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“Nice meal, shame about the steak.”

The Vine Restaurant
Ranked #183 of 269 Restaurants in Salisbury
Cuisines: British, European
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Nice meal, shame about the steak.”
Reviewed May 30, 2013 via mobile

We had a voucher for 3 courses for two people and were happy enough with our meal overall. The restaurant was very quiet, empty in fact, but we were more than happy with that. the waitress was also very friendly.

Our starters, the risotto balls, were lovely! Tiny, but lovely! The main we both chose was steak but unfortunately it had been overcooked and meant it was quite chewy so we left most of it. Shame as the chips were great! Our deserts were both wonderful, sticky toffee and date pudding and chocolate fondant!

Overall the restaurant is pricey for what it is but with a voucher like we had, it was definitely worth it.

  • Visited May 2013
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English first
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Good service, good food”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

We received an email offering us a special deal, valid until the end of August, for a 3 course dinner for two plus two glasses of wine for £29. We have eaten here many times and, apart from a period over last December when they had to use an agency chef, the food and service have always been excellent. This special deal was exceptional value for money as we could choose any dish from the a la carte menu.

Presentation and quality of the food was first class. I had duck breast and my wife the sea bass, plus good starters and desserts. The included glass of wine was their house wine, but good enough that we bought an additional carafe to enjoy the rest of our meal. Service was very good.

There are so many restaurants in Salisbury that many visitors may not find this restaurant in the Red Lion Hotel, but it is well worth the visit to one of the oldest buildings in Salisbury. The courtyard is a wonderful place for a drink or meal during the summer.

  • Visited May 2013
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“Chef can't cook!”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

The hotel is quaint but in need of a little T.L.C. But the restaurant is what really got me going. I don't think other reviewers have eaten in the same place. The menu looked fabulous, if a little expensive. But what we got was outrageous.
Goat's curd Beetroot three ways, first press olive oil, wild rocket: take one teaspoon of fresh goat's cheese, place in centre of interesting triangular plate. Add one sliver of cooked beetroot, two eye-line thick lines of pureed beetroot, one slice of jellied yellow beetroot, three (and I mean three) rocket leaves, and one drop (really) of olive oil, et voila, £5.25 to you madam, no bread or butter to go with it, profit margin around 95%?
Aubergine puree with the swordfish... could not see it, another thin line somewhere... asked for the puree, got an egg cup full of yuck... no seasoning on the fish, £15 for that, thank you mam!
Complained, got offered complimentary pudding, no thanks, just coffee will do.
So here we go again, coffee tasting of nothing... in these coffee-loving times, that's just not acceptable. Coffee was awful at dinner, at breakfast, and in the bedroom, where we tried it in the cafetiere (nice touch, had the coffee been good).
Breakfast: three cooked breakfasts, fried egg fried hard on each one... it's just not good enough.
So the verdict: Great location (but no parking, and no public parking discount, minus 10), pleasant staff, tired décor, no water pressure in the shower, incredibly slow lift (quaint or outdated? You decide), awful expensive food. Will I go again? No. Best Western, get your act together. This is potentially a lovely hotel in a lovely situation... but you're losing the plot, and the customers.

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Thank Anne L
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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“discount voucher = limited menu choice”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Using a promotional discount voucher my husband and I went to this hotel for lunch on a cold windy Easter Monday. There was hardly anyone else in the restaurant so the atmosphere was rather dull and quiet but the waitress was very attentive (probably bored). After producing the voucher we were informed that there were only a few things from the menu we could choose from. Luckily we found something we liked and while it tasted nice the lack of choice spoilt the meal as we could only have the cheaper options. Tasty but would not go again. The restaurant is in need of a little tlc and so is the menu. Still it passed away a cold bank holiday

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Thank Dotblake
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Dissappointed on behalf of friend”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

I recently attended a friend's birthday tea at this hotel and on her behalf I was very disappointed, We were put into part of the restaurant, there were no tables cloths on the tables in our part but there was on the other tables. There was not enough chairs or tables so a member of our party had to find some and place them for us I was surprised that tea and coffee was not served by a member of staff but was in a commercial flask near the food. No member of staff came to see if everything was alright In fact I never saw a member of staff .

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