Restaurant Reviews from kramer

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Member Since: 14 September 2008

Last Visit: 28 June 2016

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The Windmill Seafood & Steakhouse restaurant

17 New Street, North Co. Dublin, Skerries, Dublin, Area Code: Co. Dublin

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Reviewed 05th February 2015 ( visited 04th February 2015 )

As usual, our meal at Windmill was beautiful. The food is fabulous and so very generous, but it's the service and atmosphere that make me return time after time. The waiting staff are friendly and very professional, and that warm fire made for a very cozy and relaxed dining experience. Kudos to all at Windmill, keep up the great work!
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The Windmill Seafood & Steakhouse restaurant

17 New Street, North Co. Dublin, Skerries, Dublin, Area Code: Co. Dublin

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Cuisine:
European

Price Range:

Good
41 reviews

Reviewed 05th February 2015 ( visited 04th February 2015 )

As usual, our meal at Windmill was beautiful. The food is fabulous and so very generous, but it's the service and atmosphere that make me return time after time. The waiting staff are friendly and very professional, and that warm fire made for a very cozy and relaxed dining experience. Kudos to all at Windmill, keep up the great work!
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Indie Spice Grill
Burgundy House, New Street, North Co. Dublin, Swords, Dublin

Beautiful food as always, and the staff are so warm and genuine! A pleasure to visit.

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The Windmill Seafood & Steakhouse
17 New Street, North Co. Dublin, Skerries, Dublin

As usual, our meal at Windmill was beautiful. The food is fabulous and so very generous, but it's the service and atmosphere that make me return time after time. The waiting staff are friendly and very professional, and that warm fire made for a very cozy and relaxed dining experience. Kudos to all at Windmill, keep up the great work!

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Ko's Chinese Restaurant
Main Street, Cavan Town, Cavan

We enjoyed a beautiful meal for two here last night, lovely customer service, and the food was absolutely gorgeous, best chinese I have eaten in months. Nice decor, attentive servers. The atmosphere was a little quiet but maybe this was because the weather was so very cold. We were one of 5 or 6 tables, I am surprised since the food is so good and great value for money. We were originally at an 8.30pm booking, but I needed to call at 4 and move it to 9.30, this was accommodated no problem at all. Only small thing was there was no toilet paper in the Ladies, but when I mentioned it to the lady at reception, she smiled an oops, thanked me and said she would get on it. Portions were generous, hot and delicious, and quick to come out after we ordered. We got two starters and two mains, with a bottle of prosecco for 33euros (it was a special occasion), the bill came to a tidy 75 euros. Unfortunately I am not at all local to Cavan, if I was I would definitely return.

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The Olive Cafe
86a Strand Street, Skerries, Dublin

I agree with the other reviewers in that the Olive cafe offers much to customers, however I found fault on Saturday when I dropped in for lunch. It's okay that you have to order at the till when you first arrive (that's what I was told). I was on my own, but I suspect that if I brought friends or family there, it would get awkward all of us milling around at the till looking at menus and deciding what to get. Is this really how others do it? I chose and paid for the 'power free-range chicken salad'. At a round 10 euros, I expected an amazing plate of food, but to be honest, I was disappointed. The chicken was beautifully marinated and seasoned, thinly sliced too, but there wasn't enough of it to justify the price tag. It was about a half of a medium-sized breast of chicken. I understand that free-range chicken will bring the price up, but in that case, surely increase the rest of the ingredients. The salad leaves were nice, varied and beautifully fresh, but there really weren't enough, again, to justify the 10euro. I was disappointed to note that there was no hint of dressing. A slice of lemon accompanied the plate and I didn't go looking for oil as I didn't have much time for lunch. The lemon helped the mixed leaves, raw florets of broccoli, and sweet and lovely peas. But honestly, it was quite a disappointing lunch, and the title of 'power salad' was frankly not true in my case. I didn't bring it back because the place was packed, and I had to go back to work. I will however try this place again, because all these reviewers enjoyed the Olive.

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Indie Spice Grill
Burgundy House, New Street, North Co. Dublin, Swords, Dublin

Sunday lunch here with the baby and a toddler, and as usual the food and service were perfect. We made a right mess, but the staff were extremely helpful, and understood very well how it can be with young kids. It was a warm quiet Sunday afternoon, and we were pleased to see the offer of 3 courses for 18euros per person extended between 1pm and 7pm on a Sunday. Great value. As we were leaving, one or two other families were entering. We didn't book, just walked in, and were accommodated no problem. I enjoy Indie Spice every time, and it was nice to be able to bring the kids too.

