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“Cooking back to excellent - hope it lasts”
Review of Rhubarb - CLOSED

Rhubarb
Price range: $41 - $52
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed December 1, 2012

Rhubarb probably possesses the best ambience in all of Leamington. Having been a visitor on and off for 10 years or more, I have always wanted the place to succeed. The interior is dark and eclectic, with a really warm and welcoming atmosphere. The staff are knowledgable and friendly without being 'in your face' all the time. However a criticism is that the quality of the food swings with each change of chef (which for some reason seems to happen too frequently), from great to bland.

At present the food (both flavour and presentation) ranks highly, perhaps amongst the best in town.

French chef Christophe (formerly of Wildes, where quite rightly he enjoyed a large and loyal following) has taken over the tiny kitchen and is serving excellent dishes, beautifully crafted and presented, absolutely full of flavour. Prices are keen and the menu is long enough to satisfy most pallettes, short enough to keep the quality high. Good wine list at fair prices too.

If you've not experienced Christophe's cooking, or even been to Rhubarb before, I commend you to try it, perhaps sooner rather than later. I am sure you won't be disappointed.

If he stays, watch the rankings of Rhubarb shoot up the 'league table'. However, the history of Rhubarb and chefs here, suggests that might be quite a big 'IF'. I keep my fingers crossed. The ambience that is Rhubarb and the quality of Christophe's cooking, are a perfect combination.

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Thank Amorandos
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

I have been to Rhubarb for breakfast many times on a Saturday morning and love the place. Only real complaint would be it is a little cold in there. I love the pots of tea and the coffee is always good, as is breakfast!! So now dinner, I needed to get an early dinner around 6.00pm; sat down, picked up the paper and ordered wild boar sausage and mash, it was fab!

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Thank rsgntx
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

Lovely food; had scallops to start- perfectly cooked and wonderful chorizo infused mash underneath. I had one of the specials of sea bass and muscles for main and this was cooked to perfection, but the icing on the cake was the sticky toffee pudding; so light and served with creamy vanilla ice cream; finished off and wonderful meal perfectly.

Thank DeeWestMids
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

My husband and I called in here for a drink on our way to the restaurant and were not disappointed. Such a charming venue with a real homely feel to it. Good service at the bar and even at 6.30pm on a saturday night the place was nearly full. We were not eating so only sat at the bar but would really like to come back and sample.

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Reviewed November 23, 2012

Since they got rid of the fillet steak the menu has sort of dropped off and I am not sure why. The tapas are good and last time I went with my in laws the service was very slow, painfully slow in fact. All other times it has been good and although pricey it was a nice place to take visitors to show them what Leamington has to offer. Haven't been for a while so it may have improved again.

Thank spinnyminnie
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