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“A real fine dining experience - absolutely faultless”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Le Central

Le Central
Ranked #2 of 12 Restaurants in Coulon
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“A real fine dining experience - absolutely faultless”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

We booked this restaurant based upon TA reviews and it did not disappoint. Choosing the gourmet menu we enjoyed a terrific dining experience with courses of the finest ingredients incredibly presented, the lamb was probably the pick. The wine menu is equally extensive and offers some real value in its selections. Service was excellent with discrete but attentive staff. We visited on a mid-week evening and the place was busy, so booking is a must.

  • Visited August 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
North West UK
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135 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Superb food and value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

OK - three aspects to this place:

Look and feel: Really well set up and decorated - lovely courtyard and good quality plates / glasses etc. Nearly fine dining level but not quite. Tables a bit close in the courtyard when you have the obligatory self promoting idiot telling his table how wonderful he is at volume.

Food: Faultless. We had the 30 Euro ish menu and so had 6 dishes between the 2 of us. All were cooked and presented perfectly - quantities good and well balanced ingredients and seasoning. The veal was probably the star, but the souffle of fromage blanc with a strawberry soup ran it a close second.....and the canette was excellent, as was the emiette de laperau, and the dorade - you get the idea. We ate at a Michelin star restaurant 2 days before and half the quality of food ( albeit with double the pretension and service) cost a lot more. Someone in the kitchen here knows their job very, very well.

Service: Pleasant, young staff. Not enough of them so they are pushed and they can be brusque. The woman at the table next to us actually dropped her bag in shock as her main course was thrust under her nose at lightning speed while she was looking for something in her bag. The staff work hard but need help - the wait for the bill was annoying especially when tables that had asked for the bill a good 10 minutes after us got the bill immediately. As usual walking to the till as if leaving got attention.

Overall superb food and decor let down a bit by service that copes but only just. The food deserves service to match!

  • Visited August 2013
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Devizes
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Utterly delicious”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

A really delicious meal, with attentive service in a pleasant room. Midweek, the place was pleasantly full and atmospheric. The €35.80 menu with 4 courses was very good value.
We were amused to see the children's menu offered 6 snails as a first course! Show that to a British kid used to nuggets...
This fabulous meal was followed by a gentle punt round the Marais, where we saw a kingfisher and coypu. Great stuff

  • Visited July 2013
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Waterford, Ireland
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Top Notch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

Coulon is a beautiful little town on the Marais Poitevin near Niort, very picturesque. We had a wonderful meal in the Hotel Le Central in a very nice dining room. The service was excellent and the food was superb, beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. The price was very reasonable considering the quality. Highly recommended. The only small issue was the lack of an English language menu.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank liamcheasty
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Fontenay le Comte
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Lovely restaurant in a pleasant little town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

Very nice restaurant with high standards of presentation in a lovely dining room. The courtyard is pleasant for al fresco dining in the summer months.

Visited December 2011
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Thank Doreen S
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