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The Pier and The Pebble Cafe Bar

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The Esplanade, Penarth, Wales
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London, United Kingdom
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297 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

you will not like to eat here and you will be disappointed with what you get so you are best to do yourself a packed lunch instead try the place yourself and see if you have a better experience than me

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1 Thank hols256
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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175 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

I was really pleased to see pavilion on pier refurbished and being so well used. I had an hour free and some work to complete on my computer so called into the pier cafe. Window seat had great view across bay and was toasty warm! Coffee was good, bacon roll not great. I felt there could have been better use... More 

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Thank Kirsty F
Penarth, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Met my friend for a hot drink in the sun at this establishment. Adequate inside seating, but as it was a lovely sunny day, we chose to sit outside. Good variety of seating, but the faux wicker furniture needs new cushions. Other customers had used seat pads for back rests....meaning that there was a jumble of cushions that were in... More 

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Thank 64debbie64
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

I've never been somewhere that advertises Italian coffee and don't know the difference between a latte and a cappuccino. However, staff were nice.

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Thank Carol S
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282 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2016

This establishment has changed hands many times and is still as bad as ever. Avoid at all costs if you can.

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Thank David M
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2014

went to this restaurant to treat my elderly mother to lunch the food was dreadful the only good thing about this restaurant was the view, staff aloof and food greasy, frozen chips had better food outside the small cafes outside the pier shape up you are just ripping people off

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1 Thank Jeanette T
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2013

A party of us (15 ) had eaten here last year and we all very enjoyed it. This time though, it was terrible. A pasta dish with chilli did not contain any chilli. It did however, contain a hair, presumably from the chef who was not wearing a hair net. When we complained, the staff just said sorry, and we... More 

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1 Thank Barbara491
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2012

Very disappointing. £2.95 for a tiny bowl of olives. Not even fresh. Description did not match what was served. £5.45 for a basic sandwich, a few crisps and shredded lettuce. A fine example of how location permits taking advantage of customers.

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1 Thank reactickle
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed July 23, 2012

My girlfriend and I ate here one sunday afternoon and became violently ill with food poisoning for 48 hours (sickness with diarrhoea and crippling stomach cramps). Consequently we had to take two days off work. Avoid this place like the plague. As if this wasn't enough, the staff (including the manager) are completely useless and should not be working in... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed July 23, 2012

My girlfriend and I ate here one sunday afternoon and became violently ill with food poisoning for 48 hours (sickness with diarrhoea and crippling stomach cramps). Consequently we had to take two days off work. Avoid this place like the plague. As if this wasn't enough, the staff (including the manager) are completely useless and should not be working in... More 

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Restaurant Details

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British
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Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Esplanade, Penarth, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  South Wales  >  Vale of Glamorgan  >  Penarth

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?