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“Excellent sunday lunch” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Olympic

The Olympic
Ranked #6 of 26 Restaurants in Swanley
Cuisines: Bar, British
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Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dartford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent sunday lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

I visited The Olympic with my family in January on one of the few sunny days and we had a lovely time. The staff were really welcoming and helpful. We all had the sunday roast. The roast beef was really tender and the best roast potatoes I have had in a long time. if I had any critisism it was a bit quiet. However, having also very recently visited a too busy Harvester with everyone using their discount vouchers and being served horrible food maybe that wasnt really a problem.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Andrea S
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Dartford, United Kingdom
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450 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Mixed feelings about my birthday meal”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

We arrived at midday without having booked so reasonably OK with having to wait while those who HAD booked had their food cooked first. Others in the group felt we waited too long. My food (bangers and mash) was great as was the veggie Wellington. Those who ordered jacket potatoes were less impressed (how freshly cooked were they really?) and all 3 sent them back for either a refund or whatever alternative could be produced quickest. Then the potato order was wrong on 1 of the replacements - but put right cheerfully and quickly. Fish and chips and beef and ale pie were apparently 'all right'. Been several times before at other times of year and the food's been better so I think the main problem was losing the competition to those who had pre-booked. And - dare I say it - that old chestnut i.e. not enough kitchen staff??

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Veronica H
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kent
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“extremely disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

I have lived within a five minute walk from the Olympic for the past 18 years . It occurred to me we had never ate there and as our cooker was broken and we were awaiting a new one we decided to walk over and try the cuisine. How I wish I hadn't bothered as I was originally going to go to a Toby for my Sunday dinner ! We went for two courses for £11.00 each , I had the Pâté and my partner had the prawn cocktail ... We sat in the bar area as we were told the restaurant was full ? it wasn't, but there wasn't a person under the age of 60 in there. The pâté was two large slices of cheap nasty Bookers Pâté ,there was a handful of badly prepped mixed salad and three tiny crisp breads also a teaspoon of onion chutney. I ate it as I was starving but the quantity of pâté outweighed the rest of the bits on the plate. The prawn cocktail was half a handful of watery prawns in not enough sauce dumped on the same badly prepped salad. There was no roll or bread to go with it . Both starters were served on a sandwich plate, which were dumped down with our cutlery rolled up in serviettes. No condiments were offered or seemed available. We had both ordered the Roast beef ( if you could call it that ?) At first glance it seemed ok , until I realised that the whole dinner had been reheated in a microwave !!! the beef did not taste like beef it was as dry as Gandhi's flip flop on the edges as it had been nuked for too long , which you would of thought the dinner would be hot but it was tepid. There was broccoli cauli, peas and carrots and a pice of Parsnip that were all watery and the carrots were looking dehydrated from their stint in the microwave. The roast potatoes looked ok ,but I couldnt actually get my knife through the tough exterior , they made my mouth sore and the beef was worse than shoe leather . How the hell the OAP's that were dominating the place managed to eat that I don't know !!! unless they were wise to it and had ordered soft mushy dinners ? we had two drinks each, I had two half shandy's and my partner had two pints of Shandy and the bill came to £31.00 !! We could have gone to Toby carvery and payed less and had a far better Sunday roast . I have to say it was the worst roast dinner I have ever had and we will never be going back

  • Visited November 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
4 Thank clarricks
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