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“Its better than cooking but only just!”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of La Farola

La Farola
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The authentic Spanish dining experience in Sussex!
Monks Eleigh, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Its better than cooking but only just!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

To be fair we do visit here once a month on average, but its because it is convenient to where we live. It is popular although we are never entirely sure why? The menu hasn't changed in years and years - you can see the staff buying bread in the local Sainsbury's and the house wine is Pinot Grigio, not even spanish. However, the service is always good, the food is always hot and edible but I could do without the telly being on constantly. I think because it is popular the management may have got complacent.

Visited July 2012
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Chasm of the Undead
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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“Wonderful family-run restaurant & tapas bar...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

If you love Spanish food, this is the place to go in the South East of England. I have been to tapas bars in Croydon, Brighton and Tunbridge Wells; but La Farola beats them all in terms of delicious food and a friendly atmosphere.

La Farola cook everything from Paella to tasty traditional Spanish omelette, prawns, lobster and the most mouth-watering herby kebabs. The kebabs have no heat; they are marinaded in garlic, chilli, saffron and paprika; for 48 hours, then flame grilled.

if you are on a low fat diet, try their butterfly king prawns in white wine and garlic, followed by oranges in caramel. For an extra few pounds, if you ask, they will add a shot of Drambuie liqueur to that dessert.

This is a very cosy restaurant, with a tapas bar adjoining. the tapas area has a giant TV with Sky Sports, and is very informal. There was also a delicatessen, which is now shut until the economy picks up.

I absolutely love La Farola. It's like visiting a friendly Spanish family for an invitation to dinner at their home. Have had many very happy Friday evenings there with my husband - for years. Easily my favourite Spanish restaurant ever.

Visited July 2012
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West Sussex
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Good food & service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2012

The food is very nice service good, there is only one thing that i wanted to say is that i do find the food salty but that is because i do not cook or have salt on my food.
I still go in there we have started to make it a regular place to eat with good friends, they also enjoy the food.

  • Visited June 2012
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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“A great place for genuine Tapas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2012

A busy Tapas restaurant with lots to choose from. Would recommend booking as it gets very busy. If you dont fancy tapas then book into their restaurant next door

  • Visited June 2012
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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“Perfect party”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

Have had a couple of gatherings here and love the fact that you can have a big group for mass tapas at an affordable price.
Staff always very welcoming; food good, atmosphere at weekends is great.

Visited December 2011
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