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“Nice Ham Ploughman's shame about the bread!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chew Valley Lake Tea Shop

Chew Valley Lake Tea Shop
Walley Lane | Chew Stoke, Bristol BS40 8TF, England
01275 333345
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Ranked #794 of 1,458 Restaurants in Bristol
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, British, Café, Sandwiches
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
UK
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Nice Ham Ploughman's shame about the bread!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

The ham ploughman's was lovely, nice ham and a good selection of very fresh salad items but why serve the bread in 'cling film?' It should be fresh anyway, but even after 'unwrapping' the white bread it wasn't very tasty - why let a great ploughman's down with poor quality 'white doorsteps'! Change over to a crusty roll or french stick is my suggestion - for what it's worth!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Horsham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Nice peace of cake!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

Nice home made Chocolate and fruit cake with a standard cup of tea! Great views especially on a sunny afternoon. Definitely coming again :-)

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Somerset
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30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Poor”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Indifferent service, warm coffee. Views nice, although overall average and price high for poor quality

Visited August 2013
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Southwest
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69 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Indifference personified!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

How any business (that will inevitably be serving a very particular sector of the demographic on week days when schools are are "in") can show complete indifference to a customer who has gluten intolerance is beyond me. The counter staff were lack luster, unhelpful and generally disinterested. Perhaps that is the reason why they seem to rely upon block lunch bookings from residential homes - very few of those customers are likely to comment critically. Our coffee was distinctly average and my wife's bun, rather tired. This cafe is typical of those that were legion in this country thirty years ago - there is no local competition so it appears that customers are expected to like it or lump it! I suggest the management take a long hard look at what they do and how they do it and then experience best practice - there are plenty of examples to chose from in the North Somerset area.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Weston super Mare
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Time for some update”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Called in for a Walk, and a lite bite.

The signage for the routes, was missing at several points, and you could easily follow a track in the wrong direction, and as some of the tracks were overgrown, it gave the air of an untidy unkempt, walk through Grasses!!, not really a nature walk.

The viewing area building was nice, clean, dry and spacious.

On the return back to the main area, we stopped for a lite bite, and prices were reasonable, and food was of a good quality.

The main problem here was it was CASH only!!, no signs until you got to the till, that Credit and Debit cards were not accepted, we never carry much cash these days, as majority of places take debit cards at least.

So be aware CASH required

Note: That if you spend over £7 you do get £1 back if you hand over the car park stub.

Shame really I would have had more than just the filled potato, and would have looked at some of the gifts in the shop - so no surprise that gifts did not seem to be selling.

So come on Bristol Water sort these issues out, before you loose visitors to this wonderful place.

Great for picnics, lots of shade areas, or seated area with concrete tables, and a bit quieter in the car park a short walk away with the different entrance.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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