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“Couldn't organise a p*** up in a brewery”
Review of Vats Bar

Vats Bar
Ranked #59 of 148 Restaurants in Kendal
Price range: $6 - $13
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: There's a great choice of eating and drinking at the Brewery - something for every taste. The Brewery has somewhere to eat all day, every day of the week. In the Day: The Warehouse: a relaxed lounge, serving a range of drinks from Farrer's specialty teas to bottles of local Hawkshead ale. It also serves the best latte in town. Eat locally made cakes, homemade scones and soups. In the Evening: The Vats Bar & Grainstore: Our extraordinary bar and restaurant serve a range of superb beers, wines and spirits and serve the famous Brewery Pizzas and our fabulous 'Brewery Tapas'. The Vats and Grainstore are bustling, off-beat, friendly venues and should be part of any night out in the 'Auld Grey Town'.
Kendal, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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“Couldn't organise a p*** up in a brewery”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

Went to see a band. Arrived half an hour before band likely to come on. Go to Vats Bar to get a drink. One and a half bar staff on. Wait 10 mins. As about to get served the last of the bitters (3) runs out. Go to Malt Room bar. 2 staff on, despite there being a band on, you never know, maybe someone would like a drink, surely not! No where near being served after 10mins, but all the bitter runs out. Go to the third bar. Wait ages, finally have to get a bottle of beer off the top shelf myself (asked by bar staff to do this). Mean while band has started. To make matters worse, see someone I know is a manager there and complain and get told that he is on his night off, can I complain to him when he is back at work in the morning. Well you know what, it is my night off and as a punter I am paying you wages!

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2 Thank Nomapnocompass
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Deborah B, Manager at Vats Bar, responded to this review, December 5, 2012
We are sorry you had such a poor experience. As you pointed out it was an extremely busy night, and we got it wrong. On a positive note we're looking to introduce bottle bars to speed up service at busy gigs in the future.
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Kendal
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44 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Why not at lunch?”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

The restaurant at the Brewery is very popular and the new tapas menu gives reasonable value if the 5 for 4 offer continues. Five "plates" are just about filling enough for two and the quality of food and house wine is good. Luckily the famed pizzas are still on the menu. The Brewery has been buzzing recently and the new look restaurant has had the best possible start.
Unfortunately the half pizza and choice of salads for a fiver at lunch is no longer on offer and the tapas aren't served until the evening so it's not currently such a great lunchtime destination.

  • Visited November 2012
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2 Thank Imp15
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Morecambe, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Tapas style dining with great local produce!”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

The restaurant has had a restyling of decor, layout and menu...opened out with a mediterranean airy and bright decor serving Spanish style meals (tapas and raciones).
We dined there last night and the food and service was fabulous!
Make sure you get there early as it's going to become very very popular!

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank Donfairhurst
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Cambridge
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Lovely pizzas - and they serve all day!”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

We turned up at 3pm on a Sunday afternoon and they were still doing their really lovely (and famous) pizzas and salads. The food was excellent and the beer is great too. The bar has a great atmosphere - we loved the barrel booths.

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Kieran C
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Sunderland
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Simply very good”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

Had the veggie fajita and it was very good; fresh salad , home made guacamole & crispy veg. The portion was too much for the tiny tummy of a friend but I scoffed all mine. Ribs and chicken strips wolfed down and declared very good and "would have again" by carnivorus husband. Merlot was pleasingly a good temperature - a very good sign. Great atmosphere and prices seemed reasonable for the quality of the food.Will definitely return.

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank Mysticdebbasina
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