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“Not worth the money”

Sweeneys Bar Restaurant
Ranked #104 of 128 Restaurants in Keswick
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Durham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Not worth the money”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

Booked here in advance to celebrate a 50th birthday weekend. Very disappointed in the food. The beef steaks were well cooked, but so small, and the gammon steaks were tiny. The lasagne had no meat in it, just smothered in tomato sauce. At first we thought they had made a mistake and given us a vegetarian lasagne, but no they confirmed it was supposed to be beef lasagne. We sent it back and were offered a pizza instead. Service was average, the atmosphere was zero. Such a disappointment as it could be a lovely restaurant and in such a good location. Shame.

  • Visited October 2012
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CHESHIRE
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Rock hard Yorkshires”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

On the third night of our weekend stay we tried Sweeneys as it looked inviting. They advertised Sunday lunch on the billboard one price all in. When we came to order they could only offer chicken the ony meat left that day. So we had the chicken. The waiter asked did we want yorkshires, we said yes as as far as were concerned this is part of the Sunday lunch. The food was ok. But the yorkshire puddings were rock hard so we left them. I always tip but found out when we got the bill we were charged extra for the rock hard yorkshire puds so didn't bother beware of the hidden charge.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank SUSAN053
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Chester, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“GOOD VALUE SET MENU”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

This restaurant enticed us in as it looked very cosy inside and offered a set menu of 2 courses for £13.95 and 3 courses for £14.95. (£1.00 difference) We didn't know what to expect but found the service good and the food very very good. Will definitely go again.

Visited October 2012
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Thank Staymag
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Lake District
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Our experience was really good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

Evening meal - Saturday night.

Having read other reviews for Sweeneys, we are a bit bemused. We can only say that our experience here was just spot-on. In fact, we have also been visiting Keswick for many years and have eaten at all the top trip advisor restaurants, and we can honestly say that the quality and the value of our evening meal (3 course for £20 offer) was quite excellent and compares very favourably with them. It was certainly a better meal than at Luca's the night before (which was good - just not as good as Sweeneys) - the service was good, the meal excellent, the atmosphere was friendly, warm and intimate.

We both rather liked it, and clearly from the reviews of other people, it would seem that it can either be a bit hit or miss,or other people are judging it very harshly.

For us, it was a real hit, and we for one will certainly be back again next time in keswick.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank bryananddee
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hartlepool
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204 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“it could be so much more!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

We have been visiting Keswick now for many years and I can tell you Sweeneys has not changed a bit in the last 3 years. The potential for this place is huge if only they cooked food instead of microwaving it, changed the decor, changed the seating arrangements and be a bit more welcoming. We never ate here this time but went in to watch the football downstairs in the bar with no barman?? There was only us in so we probably didnt need serving in their opinion so only came down to turn the football over to check the teletext...and no they didnt ask if we were watching the football!! We were joined in the bar by 4 young lads who ordered food (chickens and steaks) which was presented to them in 8minutes from ordering...oh dear!! A truly bad managed place which has deteriorated badly. Stay away.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank tonysprings
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