service and the stunning view. It is our primary aim to deliver the very best of experiences to our guests, and always reassuring to hear that we have got this correct. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Boat House Bistro very soon. Kind Regards, The Boat House Bistro

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r
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love coming back to this restaurant - this is my favourite restaurant for Sunday lunches because they can go on for the whole afternoon! Leisurly pre-lunch drinks on the balcony over looking Bewl and enjoying the sunshine and the fresh air. The staff are warm and friendly (and are all local to Lamberhurst and so are knowledgable of the area) and there is plenty of them to look after you, and they are very polite and welcoming. The menu is quite small but beautifully chosen so that for a Sunday lunch you have two different roasts, fish, chicken or vegetarian. I would prefer a small menu which is perfectly cooked and prepared rather than an extensive menu from the freezer. Served with the winter vegetables which are nice and crunchy! That's why I return time and time again with my friends - it feels like an extension of my own dining room.

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Responded on 28 February 2019

Dear robinm, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for The Boat House Bistro. We always value feedback, especially from our most loyal, returning guests. I was so pleased to learn that you continue to enjoy everything about your visits. It is our primary aim to deliver the very best of experiences to guests. I will ensure your kind comments are shared with our outstanding team. We all look forward to welcoming you back very soon, Kindest Regards, The Boat House Bistro

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Third time at the boathouse bistro, and the food never disappoints but the service could be a little bit better. The food is exquisite and exceptional. Will definitely go again sometime soon.

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Responded on 18 February 2019

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for taking the time to leave The Boat House Bistro a Review. It is always a pleasure to read about customers experiences especially from our most loyal returning customers. I am delighted to hear that you always enjoy the delicious food! We look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Kindest Regards, The Boast House Bistro

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IM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Sunday lunch with stunning views over the water

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Responded on 15 February 2019

Dear IanM, Thank you for leaving The Boat House Bistro a review. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed the delicious food and our beautiful views. We hope to welcome you back very soon. Kind Regards, The Boat House Bistro

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RD
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful, location. The restaurant was a bit chilly on a cold February day but ok. Staff were absolutely lovely. We both had good starters and the Sunday roast was also good with fresh veg, grest roasties and a massive home made Yorkshire. Yhe food was good but not outstanding. However, I would recommend The Boat house Bistro as a fab place to sit, eat, relax and watch the light changing as the day slides by over the beautiful lake and hills. Really worth a visit!

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Responded on 15 February 2019

Dear RosemarieD, Thank you for taking the time to leave The Boat House Bistro a review. I was so pleased to read that you enjoyed your time at the Boat House Bistro, I am delighted to read that you would recommend us. Our staff take the greatest of pride in ensuring our customers have the very best of experiences. We hope to welcome you back to the Boat House Bistro very soon. Kind Regards The Boat House Bistro

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VW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Altogether my guests and I had a really lovely lunch. The reception and service was efficient and genuinly friendly, the food and wine very good. The noise level is a bit high but actually that is largely compensated by the superb view.
I give it four stars, which is really good as I only give five stars to Michelin 3 star quality.
I will recommend it.

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Responded on 15 February 2019

Dear VerenaW, Thank you for taking the time to leave The Boat House Bistro a Review. I am delighted to read that yourself and your guests enjoyed the the wine, the view and our outstanding team. We take great pride in ensuring our customers feel comfortable during their meal with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Boat House Bistro very soon. Kind Regards, The Boat House Bistro

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SP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited the boathouse bistro on several occasions, and the food and service has always been excellent, the staff are always friendly and aim to please, and the view is outstanding,

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Responded on 1 February 2019

Dear SimonP, Thank you for taking the time to leave The Boat House Bistro a review. We always value feedback from our customers, especially our most loyal, returning customers. I am pleased to learn that you continue to enjoy everything about your visit. I will ensure your kind comments are shared with our outstanding team. On behalf of all my colleagues, we look forward to welcoming you back again very soon. Kind Regards The Boat House Bistro

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BS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Had a very nice Sunday roast which was excellent value, well presented and good quality. Service was a little hit and miss and they suffered from having a big table in which overloaded the kitchen making our service slow.

