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Bird's Nest Chinese Restaurant

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4 Barley Market Street, Dartmoor National Park, Tavistock PL19 0JF, England
01822 610611
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 58
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
First poor meal here

Travel to Dartmoor 10-14 times a year and have a take away each time. Very boring, we always have the same dishes. This is the only place we have eaten beef with ginger and spring onion and it has been tender, not slimy and flavoursome. Until this weekend. The dish was full of flour, grey and tough... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
Bowmore5
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Sherborne, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This is a gem of a Chinese! If you get the chance you really should visit. Staff and atmosphere were good, friendly, attentive and the place is quirky with takeaway downstairs and restaurant upstairs. Food portions were big, fresh and food all tasted great. We had 2 different set meals for 4 with extras and everything got eaten (with a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Omg, absolutely the worst takeaway in all my years! Staying in Tavistock for a long weekend visiting family and ordered takeaway for Saturday night TV. Salt and pepper ribs Special chowmein Beef green pepper and black bean sauce Ribs........ 1" end bits Special chowmein.... Disgusting. 4 slices of processed meat and noodles - that's it! Beef dish - worst dish... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Seems to have gone down hill a bit recently. Ordered a takeaway, the food wasn't particularly hot and also not particularly flavoursome. A shame as it used to be the best in town!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Have not been to this takeaway for a while as it was soooo bad, heard that is had changed hands recently and though we'd give it a go. The people were really friendly, and the food was excellent and no MSG's which makes it even better. Would definitely visit again.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I have been travellin from Launceston for years and years to get Takeaway and to Eat In at the Birds Nest. We came for a family Birthday meal under the new owners. I was so disappointed the staff who were meant to be waiting on tables were useless, we waited for ages for drinks, then for an order to be... More 

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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We have used the Birds Nest for many years. The food has always been reasonably good, however last friday was terrible. the crispy duck starter was okay but we couldn't eat the Beef Green Pepper of the Pork Chow Mien. I wish now I had taken it back. I won't be going to the Birds Nest for a long time.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This was always one of the best Chinese restaurants, which we visit when on holiday in the area. Having had a two year gap, we were very disappointed this year. The restaurant has clearly changed hands this was obvious from the atmosphere and the food was inferior. Service was incompetent and surly. We will not return.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The Bird's Nest has been a favourite haunt of mine for many years, and I have often brought friends and families here. Sadly it changed hands in April, and my first experience of the new régime was not positive. The food was of mediocre quality, something that could have never been levelled at the restaurant under the previous management. Dry... More 

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Sherborne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Travel to Dartmoor 10-14 times a year and have a take away each time. Very boring, we always have the same dishes. This is the only place we have eaten beef with ginger and spring onion and it has been tender, not slimy and flavoursome. Until this weekend. The dish was full of flour, grey and tough as boots. First... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Ordered takeaway here many times, best we have ever had! Good quick service whilst we waited, with friendly staff who seemed to really know what they were doing. Large range of food available all cooked to a high quality! Definitely recommend!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4 Barley Market Street, Dartmoor National Park, Tavistock PL19 0JF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Dartmoor National Park  >  Tavistock
  • Phone Number: 01822 610611

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 51
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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