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“A worthy successor to Rusty Nail!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Purdy Arms

Purdy Arms
61 Marula Lane | Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 712 007001
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Ranked #19 of 358 Restaurants in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: Indian, Pizza, Barbecue, Gastropub
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Set in 21 acres of Karen, a leafy suburb twenty kilometers Southwest of Nairobi, lies the Purdy Arms. With a view of the famed knuckled ridge of the Ngong Hills (“I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills” – Karen Blixen, Out of Africa) it is a relaxing place to stay, have a meal or drink or two.
Doha, Qatar
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“A worthy successor to Rusty Nail!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

When Rusty closed it's doors, it was a sad day, but now we have Purdy Arms in it's place. Similar laid back atmosphere, good menu, and a lovely patio to sit on. I have just one gripe though - we ordered a starter which never materialised, and when we asked about it, the staff looked at us as if we were asking for gold bars. Never mind - it didn't appear on the bill either! They did seem a little stretched that day, weekend lunchtime too...
Beautiful extensive gardens, which they could perhaps use a little better, but then it is early days....

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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PurdyArmsKaren, Owner at Purdy Arms, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. It's interesting that you compare us with the Rusty Nail as one of the owners of the Purdy Arms worked there for a time, and a laid back atmosphere with a good menu is certainly what we are aiming for.

Many apologies with regards to the starter not arriving, and we have discussed your issues with the staff to try and make sure that it doesn't happen again. If you have any problems in the future please just ask for Jules, Kat or Grace one of which should always be on duty to help.

We agree with you on utilising the grounds and will hopefully have more seating in place in the near future.

Thanks again for the feedback, and we hope to welcome you back soon.
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“Great Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Great place, beautiful surroundings, attentive staff and cold Tusker! The menu is good and the standard of food is high. Great for families, travelers and Karenites alike. Good job guys

Visited March 2013
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PurdyArmsKaren, Owner at Purdy Arms, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Thanks so much for the kind review. Look forward to welcoming you back for more cold tuckers.
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“Glorious garden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Nairobi is one of the few cities of the world where you get big city stuff shoulder to shoulder with space - real African space. The Purdy Arms is 20-acres of glorious garden space in Nairobi. With the closing of the very popular Rusty Nail in 2012, there was a big gap in the market for good food in a lovely outside setting and The Purdy Arms has nipped in and cornered this market perfectly. The indoor sports bar is also proving very popular and is packed on big game nights - especially rugby. The food is a simple but good with a quirky twist which keeps it interesting. The red snapper with lime I had when last there was perfectly cooked and delicious, the chocolate roulade fantastic and others on the table raved about the beach prawns. We have had supper inside and while it was fine, it is the outside terrace that really makes it and I would highly recommend the Purdy as the nicest place to have a relaxing, long outdoor lunch in Nairobi.

  • Visited March 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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PurdyArmsKaren, Owner at Purdy Arms, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review and for your kind words, we really appreciate your feedback.

We look forward to welcoming you back.
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

I stayed at Purdy arms for 1 night on business and will be back. The rooms are excellent, the gardens are beautiful and the staff go out of their way to make the stay even better. The owners were extremely friendly. What a wonderful place to stay out of the hustle and bustle of Nairobi. Well done guys.

  • Visited February 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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Kat W, Owner at Purdy Arms, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Thanks so much for your taking the time to write such a kind review. As you know we are newly opened so to get such an encouraging response is wonderful.

Thanks again and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Jules & Kat.
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“Laid back setting and good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is sort of an outdoor pub setting with a terrace overlooking a nice garden as well as a more pub-like setting inside. A nice place to go with friends but not a romantic dinner. It has both a pub menu and a fine dining menu that you can mix and match from. The appetizers were really good!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kat W, Owner at Purdy Arms, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review, it is always appreciated.
Note that we do have indoor dining, particularly the upstairs diniing room which offer a bit more privacy and hopefully romance.
Laid back is what we were going for so we are glad we are getting there.
Thanks again and we look foward to welcoming you back.
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