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British, Bar
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 30 October 2023

We were driving through East Grinstead and needed a dog friendly place to eat. CJ's came up and we decided to give it a ago. The staff, especially the woman behind the bar was so kind and accommodating. We had two dog and a push...chair with a 10 month old. She suggested the perfect table with lots of space and they gave us a booster seat which attaches to the stool, as well as loads of dog treats for our pooches. We ordered the Club Sandwich and BLT's and were all really happy with our food and drinks. Would definitely go again.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 2 October 2023 via mobile

Really solid food and drink experience Better quality than the usual coffee shops and greater range of quality foods Local resident visited often and quality cleanliness remains high Good efficient friendly staff Slightly expensive but not overall so

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 28 August 2023 via mobile

Such a nice experience since this establishment has changed hands to The Goat Kitchen. It has been a while since I have been to CJ's as I felt it (and its staff sadly) was going downhill, but it now has a new lease of life....We arrived with our dog for lunch (we hadn't booked but it was quiet) and were immediately asked if our dog would like water and some treats. Such a nice touch. Menu is similar to the CJ's menu of old but slimmed down and less fussy. Staff were amazing, even the owner came out to chat to us. I would highly recommend giving this place another try if, like me, you avoided CJ's in recent years.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 23 July 2023

Loved this place! We came for breakfast and it was so good (fetalicious and the turkish eggs!) That we had to come back for dinner and again for cocktails. A sunny terrace for mornings and coffee and a cool vibe area downstairs for food and...bar. Staff were so welcoming and really added to our visitMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 19 July 2023

18th July was a moving day for me and I had no food in , do decided to go into town to get a sandwich to take away. I've not eaten at CJs since it became the Goat Kitchen but remember I always had had...good food there. There was a new menu so I sat down to have a look and fancied a Club sandwich. Which I ordered. It took an inordinate amount of time to prepare, especially considering the place was not at all busy, just a few people. I took the sandwich home and when I opened the box I was immediately disappointed. There was this warm, soggy excuse for a "Club" sandwich, tasteless chicken, fatty bacon and bore no resemblance to a club sandwich. One bite and went in the bin. £9.50!.?... you have got to.be kidding. It wasn't worth 95p. I will not be returningMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 July 2023 via mobile

Excellent food and service you can order via the app or the bar. I had the breakfast which is very good quality, the only issue after several visits are that the mushroom although very tasty are always cold on receipt. I would suggest you plate...them last this may solve the problemMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 24 June 2023 via mobile

Disappointed as we used to like it when the previous owners owned it. Today the food was OK but not great. Please listen to a customer request. The music used to be 70s rock, now very odd singing. The very best thing was when one...of the staff started playing the piano. More live playing please. The place needs cleaning ..... seriously it's really dusty (to say the least). The staff seem very nice though so maybe it will pick up again.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 3 June 2023

Popped in for a bottle of Prosecco with friends. Glad we only had the one as we were charged £36. Ridiculous price as average for East Grinstead is £26/28.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 27 May 2023 via mobile

Left waiting at the door and had to stop a staff member to ask if we had to find a table. Went to the bar to order and was referred to as "that guy". Stood for ages and asked for a slight variation to a...meal and was told it was not possible. At that point, we left.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 8 April 2023

Great any time. Good service, excellent food, good portion and at a reasonable price. Would recommend.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 12 February 2023 via mobile

My friend and I went for Breakfast and I really enjoyed our visit. The young lady who served us was a delight and could not be more helpful and had a smile on her face throughout our visit. Refreshing to see especially on a Sunday...morning. The food was excellent and really good quality and the hot chocolate I had was better than Costas. I would definitely visit again next time I am in East Grinstead.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 2 February 2023

A friendly and helpful service. A good vibe. . . . A great menu . . . . staff served food with a smile

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 8 January 2023 via mobile

I have visited CJs many times before and found the staff very helpful and friendly, I was sadly disappointed this time. Having managed to get my mother(who is in a wheelchair) seated, there was no help forthcoming from the staff, I stood at the bar...for 10mins whilst the young lady behind the bar played with her hair, rearranged milk jugs in the fridge and found 2 order pads. She didn’t bother to acknowledge my presence nor did she ask me to wait because she was busy, she knew I was there because she had pushed past me to get behind the bar. Eventually a male colleague went behind the bar and said hello and said they would be with me in a couple of minutes, he was very pleasant When the young lady finally deigned to serve me there was no apology for the wait. The young ladies who actually brought the food to the table were very pleasant and helpful. The food was a little on the cold side however I didn’t complain so I really shouldn’t moan about it. Sadly the rudeness of the young lady behind the bar marred the visit. I will go back as the staff are usually friendly and helpful.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 26 November 2022 via mobile

I spent an unplanned weekend in East Grinstead due to my son being in the hospital. On the Sunday I managed to pop out for a while and had a walk round the town. I was looking for somewhere to eat and found CJ’s. Looked...warm and welcoming and had a pianist playing who was great. Ordered a mixed roast of beef and chicken. A huge plate of food arrived which was delicious. Just what I needed. Staff were welcoming and attentive. If I’m ever in East Grinstead again I will return. ThankyouMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 6 September 2022

However our last 3 visits have been disappointing. On our last visit we ordered from the evening tapas menu, apart from the chorizo in red wine the rest did not taste fresh- tasted like Iceland frozen specials. Many establishments in the town are offering good...tapas now. We have always loved the staff here and to a certain extent they keep us coming back- but lately several good long serving staff members have left- while this happens in hospitality we can't help but notice that staff are always pushed to the limits here- they seem understaffed 80% of the time and I have heard the owner talk terribly to some of them. It's awkward and this doesn't add to the customer experience I'm afraid. We'll visit in a few months to see if CJ's has improved. I hope so!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Hi, yes they do. Be worth giving them a call to reserve a table. Kind regards Kevin
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CJs Cafe Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5