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Rugantino Restaurant

Ancient Gatehouse Hotel | 20 Sadler Street, Wells BA5 2SE, England
+44 1749 672029
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“pasta” (44 reviews)
“arancini” (5 reviews)
“cheesecake” (6 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Ancient Gatehouse Hotel | 20 Sadler Street, Wells BA5 2SE, England
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Reviewed December 10, 2016

We dined hear during a short break, the food ,the staff and ambiance was superb, we also found out when we receive the bi8ll that it is a hotel under the name of The Ancient Gatehouse Hotel

Thank thehappyfour186334
Reviewed December 9, 2016

I visited Rugantinos on a busy midweek morning. The place was booked solid, but we were served quickly and the food was lovely. I had a pasta dish with smoked salmon and crab, which was excellent, and the portion size was just right. The service...More

Thank lesley w
Reviewed December 5, 2016

We have used this restaurant for lunch a couple of times, it offers 2 courses and a glass of wine for a fixed price. The food and service are very good although the menu can be a bit limited (I struggled to find a desert...More

Thank Peter C
Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

Working in wells, I eat at Rugantinos a lot. I cannot fault the coffee, the food or the staff! The portion sizes are ample, with a little taste of Italy in every dish I've tried. The coffee is always made fresh and hot (which most...More

Thank Hope L
Reviewed November 29, 2016

We were staying in the hotel attached to the restaurant and thought we would give it a try. The food was awful but what made it much worse was that the staff tried to defend the complete absence of some ingeidients and told fibs about...More

1  Thank brianmoorhead
Nicholas R, Owner at Rugantino Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2017

Dear Sir, Thank you for your review. The green vegetable type ingredient in your Spaghetti dal mare was indeed samphire and not cabbage. There is no way on this earth that we would add cabbage to this dish even if we had ran out of...More

Reviewed November 27, 2016

Tried this place as it had good reviews online. Venue is very nice and the staff are very good with you, I was let down by the prices. Food is mostly reasonably priced although a little bit on the expensive side however drinks are extortionate....More

Thank Christopher L
Nicholas R, Owner at Rugantino Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2016

Thank you Christopher for your review, and for acknowledging that the venue and staff are up to your standard. You had 3 or 4 pints of peroni if I remember correctly which are priced at £4.80 per pint. In fact that is about the average...More

Reviewed November 13, 2016

We stayed in the hotel that this restaurant is part of (the Ancient Gatehouse) last year and although the stay was great, the steep staircases were too much for my old knees. The food was great though and on our visit to Wells this year...More

Thank Richard A
Reviewed November 11, 2016

Although not busy - it was a November Wednesday evening, this Restaurant lived up to the recommendation we had been given. My husband and I both had pasta accompanied by a glass of their house wine. Simple, but way above average - thoroughly recommend!

Thank AneMarieT
Reviewed October 30, 2016

Not terribly busy despite it being a Friday evening, but enough people dining to create a good atmosphere. A generous serving of lovely breads and oil to start, followed by two delicious mains, both served piping hot. Although, as previously stated, the restaurant wasn't full,...More

Thank WorcesterSource7
Reviewed October 29, 2016

The atmosphere and ambiance is warming and welcoming in this lovely setting! The food to good and the takeaway Pizza's are delicious!!

Thank DebDicknRob
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Rob F
January 14, 2017|
Response from Nicholas R | Property representative |
Good evening, We are open from 6 pm until 9pm on Sunday, Thank you so much for enquiry
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$13 - $33
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ancient Gatehouse Hotel | 20 Sadler Street, Wells BA5 2SE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Somerset  >  Wells
  • Phone Number: +44 1749 672029
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We are a family run Italian restaurant and have been for over 40 years now. We are situated directly on The Cathedral green with stunning views of the West front of Wells Cathedral. The hotel has 9 beautifully refurbished en suite bedrooms, and a restaurant that can seat 50 people. We specialise in Italian cuisine, with plenty of past and pizza options. We make our own pasta and pizza dough daily on the premises, along with fresh sauces to compliment each dish. we also have a good variety of meat and fish dishes, plenty of vegetarian options, a couple of vegan options and we are very mindful of peoples dietary requirements. I have a very talented kitchen team who work tirelesly to produce wonderful food day in day out to a very high standard. My professional front of house team are all extremly experieced in giving the best possible service at all times which enhances your meal experience with us at Rugantinos.
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