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“One of the best restaurants I've ever eaten in” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chilled Red

Chilled Red
Tilly Mead, Commercial Lane, Swanage BH19 1DF, England
+44 1929 426066
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Ranked #3 of 64 Restaurants in Swanage
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Chipping Ongar, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“One of the best restaurants I've ever eaten in”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

I visited this restaurant in August with my sister-in-law and a friend whilst staying in Swanage. Chilled Red is only a small restaurant and is tuck out of the way in a back street. The restaurant was very busy for a Wednesday night. The atmosphere was warm and friendly. All the waitresses were smiling and happy to answer any questions about the menu we had. We were served promptly but did not feel rushed in any way. The food was outstanding, we all had a different dish and we were all fully satisfied with the portions. The deserts were to die for. It was great seeing them in a display cabinet where you could see they had been homemade. I have never seen such a big pavlova!!!!!!
We will definitely be going back next time we are in Swanage.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Guildford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“In Swanage this is one to head for”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

The menu has a good variety and there are always local fish specials on. The food is good but somehow lacks that something special, maybe that's due to a bland interior which is sparse, wooden and unwelcoming, it would benefit from some soft furnishings and the lights dimmed down. Positive fantastic sweet menu, negative two sittings, you must vacate your table.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“great steak”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Having been to Swanage many times and enjoyed many meals there. This time we found Chilled Red. What a refreshing choice this place is. The staff are polite and attentive and well presented. Great king prawn starter in butter & garlic. My fillet steak was great too. The one thing I will say though is the veg was a big let down as other reviewers have said. With the prices charged you would expect more variety and quantity. There were three of us and we had to share one small dish of veg (one very small piece of broccoli each, small teaspoon each of red cabbage.etc) For the set price of £29 pounds we did expect more, also remember, if you have the fillet steak there is a £5.00 supplement added as are some other dishes.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Great for fish”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We dined at Chilled Red for the first time with my fiancé's parents last night and had a wonderful seafood feast. A starter of baked king prawns in garlic were lovely and tender, whilst the crab and salmon was most delicious. For main courses we sampled the nights specials and were pleasantly surprised. The whole lobster was cooked to perfection and beautifully succulent (general agreement was that it was the best lobster anybody had experienced). The Fish Medley (fillets of grilled mackrel, plaice, brill, monkfish, sea bass and salmon) was cooked to melt-in-the-mouth perfection. The only slight disappointment personally was the accompanying mixed veg which was a little uninspiring and slightly overcooked for my tastes. However, the chips were nice and crisp! The service was friendly and accommodating even to the point of letting a couple of our party mix and match the desserts and accompaniments without batting an eyelid. Wine list is priced very reasonably. Overall an excellent experience and one will be repeating in the future I'm sure.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Superb fish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We ate there when we visited for one night. The fixed menu is great and with a couple of glasses of wine made for a good evening.
The grilled mixed fish (6 kinds) was really excellent.

Visited August 2013
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