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Review of Carlton Riverside

Carlton Riverside
Price range: $41 - $51
Cuisines: Welsh
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Newport, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 14, 2013

Wanting to try something new, we opted to start visiting restaurants from the Great British Menu Chefs, and as the Carlton Riverside is only an hour and a half away it seemed only right to support a Welsh Chef and I did enjoy Mary Ann Gilchrist during her week cooking to representing Wales.

So the Gourmet Break offered excellent value, as the price included B&B, pre-dinner drinks, dinner and wine throughout your meal & our coffee with petit fours to finish.

Mary Ann had taken account of your dietary requirements beforehand and having an issue with wheat may had limited the options, though I don't believe we missed out on anything.

I am not a wine drinker as I tend to enjoy sweeter drinks like Martini Bianco though I was up for the experience of trying each of the different wines from their cellar that Alan had matched to each course, and he did an excellent job. I enjoyed each wine with the food, though once the food was gone I couldn't drink any more wine, not that Hubby minded, especially the Rijoa that accompanied the Roast Rack of Welsh Lamb :) mmmmmmmmmm. Alan ensured our glasses were never too low either, excellent service. Coffee finished our evening in the lounge to what was a very enjoyable and relaxing evening.

We were full but not uncomfortable, perfect.

Our only disapointment was as we had opted to book for our actual anniversary day and being a mid weekend our friends and family couldn't join us, so we'll just have to book again to share this experience with those that mean the most to us.

Finally, thank you Mary Ann and Alan it has to be one of the best experiences we have had in a restaurant and I really do hope we get the opportunity to visit again soon. In the mean time, all the best trust you have a successful year.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Maria J
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2013

It does it exactly watt is says in the tin -- Top Quality locally sourced food - treated and cooked with expertise .. thoroughly enjoyable experience and highly recommended

Visited May 2013
Thank MartH330
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Derby, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great Food - homely,warm,comfortable-GREAT FOOD”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Carlton Riverside is a small, cosy and extremely comfortable Restaurant with rooms. The emphasis on restaurant should not be over looked. Mary-Anne Gilchrist has got a reputation for being passionate and knowledgeable about food and this was obvious on every plate and every mouthful. The food and well chosen wines were served by her delightful husband.
A fantastic place - we will return.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Becky M
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High Wycombe
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Quirky hosts with great attitude”
Reviewed March 27, 2013

We had a great meal here, with all the old fashioned attention required to make you feel wanted and welcome. Nothing is too much trouble and the food is classic British done exactly how it should be- with the occasional twist.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank John J
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Hoarwithy, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“What a gem!”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

The welcome, the food, the service, the rooms, everything was just as it should be if not better. We'd recommend this place to anyone who appreciates excellent cuisine combined with a warm welcome.
The room was very comfortable and beautifully furnished, plenty of space AND we were able to take our beloved dog too! He received a great welcome from Mary, who was very friendly, with a great sense of humour. Her husband Alan was a pleasant, friendly host both in the bar and serving at table in the restaurant. Nothing was too much trouble, the atmosphere was calm and conducive. The wine list was good and the food was excellent, with a good choice of imaginative dishes beautifully presented and delightful to eat.
Breakfast in the mornings was delicious, too!
We wouldn't hesitate to welcome this aptly-named 'restaurant with rooms' to anyone who respects quality combined with comfort.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Alison F
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