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“A Very Odd Afternoon Tea”
Review of Oddfellows chester

Oddfellows chester
Ranked #147 of 573 Restaurants in Chester
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed March 13, 2013

Is ‘terrible’ a good word for the kind of experience we had there? No!’ Terrible’ is an understatement. What it was supposed to be a special occasion turned out to be a disaster. The food was awful, looked like it had been in the freezer for days and just defrosted with a few hours earlier. Whoever decided to put together that menu had not only no passion for food, no commitment to the ethos of the hotel or care for its customers but no culinary skills at all. In a world that is more and more interested in and appreciative of freshly made honest food, Simon Radley and his team deliver mediocre food in a venue that raises your expectation far beyond they can ever deliver. Is this the Simon Radley standard? It must be as his name is all over the place. I am not a food writer and I enjoy food, any food, as long as I see that little bit of effort put into it. I am neither a chef nor an amateur cook but I am sure that I can make better scones than the ones we had, or I can think of a better offer for the Afternoon Tea that the one put in front of us. The presentation on the website is totally misleading, and I wouldn’t go back there again in my entire life. Not that it matters to anybody @the Oddfellows as nobody bothers to reply to any of the terrible or poor or average reviews here – attitude that shows in their food and service too.

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Reviewed March 7, 2013

You can't really see this place from the road because it's inside the hotel and even though I don't live far away I had never been but a friend was staying in the hotel and invited us to join him. The first thing that strikes you is the high class mdern decor. You pass a room where there is a table and chairs on the ceiling !!! There is a limited menu but all dishes interesting. Service is fast and friendly. Prices are not cheap but affordable and worth the cost. I got the impression that there was a chef behind the scenes who really knew what he was doing and food was well presented. It was a cold night but there are several tables outside so this would be a fantastic place to go in the summer. I think this is my favourite Chester restaurant. If the races are on forget it though because you won't get a table. By the way I looked at a guest room and it was one of the most pleasant I have ever seen.

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