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“Could be great but same old problem!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Beswicks Restaurant

Beswicks Restaurant
Langholme House, Broughton-in-Furness LA20 6JF, England
01229 716285
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Broughton-in-Furness, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Could be great but same old problem!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

I live local and have been to Beswicks a number of times but resigned my regular support a good number of years ago when I felt enough was enough. The consistent problem seems to be the owner (David) trying to do all the waiting and front of house service himself and this can lead to poor or even very poor service. On that last occasion, the owner brought the dirty plates from someone else's table and put them down on our table whilst he served our food. I didn't feel that was right at all.

I decided to go again last weekend, trusting that things might have changed...and probably I was hoping to feel it had perhaps been my loss for staying away for so long. It was like going back in time, same place, same menu, same decor, same David (but older), same fundamental problem. Disappointingly I had to stand for a good 10 minutes before anyone appeared to provide any form of welcome. Unfortunately to make things worse, the owner then served someone else who had arrived after me first, and they hadn't even booked...which just rubbed in how little attention was being paid to getting the welcome right.

Trying to be objective, I would say that Beswicks is definitely worth a try if you are in the area and want a pleasant atmosphere and enjoyable food and don't mind paying a bit over the odds, but it falls disappointingly short of being what it is trying to be and it would definitely be eclipsed in areas where there is stronger competition...its greatest downfall is, as I've mentioned, the owner spreading himself far to thinly. Fix that and it would make a world of difference.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“a wonderful small restaurant in a gem little town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

On the corner of the Square (the Georgian square in the centre of this small market town) lies this hidden gem of a restaurant. High quality food (including a gluten-free choice), a fantastic wine menu, a really personalised service, but especially the lovely and cosy atmosphere of a downstairs place in a magic village. All around, plenty of pubs, some also very good, but this is the only real restaurant. Memorable.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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handforth
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“poor service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

we went in November last year only us 4 there plus another couple the gentleman serving us was rude no enthusiasm food very average

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Lakestraveller, Owner at Beswicks Restaurant, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
We are extremely sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your evening at Beswicks. We go to a great deal of trouble to ensure your evening is perfect clearly well fell short of your expectations. Please contact us and we will provide a voucher in recompence to make a return visit.
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Always welcomed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Having dined here as a couple on previous occasions we took mother in law (80 years old ) during Christmas week. We primed her with the knowledge that David is a wonderful character and fantastic at front of house but could be mistaken by her.
Needless to say we had a wonderful welcome and a fabulous meal. Our 80 year old can be very 'picky' but managed three courses without negative comment and ate everything which is most unusual for her.( pheasant main course )
We all had a fabulous evening made by the fine food, well stocked cellar and bar not forgetting David who always makes the evening with his unique style.
It's probably the best place to eat in the area.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Christmas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

We had an excellent Christmas meal at this restaurant. Nothing was too much trouble.The food was delightful and service exemplary.We were well looked after and the atmosphere was very festive. Highly recommend this eatery

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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