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“Superb meal, lovely surroundings and helpful staff” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Crab N Lobster

The Crab N Lobster
82 The Gravel | Mere Brow, Southport, England
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Ranked #58 of 222 restaurants in Southport
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Superb meal, lovely surroundings and helpful staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We visited midweek in October whilst staying at the Ramada Jarvis in Southport. Took around 10-15 minutes to get here but well worth it. We came across the restaurant as we were passing to go to Martin Mere. It was closed but the lady (we think the owner) came out of the pub next door and let us look at the menus. 2 Courses £9.95 or 3 Courses £12.50 for mid week special and you could also add a bottle of house wine for £9.95.

We decided to give it a go, turned up, drinks order quickly taken and the food was amazing. One of us ate curried carrot and butternut squash and I had crab and crayfish salad. For mains there was a belly pork dish with black pudding, steak and chips and seabass with potatoes, butternut squash and pesto. Puddings we chose a selection of ice creams and 2 creme brulee. Best creme brulee we've EVER had! One minor niggle - menu described my main as "sea bass fillets" and I only received one.

We ordered 2x3 course menu, 1x2 course menu, 2 soft drinks and a bottle of wine and it was less than £56 which for 3 people was a bargain.

Will visit again if in the area and would highly recommend.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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“English food at its best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Visited on Saturday night, surprisingly it was really quiet and we were the only people in there. This did not detract from the quality of the food which was excellent.
The prices are above the average pub restaurant but this is fine dining and the prices reflect the quality of the food.
If you want to dine somewhere for a special occasion where the food is above average this is the place to go.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Absolutely Fabulous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012 via mobile

Came here on a recommendation from a friend.... Aren't we glad we did!

From the moment we arrived we were greeted by a very friendly waitress who provided fantastic service all evening. The food was second to none, we stuck with the seafood as the restaurant source this fresh locally. Beautifully cooked, well presented and tasted phenomenal. Some of the best seafood we've eaten.

This really is a hidden gem of a restaurant, and a real shame that it was so quiet. Well worth a visit if you get the opportunity. It's easily accessible off the A59, plenty of parking and worth every penny.

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“Best meal we have had in the UK!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We went last night after reading other TripAdvisor reviews. My husband and I are holidaying in the UK and often refer to this site to find good places to eat. We were very surprised the restaurant is not more popular, as the food, service and ambiance were all great. Our food was fresh, perfectly cooked and creatively presented. We chose from the midweek special menu, 2 courses for £9.95, but they also have an a la carte menu which is reasonably priced, and not just seafood as the name may suggest. We intend eating here again before we leave.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“The best food in the area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We went last night and it was fantastic food and service all top draw. Will be going again and would recommend it to any one that loves food. Beth is a star very friendly and helpfull.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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