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“Ok, but room for improvement”

Herring Cove Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 4 Restaurants in Welshpool
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Restaurant details
New Brunswick, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Ok, but room for improvement”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

This restaurant is very well located in Herring Cove Provincial Park on the golf course close to the campsites, so we decided to walk up from our tent and give it a try. It's never a good first impression to see the cook outside smoking in a very dirty T-shirt, but unfortunately that was our first impression. Still, we were hungry and needed a break from our limited camp cooking so we kept going.

There's a nice little outdoor terrace and inside it's decent, no frills, comfortable. The menu is ok, but heavy on the fried foods. Our meal arrived quickly and the food was decent for the price. We had a glass of wine and decided to just relax. For dessert we had strawberry pie and it was very good. It's nice to see places that still bother to make pies with fresh, seasonal fruit. Since I know what to expect, I'd go back on our next camping trip because it's so conveniently located. If you're camping - no need to drive, you can just walk up, take time to enjoy an extra glass of wine and relax before heading back for a lovely sleep in your campsite. The park itself is just lovely.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Mosswing
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English first
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45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Not worth a visit”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

If you check my reviews, you will see that most are very favorable; some people apparently write only when they have a complaint, and I am generally on the other side of the spectrum. However, in this case, we had such a negative experience that I decided to comment.

We were on Campobello at the end of June and decided to try Herring Cove for lunch. It's not really a stand-alone restaurant; it's part of the clubhouse at the local golf course. All we wanted was a casual place where we could get a sandwich, so the small size, very informal ambience, and limited menu were all fine with us. The food, when we ultimately got it, was OK - not horrible, not noteworthy, just OK, and probably somewhere in the two or three circle range (out of five). Why did I give the restaurant one circle? Two reasons. First, it took us OVER AN HOUR to get two sandwiches (not an exaggeration - it was WELL over an hour). There was, as far as we could tell, only one woman working behind the counter. However, there aren't that many tables, the place wasn't that busy, and the menu isn't broad or complicated. I have had plenty of time to think about it, and I still can't come up with any viable explanation for how it could possibly take so long to make two sandwiches, even if she can only work on one item at a time (which, if it's true, should disqualify her from being employed as a cook).

The second reason is that the only other person working at the time, a waitress, had one of the worst attitudes of any service person I have run across. When people (including us) expressed even the slightest frustration at what was going on - this was, after all, the equivalent of being trapped on the runway when your plane has left the gate but can't take off - she actually took offense and pointed out that there was only one of her and "what did we expect her to do?" This obviously should disqualify HER from being a restaurant employee.

The only reason we didn't leave is that it was on the late side for lunch, there would have been nothing else open nearby, and we were REALLY hungry. Plus, at every point along the way, we kept thinking, "it can't POSSIBLY take any longer; the food MUST be coming out any minute." But we were mistaken.

If you are on Campobello and you want something to eat, you have two good choices: Either go to Family Fisheries or go across the bridge (which only takes a couple of minutes) and patronize one of the good establishments in Lubec. Don't go to Herring Cove.

  • Visited June 2013
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3 Thank MM7NY
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