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Divino Italian Restaurant
26A Church Street, Skerries, Dublin

I very much enjoyed this restaurant. My companion and I dined outside on one of the sunniest days of the year. We both found the tapas to be absolutely beautiful, and authentically Italian. It was expensive at 50 euros altogether, but we did eat very well, and enjoyed a glass of wine and two coffees. The usual customer bathroom was out of order, and we were directed to the much smaller stuffier staff facilities. Other than that, it was lovely. Will return.

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The Dandelion Restaurant
1st floor, Unit 4, Main Street , Swords, Swords, Dublin

I found the service to be very good indeed. The food was hot and tasty, although I didn't enjoy my pommes anna. It was a very quiet Tuesday night, so the atmosphere would be better closer to the weekend. Overall, a nice restaurant.

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Blue Cafe Bar
Harbour Road Skerries, Skerries, Dublin

If you're in Skerries, be sure to get to a large but friendly eaterie, Blue bar. Always professional, Blue overlooks Skerries harbour, with views that go from fresh and breezy daytimes to twinkling lights on the sea at night. This particular visit was a Tuesday evening. The place was hopping with a mixed clientele wanting to sample the full bar, delicious hot food, teas and coffees that an excellent staff deliver promptly. On this occasion, my server was friendly, capable, knowledgeable, and professional. With tea, I enjoyed a huge Sticky Toffee pudding with extra caramel sauce and ice-cream on the side. I usually enjoy the extremely generous Ploughman's lunch - a fresh and generous plate of cold meat, cheese, relish, delicate pickled onions, and a salad garnish, all served with a few slices of thickly-cut brown bread. Super-fresh, super-filling, super-tasty. However, I have enjoyed most of the dishes and have always found great flavour, quality, and value for money. I dine in Blue bar every couple of months for three years now - lunches, evening meals, with kids, and without. Time after time, the hardworking staff never fail to bring out beautiful starters, mains and desserts - even if you're in for a quick cuppa or a pint, this place is a gem!

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The Orchid Chinese Restaurant
12 New Street, Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

I've been itching to find a good Chinese restaurant for a while now, and I think with the Orchid, I've found it. The two of us went in on spec on a Wednesday night, and were lucky to get the last table. Service is fast and friendly, and the menu is varied with all the usual favourites. Although we didn't venture far into the wine list, it looked good, and the two glasses of house red we ordered were very good indeed. For starters, we had won ton soup and chicken satay, mains were House Special Chow Mein and Chicken in Cashew nuts with rice. Although the portions were not overly big, the food was big on taste, hot and delicious. I marked down on atmosphere and on value - the restaurant space is small-ish, and we could hear the conversations of those around us which made for a distracting time as one couple were busy fighting. We both remarked that the prices were on the high side. Our dinner totalled 66 euros (two starters, two mains, two glasses of house red, and an orange juice). However, the food and service were so good, we will definitely be back.

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The Windmill Seafood & Steakhouse
17 New Street, North Co. Dublin, Skerries, Dublin

This was our second visit to the Windmill - again, the service staff were superb, the food was gorgeous. I ordered the french onion soup followed by sea bass, partner ordered ribs and steak. Very generous portions, a red wine that delighted us, and great value for money. A lovely relaxing evening, compliments to all at the Windmill.

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Luigi Malones Restaurant
5/6 Cecilia Street, Dublin 2 , City Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin

Visited Luigi Malone's for a leisurely Saturday afternoon meal. It was busy, but we were seated quickly and without fuss. My partner ordered pizza, I ordered the Yakisoba. I found the service staff to be rather more business-like than friendly, there was little in the way of eye contact, smiles, or warmth in general. Not essential when eating out, but it helps. We ordered within 10 mins, but the food itself took quite a while to come out. When two dishes were brought to us, only the pizza was correct - my yakisoba was nowhere to be found. It took between 5 and 10 mins for this to be rectified, but when it was, we both found the food to be generously portioned and tasty. The meal was good value for money, we thought. This is not my first visit nor will it be my last, though I would love to see a little warmth from the serving staff.

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FIRE Restaurant and Lounge
Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Fire was great the first time I went to it, and the second time on Saturday was actually better again. Cannot fault this place or its staff, the staff are hardworking, the food is delicious, well-cooked and presented. The menu focuses heavily on Irish produce, and is an eclectic mix of modern french, Irish and european-style dishes. There is a wide range of dishes include seafood and steaks. I ordered the French onion soup for starters, and the 8oz Sirloin medium to well done. The soup was hot and rich, the main was absolutely melt-in-the-mouth beautiful, portioned generously. The staff were extremely attentive to our 5-person party, we ordered wine, soft drinks and coffees, and the bill with tip came to 60 euros a head. Very leisurely experience, the place is big and spacious enough to be full (it was Friday 9pm, and the place was packed), but we still enjoyed the relatively peaceful ambience. Would highly recommend.