One area that could be improved is the drinks offering. No good alcohol free beers, especially alcohol free ales, and no English wines despite being able to see a vineyard from the window - a real missed opportunity.

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Responded on 23 January 2019

Dear BenS, Thank you for taking the time to leave The Boat House Bistro a review. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed your Sunday roast. We always value feedback from our customers, I will make sure to pass your suggestions onto the team. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Kind Regards, The Boat House Bistro

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J
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We were recommended to the bistro by my daughter. Wonderful setting. We will definitely come back in the summer. Food very tasty and I presume homemade by the wonderful burger. We will come back for the Sunday lunch.

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Responded on 25 January 2019

Dear Jane, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a lovely review. It is always such a pleasure to read about a customers experience, I am so pleased to read that you enjoyed our beautiful setting and our food. I will ensure your kind comments are passed onto our outstanding team. We all look forward to welcoming you back in the summer. Kind Regards, The Boat House Bistro

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LC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of 5 is us walked. We were in walking gear and a bit muddy. Lovely atmosphere/decor. Excellent food. Would visit again.

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Responded on 22 January 2019

Dear JenniferH, Thank you for taking the time to provide a review following your New Year’s Day meal at The Boat House Bistro. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed yourselves. I will pass on your kind comments to our lovely team. Kind Regards The Boat House Bistro

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JH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came on new year's day. It was a special menu for this day. Really good choice of dishes and the price was great. Food was lovely and the service was great!

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Responded on 22 January 2019

Dear JenniferH, Thank you for taking the time to provide a review following your New Year’s Day meal at The Boat House Bistro. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed yourselves. I will pass on your kind comments to our lovely team. Kind Regards The Boat House Bistro

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A
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I was disappointed that we were not informed prior to arrival that it was only Fish and chips on Friday . So my recommendation would be to inform future bookings of that fact Rgds Adrian

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Responded on 22 January 2019

Dear Adrian, Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent meal with us - we do truly appreciate feedback from our guests. May I first of all say how very sorry I am that you was not informed prior to your meal that it was only fish and chips. We all take great pride in providing our guests with the highest standards and I am sorry that we failed to meet your expectations on this occasion. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to The Boat House Bistro. Kind Regards,

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PH
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous location, really helpful staff and very tasty food.

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Responded on 22 January 2019

Dear PamelaH, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your kind comments. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed our wonderful location and fantastic food. My colleagues take great pride in ensuring our customers feel comfortable, and enjoy high levels of service during your meal. I will share your comments with our lovely team. We look forward to welcoming you back Kind Regards, The Boat House Bistro

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Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s our second visit, excellent food and service nothing is too much trouble. Lovely calming atmosphere and an outstanding view. Have booked a third visit!!

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Responded on 22 January 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a fantastic review. I was so pleased to learn that you enjoyed our food and our staff. I will take great pleasure in sharing your kind comments with the team. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Boat House Bistro for your third visit very soon. Kind regards, The Boat House Bistro

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LP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday lunch, everyone was friendly and the food was really good. We will be going again.
Thank you.
Lee Peters

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Responded on 22 January 2019

Dear Lee Peters, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we are delighted to read that you had a lovely Sunday lunch. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Kind Regards The Boat House Bistro

