The Courtyard Cafe Bar

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117 reviews
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£25 and under
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With its vibrant atmosphere, especially pre-show, the Café Bar at the city’s arts centre is a popular destination both for those enjoying what’s on stage or screen, but also with those in search of delicious, locally sourced food.

With an extensive menu The Courtyard Café Bar is an ideal location to visit for a hearty breakfast, lazy lunch, decadent afternoon tea or delicious dinner.
What 117 People Are Saying
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4.1
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3.8
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JohnT
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Efficient service which made lunch enjoyable and stress free as we another film show booked in the afternoon.

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SusanP
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Lovely staff, friendly, helpful and professional. Sadly only one person (who managed admirably!) serving food, drinks and taking money so large queue and waiting time over long.
Nice range of salads and quiches, would have liked something without egg!
I like the atmosphere, kind of busy and interesting.
Good place to eat.

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I booked a table for 7.30 after a film only to be told at 7.30 that the kitchen was closed and only quiches were available with tail end bowls of salad. Poor show. We went elsewhere!

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jane
Herefordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always good and now they have the new coffee worth going just for that!
Staff pleasant and helpful.

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BevM
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Have eaten here for years and always been excellent , but for the first time it was very disappointing. Had tuna mayo sandwich with brown bread. The bread was very dry, I left the crusts (first time) and there was very little filling. One of my friends had the soup and her bread was also very dry. Such a shame as very good previously. Sadly, couldn't persuade rest of the party to eat here again when we next have tickets later in month. ( Also the very popular fish pie sense to have disappeared from regular menu.) Sorry!

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JoannaC
Herefordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal here prior to watching a film. The food was good, quick and a healthy portion size; the staff were friendly and we enjoyed having a look around the photography exhibition afterwards. It was a busy service with a happy and buzzy atmosphere.

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LynG
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we arrived our reserved table didn’t have our name on it. We went to the bar and they confirmed that the booking had been made and we were able to pick a free table. The food and ambience at The Courtyard was very good. We all enjoyed our meals. We are regular customers and always appreciate the selection and freshness of the food.

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JacciiJ
Herefordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely food at sensible prices. Service friendly and helpful

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Pamela
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet a friend and enjoy tasty food Love coming here

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ShirleyS
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food in the courtyard restaurant is absolutely delicious and fresh. I thought the cakes were bought in but I recently found out that they were baked on site daily and I couldn’t believe it. The banana sponge cake is possibly the best cake I have ever tasted.

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CatherineC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As first timers we found it a bit confusing as to where to go etc. There was no guidance as to how to order and the fact that the reserved tables were upstairs was unknown. Now we know next time will be better. The staff were very helpful when we finally got to talk to someone.

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TraceyH
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Sorry but it was not up to usual standards.
No hummus?? Sold out of one of the vegetarian options (there’s not many any how), vegetarian risotto was bland and fish pie which I usually love was not up to standard with roux lumps in it!

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MarciaH
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good food, in terms of quality and presentation, every time. Good selection of options on the menu.

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BarbaraD
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We eat here whenever we attend evening performances. Food is good value for money and staff are helpful and friendly. For the first time we couldn’t find a table reserved in our name, but this was no real problem as we were on the system and a table was quickly set for us.

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AlysiaR
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was fantastic. If I could eat the coronation cauliflower daily I would. And the fresh fruit rulard was amazing.

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Gill
Worcestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food and service were good, but our experience was spoiled by the cafeteria being very cold. We had to keep our coats on throughout our meal. Not the first time I have experienced this at the Courtyard. The management seems to be being over mindful about saving energy!

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Jsueey5
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A highly recommended place to spend the evening (with or without a show) .... a buzzing place to be , friendly people around to chat to , or , just to sit with a cup of coffee on the comfy sofas and let the world go by ! ... the cafe bar is bright and pleasant , the food is healthy and absolutely delicious, choice of tasty salads or hot selection if preferred, good choice of wines/drinks to wash it down with 😀.... altogether, a truly wonderful experience...... JE

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DOUGLASM
Herefordshire
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well done great service 5*
Will book again for the next show or film

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KathW
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Usually good so quite disappointed on this visit, although could understand as it was very busy, much of the choices of food had gone, and there was a rather long wait for our meal. Staff pleasant and polite.

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OpenTable Diner
Leicestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice meal but the area in the bar was quite cold, which spoilt it for me.
Staff pleasant.

