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“Excellent food and service, good value and an attractive location”
Review of Old Spot - CLOSED

Old Spot
Price range: $0 - $72
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed August 21, 2013

It is not every day that you find a good restaurant overlooking one of the finest English buildings. We were at a table in the mezzanine area which opens directly onto the lawns in front of the cathedral. The room itself is light and airy with a pleasant buzz from contented diners.

With the three course lunch costing £18.50 per person, it was good to see the restaurant doing a brisk trade on a Wednesday lunchtime. The style is straightforward: high quality ingredients, prepared simply and combined on the plate so each dish is both interesting and tasty. Portions were well-judged, leaving us well-fed but not bloated.

The menu changes daily so our starter of thinly-sliced pork belly, main course of lamb's kidneys, and dessert of coconut rice pudding with fresh pineapple and lime may not be on when you eat there - a pity, as it was truly memorable! We drank a bottle of Riesling Kabinett 2007 Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt which was off-dry, beautifully-balanced and light in alcohol, complementing the food surprisingly well.

In short, we enjoyed a superb lunch. The service was friendly and professional, the food and wine delicious, and the restaurant had a convivial and jolly atmosphere. Strongly recommended.

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Thank Oscar R
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

We were blown away by a classically prepared meal in this old English town. Worth the trip to Wells all on its own. We also loved chatting with Ian, chef and proprietor, who told us his story of why he moved to Wells to open an establish of his own after a long period of training in London's best eateries. The menu changes weekly, but I had the calf's liver, which was the best I can recall. The serving staff was charming and everyone fussed over one of our travelling companions, a 12 week old french bulldog. Friendly. Genuine. Classic cuisine. Best meal of the year.

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Thank ChiCurt
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Delicious food in a pleasant setting, but on the expensive side. The service was pleasant. This restaurant is very near the cathedral.

Thank VoyageursfromPA
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

I have been here on several occassions and have to say the quality and consistency of the food is really good. A small set menu at lunch time is enough to give a good choice without too much deliberation. I would highly reccomend this venue for lunch any day of the week. Im still yet to visit in the evening.

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1  Thank Gary T
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We popped into Wells to go to the farmers market but came across Old Spot and decided to get some lunch. The food was superb and £18.50 for three course, great value to. The service was excellent and we will definitely be going there again. A real find and our new favourite place to eat.

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Thank Mandoir
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