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“Yesteryear Today”
Review of Riggings - CLOSED

Riggings
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: family run restaurant friendly intimate specializing in fish and seafood also meat dishes set table d hote menu available lunch and evening extensive wine menu established 24 years all home cooked food open tues - to sunday lunch and tues to saturday evenings partys up to 34 catered for
Herne, Kent.
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Yesteryear Today”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

Following on from a local press review and a recommendation, we booked a table for lunchtime to celebrate my wife's birthday. We have lived in the area for some years but have until now never visited Riggings...our loss.
As has been said before on other reviews, this is not fine dining if that is what you want, but what you do get is a bright cheerful lounge full of memorabilia to keep you occupied while your starter choice is freshly cooked, and well cooked honest food from an interesting menu.
We opted for an East Street Smokie, a concoction of smoked fish, mushroom and tomato in cream and baked in the oven. Just a nice sized portion for a really rich and unusual dish. If I had any complaint it might have been better served with some brown bread fingers to scoop up the delicious baked cream. I should add that a hearty roll with curls of butter was served at the commencement of the meal and it sufficed, I am sure more would have been produced on command. Where oh where does one get served curls of fresh butter in this day and age even at so called 'high end' restaurants.
We then went for the fresh lobsters caught and supplied by local fisherman. You could have them prepared a la Mayonnaise, Thermidor, even Newburg should it be your fancy and were a steal at £17.50 for a whole lobster. Salad or/and buttered minted new potatoes included...delicious!
If you want Chic or Michelin maybe Riggings is not for you....if however you want to find a little gem, tucked away on the edge of town, then do go and enjoy good freshly cooked ingredients at bargain prices. The lobsters twinned with a well chosen New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc will liven even the most jaded of palates. The owners too take time and trouble to talk about their passion for fresh food, and chef was able to share some of his valuable time to talk about his dishes.
So take some time out and find Riggings tucked away in sunny Herne Bay...it will not disappoint in terms of value, cuisine, and friendly banter...we will return....maybe the fresh dressed crab....maybe the moules mariniere or the baked bream who knows!

  • Visited June 2013
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2 Thank pelicanproductions
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English first
Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Quaint, cosy, tasty & good value! Step inside, it's worth it!”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Lovely restaurant with a real flavour of the sea, and not just the food! The decor inside has a seafaring theme yet it's cosy as well. The inside is a real treat, so do step inside, as perhaps the outside of the restaurant doesn't do it justice. Certainly worth going in! Friendly service and great food! Plenty of choice for starters, all at good prices (we had mushroom soup at £2!!) and there were loads of fish dishes (and meat dishes) to choose from. The portions were generous and the food was beautifully done. There was also a selection of desserts but we didn't have room for those!! Just a coffee!There was also a special 3 course all inclusive summer menu (lunch or evenings) at £11, plus coffee at £1.50 if desired. We visited at lunch time but would also like to try it again one evening.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Cuckoobird
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“Off the beaten track!”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

Out for a walk with my partner over the bank holiday and we came across a little seafood restaurant tucked away down a little street called East Street. The restaurant was quirky and decoration was fitting with the period of the property which the friendly waitress was only to happy to discuss the history of. The menu itself has a very good selection of both meat and fish dishes at very reasonable prices and there was a decent wine selection. I had the Lobster Riggings with salad for main which was by far the most delicious Lobster I have ever eaten and my partner opted for a T Bone steak which was cooked to perfection with chips. Well recommended.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank JohnnyHards
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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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“Our Favourite Restaurant”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

We have visited Riggings many times, whether it is to celebrate a special occasion or just for an evening out this charming little restaurant has never disappointed us. There is always a warm and friendly welcome from all of the staff and the food is fantastic, a wide variety of lovely dishes to choose from all of them excellent value for money. We will definitely be visiting again in the near future.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank SEL22693
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London, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Tuesday nite”
Reviewed May 2, 2013 via mobile

Went on a Tuesday nite the dover sole i had was great and the wife had skate which she said was the best she had ever had the added bonus was it was half price wine nite which made it even better and the whole bill was very reasonable

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank madmark_11
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