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“Good food & very busy but 70's bland decor?” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Poachers Restaurant

Poachers Restaurant
66 - 68 High Street, Criccieth LL52 0HB, Wales
01766 522512
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Ranked #3 of 26 Restaurants in Criccieth
Price range: $17 - $51
Cuisines: International, British
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Poachers Restaurant Criccieth; delicious home-cooked meals; generous portions; excellent value for money. Set 'Three Course Menu' plus full a la carte menu including superb vegetarian and seafood dishes. Very popular restaurant with locals. Children's menu available. Cosy atmosphere; good food; good wine; good service.
Ruthin
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Good food & very busy but 70's bland decor?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Family group of 4 booked in advance, as still under the impression that the restaurant was indeed the Poachers that had been such a very highly respected fish restaurant of recent years. Lady who took the booking was the lady who greeted us last night, a little stiffly both times, which was a great shame as she became far warmer in character as we left! Maybe it was us! The menu immediately made us realise that this was no longer a fish restaurant, so we felt a little aggrieved - why keep the name? The choices - thai-spiced chicken, boneless pork ribs in barbeque sauce, cod in white wine sauce - were all excellent, really faultless with lovely tasty veg on the side, and plenty of everything. The puds - winter apple and walnut sponge with toffee sauce and a chocolate torte - were also extremely good, but the cheese board - a selection of lovely Snowdonia waxed cheeses - appeared a little rough&tumble in presentation with Jacobs crackers rather than a delicatessen's artisan range which would have been more appropriate to reflect the price. The atmosphere & service has been criticised in a previous review, and we have to agree, the decor was a beige textured wallpaper with some exceptionally bland old framed pictures and in desperate need of upgrade, and the waitress was sweet but neither encouraging nor warm. A real pity as the food was worth far more than this. The place became packed but at best it felt a tad repressive and odd.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Hereford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Fine place for supper”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

The holiday cottage info file recommended a few places in the area and this was the most convenient. First impressions are good, welcoming, smart but unpretentious. The tables are well spaced out which means it lacked bit of a buzz but good for more private conversations. The set menu and a la carte had plenty of choice and wine list a good range.The lamb was delicious , vegetables good and service impeccable. It may lack a bit of sparkle but seems a very good place for a pleasant evening out. Not inexpensive but good value.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“could do better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

We had a perfectly pleasant meal and some of the food like the haddock soup was rather good but it does lack atmosphere with a rather dated look. The service was casual to say the least and we did have better meals in Criccieth

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Teddington, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Good choice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

If you're looking for a good restaurant that does lots of different things at a good price and that isn't very formal, then this is the place for you. We had a lovely time - food was very good, staff were friendly and helpful and atmosphere was relaxed.
Would go back.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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North Wales
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Best by far”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Best restaurant in the area.Food is always of a high standard and competively priced.The two course set menu is very good value for money at £15.95.We visit on our special occasions and have never left feeling that something could have been better.
The chicken meals are always delicious with various sauces and local veg.
Try the homemade apple and walnut pud wow.
Book before hand or you could be dissapointed even in the low season.

  • 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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