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“Not Great” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Spinning Wheel Inn

Spinning Wheel Inn
Esplanade Road, Paignton TQ4 6ED, England
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Ranked #73 of 134 Restaurants in Paignton
Price range: $20 - $31
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Not Great”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Headed for the Spinning Wheel to see a band called Hot Candy – The food was just about ok, but not gastro pub - the menu prices should have told us that in advance. I would describe it as standard pub grub from 20 years ago – Big portions but poor quality ingredients, and if that’s your thing, good for you.
The band, well what a disaster. Boy, they were talented musicians, but they let a sound guy mike them up, unusual for a small venue, and his mix absolutely ruined the whole performance. For example, you could see the bass player giving his a bass a good slapping to the funk, but you couldn’t hear any of it – he had his hand up and down the fret board for no audible benefit to the audience. Bloody awful mix so left half way through –
Returned another night to see a three piece play Funk, Rock and Blues. For obvious reasons we didn’t eat there. To our relief the band were not miked up, and they could play - Funk, Rock and Blues, but unfortunately at times each played either one or the other, all at the same time. The drummer could rock his way through everything, rim shotting his snare as he went, and this really did spoil one particular song, where the bassist let rip with a fantastic piece of funk bass playing that would put Mark King to shame.
Give the place ago – it may be ok for you.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
“Poor”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Attracted to this pub because we had heard great things about the bands and atmosphere. On our arrival late afternoon, before the bands were due to commence, we elected to sit inside and have a meal, but were told that the carvery had closed. The bar staff were off hand and more interested in talking amongst themselves or to people they knew. They appeared disinterested in dealing with us and were happier taking drink orders than dealing with food requirements. In fact, they recommended a place down the street. So we finished our drinks and hurriedly left. We ended up eating elsewhere and attended another pub the next time we were in Paignton. I guess they don't need the revenue.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great acoustic guitar/ singer on a Sunday night x”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

Our first night in Torquay drove down to Paignton and found this little gem of a pub. We were tempted in by the promise of live acoustic singer and were not disappointed by Chris Thomas he made our evening x husband enjoyed the beer doombar x we didn't eat here but looks nice outside to eat with fairy lights around x

Visited June 2013
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Awful food chef had one on her vegi lasagne was burnt forgot chips then threw them at me”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

Awful food had veg lasagne was burnt forgot chips chef very rude. The waiter heard her threw chips on table had one on her !! Never go back

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Moreton in Marsh, null, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Good Food Reasonably Priced!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Visited whilst staying in Paignton for the week and was impressed, varied menu with something for everyone and all at reasonable prices quick efficent service and we will go back when in Paignton again

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