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Farm Restaurant (Dawson Street)
3 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, Dawson Street, Dublin

Went for lunch to The Farm with three other women, and enjoyed the experience very much. I was first to the table, and was greeted with a smile and a welcome from one of the waiting staff. The place was packed with customers, a variety of young couples, some older people, and one or two tables with babies. They do a bustling trade in The Farm, but we didn't feel rushed at all, despite one of our party being late. I ordered from the specials, and enjoyed a wonderfully rich Chili con carne. The portion was generous and very well flavoured, service was quick and extremely efficient. After a few minutes of getting our mains, the polite waiter returned to check if everything was okay (it was). A few desserts and coffees were served, and wine was enjoyed. Altogether, the bill came to 40 per head. Would highly recommend, and will be returning there myself.

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San Lorenzos
South Great Georges Street, Dublin, City Centre South, Dublin

San Lorenzo's came highly recommended to us by a friend who had been there twice herself, so a group of five of us went for Saturday night dinner. Absolutely fabulous place, was comfortably busy with a wide variety of clientele. The dining experience is one that delivers good solid food, well cooked, in a casual relaxed setting. The servers were particularly great, friendly and genuine, and their red wine recommendation had us ordering more (can't remember the name, but it is produced in Ontinyent in Valencia Spain, try it if you can). Food was fast and delicious, and one cool thing was how the bathroom upstairs overlooks the fast-moving kitchen (safety glass firmly in place!) Masterchef or what? Loved this place, will be back.

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itsa - Malahide
The Diamond, New Street, Malahide, Dublin

We visit this place regularly, and never had one problem with it. The food is fast, cheap, and delicious, and the staff are consistently friendly and helpful! Great for a snack any time of the day, and the covered outdoor area (20 metres from the main road) is furnished with toys and crayons if you have toddlers.

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The Windmill Seafood & Steakhouse
17 New Street, North Co. Dublin, Skerries, Dublin

It will be hard to fault the Windmill restaurant, and easy to praise it. Why? Not only is the Windmill's atmosphere warm, welcoming and spacious, the food was both generous and delicious. We were delighted with the layout of the restaurant and myself and my husband were brought to a table for two with minimum fuss. The service was exceptionally professional, and having noticed that other customers had brought their drinks into the restaurant from the adjoining 'Snug' pub, we copped on that the two businesses were linked and that customers could bring with them whatever drinks they might have enjoyed in the bar. I had been looking forward to sampling the food here for a few weeks, and called on a Friday to secure the Saturday booking with no problem. Starters were generous and tasty chicken wings and the kind of French Onion soup that was on a par with New York's best. Mains were BBQ ribs and the Jack Daniels pork chop. Try this if you can - it really was special. I'm sure there were sides but we honestly enjoyed ourselves so much I don't remember what we got. We were prepared to pay a bit more than usual seeing as this place specialises in steaks, but this was not necessary - our two courses with wine came to a very frugal 59 euros, and we happily left a 10% tip for the attentive professional serving staff. Congratulations to all the hard-working staff at Windmill, we cannot wait to go back.

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Gourmet Food Parlour Swords
Unit 2 St Fintans, North Street, Swords, Swords, Dublin

A friend and I went here for tapas one Friday night - excellent service, amazing food (around 6 tapas, with soft drinks, a beer, a coffee, all for an even 50 euro, we thought that was good), nice clean surroundings and bathrooms. We arrived at 7, having booked a table, and were glad we booked. By 8pm, the place was getting very busy, and by 8.30 there were folks standing waiting by the door for a table to be free. I feel compelled to mark GFP Swords down on atmosphere, because of two things. The tables were very close together, not a problem when we first arrived, but got awkward when the place got packed around 8.30pm. It was around that time too that the live music started - an incredibly talented spanish guitarist set up in the corner complete with amp. Beautiful music, but the volume was overly high we felt - it meant we were hollering at each other to be heard, and evidently so too did every other table. The roof seemed to lift a bit with every song played. We seemed to be the only two people appreciating the guy's music, giving a small clap at the end of each piece, while other tables just rabbited on hollering at each other and not even acknowledging the work of the entertainer. We are both huge fans of tapas and are all for the authentic spanish atmosphere, but by 9pm the noise levels were just ridiculous. We left at that stage, much earlier than planned. I might go back for lunch or a non-tapas night which is a shame cos the tapas were just beautiful.

