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“Nice food, but the waiter went on his break!”
Review of Friary Restaurant

Friary Restaurant
Ranked #27 of 66 Restaurants in Armagh
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed April 11, 2012

I visited the hotel yesterday evening for a catch up with 2 close friends, one of whom is a vegetarian. We decided to skip starters and just order mains. Myself and one friend ordered the lasagne, and my veggie friend ordered the vegetarian pasta (as this was the only veg choice on
the menu). No complaints whatsoever with the food, perhaps with the exception that parts of the lasagne were a little dry. Our plates were cleared in a timely manner, and upon request we were given the dessert menu. Up until this point we found service to be efficient, if not the friendliest.

This is where our lovely meal took a bit of a turn. Our table and the one other table on the balcony area sat with dessert menus for around 20 minutes without any sign of a waiter coming to take our order. At this point, one of the ladies with the other party went to the bar to ask to place a dessert order. When we eventually had our order taken, we were informed that our waiter had gone on his break! Considering the restaurant floor was well
staffed with waiters we found this excuse to be a little lacking, and if I had not been out for a meal with 2 friends who I rarely see we would have declined to order anything else! However, the extremely high quality of the desserts we ordered quietened any rumblings. The apple crumble and white chocolate and raspberry torte were both delicious, served with honeycomb ice cream in a wafer basket.

The second waiter we had was also in himself a source of high quality entertainment! The aeroplane noise he made as he set down the desserts was one of the high points in our meal. Overall the food was lovely, and a great evening was had. Our bill came to £45 for 3 mains, 3 desserts, 4 soft drinks and a coffee, which we thought was very reasonable.

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2  Thank Laurenm1411
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

Service and food was excellent.Dined here as we had a meal with our hotel package

Thank kerrymcewan1
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

I think this is a little confusing as tripadviser have headed up,probably correctly, as Friary Restaurant when everyone would know it as Armagh city hotel retaurant.
Steak dinner is also a bit of a misnomer as both chicken and salmon are available as alternatives.
The staff are friendly and the food is good quality and well presented.
A tip. If having steak, go on a Wednesday or Thursday as the steak always seems to be thinner on a Friday night!

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Thank newry1
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Reviewed April 15, 2011

We booked this restaurant for Mother's Day meal, and although the food was nice enough the service was questionable. There were 10 of us altogether, and one of our party is a very slow eater, she was still eating her starter when the waitresses started clearing our plates away and bringing out our main courses. I had to ask them to send all the food back until the last person had finished their soup.
Then the same thing again with the main course, plates being cleared before everyone had finished, and again i had to ask them to wait for a few minutes.
Overall the food was nice enough, nothing exceptional and the price was ok - £17.50 for 3 courses.
I understand that it was Mother's Day and the restaurant was busy enough but we had asked for the latest booking of the afternoon so as we wouldnt be rushed.
Won't be heading back here in a hurry.

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Thank Martina414
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Reviewed November 1, 2010

Just back from an excellent meal in Armagh City Hotel. We ate in the Callan Bar. We were enticed in by the special offer 'Sugar and Spice' menu and it lived up to expectations. We had the Chilli burger and the Chicken curry and both were excellent with good portions and quality above that which you would expect from a bar menu. The restaurat and bar area were warm clean and comfortable and there was a really nice atmosphere. The staff there were very professional and helpful and made a geuine effort to see to our every need. Check out the menu online to see what's on offer. Really pleased to be able to write such a positive feedback report on a local place.

Thank mricycold
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