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Italian, Bar, Pizza, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
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Reviewed 22 September 2021

Nice atmosphere, good service & food, all at a sensible price. Highly recommend. Locals need to use this pub or it will be gone forever

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 22 September 2019

Really nice, home-cooked Italian food (pizzas and pie were great!). Bit of a mixed setup in traditional pub and restaurant and the homemade Nutella ice cream wasn't to our taste...great for the price though and real quality food

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 13 September 2019

Alessandro and his team created a fantastic buffet for my father-in-law's wake and nothing appeared to be any trouble at all. The food was absolutely delicious and plenty of it too. If you are looking to organise a function on Southborough The Imperial is highly...recommended!More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 8 June 2019

Not eaten here before. I’d driven past it for years thinking It was simply a pub, Then I read on TA that this place had a great Italian menu. Well they’re right! I am not entirely on board with the decor. We were a table...of 4 food lovers. We were seated to the side of the bar in a tiny dining area. But when the food arrived we didn’t care. It was delicious! The seafood pasta, carbonara and cod loin were all fresh, wholesome and consumed with pleasure. Two of us had the Arancini to start. My only criticism was that these were very filling, perhaps a bar snack size so we were quite full already before the main course arrived! Our waitress, a Sicilian herself, provided good food recommendations. The service was attentive without being distracting - water was replaced on the table without asking - for me a sign of care and genuine hospitality, Well Done The Imperial. We do have two vegans in the family who weren’t with us the night we visited the Imperial. I am not certain there is sufficient choice on the current menu to return with our full family but for the four non vegans in the family this is a great choice. In balance, a vegan friend has since told me that the Imperial will go out of their way to cater for them when they visit with friends. So no need to avoid but perhaps not a first choice.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 5 May 2019 via mobile

I have been to The Imperial Pub many times and have always had a lovely experience, they serve decent beers, lagers and ales and the Italian food the serve is delicious, the staff are always very attentive and the place is lovely and clean, I...can highly recommend one of the specials pizzas they serve called 'Tom's Special' I believe its named after one of the OAP's who frequent the pub, definitely worth a try. I will be returning, Thankyou once again.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 5 March 2019

we walk in without any booking on a sunday afternoon. the place was very full, but the staff and the manager were very polite and told us that they could sit us in 15/20min. we had a drink and as soon as somebody left we...were sitting in a comfortable position. we shared a starter of crescentine (fried pieces of pizza dough) as they do in Bologna, as main we had a pizza. the experience was very positive, the pizza was very good (as you could have found in any pizzeria in Italy). I definitely going to come back and try other food I saw a fish soup in the menu that look very interestingMore

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed 25 January 2019 via mobile

Best pup in Southborough great staff great beer and a lovely Welcome from the staff every time Fantastic food also do you know you won’t be disappointed

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 15 January 2019

Great food, good service, nice atmosphere, good beers on draught, recommended. Some tables are near the loos, however.

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed 7 January 2019 via mobile

Went with family for an anniversary meal. Quick and friendly service from staff. Unfortunately, with the exception of arancini ball starters the food was quite poor. Maybe an off day but wouldn’t go back for food.

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 24 December 2018

A very warm and friendly welcome from all the staff. They quickly prepared a table for the five of us, took drinks orders and explained the menu specials. The food is "Italy" dominated but delicious and varied. Obviously freshly prepared and cheerfully served. A special..."thank-you" to Chris who was briliantMore

Date of visit: December 2018
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Yes, The Imperial Restaurant offers takeaway services.

The Imperial Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5