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“A classy place with good food!”
Review of The Dining Room

The Dining Room
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed August 24, 2014

We were a bit surprised that on Friday of August Bank Holiday weekend, there was no difficulty at all in getting a table for two at any time we wanted, but when we got there there was us, and thankfully another table of four, otherwise we'd have dined in solitary splendour. The Dining Room is a delightful little place, with a very stylish lounge bar upstairs for drinks and canapės. The dining room at The Dining Room is downstairs, and very smart and tasteful decorated, if a bit formal for some modern tastes perhaps. The food was generally excellent, although my belly pork, succulent though it was, did not quite have the intensity of flavour that slow-cooked belly can achieve.

Reflecting on why the place was so empty, when I had been turned away by another good eatery not far distant, I came to the conclusion that while it was of the fine dining genre, perhaps people prefer the relative informality of one or two of the excellent pub restaurants in the vicinity. The menu wasn't cheap, 3 courses each plus two cocktails and one glass of wine but no coffee, was £90, not overly expensive, but I've eaten as well in equivalent restaurants in big cities for less.

But if you like good food, good service and a sense of occasion, then this is the place to go, and I can see it as an excellent place for celebration meals for a group… watch this space!

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1  Thank Damian B
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Reviewed August 17, 2014

Superb staff from owner to waitress they made every effort to make us feel it was a special evening. Very personal service; lovely pre dinner lounge and incredibly spacious table, homemade warm bread and really nice touches such as canapés and sweet treats with coffee. High end eatery at local price.

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2  Thank John A
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Reviewed July 21, 2014

Firstly, it is just our opinion and, to be fair, you should make your own decision.

For us, it was just an okay night out, nothing memorable, doubt if we would return in a hurry.

On arrival you head upstairs for a pre-dinner drink, which was accompanied with canapes, which was a nice touch. You choose your menu before heading dowstairs to eat. The room was nice, immaculately clean, purple sofas and chairs, quite plush.

The dining room downstairs is creams and golds, not to our taste, felt it had no atmosphere, wasn't full by any means but lacked in character, fairly clinical. Served hot bread prior to our meal. The meal itself was fairly average, uninspiring, lacked seasoning in our opinion. Nothing really to make a fuss about, my husband especially dislikes his plate being removed whilst he is still finishing eating his food. Other than that service was attentive.

We were so looking forward to dinner having read previous reviews but we were underwhelmed.

All we can say is try it for yourself, we all have different tastes, but on this occasion we were disappointed.

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3  Thank skater-babe12
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Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

My friends and I went for a meal to celebrate my birthday and had such a lovely evening. The food was incredible and every course was beautifully presented. The owners were extremely friendly and all the staff we really efficient. We loved the upstairs bar where we had pre dinner champagne and then coffee afterwards. I can't wait to go back again. It was such a special evening and we had a fabulous time!

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3  Thank Poppy1231
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

We've eaten here quite a few times before and although we've often found the atmosphere and clientele a bit on the "old" side the food has always been excellent. Our meal on Saturday fell a bit short of expectation and having eaten in the Grantham Arms the night before couldn't help think that was better.

On a positive note the restaurant was busy, the staff attentive and they've revamped the menu since we were last there. Not sure I'd rush back though

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2  Thank Stephen B
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