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“a must if you are in Salisbury” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Vine Restaurant

The Vine Restaurant
4 Milford St, Salisbury SP1 2AN, England
01722 323334
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Ranked #164 of 217 Restaurants in Salisbury
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“a must if you are in Salisbury”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

a very exciting menu in a classic decorated restaurant with great service. there are many dishes you would want to order and a great wine list

Visited September 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Southampton,
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Lovely food, great setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We went with a voucher for a 3 course meal but there wasn't any restrictions on what we could have, as mentioned elsewhere on the reviews for this restaurant. Starters- salmon on muffin and a Chicken Parfait. Both beautiful. For main, one steak (huge and cooked as requested) and Sea Bass, again, both well done and puddings were tarte tartin and a panna cotta.

The food was very nicely presented and tasted very nice. The hotel was historic (the oldest parts from 13th Century) and have some lovely old items with fabulous stories associated with them. The courtyard was very pretty and an oasis of quiet and greenery in the middle of the city.

My only slight negative was the lack of staff attention or availability. I believe they were short staffed, however, there were only 4 tables occupied in the restaurant (to be fair there were a lot of people outside having food and it was a Tuesday evening) but they tended not to come and check whether recharging of glasses were required. One table had to ask 3 times for their table to be cleared (actually knocking on the door to the kitchens the 3rd time).

All in all a lovely setting and great food, very well worth a trip.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Nice meal, shame about the steak.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013 via mobile

We had a voucher for 3 courses for two people and were happy enough with our meal overall. The restaurant was very quiet, empty in fact, but we were more than happy with that. the waitress was also very friendly.

Our starters, the risotto balls, were lovely! Tiny, but lovely! The main we both chose was steak but unfortunately it had been overcooked and meant it was quite chewy so we left most of it. Shame as the chips were great! Our deserts were both wonderful, sticky toffee and date pudding and chocolate fondant!

Overall the restaurant is pricey for what it is but with a voucher like we had, it was definitely worth it.

  • Visited May 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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“Good service, good food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

We received an email offering us a special deal, valid until the end of August, for a 3 course dinner for two plus two glasses of wine for £29. We have eaten here many times and, apart from a period over last December when they had to use an agency chef, the food and service have always been excellent. This special deal was exceptional value for money as we could choose any dish from the a la carte menu.

Presentation and quality of the food was first class. I had duck breast and my wife the sea bass, plus good starters and desserts. The included glass of wine was their house wine, but good enough that we bought an additional carafe to enjoy the rest of our meal. Service was very good.

There are so many restaurants in Salisbury that many visitors may not find this restaurant in the Red Lion Hotel, but it is well worth the visit to one of the oldest buildings in Salisbury. The courtyard is a wonderful place for a drink or meal during the summer.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“Chef can't cook!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

The hotel is quaint but in need of a little T.L.C. But the restaurant is what really got me going. I don't think other reviewers have eaten in the same place. The menu looked fabulous, if a little expensive. But what we got was outrageous.
Goat's curd Beetroot three ways, first press olive oil, wild rocket: take one teaspoon of fresh goat's cheese, place in centre of interesting triangular plate. Add one sliver of cooked beetroot, two eye-line thick lines of pureed beetroot, one slice of jellied yellow beetroot, three (and I mean three) rocket leaves, and one drop (really) of olive oil, et voila, £5.25 to you madam, no bread or butter to go with it, profit margin around 95%?
Aubergine puree with the swordfish... could not see it, another thin line somewhere... asked for the puree, got an egg cup full of yuck... no seasoning on the fish, £15 for that, thank you mam!
Complained, got offered complimentary pudding, no thanks, just coffee will do.
So here we go again, coffee tasting of nothing... in these coffee-loving times, that's just not acceptable. Coffee was awful at dinner, at breakfast, and in the bedroom, where we tried it in the cafetiere (nice touch, had the coffee been good).
Breakfast: three cooked breakfasts, fried egg fried hard on each one... it's just not good enough.
So the verdict: Great location (but no parking, and no public parking discount, minus 10), pleasant staff, tired décor, no water pressure in the shower, incredibly slow lift (quaint or outdated? You decide), awful expensive food. Will I go again? No. Best Western, get your act together. This is potentially a lovely hotel in a lovely situation... but you're losing the plot, and the customers.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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