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“A very disappointing experience”

Simply Judes Brasserie
Ranked #5 of 7 Restaurants in Pentewan
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Previously eaten at the School House Restaurant and keen to support this local establishment under new management. The menu looked good, if a little ambitious, so we booked a table. The restaurant was almost full when we arrived and we were a little surprised to see only 2 staff covering the bar and all the tables. The starters took almost an hour to arrive and the main course another hour!! Waiting for freshly cooked food is one thing, getting past the point of wanting to eat is quite another. The food was generally good, particularly the crispy duck and the curries, although the fish cakes contained too much potato and not enough fish and the medium rare burger was well done. Although we had originally planned to make more of a night of it, we gave up before desserts and coffee. Whilst the waiter (who worked tirelessly) and waitress tried to be very helpful and explain the difficulties of the evening, (and clearly recognised their short-comings) the whole experience was one not to be repeated in a hurry. They explained that they were unexpectedly busy, even though it was a Friday night; that a large group had turned up without a booking; and that they were short staffed in the kitchen (although I note a previous review also highlighted similar issues). If they were short staffed why did they take extra bookings that evening and over-stretch themselves, so that those that had booked had such a bad time? It suggests poor management. They really need to get their act together or others, like us, will not want to go back. This would be a pity as the village would benefit from another eating place.

Thank StephenCLG
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

During our stay in Pentewan we visited Simply Jude's 3 times. Surprised that it was fairly empty as the food was was very good, better than other places nearby that we tried, hence our return visits. Service also good. We hope that more people use it to improve the atmosphere, that was the only thing missing.

Thank John U
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Booked having not heard anything about this restaurant other than the fact that the menu was a real mix of cuisines. We also just needed somewhere central for a group of friends. Following a few drinks at the ship inn pub were all in need of something to soak up a bit of alcohol and this place fitted the bill.
The restaurant was deserted and we were the only people left at 10pm, the staff were friendly if a bit inexperienced, the decor the clean but basic and the menu had a great choice if not a bit bizarre.

The food options included steaks, Indian, Chinese, pasta and fish dishes???? We had a selection of Indian tapas for starter which were nice if not small and all had Chinese noodles for main as you could choose your meat, noodles and sauce, again food was nice but small. My husband had the mussels some of which were closed and when we mentioned this we wre told that this was to be expected as the chef ( Jude herself)could not be expected to check every mussel!!

Overalls pleasant place which serves food late for cornwall allowing a few drinks first.

Thank Kimsha
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Front of house very good and helpful. The evening that we went they had a new waitress that was not trained and just stood around which was not helpful.
Food was good at the right price, so with a bit more effort should be very successful.
Don't try the de-caff coffee though. You would not know it was coffee and after the second attempt gave up!

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Thank Caz49001
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We have been going to the school house restaurant for many years now when we have been visiting Pentewan and always have had an excellent meal but unfortunately this year was very disappointed Service was excellent though and the starters fine but the main meal was a let down My husband had Crab and Prawn cake which in his words tasted only of potatoes He was served three The first one he ate and the second one he gave to me to see if I could detect what they were suppose to be but I couldn't When he complained the reply came back well you have ate two!!! I had the scallops which were very good but had to order a side portion of fries else I would have still been hungry as they only came on their own.as I don't eat salad. No vegetables etc were on the extra menu
Obviously chose the wrong choice on the menu
I appreciate it is under new management but we will not be going there again

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Thank Margaret b
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