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“used to be great....not anymore”

Lucy4 Wine Bar & Bistro
Ranked #70 of 116 Restaurants in Ambleside
Price range: $5 - $32
Cuisines: International, Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine Bar
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Lucy4 Wine Bar & Bistro is tucked away in the backstreets of Ambleside and is a combination of cockt4ils, wines, continental and local bottled beers, soft drinks, together with a wide range of mix and match style food ... it's not exactly tapas in that the portions are bigger than tapas and a little more interesting in variety. It's a fun and fiendish place 4 everyone ... Ideal 4 Individuals, Perfect 4 Parties, Cosy 4 Couples and Fun 4 Families. Live Acoustic guitar most Sundays from 9pm. Open daily from 5pm and last food orders at 10.30pm. Set on two levels, with entrances at both - outside decking area as well as small, compact bar area. Friendly staff, all in all an interestingly, different dining experience - if you do anything ... do a chocolate fondue - be a Devil and try Lucy4!
Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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“used to be great....not anymore”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

First went here 5 years ago when it was super...not anymore!
Booked for a family meal as the kids used to love it. Arrived early in the evening and were quickly shown to a table lit very poorly. Could barely see what we were doing.
No problems ordering as you simply tick a sheet of paper with what you want.
Food arrived randomly. The portions have diminished in size and the prices have increased in the recent years.
Had to remind them, when asked if we wanted pud, that we had not had all our mains yet. "oh right" was the answer.
Then had to ask if they would clear the table which was piled with dirty plates as there was nowhere to actually put our puds. "Oh OK", the answer. We felt like we'd asked something ourageous.
The fondue came without the kids favourite marshmallows as stated on the menu...asked about them "oh right".
They'd obviously run out as we had a bowl of the tiny hot chocolate ones put in front of us. Not easy to dip in a fondue.
And then the fruit which came with the fondue was poor. Apples not even cored...kiwis not peeled. The staff (well the one girl that worked there) looked and acted like she'd rather be anywhere else.
Meal for 4 adults and 2 little kids who barely ate anything £130
We will not be visiting Lucy 4 again.

  • Visited April 2013
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“not happy”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

we go here most times for a drink or a cocktail, it is quite tired and could do with a bity of "tidying up", if your going to have real plants at least have nice real plants and not ones that are 3/4s dead. the bar area could do with some TLC aswell. two of the drinks we ordered off the drinks menu they no longer had, they shouldn't be on if they don't have them. at the end of the second night when we paid I was amazed to see that my glass of rose wine had cost £7.40!!!!!!! OMG how expensive is that, it would be good if they made you aware of the cost before you buy, I don't think I have ever paid so much for a glass of rose wine, feel lilke we were ripped off good and proper. the staff were polite and helpful. don't think we will be going again, very disappointed as this was one of our quiet little finds

  • Visited April 2013
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Conwy, United Kingdom
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“A deliciously different way to eat, ensuring variety”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

We love coming here, as it's great to be able to have a selection of little dishes to make up our meal! It's a lovely, cosy little hideaway place just off the main street so it's not like being in a goldfish bowl either. Great for kids too as they love the novelty that the selection of plates provides. The fresh fruit and chocolate 'fondue for two' is a must for desert!

  • Visited April 2013
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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“Left after 10 mins”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

Arrived at about 9pm for a drink. There were two couples in the restaurant. Given a drinks menu and told to take a seat. Waitress walked past us numerous times seemingly trying to avoid eye contact, continued to ignore us, so we left. Can't recommend at all.

Visited March 2013
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Derby, england
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“Relaxed vibe gorgeous food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

A lovely friendly place with tables and chairs that don't match and red fairy lights in the windows. Tapas style Italian / European food in a relaxed atmosphere. Lovely funky place that we keep going back to!

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