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“Hardy's Bistro - appearances can be deceptive”
Review of Hardy's Bistro

Hardy's Bistro
Ranked #78 of 121 Restaurants in Alnwick
Price range: $16 - $32
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Hardy's is our informal Bistro with a relaxing atmosphere and large windows overlooking Alnwick high street. Enjoy a drink at the bar, tea or coffee served throughout the day, or dinner from our Bistro menu which features a selection of light dishes, salads and a full three course menu.
Reviewed October 15, 2013

We spent one night at the adjoining White Swan Hotel whilst on a visit to Alnwick Castle & Gardens.
We normally wouldn't eat in the hotel as we like to experience as much of the locality as possible but on this occasion, after checking out the offerings of a few nearby eateries, decided that our best option was to head back to Hardy's as the menu had a variety of dishes which although not cheap, looked promising. Also, the decor and general ambience of the bistro was stylish and inviting and outshone the rest of the hotel.
Although there was only a handful of people in the bistro when we got there, Hardy's were initially unsure if they could accommodate us as they said the staff were busy with a wedding elsewhere in the hotel. We thought this was an unusual attitude to take in view of the scarcity of customers but on learning that we were hotel residents, said we could eat there after all.
We ordered seafood chowder for starters which unfortunately didn't contain very much seafood and was presented without the offer of any accompanying bread. For our mains we couldn't resist the simplicity of the fish and chips - it was excellent, though pricey and comprised two fair sized pieces each and just the right amount of chips which were some of the best we have ever tasted in a restaurant. There was a good choice of wine although the bottle of white that we ordered came un-chilled and we had to ask for an ice bucket to remedy this. It was also disappointing to have to make do with cheap paper napkins in such a 'smart' establishment.
We felt that the outwardly sophisticated style of the bistro had been let down by a few flaws which could easily have been avoided - the prices were quite high but were not justified as too many details, which collectively go towards creating a good impression, had been overlooked.

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Thank Bottlebrook
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

Comfortable bistro, limited menu a bit on the pricy side, but food was good and the staff friendly. Room could do with a bit of TLC. We were overall happy, but it's not the best.

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Thank Stephen W
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

This is a tidy and comfortable restaurant as part of a hotel. The menu is short but reasonably interesting, although not everything was available when I visited. The service was cheerful and very good, and the food was certainly very acceptable. However i felt it was over-priced,hence the less generous rating.

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Thank Rodkbas
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Enjoyable meal but the restaurant felt posher than the food deserved. The food was good but the vegetarian option was essentially posh cheese on toast. Nothing wrong with this, at least it is something different. The staff were friendly but it was pricier than other local restaurants. The whole meal just felt like a cupcake - looked really impressive but in the inside it's still just a boring sponge.

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Thank vickiandadam
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Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in hotel next door as we visited Alnwick gardens and castle over 2 days. We had a few drinks and read the menu. It sounded nice so we decided to eat here. The food was unexpectedly nice, very posh and couldn't fault it. Very highly recommended.

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Thank moogle1
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