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“What a Gem!”
Review of The mess-canteen+Bar - CLOSED

The mess-canteen+Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $27
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast
Description: NO BOOKINGS OR RESERVATIONS 1ST COME 1ST SERVED BASIS!!!! The Mess-canteen+bar is set in the heart of Cowes and provides local fresh homemade food at honest affordable prices. The menu changes daily depending on the seasonal fresh produce that is available from local suppliers. The Mess is a place that can be enjoyed throughout the day serving breakfast,lunch and dinner. By night the fresh fruit jam jar cocktails have proved to be a hit with all ages, even the children can enjoy the non alcoholic mocktails. Whether you are stopping by for one of our hearty breakfasts,mouthwatering lunches, award winning coffees and homemade cakes or having a jar with friends over dinner The mess-canteen+bar will provide you with a relaxing atmosphere and leave you wanting more.
Reviewed July 6, 2014

This small establishment is an absolute gem. I had lunch with my wife and we could have eaten every item on the menu. Foof, atmosphere and service was brilliant. We loved it! What a find!
You most go if you visit Cowes.

Thank Nodalino
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Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

Nicely presented food but the chicken caesar salad was missing the bacon and croutons and little gem lettuce was used instead of cos , but despite this we will return , it has a great ambiance .

1  Thank Mellychicks
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

Popped in for lunch and am pleased we did, we ordered the Goats cheese salad which was stunning, good fresh ingredients and good flavours and not a tiny portion considering the remarkably low price, my daughter had the cured ham and local eggs with rosemary fries, a portion big enough for any grown man and again really top quality. Will definitely be heading back there asap.

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Thank Dotster10
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

What a fantastic place, small but perfect for relaxed drinks. They make the most delicious jam jar cocktails! Really pleased we ventured in after wandering past on trips to beach, we need places like this!

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Thank Gray22681
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Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

Had friends visiting so thought it would be a nice place to take them for lunch. They absolutely loved it, we were all very impressed. The decor was just lovely, really creates a very chilled and happy atmosphere. 2 of us had cocktails which were very nice, and the staff were more than happy to let us change a few things round to what we preferred. The food was really lovely and different too, most places will put things on their burgers but the mess seem to have really taken it up a notch with inventive things to do. Prices were really reasonable too, especially impressed with the rosemary fries for only £2 you get so many! Overall really great experience! Would definitely recommend to everyone!

Thank Katie G
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