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“Pretty average food and that's about it”

The Botany Bay Hotel Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 5 Restaurants in Kingsgate
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Pretty average food and that's about it”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

Be aware first that it's a pub style place. When we sat down, there was only one menu per table so we had to take from other tables - not a problem as the place was nearly empty at lunch on a Saturday. When we ordered, we found that they wouldn't let us keep a tab open so we could pay for it all when we ordered pudding - a minor issue but annoying. We ordered 2 grilled plaice and a cheese and bacon burger, both with chips. However, when they arrived the plaice were fried in batter. It's not a big deal again and we were ok with that but it was a bit of a big mistake. They apparently tasted alright. My burger was decent too - nothing special but an improvement on a McDonald's burger at least. The chips were pretty poor. Each meal was about £10 each and the portions were good.

For desert, I had a "chocolate flake cheesecake" for £5 which was a small slice of cheesecake with a bit of cream and a ridiculous tiny drizzle of chocolate sauce that was nowhere near enough and reminds me of some sort of attempt at "poshness". The cheesecake itself was very bland - barely tasted of chocolate and wasn't sweet enough. It barely tasted of anything. Very disappointing. In addition, they'd not bothered to wipe the table in between - maybe to be expected but it contributed to a poor atmosphere.

There are nice views if you sit the conservatory area at least. Otherwise it's pretty dingy. Ultimately it's not awful and if you went there you wouldn't be regretting it but given that you could go anywhere else I don't see the point.

  • Visited June 2013
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“Great food and excellent service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2013

We recently visited the Fayreness and had a great evening. The food was marvellous and the service was extremely friendly.

Can't wait to come back to Broadstairs and visit again!

  • Visited May 2013
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“Clean friendly and great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

Have been here a few occasions last time was Mother's Day always a friendly welcome and great service, the only two things that let this place down is the price (quite expensive when you add all the family up) and the quality of the meat could be better but great helpings, never go home hungry and stunning veiws.

We are hoping to go back for Father's Day this Sunday!

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margate
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“Excellent food from excellent chefs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

stayed at the hotel, and when we booked offered a table. We accepted as we knew we were going to arrive after 7pm. We were not disappointed. The fillet steak, although at £20 was amazing, and the chicken my wife had was also very very good. I would say they should reduce the price slightly on the steak, but to be honest it was worth it, but price may put others off from trying it in the first place. I told the manager on duty his chef was excellent. Really happy little place.

Visited June 2013
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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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“New menu went down a treat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

Just been over to the hotel for a taste of the new menu. We had never been before, and must say the views are just as good as the meals we had. I have the pork chop, which was very big, and my husband had the chicken. We then have the cheesecake. All parts of the meal were nicely cooked and down to earth. Will be back during the day (when the sun finally appears) to try the beer garden and soak in the view over the sea.

  • Visited May 2013
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