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50's American Diner

John Street, Church Gresley, Swadlincote DE11 8EJ, England
+44 1283 220050
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $16 - $24
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Please do not put Swadlincote in your satnav as it takes you to the wrong location please use Church Gresley John street :) The 50s American Diner is the largest original american diner in the uk it was built in 1950 in Elizabeth New Jersey and opened as Murphys on st patricks day 1951 she then traded until 1969 ,when she went into dereliction . She was shipped to England in 1997 .We restored and refurbished her over the course of a year and reopened the diner in its present state in 2005 and we are still going strong thanks to our loyal customers old and new.We have set the diner up to give an authentic atmosphere where the customer is made to feel welcome and instantly at home.We have table service,as it was back in the 50s and we aim to give the best value for money best service and best experience In a fun and vibrant atmosphere.It is always advisable to book a booth Last orders 15 minutes before closing time,reserved booths will be saved for ten minutes unless you contact us and please let us know if you are unable to keep your reservation we are closed mondays and tuesdays wednesday thursday 5-8pm friday 5pm-9pm saturday 12noon-9pm sunday 12 noon-7pm We are a working museum to 50s Americana ,please come and share the experience, we are a family owned and run Diner and look forward to you joining us Trish and Jeff We have been awarded a 5 star food hygiene rating by South Derbyshire Environmental Heath Team since the Scheme was introduced , ratings are given on a scale from 0 to 5,5 being the highest attainable.
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We had a great meal here last Sunday. Wonderful atmosphere, music, waitresses dresses all in keeping with the diner. The first time we went we drove past it twice before we realised we had arrived! The staff are very helpful and gave my daughter a sample of the cheese sauce before she placed her order. The portion sizes are huge... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This is as close as you can get to America without jumping on a plane. It truly is amazing. The burgers are great. Portion sizes are huge. Brilliant experience.

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Amazing place, amazing atmosphere, amazing food this place is fantastic ,love the american soda drinks on sale the black grape is yummy, I had a hotdog with a sweet chilli sauce and cheese and can honestly say it was the best hotdog i have eaten ( and i have eaten alot of hotdogs!) there was 4 adults and 5 kids... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Second visit here and I still love it. Upon arrival it's not what you would think, once inside it's fantastic. The atmosphere is great, when your there you can't help but sit and stare around the restaurant. It's a little piece of history sat in the middle of nowhere! The food is fantastic and the portion sizes are to die... More

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Belper, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My wife and I ate there three times inside a week - you can draw your own conclusions from that. It's an eating experience like no other, particularly if you're a sucker for 40s and 50s Americana (as I am). Don't over order, though, or you might not eat it all. I'd recommend Naked Dog with a cool drink, followed... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My first visit to this iconic diner that has been shipped from the good old USA. the atmosphere was excellent with background music of the 50's that lets your imagination runaway to back in time. The staff were attentive and very friendly and there attention to cleanliness was excellent. The menu is a choice of burgers, hot dogs and typical... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Unless you know about this place you would never stumble upon it, it is well hidden away. We had been told by several friends about it. You generally need to book but it is only open on fri, sat and sun so this can be difficult. The diner itself is fantastic, true original and lots to look at once you... More

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Visited the 50's American Diner on Saturday 5.7.14. Previous reviewers have already mentioned the surrounding car park but it is true ignore this because the diner itself is picture perfect. Captures the 50's feel perfectly and this continues inside- all chrome,neon, American memorabilia and appropriate juke box music. The waiting staff are all dressed 50's style- polka dots a-plenty. We... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Sons 17th birthday, and chose the best! Delicious food, excellent service and value for money. Atmosphere was brill, I felt I was in America. Definitely will be coming back. Don't be put off by the outside, just wait till you get in.

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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Went to the diner with my family for the 1st time last night - hubby and 2 kids for fathers day. Great food and seriously plenty of it! (and unlimited coffee). Hubby and I had the "Grace Kelly". Will definitely be going again very soon.

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