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“For view and the food”
Review of Coast at Gara Rock

Coast at Gara Rock
Ranked #11 of 69 Restaurants in Kingsbridge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $17
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: A great view, fantastic service, comfortable surroundings and above all family friendly food.
Reviewed August 6, 2014

We went 2 times at the Gara for dinner. The service was correct but a bit slow on our second visit. Nice list of wines with good food and a well-balanced menu. The view is just amazing but you really need to have a table near the windows (so better to book). We have also experienced a coffee / tea break in the afternoon and it was nice as well. Last point, dogs are welcome. Enjoy !!

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2  Thank Mr and Mrs L
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

This property has only recently been developed, and must be congratulated on its stylish modern approach, which somehow blends in seamlessly with the unique and remote cliff top position. The staff are exceptionally polite, welcoming and friendly, and the food is very good value and quality.
Try a cream tea! The size and quality of the fresh scones will put a smile on your face.
The drawback is getting there. The drive from the " main" road is protracted , very narrow and you must be prepared to back up!
failing that walk there from salcombe via the ferry to east portlemouth. you need to be average fit and it will make the discovery all the more worthwhile.

2  Thank alan_p937
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Reviewed July 30, 2014

Having made a 16 mile trip to get to Gara rock to enjoy a early evening meal we were left thoroughly disappointed. We have been following the progress of the development over the last 5 years with great interest. Coming for the first time when it was only just in the planning stage. When we arrived on A tues afternoon we asked if we were able to have a snack. We were rudely informed that food would not again be served until Thursday. Cakes were visible at that time, but by the time we had discussed what to do the cakes had been put away. We asked if it would be possible to have cakes with our drinks to keep us going and were told "no". Then asked if they had pimms once again a flat "no" was the only reply. Cookies had still not been removed so we were begrudgingly allowed one of these. Throughout the person serving, who we discovered was the restaurant manager, was incredible rude, disinterested and showed no willingness to be obliging. No customer care shown at all. It left us feeling thoroughly disappointed and questioning whether to bother again. Please would the management consider their staff training policy because our experience is not at all in line with what we would expect from what should be a prestigious establishment

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7  Thank Sallymeredith
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Reviewed July 19, 2014

Only stop here if you've an hour or two to kill enjoying the view. The service is glacially slow. The staff are disinterested and unfocussed. When we finally went to track down our order it was to be found sitting on the side having gone cold! All we received was an insincere apology; management were as disinterested as their staff! The final ignominy was having to wait over 15 minutes to pay at the one available till. It's not even the main school holiday season yet, heaven help them if they get busy! We are ordinary locals and so will be advising our friends, who walk that coastal path regularly, to 'walk on by.'

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8  Thank Tracey H
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Reviewed July 18, 2014

Having visited the Gara Rock restaurant frequently over the past year and enjoyed many a satisfyingly tasteful lunch, particularly since the new menu and chef took over earlier this year. I was most surprised and disappointed with two recent visits - which have inspired this review.

Visit 1
Chose one of my favourite selections. Tomato and Mozzarella Bruschetta. Only to discover some soggy bread and a distinct lack of Basil on the cold tomatoes. Raised this issue with a very friendly and considerate member of staff who apologised and via the chef offered a cup of coffee as a gesture. I declined politely and then found myself being quizzed on the same subject by three different members of staff - obviously not communicating in any way with each other - resulting in the chef himself explaining that the ingredients weren't delivered so he had substituted with inappropriate alternatives.
Apart from the European member of staff, I found the entire entourage dis-interested and fairly desultory in their customer service. Sporting some new shirts that proclaimed 'We help make Gara Rock'. They certainly weren't rocking that day...

Visit 2
Always willing to believe that we all have off days. I found myself again in the vicinity and decided to pop in for a glass of something cool on a hot day. More new staff! and even more ineffectual than the previous ones encountered. Queues at the pay/order point, with little or no customer welcome. And the joke of the day. Took away a piece of delightful looking cake - only to find it had been squashed into a box that was too small to accommodate it!
Oh well. You live and learn. Hopefully the management will invest some time in mentoring the staff. As poor service is only ever a sign of poor management interest.

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5  Thank roywferg
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