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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came for a birthday celebration and we all loved our meals. 4 people had the beef wellington and said it was delicious. I had the Old Winchester & truffle double baked soufflé to start and it was incredibly tasty, and the aubergine tagline which was...also full of flavour. The staff were so sweet and friendly, cocktails were delicious. It is on the pricier side but a great place to go for an occasion as it is such great quality!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Subtle handling of scallops and beef carpaccio - both easy to get very wrong - but here of high quality, and so pleasingly presented. Cod loin ably competed with these - tender meat, skin salted to just the right level, sauce delicately assertive without overpowering...the fish. Potato cake to accompany was rich and irresistible. Put all this with a very decent Rioja and you have two excellent hours ahead. Witty, assiduous but unintrusive service also needs recognition.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 23 October 2023

Group of 15, family and friends. We ate together in the liberty room. Food great, most had 3 courses. Staff attentive and always on hand asking if we'd like any more drinks. Lovely dining experience.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Head of Communications, Revenue Management at Restaurant 1865, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2023

Thanks so much for your positive review - we really appreciate it when guests take the time to leave a review. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon ...

Reviewed 7 October 2023

Went for dinner last night. Staff were very sweet as usual. The food was very good but unfortunately cold. People at the next table were also complaining their food was cold. I was there a few months ago also and the chowder was cold. It...completely lacked any finesse. Not even a sprinkling of herbs to make the food look inviting. Also a dead plant on the table... Great place for a cocktail but has failed the food test too many times now. Won't be back. Such a shame as the venue is amazing.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Head of Communications, Revenue Management at Restaurant 1865, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2023

So sorry to hear about your experience ... there really is no excuse for cold food. We do hope you will give us another opportunity to impress and look forward to mixing you a great cocktail on your next visit ...

Reviewed 14 July 2023

My wife and I met up with some friends for an evening meal at Restaurant 1865. It's a relaxing venue with great views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight beyond. The food was tasty and well-presented, and the staff were friendly and attentive....A very enjoyable evening.More

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Head of Communications, Revenue Management at Restaurant 1865, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2023

Thank you so much for your lovely review - I do hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you again very soon ...

Reviewed 28 December 2022

Disclaimer : We did not stay in the hotel , we had a 20 person family meal. Pros : - Alfredo and the rest of the staff were excellent, really attentive and helpful. Service was quick and organised. They work well together. - Incredible venue..., very sophisticated interior. Good refurbishment on the bathrooms and other areas. Cons : Food on the whole was poor and needs work , £40 for a 3 course is good value , when met with good food. Starter was acceptable, main somewhat less and the deserts all round were inedible. Work needs to go into this. It is worth mentioning in fairness to the chefs that we did push the meal back by an hour. However the deserts will have not been affected by this. Overall summary : Would return as there are many facets to the business but not for the same meal under the same circumstances.More

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Reviewed 16 November 2022 via mobile

My sister and I had cocktails and dinner at the Queens Hotel on Saturday evening. The atmosphere was lovely and there was a good vibe in the bar earlier on. The cocktails were excellent and great before dinner. The food was excellent, simply wonderful and...we felt we were somewhere very special. After our meal we had a nightcap in the bar. Honestly, the staff could not have been any more professional or friendly with superb food and a magnificent setting. Booking again for next month. Thank you Queens HotelMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 23 October 2022 via mobile

I can often review this restaurant and give it the full five stars, today I would give it a four and half out of five, I didn’t book and Sunday lunch service can be very busy so i would certainly recommend it, but for the...life of me I can’t understand why I had to wait half an hour for a table when there were plenty of tables visibly vacant, I went in at 2pm and some of those empty table were still empty when I left. After ordering a drink that I didn’t really want i sat in the bar listing to the live jazz, they nearly always have live jazz on a Sunday and the ambience is lovely. I was seated at 2:20pm, water was promptly delivered to the tables and swiftly our order taken. Our food took about 20 minutes to be brought out, I had the roast pork, it was tasty but I have had better roast pork before also it had no crackling just a rubbery pork skin. The carrots, kale and parsnips were yummy, the potatoes were a bit anaemic, I want roast potatoes on a roast, not ones that have only seen the oven briefly! The roast was a decent portion size, but no cauliflower cheese arrived the menu did state it was one of the vegetables, plus no salt in the salt cellar, my husband had the chicken breast he said it was succulent and tender. The staff are a real asset to this restaurant and although I found a few small faults this time I will still come back here again and again to eat.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 20 October 2022

Good range of dishes offering choices to suit all palates. The food was first class and the service matched. The staff were all attentive and friendly. I would highly recommend

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 25 July 2022

I had friends visit for the weekend and we were looking for somewhere that served roast dinner. We’d gone to multiple restaurants, which had all stopped serving, though it was only 7pm(ish) I remembered the Queens hotel had restaurant 1865, so we popped in, and...thankfully they were still serving. They say things happen for a reason, it was quite possibly the best roast dinner. I had pork, which was perfect, and my friends had the beef, which they said was delicious. Deserts were delicious too We all loved it so much we went back the next night. We all ordered the rib-eye, possibly the best steak we’d had, the knife went through like melted butter it was that tender. Everything about restaurant 1865 and it’s surroundings was 10/10 in every way. The staff are friendly, surroundings amazing, food exquisite, and prices really reasonable, in fact unbelievably reasonable. I couldn’t recommend this place enough, truly well worth visitingMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 30 June 2022

We had Sunday lunch and it was excellent, a nice choice of dishes, I had the pork and my Wife had Chicken, both were excellent and superbly cooked. The waitresses were fantastic, so friendly and helpful, we felt we had known them for years. Service...was very prompt, but not to the point of feeling rushed. An added bonus was the excellent saxophone player, very pleasant music and not too loud. As we were staying at the Hotel, we also had the pleasure of one of the best breakfasts I have had at any Hotel, it is worth visiting the Restaurant just to have their breakfast. We will definitely be back we are already booked into the Hotel in September, so the restaurant is a must.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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The Queens Hotel Management, Owner at Restaurant 1865, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2022

Thanks so much for your glowing review - we look forward to welcoming you back in September ...

Reviewed 8 May 2022

Though we would go for a nice family Sunday lunch. Excellent service and great food, the Pork Belly roast was perfect but the atmosphere was spoiled by being unable to hear each other speak over the excessively loud live musician. Such a shame that 'background'...music was so loud that the diners at most of the tables had to be so loud to make themselves heard. I will definitely ask if there is music on before booking again. Incidentally the afternoon tea looked really nice too!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 2 April 2022 via mobile

Had a wonderful meal, the food was outstanding as was the service and surroundings. Just like a fine dining restaurant should be, opulent decor and furnishings with comfortable chairs, large tables nicely spaced out - and food and service to go with it.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 22 March 2022

After trying the eating places at the Quays which really wasn't good we decided to book a table at the hotel restaurant, it was lovely, the food was excellent and very good value for what you get, the staff were all amazing...we shall being staying...at the Queens once again in the future and this time we shall frequent the restaurant!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 6 February 2022

We had such a lovely afternoon tea to celebrate my friend's birthday. The venue is astonishingly beautiful. The staff were incredible, nothing was too much trouble and we were so well looked after. As for the food, wow! Scones were beautiful as were all the...cakes and sandwiches. We had as much tea as we could drink and were unable to finish it all (but tried really hard ..) Thank you so muchMore

Date of visit: February 2022
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  • Food: 4
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