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“Excellent food and accommodating staff” 5 of 5 stars
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La Vigna Brasserie
Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold GL54 1AU, England
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Cuisines: Mediterranean
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London, United Kingdom
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“Excellent food and accommodating staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

We were 6 adults + 1 toddler and we walked into this place rather late (on a Saturday) for lunch. It was around 3PM. The place was deserted when we walked in and we thought we would not be able to find a 'proper lunch' here too (since we had tried other places to no avail).
After we found the staff at the back, they seated us and then said they'd check with the chef to see what was available. They then came back after 5 mins and said we could order anything we wanted (from their menu).
The entrees took about 15-20 minutes (since they had to heat the oven) and the wait was worth it. We ordered nachos, pastas, pizzas and everything was excellent. We asked for a few tweaks/customizations to the food and they didn't have any problem with that. The dessert too was excellent.
The whole meal cost us £120 (including a 10% tip from us), and the only surprise was that they said we'd have to pay cash ! Thankfully, between all of us, we did come up with the cash (worst case, there was a Barclays ATM about 200 yards away on Digbeth St).
All in all, great lunch ! Burrrp ! :)

Visited August 2012
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62 restaurant reviews
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“Underwhelming lunch at the Gigot Bar”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

Since its near neighbour, Digebths (highly recommended) was closed for a private function, we found ourselves having Saturday lunch at the Gigot Bar, which is attached to the Vigna Restaurant and Grapevine Hotel.

As other reviewers have found, it is like dining on the Marie Celeste. It must have been a good five minutes before a member of staff appeared in the bar area and deposited some menus on our table. It was quiet in terms of people (only four tables in the area) but also acoustically. Some music would have meant we didn't have to listen to our neighbours eating and might have warmed the atmosphere.

Our baguettes were adequate if a bit synthetic (said staff member acknowledged that other people had complained and that they were trying out a new supplier). The fries came ready salted to such a degree that even my salt-loving husband found them nearly unpalatable.

And the draught lemonade was flat.

It wasn't inedible but the experience was so lifeless we could not wait to leave.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Foods quite nice, service poor!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011 via mobile

My partner and I ate here on our first night of 2 night in Stow. There were only 1 other couple in when we were in, so very quite. We placed our order without difficulty, and the food was tasty, but after the other couple left, we never saw anyone (staff or customers) for 30 mins. The waiter came back, took our plates and then left again. We assumed they would come and ask about desserts, but again, non staff about for at least 30 mins. We could've got away without paying easily, but then when the waiter came through with coffee for guests which moved through from another room, we Asked for the bill, as we were worried we wouldn't see anyone for an age, he said he was busy at the moment, which was laughable as the place was like the Marie Celest! 20 mins later we got the bill. It's a shame as our food was tasty!! It's a shame the place lacked ambiance or decent waiters!

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Nice food though not a traditional pizza as hoped - bad beer”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

Went in as we fancied pizza for dinner. Nice bar area where we chose to eat as the restaurant was really quiet. Tables were full. Starter was nice, garlic cheesy bread, and a chorizo dish. I enjoyed them both. Pizzas were nice but not traditional like we thought they would be. Covered in cheddar cheese, nice if you like that but not if you want a little more authenticity.
Beer was sour but staff replaced it without a quibble.

Visited October 2011
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Hove, United Kingdom
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“Avoid!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2011

We ate hear having read the menu on the website and thought we just wanted a simple meal, nothing fancy. On this note we ordered pizza and some cibatta with olive oil and balsamic vinigar to start. The starter came with the main meal which ended up being a good thing as I ate it instead of my pizza. The pizza bases were not home made but were thick and stodgy and there was little else on the pizza apart from massess and massess of cheese, so much that there was just oil lying on top of the pizza, needless to say I ate the bread and we left. Furthermore it took a long time to make two pizzas, I would hate to think how long you would have to wait for food if you ordered the tapas.

Visited July 2011
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