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“Good Food but Lacking Atmosphere” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Harbour Bistro

The Harbour Bistro
Harbour Hotel | Harbour Hotel, Cemaes Bay LL67 0NN, Wales (Formerly Harbour)
01407 710 273
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Ranked #5 of 6 Restaurants in Cemaes Bay
Cuisines: Pub, Bistro
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Bolton
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81 reviews 81 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Good Food but Lacking Atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

We were staying nearby and decided to eat here on our first night in the area. What struck us as odd was that there were very few people in the bar or restaurant even though it was mid August and the area was full of holidaymakers. The menu is quite varied with a special board ering towards fish dishes when we visited. My wife chose the warn duck salad whilst I had the rainbow trout from the specials board. My wifes dish had a generouse helping of perfectly cooked duck complimented by fresh sald and new potatoes. My whole trout was also perfectly cooked and was accompanied by new potatoes and fresh vegetables also perfectly cooked. Service was efficient although we were presented with the wrong bill afterwards, but this was quickly rectified. Two cask beers were on offer, but I have to say that the Reverend James I had was not the best kept I had tasted and it was overpriced, particularly when compared to the ale at the Stag around the corner which was over a pound per pint cheaper. A good meal let down by a poor ambience.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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wirral
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Far better than we expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2011

Came to the harbour following a recomendation within the property we stayed at. Was expecting it to be quite good but pleasantly suprised when it turned out to be very good. Food was very good and service matched, management also friendly. Would really recomend the evening menu above the lunch menu.

Visited April 2011
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Became disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2009

Ate and drank here several times (we were renting a local cottage at Cemaes) during our recent holiday. Checked with management that our dog was welcome, and had him with us when we ate in the bar, and section next to the Bistro (dogs not allowed in the Bistro).
First 2 meals very good and service good, our final meal (the second visit to the carvery) was very unsatisfactory - even though there was no one else eating there, we had to keep chasing the bar staff to get get served.
Most nights there were lots of locals in the bar and outside, mostly youngsters and very noisy.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Bar & Restaurant. Good food & wine. Nice style/decor. Run by a great couple who look after their...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2009

Great Bar & Restaurant.
Good food & wine.
Nice style/decor.
Run by a great couple who look after their customers.

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