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“PLEASE DO NOT GO - TERRIBLE SERVICE”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Chichester Arms

Chichester Arms
Ranked #8 of 139 Restaurants in Barnstaple
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Devon, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“PLEASE DO NOT GO - TERRIBLE SERVICE”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Went here a few days ago and absolutely wish I hadn't. For one the blonde older waitress (manager I think) greeted us by saying 'just sit down and hurry up and order' so we did then she went in the kitchen we could hear her bad mouthing us to the chefs. After our food came 2 and half hours after ordering I had fish and chips and it was the most disgusting meal I have had in my whole life (bearing in mind I'm 63 years old. When we asked for the bill she slammed it down on the table and said 'there you go' and stormed off. All in all I would never go back EVER and I wouldn't recommend even my worst enemy too

Visited September 2013
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2 Thank Adrian L
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English first
Braunton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“awful awful !!!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

Thought we would try it having not been for a long time bad mistake served raw salmon,rubber prawns and the sauce which I think was a certain soft cheese my husband had chicken wrapped bacon with bbq sauce and cheese well the type in a plastic wrapping. The service was awful and the worst thing we actually paid for it !! Shall not be returning.

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank debbie e
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Exeter, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Don't bother - the Manager should be sacked!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

Recommended to friends visiting the area after previous many good meals some years ago when we were local. Disinterested welcome when arrived for 7pm booking and only one person (Manager) serving bar and restaurant. Steak night (2 steaks with bottle of wine) gives no choice of steak - rump only - so had to order from main menu. Steak was good however ribs were dry and hard and impossible to eat. When complained, Manager said "Different chefs cook in different ways" and walked off. Friends did not then want to order any dessert or more drinks after such a rude response. I telephoned restaurant later when my friends returned home and asked to speak to Manager. She said that she had offered another choice of meal - which is a blatant lie. When I said I could not now recommend this restaurant again she hung up the phone. I telephoned again to finish my conversation and was told Manager was busy. I asked for her name and was told that unable to provide. Obviously it was the Manager who answered the phone! Such a shame - this pub/restaurant was absolutely wonderful when it was run by Pete, who ran a very tight, efficient and happy ship!

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank Lyn J
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Dreadful service”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

Booked a table at 1 pm greeted by "waitress" who called us all guys ( mixed party of all over 60's) told 40 min wait for food which turned out to be 120 minutes. Asked for some nuts but told we couldn't have them in a dish only packets, as they had no dishes. My order was for liver and mash but told after 100 mins, all mash had gone and could only cook mash in bulk which would take an extra 30 mins. Eventually after being told mash not possible I was given mash after I suggested they mash up the new potatoes. Our waitress went out 3 times for a " fag" in full view of everyone in dining room and a fresh container of milk they used for coffee was left out on side next to hot coffee macine all the while we were there. When asked to fill up salt cellar the tatooed waitress said she had done it 3 days ago. I have dined here before with no problems but the service this time was terrible and all staff need to enrol for a customer service course ASAP

  • Visited August 2013
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4 Thank janeks
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Preston, England, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Sarcastic and unhelpful staff”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013

Cannot comment on the food as we didn't get to sample it. On arriving we approached a lady behind the bar and asking if she had a table for 4 the reply was ' Have I got a table ??? Erm... NO !' We only have one table over there whenever they finish and we only serve til 9 and they haven't ordered yet and probably won't have gone for 9.

We were followed in by another group of people who went straight over to an empty table who weren't turned away. There was no apology at all and we found her quite rude. Almost like we had been judged on walking through the door. First and last time we try here for a meal. Would recommend the hunters inn at Newton Tracey instead.

  • Visited August 2013
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3 Thank Nicola C
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