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McGoverns Malahide
The diamond, Main Street , North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Unlike the most recent review, my breakfast experience in McGoverns was excellent. Two adults and a toddler, we ordered omelette (perfectly cooked, well filled, and delicious), muffin, toast, full irish, and tea. Service was pleasant and efficient. Great food, generous portions, good value, nice surroundings and you can watch the world go by. Dishes, teapot, cutlery, were spotless. Only negative was that somehow we were charged double the actual bill amount, but one of us spotted it and it was rectified without fuss. Will be going back again, no hesitation.

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Essence Bistro
75 Main Street, Swords, Dublin

Been to Essence several times over the past 12 months, and keep wanting to go back. The service is just excellent, never been let down once, and the food is really beautiful. A well-built menu that is interesting and informative, and more importantly delicious, it is hard to fault Ian and the staff at Essence. They celebrated 2 years in business lately, and it is not hard to see why.

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Old Plaza Restaurant
Unit 20, 1st Floor, The Plaza, Swords, Dublin

Can't fault the Plaza - we booked this for a small birthday celebration on a friend's recommendation and we weren't disappointed. The food was delicious, served soon after orders went in, service was excellent, and it was great value for money. Got advice from a friendly waitress since one of us has intolerance to prawns. The atmosphere was good for a Saturday night, although not all tables were taken. Two fun parties and several smaller tables enjoyed the evening. As we were leaving, a karaoke was starting up. Pity we had to go! We will be back.

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Oscar Taylor Restaurant
Island View Hotel, Coast Road, North Co. Dublin, Malahide, Dublin

Can't say enough about the staff and food in Oscar's. We went one Wednesday evening for my mother in law's birthday, just three of us with a toddler. After a friendly welcome, we were given a table with a great view, the toddler was promptly given a high-chair and soon afterwards a waitress very kindly brought him a little meal of his own, no charge. Service was prompt and extremely efficient, food was delicious, well-cooked and presented, with generous portions. Mother in law was pleasantly surprised when waitress very kindly brought her dessert with a birthday candle alight! A lovely touch! The bill was very reasonable, and the atmosphere relaxed and friendly. There were a few tables occupied when we arrived, and several more by the time we left. Compliments to the staff and management, we will be back!

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La Cala
12 Ellis Quay, Smithfield, Dublin 7, City Centre North, Dublin

I've visited La Cala five times now, once at lunch time, twice in early afternoon, and twice in the evening. This restaurant is good overall, the menu is wide-ranging and suits all palates, and Spanish food is always vegetarian-friendly. Service has been good on each occasion: friendly and efficient. Opening hours are unusual though, for example, they are closed all day Sunday, and on Saturday they only open at 4.30pm. However, go to La Cala for a rough and ready experience of tapas, and the specials are always worth a look. I've had the calamari once or twice, unfortunately it was rubbery both times, whitebait was good, salty and delicious, patatas bravas were hot and plentiful, with a nice piquant sauce. Despite the apparently strange combination, spanish sausage works well with red wine sauce, so try them if you can. Albondigas (meatballs) were a little bland, maybe more seasoning would have helped. Same for Spanish tortilla, this was bland and tasteless. Salads are wonderful however, authentic too. Desserts are fantastic (brownies, tiramisu, etc) and are generous considering the cheap price (3.50euros). While the decor and layout is rudimentary (and can be a little cold on a bad day), the food and service make La Cala a little gem.

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Essence Bistro
75 Main Street, Swords, Dublin

Essence Bistro might be the newest restaurant in town, but it's made an impressive start. Facing Penneys at the end of Swords' Main street is perhaps an unusual location for this mid-end eaterie, but once there last Friday night, our party of two was greeted with a warm welcome. Throughout the evening, we were looked after exceptionally well by the male waiter who'd greeted us: professional, appropriately friendly, efficient, extremely courteous. A rare combination in any industry. Although Essence offers an Early Bird from 5.30 to a whopping 10pm Tues-Fri (Sat and Sun hours are earlier), we opted for the A La Carte. Wine, water, and delicious bread were quick to appear, and starters of Soup of the Day (tomato) and Chicken Wings were out to us shortly afterwards. Good-sized portions, hot, delicious. Partner will never understand why celery must appear with chicken wings, but that's by the by. After being assured that the Chicken Supreme was going to suit my medium appetite without needing a side dish, I wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed this dish mostly due to the different units on the plate, coming together into a pretty plate of delicious food. The gnocchi made the dish for me, and the lemon and truffle dressing was delicate. The chicken itself was melt-in-the-mouth cooked, fresh, juicy, delicious. Partner's Slow-roasted Beef short ribs were deemed tasty, but might go down better if there were bigger portions. Even with a side of salad and french fries, he might well have ordered something else from the menu and been fuller, but we made it into an excuse to return. My chocoholic's expectation of Hazelnut and Chocolate Tart with choc ice cream were upheld - densely rich chocolate with a generous finish of ice cream. Gutted that I had to share. Wine was 'Redfin' Shiraz Cab at 22.00 a bottle, smooth and rich. The restaurant is appropriately lit, with simple decor, an open kitchen, and a mixed range of clientele. Minor downside: bathroom soap needed refilling.

