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“Fantastic setting with an identity crisis”
Review of Mary Rowntrees - CLOSED

Mary Rowntrees
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $18
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Scenic view, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Mary Rowntree's is a beautiful tea room during the day and restaurant on an evening. The staff are friendly, polite and helpful to make sure you enjoy your experience. The food is freshly made from local suppliers and the view, especially from the top floor, can be staggering if you get the timing right. You can book the top floor (Seating around 40-50 people) or the whole premises for a function (Seating 100-120 people) - simply ring the phone number provided to enquire and book. Mary Rowntree's is suitable for many types of functions including
Reviewed October 8, 2012

I've been here twice - once with family for lunch and again on an evening with a large party of friends. My Mum and Aunt tried to get in but were turned away, one reason for the title.

The building is exquisite - a former chapel converted with taste and compassion retaining all the best features. There are many stairs though - from the front door to the first dining area, from there to the bar and a long staircase from there to another dining area in the roof. I do not envy the serving staff. However there is also a lift for disabled people to access the first level.

There are stylistic clashes: the building is very traditional as is some of the interior (the bar for instance), but other parts are very modern - an odd juxtaposition. By and large though the traditional wins out. The second-floor dining area is worth the climb for its views of the docks, beaches, historic wall and the sea.

It's obviously a tea room - it says so on the tin - and just as obviously a fish restaurant - one falls out of the front door onto the fish quay. Except for reasons I can't fathom, it isn't.

When we visited for lunch, except for battered cod and chips (excellent btw) everything else was meat-based (steak pies) or pizzas. When we visited for Dinner there was very little fish, and one dish had the fish flown in from Asia (it was horrible, can't even remember the name). Everything else was there, including two game fowl, but it made the menu look haphazard.

There were flat-screen TVs on the wall showing the renovation of the building. It was very interesting but it came with a soundtrack that was pitched to be distracting while muffled, which was annoying.

Being as it says it's tea-shop, my Mum & Aunt visited for a cuppa and scone after a saunter along the shore. They were turned away, being told they couldn't come in unless they ordered a main meal. Needless to say they won't return.

The owner needs to work out what the heck he wants this place to be and he needs to decide it needs to be the best fish restaurant in the area doing local fish not stuff from thousands of miles away. He has a great chef well up to the job in Paul, and needs to let him get on with it.

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4  Thank hairywol
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Not much on the cake menu, but it had only just opened when we visited so might have improved regarding organisation and service. Nice sea views and sypathetically converted church, would have to try a proper meal there to give a fair opinion. THe cakes were nothing special and not much choice buy will give it another try in the future as any early opening probs should have been ironed out by now.

2  Thank Honesty183
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Once again had a wonderfull evening, it was a birthday treat and all four of us really enjoyed the night, food and service second to none. Paul the manager is a real asset to the place making everyone welcome

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2  Thank Julie L
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Called in for lunch busy day for the waitresses but had no problems food good service exellent alway with a smile 10 out of 10 I couldnt do there job up and down stairs being so happy it is a real pleasure to go in as u dont get this service everywhere!

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2  Thank cj1577
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

I've always loved this old building and was really pleased when it was finally being used! And what a fantastic use! Amazing restaurant, lovely staff, gorgeous food (The Dime Bar Cheesecake was to die for) and best of all it's just 10 second from my house!

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2  Thank Kimberley R
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