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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Families with children

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Marsden

A bit disappointed with the John Wayne burger, had no taste, seem like one of those 70 second microwave burgers you get from the shops. Gents toilet door does not shut probably, needs a paint job and clean. Went with my family on my birthday and was very disappointed.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Marsden1723
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

A bit disappointed with the John Wayne burger, had no taste, seem like one of those 70 second microwave burgers you get from the shops. Gents toilet door does not shut probably, needs a paint job and clean. Went with my family on my birthday and was very disappointed.

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derbyshirediners, Owner at 50's American Diner, responded to this review

Thankyou for taking the time to write your review Im sorry that you did not like your burger ,occasionally people find that our old style 100% beef patties are not to their taste ,but we are resisting changing to the modern style chunky burger with less pure beef content as that is not part of our ethos. Yes! The toilet... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Visited today with my partner, sister and 2 babies. We we're made really welcome and they were very accomadating, especially with providing another high chair even though we only requested one when we booked. The food was really well presented and tasted very nice. Staff were brilliant and very polite. The ambiance was great, really felt like we were in... More 

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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This diner is only a couple of miles from my home but had never visited. I was brought here as a birthday treat as a friend has been several times. The staff were very polite and friendly. Young adults who were also knowledgably about the menu when asked questions what some ingredients were. Nice atmosphere playing good music.

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Houilles, France
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18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Went there with friends for lunch and we definitely enjoyed it. The burgers were awesome and the onion rings tower incredible. The atmosphere of this diner transported me to the States instantly and the waiters/waitresses dressed in the 50's style adds a nice touch to it. Will definitely go back.

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Loughborough
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8 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

We were very much looking forward to visiting this restaurant after hearing good things. The restaurant itself is great, the music and atmosphere was very authentic for an American Diner and we were pleased to see a very varied and enticing menu. Unfortunately the food didn't live up to the surroundings. The burgers were poor quality patties and the everything... More 

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England
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67 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Firstly the place is not that easy to find. It's on what appears to be on a road of an entrance to a factory or similar in a fairly run down sort of a place. We found it via sat nav. There is an American flag at the end of the road. (A clearer sign may be of use to... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

we went on a Friday night for a birthday having booked a few weeks in advance the service was fantastic, really great experience loved the food all the different burger names and the desserts were fantastic

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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

definitely worth a visit, book a table though to be sure you can get in. could do with being sign posted a bit better as we drove straight past it (didnt enjoy the potholes in the car park, so if your cars low go slow!) will definitely be visiting again, possibly in the daytime/or summer so we can see the... More 

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derbyshirediners, Owner at 50's American Diner, responded to this review

Good morning! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your Birthday visit to the Diner.Yes it does get really busy and we do advise booking especially if you are making a long journey or its a celebration meal to avoid disappointment. The potholes that you mention are on the council road and despite many complaints are still there... More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

My partner surprised me, booking a table for my birthday a couple of weeks ago. He had stumbled across the diner accidentally on-line and as I am somewhat of an Americana 50's fan thought it would be perfect ... and it is! He had thought that even if the food wasn't particularly amazing the sheer authenticity of the diner itself... More 

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derbyshirediners, Owner at 50's American Diner, responded to this review

What a lovely review ! Im so pleased that your Birthday visit exceeded your expectations,and thankyou so much for spreading the word..It really means a lot to everyone here. Best regards Trish More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I love this place! Visited for the first time in August when my partner relocated to the area, I've always wanted to go to an authentic american diner and this did not disappoint. The staff are always friendly and have amazing outfits! We had milkshakes and burgers which were delicious! I visited again on my own in feb when I... More 

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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

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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