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3 of 5 bubbles Review of Marlowe's

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Ranked #75 of 363 Restaurants in Canterbury
Cuisines: British, International
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Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Kingston upon Thames, England, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2014

Not quite sure what to make of this place........It was a Friday evening and we wanted somewhere fun and casual, and Marlowe's certainly looked inviting and was bright and nicely decorated. They don't seem to have quite decided what their identity is though. The menu was not so much eclectic, as a bit 'Jack of all trades', not quite Mexican, not quite English, or Italian, and unsure what it's trying to be. My partner had a burger, and I went for the Mexican Chicken, which was OK, but to be honest the taste was a bit too reminiscent of something from the 'Chilled Bistro Meals' section at the supermarket. The ambience could have been better if they hadn't been playing awful early '80s tunes all evening. We were seated opposite a huge neon sign that said 'Sol Beer', so I thought, I'll have one of those, it'll go with the chicken and sounds like fun. I asked the waiter for one but he said 'Sol?' looking very confused. I pointed to the sign and said 'Sol', to which he replied 'No, we don't sell it, that's only a decoration'. ? Over all the meal was OK, but nothing at all special. Possibly a better choice if you have kids and want somewhere for lunch that does burgers, chips, fajitas, etc., but not really ideal if you are looking for a well cooked dinner with original and authentic tastes.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Hermia G
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English first
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Really disappointed :-(”
Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

Burgers are nothing like they were. No relishes and cold slices of cheese on top. What happened to yummy meals they used to serve? Starter of jalapeño peppers was luke warm. Staff were really miserable and looked scruffy...like they'd had a heavy night before starting work. Birthday lunch was not what I was looking forward to :-(

1 Thank 7whiskey-mac
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Gravesend, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Lovely food!”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

Lovely food and great portion sizes! We were a party of 9 and all the meals were served at the same time and cooked great even with the wide variation. Prices were good and set up was great. Only problem was as we were seated by the door whenever the front door opened there was a deathly chill which could have been prevented by a second door being closed. Lovely evening to celebrate my graduation.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Louise R
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“nice meal”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

Lovely little restaurant in the heart of canterbury, great meal, and friemdly and efficient service.reasonable prices,good atmosphere.and in arms reach of the marlowe theatre where we were heading after

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank Kay1966
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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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182 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Good, reasonably priced food, and a good atmosphere”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us by a member of the family who lives near Canterbury. Whenever we have gone there, we have enjoyed a good lunch, which always seems to consist of tasty, home-cooked food. We were last there on 30 November. The Christmas decorations were up, and have to be seen to be believed. There were eleven of us meeting for a pre-booked Christmas lunch; we all enjoyed ourselves, and were impressed by the attentive service given by the waiter.

Visited November 2013
Thank Bexhillian
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