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“Good food, excellent views , relaxed atmosphere”

Watersmeet Hotel & Restaurant
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Fri, 5/24
8:00 PM
Ranked #3 of 10 Restaurants in Mortehoe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $61
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations
Description: We do our best to ensure your visit will be both enjoyable and memorable - whether it's a formal dinner in our table d'hote restaurant or passing through for lunch in our popular bistro. You and your family will be most welcome. Afternoon teas served all day. Dramatic sea views and sunsets can be viewed from both restaurants, Locally sourced seasonal foods mainly on our doorstep. 2 AA rosette awarded.
Reviewed March 12, 2019

We have been there several times simply for the view from the restaurant, even in bad weather it's quite spectacular.
We had however never had lunch before. Living locally is the only reason for that.
The food was well prepared and presented.
My wife had the monkfish and prawn curry. I had the Barnsley lamb chop. The portions were not large , but certainly plenty for a lunch.leaving us both pleasantly full.

The wine list is comprehensive. The waitresses were smartly dressed, friendly and attentive, without being intrusive

The restaurant and bistro have a certain, "old world charm and things move at a steady and relaxed pace. Ideal if you want to take your time and unwind.

On the website the " book a table link" is only for the bistro.
Bookings for the restaurant are only by telephone.The views from the restaurant are some of the best you will see ! Even better than the bistro!

Lunch with wine, a bottle of water was just over £65, although by choice the wine was almost half of that, but there are many cheaper alternatives.

The only very slight niggle, though totally understandable, is that at lunchtime in the bistro you cannot book a table by the window, It's first come first served.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Thank Ernest G
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General M, Front Office Manager at Watersmeet Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2019

Thank you for your review and visiting the Bistro as a local non-resident. We are delighted to read you enjoyed your lunch with us and found the food well prepared and presented. Thank you for your praise of the service received at the relaxed atmosphere we promote. We hope to welcome you back to the Watersmeet soon.

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Reviewed March 10, 2019 via mobile

We booked the bistro for a birthday treat, as we wanted some high quality service and food.
First the service, we arrived at the bistro on time and waited to be seen. A man walked past without saying a word, turns out his was the manager!, so I approached him to say we had a booking, he told us to go to the bar first, not a good first impression. At least the barman was friendly and helpful.
I had mussels as a starter which were excellent, however the duck breast for main course not so. The duck itself was nice, but came with tasteless dauphinois and a cheap spring roll! Weird!
My wife had a lamb chop and when served was asked if she wanted any sauce?, when my wife asked for mint sauce, the waitress seemed confused and had to go and ask
A large glass of wine was £10.50 !
I expected more from a place that promotes its high quality values

Date of visit: March 2019
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General M, Front Office Manager at Watersmeet Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2019

Thank you for your recent review. I am sorry to read about your initial greeting and offer my sincere apologies for this. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and I am sorry this was not the case initially. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed elements of your Bistro dishes and thank you for your feedback. We do indeed promote our high quality values and am sorry that you feel this was not upheld on your visit. We hope you will return to the Watersmeet and allow us to change your dining experience.

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Reviewed January 6, 2019

We visited Woolacombe out of season (even outside of half term) and found many places closed that we'd wanted to try. We'd saved the Watersmeet for our last day as we were staying a minute away from the hotel and the bistro menu looked good.

We went into the bistro at lunch and were the only people in the restaurant. Nevertheless, our waitress was attentive, without being intrusive, and apart from paying, we never had to wait long for anything!

Despite only planning a small lunch - we ended up ordering and eating three courses, the starters just looked too tempting so we went with those (delicious salmon) and for mains I had an absolutely amazing salad, and the other dishes were fantastic too. The chips, especially, were great, properly cooked, properly hot, and properly sized :)

For dessert we had creme brulee (apparently excellent) and a cheese board - the cheese board was great with a decent ratio of crackers/carbs to cheese (rare to find these days!) and interesting chutney.

All in all it turned out to be one of the best meals we had on our holiday and we left with very content and full bellies, all for a very reasonable price too! Would quite happily try out the main restaurant when returning to Woolacombe, and would recommend this to anyone down in that area.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Thank Babelfish84
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General M, Front Office Manager at Watersmeet Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2019

Thank you for your recent review. We are delighted to read you enjoyed your meal in our Bistro and the service was attentive. The parts of your meal sound delicious, our rustic fries certainly are a guest favourite. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Watersmeet for more good food in the future.

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Reviewed December 31, 2018

Just back from a wonderful weekend at the Watersmeet Hotel; our first, but hopefully not our last visit. So much about this place is perfect. Lovely relaxed atmosphere, quiet and calm but beautifully decorated for Xmas. The decor is tasteful and individual and the views from all rooms are spectacular, especially the front bedrooms and lounges and the restaurant.
Staff are professional but friendly; the smiles are genuine. The gorgeous spa, steam room and pool are terrific after a long walk on a drizzly grey winter's day. The food at dinner is exceptional- think Masterchef professional finals. The menu is imaginative and the dishes all delicious, well balanced and so tasty. The wine list is good; we liked the pinot noir very much. A bottle of Drappier champagne (which our kids had arranged for our ruby wedding anniversary) was waiting in an ice bucket in our room when we arrived-fantastic. However, reception also wished us well and we were delighted, after dinner last night, to recieve a sweet platter saying Happy Anniversary in chocolate.

To all the staff at Watersmeet, thank you all so much for making our stay with you so very special-an exceptional hotel.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Thank Hilaire
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General M, Front Office Manager at Watersmeet Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 1, 2019

Thank you for your review, we are pleased to read you had a wonderful weekend stay at the Watersmeet. Thank you for your praise of our views and decor that create that relaxed atmosphere. Your compliments towards our team and in particular our chefs is so encouraging to read, thank you. We are delighted that your anniversary was made extra special, we too hope your stay was not the last and we welcome you back to the Watersmeet soon.

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Reviewed December 16, 2018 via mobile

Just a short review to say a family visit 6 of us had a wonderful long weekend , great location , lovely staff , warm and welcoming , a second visit for my parents too .

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Puligny
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General M, Front Office Manager at Watersmeet Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 20, 2018

Thank you for your review. We are delighted your part of 6 enjoyed your long weekend at the Watersmeet. Thank you for your praise of our team and our coastal location. We hope to welcome you all back to the Watersmeet soon and hopefully your parents as well for their third visit!

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