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“Taste of the Solway” 5 of 5 stars
Review of the waterfront restaurant and bar

the waterfront restaurant and bar
the waterfront | west strand, Whitehaven ca28 7lr, England
01946328184
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Ranked #4 of 53 Restaurants in Whitehaven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $39
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Taste of the Solway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

The Waterfront restaurant is fast becoming the place where everyone wants to dine. Recently there was a seafood taster event and Pat and I were invited. The event was Taste of the Solway a seafood weekend aimed at celebrating the Western Lake District’s proud fishing heritage.
The attractive frontage is welcoming, looking out over Whitehaven Marina. This was our second visit and I still got a surprise as we entered through a popular pub bar then passed through to an eye-opening, chic dining area. You don’t have to get dressed up but you’ll still get a dressed-up dinner.
We were welcomed by that rarity nowadays – a head waiter. There is something reassuring about Adrian – that you’ll be looked after, that his recommendation on dishes and wine will be sound. Owner and Chef Simon Haslam came out for a chat and told us: “We are passionate about locally-sourced, seasonal produce cooked with love, care and finesse, presented with pride and flair amidst comfortable surroundings. 95% of the fish served here is locally caught. Our meat comes from a Lakeland Butcher, and the seasonal fruit and vegetables are also obtained nearby.”
The team at the Waterfront designed a carefully-balanced, eight-course tasting menu to showcase the sheer quality of locally caught seafood including tasty treats such as: Prawn Cocktail, Solway Langoustine, Rillete of Salmon, Home Cured Gravlax, Fillet of Sea Trout, Fish Crackling, Smoked Mussel Cream, Stir Fried Tiger Prawns, Spaghetti with Solway Crab, Monkfish Medallions, Solway Turbot, Crab Croquette, Seared Solway King Scallops, and Surf & Turf (grilled Solway Lobster and Fillet Steak). Where do you start?
Adrian guided us through it (as he does) and made the evening a most memorable occasion.

  • Visited December 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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English first
Whitehaven
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
“Why 'The Waterfront' is Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I tried to contact the restaurant, several times, to book a table for 5 but couldn't get a reply to their telephone number 01946 328202 - the one in the current BT online directory.
I tried again, the following day by checking Yellow Pages online. This time I got through (explaining the problem I'd had) to the gentleman who answered.....he informed me that as the owner had decided to use Talk Talk as his preferred supplier, BT wouldn't change the details online to their new contact number 01946 328184 for another 6 months!!
How unfair of BT - to jeopardise this restaurant's ability to get all the table bookings it truly deserves.......
Well, my friends were all delighted that I didn't give in as the warm welcome, the excellent food and attention to detail made this a Wonderful night out for all of us.
Thinking of this romantic time of the year with Valentine's day so close, what a lovely place for all you men and women out there to take this opportunity and show your partner how much you appreciate them by booking a meal here.
The price is right for well prepared food which is cooked to order; therefore taking time to serve correctly.
What are you waiting for?

  • 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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cumbria
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37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“top quality food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We went here for the first time recently and were very impressed. The best food in Whitehaven by far. I would definitely go back but as it is quite expensive it would have to be a special occasion.

Situated right on the harbour side it will be especially nice in summer. Very nicely done out inside with excellent customer service by the staff.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

It was a true discovery. Food and service was impeccable. Monkfish was just gorgeous - little bit of gourmet but unbelievably tasty. Great deserts, nice selection of wines and really good local beer. It was one of the best dining experiences in a while. Book in advance and enjoy your lovely meal. This is a real gem!

  • Visited January 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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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“An excellent dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

From a generous menu really good starters followed by some excellent main courses. No room left for desert!. This was accompanied by a decent bottle of wine and a couple of brandies as well as a glass of Frangelico. To sum up all excellent- with a really friendly and helpful staff where nothing was too much trouble..
I'm happy to recommend this establishment for anight out and not just for the meal as the whole experience was excellent!
they even serve Carahillos at the end of the meal (brandy and expresso!)
top notch!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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