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“A let down.”

The Running Horse Harvester
Ranked #218 of 311 Restaurants in Maidstone
Price range: $5 - $19
Cuisines: British, Grill
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: At The Running Horse Harvester in Maidstone food is fresh, full of flavour and just how you like it. Choose your tasty grill, sauce and side at our restaurant and we'll get cooking - while you head off to the famous Harvester salad bar to grab as much crisp, freshly prepared tasty salad as you like.About our Harvester restaurantIf you're looking for a family friendly restaurant in Maidstone, there's nowhere more popular than Harvester. Close to Sandling, Allington and Penenden Heath, our restaurant is a great choice for anyone who loves tasty grills, indulgent desserts and eating out in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Plus we've loads of choices for young guests.
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“A let down.”
Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

I have used this harvester a lot over the years and never had a problem. But went with a friend yesterday for late lunch we had to wait 20mins for a table although there were empty ones. There was limited staff. The salad and desert was good. But my friends chicken and bacon stack waa not as good and the cheese was like rubber and hadnt melted. Dont thinlk I will be returning.

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“SHOCKING”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

The food was dia the staff were dia and the all round atmosphere of the waiters and customers was awkward, we didn't pay for two of our meals as they were both burnt to buggery! The meat was full of grizzle and fat ! They were messing up everyone's orders and we waited an hour and 10 mins for our main meal! Never going back and I don't recommend them !

DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY GO SOMEWHERE DECENT TO EAT!

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“Lovely lunch not superb supper”
Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

I have to say that we go regularly here and it's brilliant !! We always go lunch time as I have heard it can get a bit ropey in the evenings and even busyier ..
You can't beat the value with the salad chart which is like a starter , I can recommend the simply chicken £5.99 and there is combo of chicken/ribs is great for £8.50..
The "rocky horror" dessert is a must from here ,even from the kids menu , you must try it!!!!
We share a refill Pepsi , shhh and the kids normally share our main a long with the salad bits, & bread rolls..
Around £20 which is good for us four..
Out of the harvesters this is the best one we have been to, good food , service and nice feel about it! Car park just opposite...

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“Good value food but beware Saturday nights”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

We made the mistake of turning up for a family meal at about 6pm on a Saturday. It's not possible to book on Saturdays and we were told there was a 45min waiting time. We put our name down, then drove to two nearby Beefeater restaurants only to find a similar story, so we returned to the Harvester. We got drinks at the crowded bar and were soon shown to a table (they were pretty spot on with the timing). It was pretty lively and hectic in the overcrowded atmosphere and service was understandably a little slow, though a visit (or two!) to the free salad cart helped curb the hunger pangs. Service was very good, with all the waitresses being polite and friendly despite the obvious stress they were under. The food was very good and I would eat there again but I'd be more than tempted to avoid a Saturday night.

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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“Horrid”
Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

Went here today at 4.30, place was half full so expected good quick service...wrong!! After waiting to be seated we then had to wait another 15 mins to be asked if we wanted a drink, we had to call a waitress over it was that bad. The drinks eventually came but were flat and lacking of taste, we sent them back.. Food was ok, the wife's jacket potatoes was overcooked but my food was ok. We didn't stay for a dessert because I had grown a beard we had been there so Long.
This is the second time we have been here and had crap service.. Never again..
Harvester are going down hill fast.

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