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“Great pub rubbish food”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Lobster Smack

Lobster Smack
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Canvey Island, United Kingdom
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“Great pub rubbish food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

My partner together with another booked to have an early dinner on a Tuesday. The staff could not do enough and the atmosphere OK although not many other diners. The prawn cocktail was badly presented. Half pint glass filled with lettuce with a few prawns on top with not much sauce. My friend and I ordered the chicken pie. A chicken breast cut in half should have been in a cheese and bacon sauce which was non existent topped with a puff pastry lid. Awful. We did complain at the time but was told "we don't make it ourselves". My partner was told once his fish had been delivered they didn't have any tartar sauce. However another waitress sorted it and had the kitchen make some! Would definitely not recommend eating here.

Visited March 2014
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English first
Canvey Island, United Kingdom
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“Lisa”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

It was our first visit since the make over and was very surprised how lovely it was.. There was a crowd of 16 girls/women in my group and we was very loud and noisy the bar staff even came and joined in the laughs with us very friendly pub with reasonable food at affordable prices. The service was excellent too. Will definately be visiting again and would also recommend to others ......

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Lisa H
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essex
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“It was Alright”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

We have been to the lobster smack many times but this was our first since the refit.

It now feels more of a gastro pub.

The food was nice, the service good and the prices were reasonable.

The menu was very limited.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank fennybobsuk
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London, United Kingdom
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“Not a change for the good.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014

Booked a lunchtime table for 4 on the 17th March 2014 at the newly refurbished Loster Smack.
Our friends had come from Brentwood, (regular visitors to this venue) to enjoy the traditional fare and like us, were extremely disappointed first with the menu, and then the food.
While the modern take looks good, it lacks the informal ambiance of an 'olde' smugglers pub.
The seating is too cramped, tables too small to accommodate the dinner plates, glasses, cutlery, etc. The menu stand was eventually deposited on the floor, to make some room.
We all struggled to select from the menu, (where had all the courses we liked and enjoyed gone).
The 'All Day Breakfast' was a favorite, as was the Mixed Grill choice, and numerous Chicken Dishes, all gone.
After approximately 20 minutes, we decided on our choice of meal. (None that we would have had in the past). The Gammon and Egg dish that I chose was disappointing. Very little meat on the gammon, an egg, a small ramekin of french fries, a mushroom and a small salad garnish. Hardly filling and at least £2.00 more than before the refurb.
Please, less of the fancy, more of the traditional. We will not return until favorable 'reviews' force a visit.
On a plus note, the waiting staff were very good and helpful.

  • Visited March 2014
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Canvey Island, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Lovely lively friendly”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014

I am a regular visitor to the Lobster Smack whether its just for a few drinks or for lunch or dinner. The service there is brilliant even when it gets busy the staff are always friendly and happy to help. There's a really good community feel to the place, there's never any trouble, the locals are very friendly, its a good atmosphere for friend or family visits.
The food is very nice with a good selection on the menu.
theres a nice warm feel to the inside, and a lovely seating area outside along the sea wall. Its a good place to go for all occasions. Perfect place for beer garden weather! I always leave there with a smile. Definitely one of my favourite places.

Visited November 2013
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Thank Kelly K
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