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Went on a Friday for a small group lunch. Very nicely designed and fitted out, great view over the reservoir, bathroom tasteful and clean, the bistro has a casual but upmarket feel to it. The menu was a choice of fish and chips or festive turkey, we all chose the fish and chips. The food came in good time but considering this is usually the only dish on the menu on a Friday I felt it should have been of much better quality. The fish used was pollock which is a shame as it had it's usual pitfalls of being rather tasteless and quite grey in colour - fine in some fish fingers but not great in restaurant quality fish and chips. The batter was pretty good, crisp and not greasy. The chips were quite chunky and a bit overdone so were quite dry and both the peas and the chips were sort of slung on the plate with not a lot of care. I am probably being a bit picky over a plate of fish and chips, but the quality and presentation of the food did not match up to the very lovely surroundings. The staff were friendly enough but not as attentive as they could have been and it took an eternity to get the bill to the point where we were tempted to just leave! Overall it was an 'OK lunch' - I would probably go again simply because of the location (have been twice before some time ago but not on a Friday and the food was good if not memorable) and it has the potential to be a 'go to' place but sadly not until the standard of food and service are improved.

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Responded on 22 January 2019

Dear Fupi, Thank you for your review of The Boat House Bistro. Sorry to hear we did not meet your expectations on this occasion, I have passed these comments to the relevant departments. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed the view and the décor, and hope that we are given the opportunity to welcome you back soon. Kind Regards, The Boat House Bistro

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MT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was amazing, my only complaint was that the bar and waiting staff were very inexperienced with the service being very slow. On this occassion it was not a problem as we were catching up with family so we weren't in a hurry.
Saying that all the staff were very friendly, and after all everyone has to learn on the job to become experienced.

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Responded on 22 January 2019

Dear MichelleT, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I was so pleased to read that you enjoyed our delicious food, hope you enjoyed catching up with family. I will pass on your comments regarding service to the relevant departments. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Boat House Bistro for your third visit very soon. Kind regards, The Boat House Bistro

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AO
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Sits on Bewl Water. Went for Friday's fish and chip lunch in Nov. Low season. Booking required. Nice venue with views across water. Easy parking. Bistro is spacious, modern, clean with good service from attentive staff. Good locally sourced fish and chips. Fixed price and set menu for Friday lunch. Very well done. Will visit again for F&Cs and for full menu at weekends. Can't wait to sit on balcony in the summer.

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Responded on 22 January 2019

Dear AnyOldIron, Thank you for leaving such a fantastic review, it is always a pleasure to read about a customer’s experience. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed our delicious fish and chips. I will share your kind comments with the team. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Boat House Bistro to enjoy the sun on the balcony in the summer. Kind regards, The Boat House Bistro

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LK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This Bistro is in a delightful location. There was just 3 of us and having read the reviews, we were looking forward to Sunday lunch...Such a disappointment! !!..Most of the food is bought in and reheated. ..A squid startery was inedible, overcooked, rubbery. ..Roast top side of beef, again overcooked, tough, without a hint of pink!!..Yorkshire pudding, so hard, due to reheating..Vegetables were ok, still overcooked. ..Roast potatoes were good. .Could have been cooked on premises. ..Didn't bother with dessert. .

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L
Kent
12 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday lunch. Will definitely be coming back!

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SM
Kent
11 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Friday fish and chips - no choice but good value and a fantastic view of Bewl Water. Nice pudding too (again no choice).
Good but short menu for Saturday and Sunday lunch.

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LA
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, friendly staff and good value for money. Definitely be back. Will recommend.

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CM
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable birthday lunch - good selection of food on set menu. Overlooking Bewl water so lovely views - will go again.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice place to have Sunday lunch. Food is always good and the views are fantastic. Relaxing and good service. Thank you 😊

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PH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

First visit and we were very impressed with the quality of the food. Ideal location for families to enjoy Sunday lunch and beautiful views.

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Beautiful setting, really gorgeous views.
They had a set menu of only one item which we where not told about until 30 minutes after arriving when we where informed would we like our fish n chips now!!
Fish wasn't great, chips where from Brakes
Service want great, as it was very quiet i would have thought the waiting staff would have plenty of time to offer you drinks etc, that wasn't the case.
I can only assume a evening here is nicer, though i was looking for a good weekday lunch place in Kent, this has so much potential

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