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“Patchy cooking, hopeless service, nice day”
Review of The Fig Tree

The Fig Tree
Ranked #1 of 71 Restaurants in Penarth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $26
Cuisines: Seafood, British, Welsh
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Scenic view, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Award Winning Independent Restaurant, Owner Managed, Affordable Fresh Food. Everything prepared and cooked on site. Local free Range & Organic Meat, Fresh Sustainable Wild Fish, Local Seasonal vegetables. We Added to the Great Food, we have amazing Great Views, Great Art, a Great Wine List , Local Real Ales, Relaxed Atmosphere, Friendly Staff. All in this, in wonderful Victorian former beach shelter & life boat station We welcome Vegetarians and those special dietary requirements. We are now open for the best breakfast with views on Saturday's & Sunday's We look forward to seeing you at The Fig Tree. Mike, Sandie, Nathan, Elen, Billy, Tracey, Eleri and all of the team
Welsh Borders, UK
Level 6 Contributor
215 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
“Patchy cooking, hopeless service, nice day”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Six of us came for lunch on a sunny Sunday, in a sunny mood. We were quickly shown to our table and given menus. It was a day for fish, so, apart from our vegetarian daughter, we ordered hake. Three of us started with mussels, two with melon and one with chicken salad. We ordered prosecco to bolster our mood and Muscadet with the fish. The bubbly soon arrived and the glasses clinked. Then we waited. No bread or nibbles to line the empty tums. Half an hour later, a server came with a spoon and asked who was having the mussels. Three of us put up our hands, and she ran off. Ten minutes later, she returned with two more spoons, but no food. I asked a waiter to go to the kitchen and find it. He did, and returned to say it wouldn't be long. No-one, no staff that is, seemed in the least concerned that after an hour, they had not managed to serve any food. They all seemed blissfully unaware throughout, that they were there for service. In desperation, we asked for bread, and it came, shortly followed by our starters. The mussels were slightly underdone, but open and with good liquor, the melon was a cobbled together dish of chopped bits with feta and the chicken very ordinary. Then we waited. At 3 o'clock by now, I again asked the waiter to go to the kitchen. He returned to say that our mains were being plated, but that would take another 15 minutes. So could he please bring along our wine? Wine? The waitress who had taken our order overheard and told him about it. It came. The good news is that the hake was delicious, served with a mountain of new potatoes and dishes of steamed vegetables. We declined deserts (didn't want to stay for dinner). When the bill didn't come, I went to the till and paid. Had the meal been good, the bill at (£147 for 6 of us) would have seemed very fair.
This restaurant badly needs management.

  • Visited July 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Figging Love It!”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Had a lunch here with friends and just have to say that it was absolutely perfect. The lunch thus began which required a great Merlot, home breads and olives. My starter of asparagus with lemon and butter were incredible and my mains of carmarthenshire lamb was cooked beautifully. Took on the cheeseboard and heaven sighed. It really doesn't get any better than this. The waiting staff were attentive and very helpful in their attention to the menu read out. It was a fine lunch, filled with sunshine and with wonderful views across the channel, will certainly be back very soon, maybe next week.

  • Visited June 2013
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Barry
Level 6 Contributor
254 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“A welcome return”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

A couple of months ago we visited this restaurant and were not happpy witht he quality of food they served, we pointed this out to the management who gave us a discount voucher hoping we would rerurn.

So three months later we went, what a big difference.

The staff and the ambience were still the same very welcoming and the atmosphere in the restaurant is relaxing and conducive to a relaxing evening with friends and the view across to the sea.

The food was a hundred percent better, two of us had the same dish as on the previous occasion and what a joy to eat it, it was cooked to perfection and presented as a first class restaurant should present their food.

Prices may be a little too high but the quality of the food justifies it.

Please keep the sam standards and I am sure more people will visit, we will certainly be returning.

  • Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A perfect evening in Penarth”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

We came across The Fig Tree after a day in Cardiff & Barry which we finished off with a walk along Penarth Esplanade. The weather was ideal for sitting on the terrace with a beautiful view of the sun setting over the pier.
The service was swift and unobtrusive. The atmosphere inside was buzzing for a Wednesday evening. I had the mussels and the lamb which were both fresh, cooked perfectly and delicious. My husband had the calamari and the belly pork (he loves a pig), which he said was the best he'd had in a long while.
We had a bottle of Argentinian Pinot Noir which was not cheap, but definitely worth it-smooth & velvety. The wine list is well put together. The bill came in at £75 for the two of us. We couldn't do that every night but as a treat it was worth every penny. We would return in a heartbeat!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Polly C
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South Wales
Level 6 Contributor
363 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Friday Night Meal”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

Had lunch here before but never evening meal. We were not disappointed - very nice food, service and surroundings. The place was busy, unlike some of the other eateries on the front which is probably down to the quality of the food. Overall, very nice food at reasonable prices, great service and nice surroundings. Well worth a visit.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Andrew J
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