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“Exceeds expectations”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Water Margin

The Water Margin
Ranked #24 of 104 Restaurants in Witney
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
London
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Exceeds expectations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

I had read the reviews and had the restaurant recommended but nothing compares you for the warm welcome and homely ambience of the restuarant.

The food was amazing. Hot and plentiful and the service was unsurpassed. It was clear that many people are return customers and there is no doubt my Husband and I will go back for meals and take aways time and again.

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English first
Witney, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Simply the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

I cannot imagine a better Chinese food place. Take away this time. I had duck curry. Never known that at other restaurants. It was soooo succulent and my partners chicken mango was 'out of this world. Jenny and Alec have got this so so right. Service quick and efficient. If you're not sure what you want. All the staff are very knowledgeable especially Roxy. A must try and again and again .

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Simon L
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58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Home cooked Chinese food served in an informal setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

We paid our first visit to The Water Margin after reading the reviews on TripAdvisor, so we had some idea what to expect - a takeaway with a small dining room - and that's what it is. We went early on a Friday evening, soon after opening and we had the restaurant to ourselves for a while. Then we were joined by the owner's children eating their dinner at a neighbouring table and squabbling as young siblings will.

Some might find that off-putting, but we found it quite endearing. The same is true of the paper table cloths and cheap furnishings. The Ritz this ain't, but neither does it pretend to be. What we found, however, is that the Water Margin offers generous portions of home-cooked Chinese food (I've never seen such large pieces of sesame prawn toast before, or had any so tasty) in an informal and very unpretentious setting.

Notable also was the restaurant's loyal regular customers. From our seat in the restaurant we could hear people arriving to collect their takeaway meals and most (maybe all) were greeted by name and a friendly chat with the owner and staff. By the time we had finished our meal, the restaurant was full (all of the tables bar two had been reserved) with regulars, most of whom were celebrating a family birthday or suchlike.

If you want the finest table linens and posh crockery - don't go to The Water Margin. If you're hungry and you'd like a delicious Chinese meal in a friendly setting - give it a go!

  • Visited February 2013
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Witney, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The Best Chinese in town... Ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

The Food is authentic, the menu is extensive, Eat in or take away, whichever you choose, you can't go wrong! If you have people in your group who cant have wheat, gluten, MSG etc, Take a bag of wheat free flour with you and they will use it when preparing your dishes! Jenny is always on hand to suggest alternatives and they will change dishes to suit your pallet!
Dish '26a' is THE greatest modern invention and you won't find it on any other menu! Ditto 'Deep Fried Battered Ice Cream!'
Treat yourself!

Visited January 2013
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Thank GavinHyatt
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Witney, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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“Great Chinese Food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

We have visited the restaurant on a few occasions to both eat in and have a takeaway. Food is always excellent, staff are brilliant and it is very reasonably priced. It's not the best looking of restaurants, it feels like you are actually in their lounge but ignore that, it doesn't matter one bit when the food is so good.

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