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ZaraG
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were friendly. Food was very delicious. Thoroughly enjoyed the burgers. Table booked and ready upstairs. We were all very happy :)

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Tensilekid
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

The service was efficient and friendly however as I do not eat cheese my menu choices were limited

JD
JanD
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Sri Lankan vegan curry absolutely lovely, even though we share not vegan or even vegetarian. Do hope with the proposed refurbishment they manage to improve the ambience!

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MattW
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good and quick service. Great food. Good play area for little kiddies.

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ChrisG
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent value and good food on a busy Saturday Panto evening. My only negative comment is that we were a party of 8 seated on the table nearest the door from the car park and it was really rather cold! Otherwise all very good as always.

Happy New Year to all

Chris (Green)

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Jinxie
Herefordshire
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My friend and I had the stuffed chicken which was tasty but very large portion so could not finish it. I’d had this before and was just right. The Vegs were green beans which are not to everyone’s liking so my husband left them. A choice would have been good. We were sat upstairs and unfortunately the bar was closed so had to go downstairs and queue for coffee etc.
The menu has been the same for a long time so it would be good to have a change, suggest monthly.
The staff did their best even though it was very busy.
I visit the Courtyard quite often so look forward to seeing some changes soon!

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SueA
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sit upstairs as it can be noisy and draughty downstairs.

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OpenTable Diner
Herefordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was good, service quick and friendly. The restaurant was cold though, maybe from the door or maybe they needed the heating on.

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JoannaC
Herefordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A super family lunch after a late morning show. The staff were friendly and helpful as always and there was a really happy buzzing atmosphere with a good level of noise to go with it, but not intrusive. We sat upstairs on a reserved table, the food came quickly especially since it was really busy. The meals were tasty and our 5 and 6 year old children ate theirs with gusto. They enjoyed playing in the children's area afterwards too, whilst we had a coffee which was great for all of us. The sun was streaming in, so even though it was a Winter's day it felt really nice to be indoors.

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JackieB
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food is hit and miss felt it was not as fresh as normal and the potion sizes were smaller , I had the chicken burger it was tiny.
Ido like the courtyard and will return but was disappointed on this occasion.

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maryS
Herefordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a lovely family meal at the courtyard - fishpie the favourite, lovely curry and meat and blue cheese pie - all yummy. The restaurant was a little cold by the door and we felt we could have done with heated plates to keep the food warmer for longer. But, overall very good experience - thank you!

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Rohill
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

On the first opening after Christmas (?) the floor was dirty under our table with crumbs everywhere. The table and cutlery were not clean either.

JC
JoannaC
Herefordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food for adults and children, a really happy atmosphere, quick and good service especially on the busy day of Christmas Eve. Thanks

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RichardH
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience1

It was a horrible experience my freind is disabled and we had to go up stairs for a table then down stairs to order then her food came with peppers when I asked for it plain she didn't realise until she took a bite and had a allergic reaction good job she had meds with her

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johnr
Herefordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pre panto lunch much better that the poor French Evening with poor service food ans ambience Must do better for a French evening with a French Flavour Dressing up etc But The Pre Panto was a sucess

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MaureenB
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We love the interesting salad bar, and the risotto is always worth the money. Staff always first rate.

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PeterD
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Disappointed, confusion we went upstairs but sent downstairs. Had booked for 7 but they thought it was 6:30 so cleared our table. I ordered at bar and asked to go upstairs. The lady was helpful and got us a table.
Food was fine. I had to que at bar downstairs get a glass of proseco during the meal.
Confusion,poor service, but better than a cafe.

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VirginiaT
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

To be fair the food, as always , was fresh , tasty and reasonable value for money.
BUT we had booked weeks in advance , we were sat on the balcony on the first floor which was cold and draughty....... our table was inlaid and we felt as though this should’ve been laid up ready..... the men with us were drinking beer only available at the downstairs bar and were told they needed to get this themselves.....then puddings .... we couldn’t order them but again, had to walk downstairs to order , pay & collect them ourselves ..... all in all the service was disappointing at best !

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Tricky
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The fish pie was excellent but the risotto was mediocre.

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Medway
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Great value food cooked very well. The staff are lovely and friendly though lack of organisation makes it quite difficult to actually order the food at a bar already serving drinks and cold food that needs to be served directly at the counter. If a more efficient system was in place I’d have awarded 5 stars for service and overall experience.

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