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The Olive Grove
Custume Pier, Athlone, Westmeath

As a group of 26 friends on a hen night last Saturday, we enjoyed a fantastic evening of food and drink under the care of Athlone's Olive Grove. The friendly owner welcomed us on arrival, politely waving away our late arrival to the 8pm booking. The restaurant is spacious, and appropriately lit, and kept us warm against the cold November night. We had arranged to choose from a set menu, priced per head at a recession-friendly 30euros. The set menu is nicely varied, it offered at least 6 different starters, and 8 for mains. Range varies from European (chicken, spinach, and mushroom penne with green pesto) to Irish (Irish, Sirloin Steak, Lemon and Thyme Marinated chicken, Clove and Cider marinated pork chops) to one asian dish (Tandoori chicken salad). Veggies are catered for, with one diner enjoying the Roast Pumpkin and goats cheese tartlet). Most of us went for the penne or the pork or chicken, portions are very generous indeed. We had a few dedicated waiters who were polite, quick, and very hospitable. Starters were quick to come out, and once finished, mains were out within 5-7 minutes. I had the penne, only complaint was my palate wanted a little more salt, I corrected this easily at the table. Too much food than I could manage, but very delicious. Desserts too were generous, and teas and coffees rounded off our 30euro per head dinner. What was lovely was that we had a large space at the end of the restaurant to ourselves, perfect for a large group like us. The restaurant has a relaxed air to it, and although the staff are clearly busy, us customers had a most relaxing time, sitting for a few hours and enjoying the meal. Bathrooms were clean and tidy, though loo rolls were on the floor rather than in a dispenser. Staff throughout are friendly and gave us a genuine greeting on entering and leaving the restaurant, Smiles and eye contact are not so common these days, but the hardworking staff at the Olive Grove don't skimp on this. Don't miss this gem!

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Hush Brasserie
12A New Street Malahide, Malahide, Dublin

Visited Hush with a few friends a while back, and have mostly good things to say about it. The food was tasty and well cooked - we all had starters, mains, and desserts. We enjoyed a leisurely 3 hour dinner and were looked after by a friendly and capable waitress throughout, who helped us with our choices. We all agreed that the prices were a little on the high side. It could be put down to the fact that Malahide is an affluent (read 'high rent') part of the city, but in these recessionary times, it is important to offer competitive prices wherever possible, as consumers have already started to shop around for the best deals in every area of life, restaurants included. A lady at the table next to us politely pointed out to the attentive waitress that her meagre starter was audaciously priced around 12 euros, and we all managed to get a look and agreed with the poor girl. As far as I remember, the waitress brought her a replacement and all was well. Overall the bill was expensive, but we attribute some of this to the wine that was drunk. However, I still think Hush's prices are a little on the high side.

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Indie Spice Grill
Burgundy House, New Street, North Co. Dublin, Swords, Dublin

Been going here regularly for nearly 3 years and never been let down once. I think that the prices are standard for Dublin, and the food and levels of service are extremely high and consistently so. A great sign is the fact that the waiting staff have not changed in these 3 years we've been going. They are friendly and capable, and the management have always 'checked in' with us to ensure all is well. We've brought mates here too, and they've loved it, most just regret that they live too far away to eat there regularly. The portions are generous, always hot and tasty, and as authentic as I've ever tasted. As with any restaurant, alcohol hikes up the price of a dinner, but typically we get 2 courses for two people with a beer, a soft drink, and coffee for around the sixty quid mark. They do take out as well, and these are very good value, averaging at around 30 quid for 2 courses for 2 people. We noticed the last time we were there that we were 'checked on' not once but a few times. We put this down to the fact that recession times are hitting, and that the checks are just a PR exercise to keep regular customers coming back. No need - we love the food and the atmosphere.

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