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“Lunch time destination”
Review of La Ripaille

La Ripaille
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Barkway, Herts, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Lunch time destination”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

An excellent pace for an informal lunch. The galettes are of good quality & we have paid more for poorer elsewhere in Normandy. With a mug of Normandy cider there is just room for a crepe to follow and leave one repeat but still able to continue one's itinerary for the day. Service is friendly and the speed depends very much on how busy the place is. We have been eating here since 2003 and the place is consistently good. .

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank John W
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Reasonable food, slow service, little English spoken and a bit bloody-minded”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

This is a small restaurant attached to a "hole-in-the-wall" creperie. Opening times are limited.

The restaurant is managed by "Sylvie" who was pleasant enough but was noticeably more friendly and attentive to her French customers. All of the food is based on crepes (pancakes) although the savoury versions are given a different name. My wife and I each had a different set menu - both of which started with a "Cocktail Ripaille".

As my wife is unable to drink alcohol, and I do not fancy the idea of wierd cocktail concoctions, we declined the cocktails and ordered drinks of lesser value. When the bill finally arrived (2.5 hours to eat a fairly modest meal) we were charged the full price for the set meals plus the cost of the replacement drinks.

I queried this with Sylvie and was told that as it was a set meal it made no difference to the price if we chose not to have the drinks. I lacked the French to argue that the drinks we had ordered were less expensive than her cocktails.

If this restaurant has a mission statement my suggestion is that it should be "Take it or leave it!"

This bloody-minded attitude was surprising considering this restaurant has a far more modest menu than most of its many competitors in this small town. The food was OK and the prices were reasonable, but the uncommercial attitude left a bad taste.

  • Visited September 2012
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3 Thank Robert G
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