I thought I had written a review in June when I first came here but unfortunately I had forgotten to upload the photos at the time. In June we visited the Belle Vue to see if it would be a suitable venue for 15 people to have a meal for my mum's 70th. We had a delicious lunch with good service at that time, and mum booked it for July. Yesterday, we came with the group for her birthday lunch. I arrived early and asked Shirley and Tony if they wouldn't mind me decorating the table, no problems. I set up a tab at the bar and we checked everything was in order. Everything was ready, we just had to meet and greet as people arrived. Shirley and the girls at the bar were very welcoming and helpful. The guests enjoyed a drink outside with the glorious view, better than try to socialise in a restaurant or inside a pub somewhere else.
We had booked a table upstairs. Staff are friendly and efficient and took starters' orders quickly. Starters on Sunday are things like Breaded garlic mushroom, melon, soup and delicious fish cakes, mains are a good roast with side veggies or as 3 of us on the table were vegetarian there is always something like vegetable wellington or goat's cheese tart plus there are always fish options. Desserts: pavlova, chocolate gateau, ice cream etc. The food is good and I am sure that if there really isn't something upstairs on the main menu you could have something from the bar or BBQ.
On Saturday, there are options such as whitebait, fish and chips, liver & bacon and also vegetarian. I think that it is a great choice for all! Portion sizes are also good, service is prompt and you are not pushed to vacate the table if you wish to stay and chat a while.
The atmosphere was friendly and you're not pushed as you are in some restaurants to buy more alcohol, but the waitresses/bar are always there if you need a refill.
Outside, there is a BBQ for families, I haven't tried that but it all looked very well arranged. What is lovely about this tavern is there are nooks and crannies inside the pub where you can sit in privacy and comfort, outside is a vast area where couples of any age or groups can enjoy a get together or quiet drink. Equally you can eat inside or outside.
Shirley, Tony and the girls are very cheerful. I really appreciated coming to a place where the staff are friendly and not grumpy, simply wonderful. Will definitely go again, I have lived in Broadstairs and it really makes a pleasant change to go somewhere different with such a lot to offer. We will try it one evening or lunchtime during the holidays.
I am quite fussy, I couldn't find anything to dislike here. I didn't use the toilet but others did and said it was 10/10, everywhere else is sparkly and clean.
Thank you to you all for making this day such a success!