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“Good Food”

Vinings Buffet Restaurant
Ranked #48 of 321 Restaurants in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Thai
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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164 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Good Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

Pity about what they have done to the Docks though in the redevelopment - it is now a bit of a concrete jungle and not half so much to enjoy as before - used to enjoy the old Antiques Centre and the Merchants Quay shopping Centre - the heart has been ripped out of the place and the new shopping Centre needs some good everyday shops in it

Thank Julie G
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English first
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Good Choice Buffet Restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

Three of us visited on a Saturday evening without having made a prior booking and, seeing they were really busy, were worried that we wouldn't be accommodated but they did find us a table, albeit it was a bit pushed for space. Although from the outside the restaurant doesn't look anything special, appearances are deceptive and once inside it's nice to be able to look out over the water of the docks with the lights which makes for a nice atmosphere. The reason our party chose this restaurant is the fact it suits us all - two of the party only like Indian food whereas I like Indian and Thai, but with a preference for Thai. We were made to feel really welcome and the staff were attentive but not 'in your face'. We had a good amount of crackers and poppadoms placed in front of us to start with and got ourselves just the sweet chilli sauce and mango chutney for those. There was a good selection of the usual starters, with myself opting to have both the Thai and Indian and a great selection of Thai dishes for the main with an absolutely fantastic Thai red curry which I would certainly recommend. All the Thai food was really flavoursome with just the right amount of 'kick'. In fact the three of us were only sorry that we hadn't starved ourselves earlier which meant we could have ate more! Obviously, although it's a buffet restaurant and you can go up as many times as you like for more food, you didn't feel you were being watched for the amount of food you were eating. It was nice that after you'd had some dishes you were asked if you wanted a clean plate before you went up again, so none of the previous dishes/flavours remained on your plate. None of our party particularly likes Indian or Thai puddings so were happy to find just some gateau and three or so varieties of ice-cream. We all chose the vanilla and cherry ripple ice-cream which was an extremely good quality and really flavoursome. By the time we left there were about ten people waiting to be seated which must be some sort of recommendation. A nice amount of reasonable parking nearby helps.

Visited January 2013
Thank Claire99963
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“cold food”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

very limited choices of food and most of it was cold, place was empty apart from us. really uncomfotable atmosphere so couldnt wait to get out. overpriced for what we had

Visited April 2012
1 Thank Jilly B
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
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“Nice tasty food in a pleasant atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

Unlike some buffet restaurants we have been to the Vinings Indian and Thai food all tastes different. Some buffets have food that is all in thick gloopy sauces but all the dishes we tried were tasty and not a gloopy bland sauce in sight!
There was not a massive selection of starters, which I found slightly disappointing as I love all the 'picky' starter bits, but it was all hot and yummy.
The mains were fresh and tasty and there was Winstons ice cream for dessert and some sponge cake.
The staff were friendly and around when needed, not disappearing like the staff in some restaurants when it's quiet. It was only a Tuesday night and pouring with rain so there were only about 6 tables but that was ok for us.
The Vinings is well worth a visit and it is in lovely setting of the Gloucester Quays.

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Thank 01Lori
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

We've eaten at Vinings restaurant on many occasions, food is of a very high standard & being an all you can eat its very popular.

Visited November 2012
Thank Angela S
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