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“Great service” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Happy Dragon Inn
Ranked #274 of 396 Restaurants in Eastbourne
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

Having used happy dragon for the past few years as our local Chinese takeaway we felt we could go and eat in the restaurant for valentines day. Although the food was as expected we didn't really think the buffet price was worthwhile for us especially as they charged a premium for it being valentines day. The service was good and the ambience is fine. Will continue to use for take away.

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Kindergarten”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012

I rang prior to going to the restaurant and asked if they were very busy, the lady said no not very busy. When we Arrived it was quite busy then the table next to us for a party of 10 arrived, half were children, quite noisy, food all over the floor, could not wait to finish our meal and vacate, they were not the only party with children. We have been a few times to eat, but there has been a definite decline, in cleanliness, the carpet is quite manky, flies around, sticky plastic tablecloths. The curtains or strips of net are a joke. The starters were ok, then it went downhill, the duck had all of half a spring onion, and a few pieces of cucumber to put in your pancake. Main courses really horrid, with loads of glutinous sauce on. As I walked out past the toilets, I glanced in and thought thank. Goodness I did not need to use those.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chris K
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73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Best Chinese around.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012 via mobile

We have Been to this restaurant more times than I can remember. It is consistently amazing.
There is a huge selection of food and although the portions are small, you can order as many times as you like. We regularly have 3 rounds of starters!
I've seen on previous reviews that the staff make you feel guilty about ordering more and rush you to finish and we have only felt this way once when we went in very late and close to closing time.
The staff are friendly, welcome you with a big smile and always remember what we order.
It has also been decorated recently which gives it more atmosphere inside.
If u enjoy Chinese, you must try here!

Ps. The salt and chilli prawns and spicy smoked chicken are a MUST!

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jpdeprivation
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Eastbourne
Level Contributor
36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“GREAT VALUE”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2012

Our family have been to the Happy Dragon at least 25 times over the last five years and have never had a bad course let alone a bad meal. The restaurant is not the best due to lack of space and the furnishings are a little tired. On all our visits the service has been of the highest standard and the quality of the food cannot be faulted . It really is " all you can eat " and we have always been encouraged by the staff to order more if we like a particular dish. Even when the restaurant has been full on a Saturday night the service and the food is still of the highest quality. You can only speak as you find and the Happy Dragon is a happy place for us.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ravensworth
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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Don't Waste Your Hard Earned Cash in This Restaurant !”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2012

My wife & I decided to eat here as it was on our way home.
Upon entering I noticed the Dirty Carpet & was amazed to find it continued into the Dinning Area.
How I wish we had turned & walked away !
This Restaurant is Very Tired.
The Menu is a Eat as much as You Like Basis at nearly £15.00 per head.
We Didn't find much that we liked despite ordering Several Dishes.
I ordered Spare Ribs in Gravy & when served I found them to be just Dry Ribs with Gravy poured over them !
The meat on the Ribs (what little there was) was Very Dry ,Tough & Very Chewy !
The Menu offered Crispy Aromatic Duck with Spring Onions,Pancakes & Hoi Sin Sauce.
Which we Both Love ! But "Not" on this occasion.
What they Served was "Luke Warm Duck,Fresh Thick Cut Cucumber,Dried Up Onion Strips that had been prepared for some considerable time & were Way Past their Best"
Indeed we are not even sure that this "Onion String" was "Spring Onion" as it was totally
Tasteless & Un-edible !
Indeed the rest of our "Meal"was much the same,
IE:- Poor Quality.
I Do Not Understand How FRESHLY COOKED items arrive Luke Warm ? ? ?
This Restaurant Operates also caters for Take Aways & also Delivers ! ! !

If the Food In the Restaurant is Luke Warm as Ours Was then What Temperature is it when Delivered ? ? ? COLD ? ? ?

The Staff or (owners) were Pleasant enough.

I had occasion to use the Men's WC.
It was Very Very Small, Tired ,Outdated & in Poor Repair but Clean with Hot Water & Paper Towels on a roll & a Swing Bin to dispose of them.

This was Not a Happy Place to Eat Inn !

Would we Return ?

NO WAY ! ! !

  • Visited March 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Trevor H
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