23,745 Restaurant Reviews
Trout Inn (Oxford)
The Trout Inn is a lovely place to visit, especially when the weather is warm as it's a delight to sit in the garden and enjoy the scenery.
I have only eaten at the Trout once and could not complain about the quality of food offered - it was enjoyable and reasonably priced.
However, I can complain about the service, or rather the lack of it. Every time I've visited, usually for a drink, I have spent an extraordinarily long time waiting to be served. In fact, myself a few colleagues visited the Trout last night with the view to eating there. However, when we arrived, there was only 1 person serving drinks and 1 person taking food orders. The queues grew very quickly and did not reduce at all. Eventually, we left to eat elsewhere. As we left, the car park seemed to be filling very quickly and I can only imagine what the queues were like after then.
I feel that the Trout relies on its scenery too much to concern itself with service. Strangely, their poor service doesn't seem to affect their trade, but I shan't be going there for a drink again, let alone food.
Respond to AuthorEmma (15 April 2004)
Cedar Restaurant (South of the River - West)
Excellent place; great food, good service. The owner/manager/chef (delete as appropriate) made a point of dashing out as we were on the point of leaving to ask us what we thought. The only minor drawback is that they only seem to take cash.
Respond to AuthorAdam Tickner (14 April 2004)
The Ark (Kensington & Notting Hill)
Excellent food with a very pleasant ambience. Attentive service throughout. Interesting and high quality, but fair value wine list.
Respond to AuthorRichard Heyes (13 April 2004)
Brixtonian Havana Club (South of the River - West)
The food was excellent and the service even better - the barmen were quite tasty too! I think I will have to make this a monthly haunt to see what is new on the menu!
Respond to AuthorD. Rankin (13 April 2004)
Pasta Brown - Bedford Street (Covent Garden & Theatreland)
I lived in London for 12 months and Pasta Brown was by far my favourite restaurant. Ever since returning home to Australia it's the only restaurant I have missed. The food is fantastic, cheap and the restaurant's staff are very cheerful! If only there was a Pasta Brown in Sydney - I'd be their No.1 customer - AGAIN!!!
Respond to AuthorJustine Plummer (13 April 2004)
Mr Chow (SW1, Belgravia & Westminster)
Appalling experience, the decor is stuck in the 70s, the menu is very limited, the food was virtually inedible and the bill over the top. I don't mind paying for good food, and have done so at many top restaurants, but this was a rip-off.
Respond to AuthorMrs M. Blyth (11 April 2004)
Seafresh Fish Restaurant (SW1, Belgravia & Westminster)
Without doubt the best fish restaurant anywhere - without exception. When I am in London it is the only place I will eat at.
Respond to AuthorLee Sussman (11 April 2004)
The Great House Hotel & Restaurant (Lavenham)
The Great House restaurant never disappoints. Your review here is completely accurate - this is the closest you will get to the best of rural France in England. Everything is right: from the temperature of the kir taken in the bar while you choose from the suitably focused menu, to the quality of the cooking, the presentation and the service (all are faultless). The menu changes, so it would be pointless to recommend one dish (well OK, you must order the smoked pigeon breast and chicken salad, and the raspberry crème brûlée). The Great House has sister restaurants in Suffolk - could they please open one down our way (for the record, south-west London)?
Respond to AuthorDavid Wells (10 April 2004)
Bibis Italianissimo (Leeds)
I have been eating at Bibis regularly for almost 20 years and have followed them now through three different moves of premises to their latest extravaganza Bibis Criterion, near their original venue at Mill Hill.
The food is not strictly Italian although the Pizza and Pastas are probably the best you will find in Leeds, but up-beat modern Mediterranean. They won’t win a Michelin Star (I don’t think they want one), but overall a fantastic experience, with excellent choice and superb presentation.
Service is swift but charming, reservations are now taken except on Saturday nights, but don’t even think about a Saturday unless you are keen to eat early or enjoy a long wait in the bar!
Respond to AuthorPaul Mitchell (9 April 2004)
Maxwell's Restaurant - Covent Garden (Covent Garden & Theatreland)
I visited Maxwells in March with my girlfriend. Maxwells is the type of restaurant that is right down my street and I must admit I was not disappointed with the experience. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful with the service being very efficient. The portions are big and the overall quality of the food was excellent. The burgers are proper American style burgers with all the works and were extremely tasty. I’d recommend this restaurant to people who like to eat within a laid back, informal atmosphere plus the prices are very reasonable considering the restaurants location.
Respond to AuthorRob Trussler (8 April 2004)
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