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50's American Diner

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John Street, Church Gresley, Swadlincote DE11 8EJ, England
+44 1283 220050
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: Please do not put Swadlincote in your satnav as it takes you to the wrong...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Finally managed to visit this cracking place

We have finally managed to visit the diner after nearly 4 years of trying to get over when the family were all available. Well we managed it this weekend and all i can say is just how amazing this place is. From the minute we walked through the door we were greeted by a lovely lady who seated us... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have finally managed to visit the diner after nearly 4 years of trying to get over when the family were all available. Well we managed it this weekend and all i can say is just how amazing this place is. From the minute we walked through the door we were greeted by a lovely lady who seated us in... More 

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been coming to the diner for the past 10 years, both my girls have have 4 birthday parties there. We have recommended the diner to many people as an excellent experience! Great burgers, milkshakes etc, you get what it says on the tin!!! My partner and I thought we would treat our girls on Sunday just gone, nearly... More 

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1 Thank Bebelabons
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just got back from visiting this place for the first time & ive gotta say the WHOLE place is amazing!.... The Food, The Decor, the Music , everything is AMAZING!!!... The Milkshakes are that THICK your spoon & straw dont move, the burgers look brilliant, the chicken burgers are AMAZING, the whole thing is brilliant!..> Add to the mix very... More 

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3 Thank Steve P
Mansfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we've been hear a couple of times now and its still a good experience and you feel like you've gone back in time. The diner is clean, full of character and the staff are friendly and dressed to suit the theme of the diner. Milk shakes are nice and thick but are too filling if you have them with your... More 

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1 Thank Dazgt4
Measham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Drove past this diner for years and thought as mentioned in other reviews that the poor location may reflect on the diner. How wrong were we!!! Good food, fabulously friendly staff, very clean and we loved the authenticity of the place. Children are made really welcome and it was just really different. I will not go to frankie and bennys... More 

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1 Thank Catherine P
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been here a few times now and its a great place to grab something to eat. It does what it does and it does it well. The place is unique and you can get a sense that the people who own and run it take great pride in it and so they should. If your after a unique... More 

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1 Thank Firudesu
Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a characterful restaurant - it's small and you probably need to book but it's a delightful place to eat. It's not everyone's cup of tea being an American Diner but it's a great experience. We were there on the 23rd December and there were a few items on the menu that weren't available and they need to make... More 

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1 Thank Jan K
Hartshorne, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thanks for a great family lunch. No food needed for the rest of the day. Really Highly recommended! Definately worth seeking this one out.

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Thank Robert F
Tamworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

absolutely love this diner. Been going for years. Jeff and Trish make the place, lovely food and service all round. Small gripe, the music sometimes can make it difficult to talk

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Thank patricia-ann63
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Heard all good thinks about the diner, so was expecting a lot. We all enjoyed our meals but it wasn't wow. Staff were great and the diner itself is lovely. I just expected to love it and I didn't.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: John Street, Church Gresley, Swadlincote DE11 8EJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Swadlincote  >  Church Gresley
  • Phone Number: +44 1283 220050

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 24
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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