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“Good food but service is in need of improvement”
Review of The Bottle House

The Bottle House
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Penshurst
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Gastropub
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Good food but service is in need of improvement”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Although described as a pub it is really a restaurant. The food is excellent but the service is lacking, having to go to the bar to order drinks and only the very basic of service given. it could be excellent with a little bit more attention to detail and could really stand out in the area.

  • Visited January 2013
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Kent
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Delicious”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

I have eaten here numerous times over the years and the food is always excellent.

The pub is decorated beautifully and has a lovely feel to it.

The is situated in a good spot if you enjoy walking.

Visited July 2012
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Thank Rebecca E
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Excellent Fish & Chips”
Reviewed December 22, 2012

We go several times a year and have just come home from a most enjoyable fish & chip lunch. The haddock was perfectly cooked in a lovely crisp beer batter and the chips were cut from real potatoes. Wifey had their mushy peas to accompany and loved them - they are not my thing.
A fabulous home made tartare sauce was, well, er? the icing on the cake!

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank FoodieChap
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London
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Slop”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Large quantities of slop the last time I visited. Grey slop. Lots of it. Probably why the place was full of pensioners. And the smell of boiled cabbage.

Visited October 2012
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3 Thank LondonSpectator
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London
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327 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
“A dissenting voice among the eulogies”
Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

This is a pub which thinks it's a restaurant. Seating is totally restaurant-geared and a quiet, intimate drink here would be difficult to achieve. However, we were diners and I am reviewing the restaurant experience.
On arrival we would have liked a drink at the bar, but were rushed to our table with great haste. The waiter/barman was overtly attentive, trying to be friendly but became rather intrusive. Food here is typical pub grub, i.e simple cooking and huge portions which became defeating. My roasted cod wrapped in pancetta arrived without pancetta, the cod was over-cooked, sauté potatoes over-done -all swimming in a tasteless butter sauce. My companion's steak and kidney pudding was so enormous that he was quite unable to anywhere near finish it and as our starters had also been huge, we left the table quite bloated and unable to attempt dessert.
This pub is in a charming rural setting and portions are very generous for the prices charged, but the place needs some fine-tuning if it is to achieve a "foodie" reputation. If I was dining here again, I would need to starve myself for a week. However, judging by all the previous excellent reviews, most people are delighted by The Bottle House Inn- I remain over -full and a little nauseous!

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