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“Definitely gone up a notch” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Smiths Arms

The Smiths Arms
Carlton Village, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 1EA , England
+44 1740 630471
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: English
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
North east
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Definitely gone up a notch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Had a sunday lunch at the smiths and have to say it has definitely gone up a notch or 2.

Food was all nice the belly pork starter was fantastic, the dinner was good and the desert (broken trifle) was very nice.

My only gripe really was the plates, cups and poncyness of the meal

I like white plates, that look clean they were not white and had finger marks on them. The mugs have handles you cant hold properly and were not too anyones taste at our table.

Nice food, good service but bad pots is how i would describe it, a little over fussy on the presentation too, big plates tiny portion shoved at one edge

Maybe trying to hard to be posh, but it was quality grub so who cares

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“First visit. ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This was our first visit to the Smiths Arms and it certainly won't be our last. We went for a family meal and thourougly enjoyed it. The food was fabulous, the staff polite & friendly and the surroundings comfortable. Would highly recommend!

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Well recommend it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Came with the family for a meal. I had the salmon and crayfish starter followed by salmon for main course. I am on slimmingworld and asked for mine to be cooked without oil or dressing. The chef was only too happy to accommodate me and the food was very tasty. My husband got steak which had no fat and was cooked to perfection. My children got fish and chips which was thick white fish. The presentation was excellent. Food was piping hot and the atmosphere was excellent. I will certainly be returning. Thank you

  • Visited December 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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Teesside
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“high standard of food for a country pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

We have eaten at The Smiths Arms for a number of years and with differing standards under various owners.
However we returned this evening for the first time under the current team ( they have been in place now for just over a month ). The food was of a high quality restaurant standard which is excellent for a country pub, I am sure I will see a michelin man giving an accolade in the near future.
To add to the experience the staff provided efficient, polite and professional service. All in all
I feel this is the highest standard The Smiths has ever reached.

  • Visited December 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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Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Excellent burger from market menu with perfect chips cooked in beef dripping. Draught Bass to accompany. Roaring fire in bar.

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