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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Service was friendly and attentive but my score is down to the food. Paying £5.50 for a sandwich that looked like something you'd get in a meal deal from a supermarket. Two pieces of shop bought thin bread, a small amount of grated cheese and...a teaspoon of chutney. Felt really poor value for money.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good place for tea and coffee. Good setup. Staff very good would visit again when next in the area. Happy couple thank you

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 6 November 2023

Beautiful little outdoor tearoom. We visited on our way for a walk on Kilne beach for coffee and cake in mid-October. The Ginger cake and Coffee and Walnut cake were homemade and they were absolutely delicious!! The owner was very friendly and chatty and we'll...definitely visit again if we're in the area.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 16 September 2023

This is an outdoor garden tea room.. It's set in lovely rajric setting by an old church type building.. It does the most amazing sandwiches .. scones cream teas and ice cream etc. Drinks were lovely. This is a rustic setting and seating etc is...casual.. no table clothes.. old chairs.. But the charm there is great.. We will.def go back next summer when we returnMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 21 August 2023 via mobile

Having read the Trip Advisor reviews of The Chantry only after our visit, it's clear the management don't read their reviews, or worse, don't care. This review could almost be a summary of all the other 1-3 star reviews as our group nearly achieved Bad...Chantry Bingo. 1) The attitudeoif the female owner is terrible. A customer facing role is clearly not for her. 2) Portion sizes are poor when compared to competitors in the area. Two in our party asked for more cream with their scones and were told "That would cost extra". The original portion sizes were miserly at best. 3) Mrs. Chantry struggles with negative customer feedback. "Everyone gets the same portion size (not quite enough) .... no one has complained before (she's clearly unaware of Trip Advisor). After this exchange, one of our party suggested that 'never coming back' was an option. This was a red rag to her, and she came back for a (verbal) fight. Luckiky, this was diffused by some of the more diplomatic members of our party. 4) Comments about packaging are fair. Paper cups and cardboard boxes should be for takeaway only. Some nice crockery would improve the experience... or prices should be reduced to reflect this. Positives: Mr Chantry was obviously having a good day (maybe he hadn't spoken to his wife. He was clearly busy). The other staff were pleasant. The location is lovely. Summary: Unfortunately, The Chantry seems to be a profit maximisation operation, rather than being customer service based. We spoke to some other friends who have visited the area for generations, and they all have had bad experiences there (generally involving the owner's attitudes) and haven't returned. My experience is that I ordered and ice cream, it's difficult to go wrong with Styles, but when it arrived (when I was away from the table) it came with a warning. 'The cone needs to be held in a particular way, or it might break'. This advice wasn't passed onto me, and I was very impressed with the catch I made as the ice cream headed to the floor. My dog appreciated helping clean my ice cream covered hand (if not the dog ice cream I bought her). The fact that the cone came with a warning about its poor quality, rather than The Chantry fixing the problem by shopping elsewhere for better supplies sums this place up. Mrs Chantry has to be seen to be believed, but you won't come back.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 16 August 2023 via mobile

The setting is beautiful, but having been on holiday and sampling many cream teas locally, I was disappointed with the quality after visiting with family. It was a busy, sunny day and we waiting over 30 mins to receive our cream tea and sandwiches. As...many reviewers have already mentioned, these come in cardboard boxes/ cups. The scone was very dry and crumbly but was served with a huge quantity of clotted cream and good quality jam. Unfortunately, due to the nearby bins, there were a considerable amount of wasps hanging around too which didn’t help with our enjoyment of the experience. The sandwiches were tasty but pricey since the they did not come with any garnish/ salad etc (£1 extra for a bag of crisps). The hot drinks just didn’t taste as good in cardboard cups- they were incredibly hot to touch too. Lovely setting, but let down by the “takeaway” feel.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 14 August 2023

I have been visiting The Chantry for 25 years and the appeal of home baking in an alfresco setting has always been an absolute joy. However, I am old school in liking linen on a restaurant table and full crockery in a cafe. Covid understandably...forced a shift to disposable items but I take the opposite view to Michael T, as I feel that the permanent use of packaging diminishes the experience. Having recycling bins, that were previously unnecessary, is just virtue signalling and a cop out from washing up.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 3 August 2023

BRILLIANT as always ! We've been going here for 5 years, while holidaying in the area. We only found it by accident while viviting Kilve Beach. what an absolute GEM. The garden is straight out of a romantic novel. Lovely old fashioned garden and a...mix of old and ruined buildings. The food is lovely as is the service, by the owner - what a nice man. Food is served in boxes, and paper cups, introduced during Covid, and is a clever way to save their work. All the boxes and cups go in recycling bins on the way out. All in all, it's a lovely, idylic place, good value for money and an absolute pleasure to patronise. Thank you - we WILL be back next year :-)More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 28 July 2023 via mobile

After a two-hour drive, we needed some sustenance before our coastal walk. We stumbled upon this as it was right by the car park. Very pretty location with outside seating covered and uncovered. We ordered sandwiches which were delicious my wife commented how nice her...cheese sandwiches were not the usual bland cheddar you sometimes get and my egg and cress were also very delicious. We had scones between us which were very nice and certainly not small with cream and jam or is that jam and cream? Very tasty nonetheless. Very tranquil location, with good prompt service and flavoursome food. Well-fed and watered before our coastal walk the perfect pit stop.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 18 June 2023 via mobile

Very beautiful garden setting with swallows and sparrows swooping around. The gentleman who served us was exceptionally polite and efficient despite taking all the orders and serving everyone by himself. The cafe was very busy and everyone was tucking into scones and other delicious treats....Yes, it’s simple and takeaway cups and paper plates, and yes , you pop everything in the recycling bins on the way out. But very nice tea and delicious scone with generous clotted cream and lovely blackcurrant jam. The fragrance of roses enhanced our visit and we were very pleased with our visit.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 10 June 2023 via mobile

We stumbled upon this place and didn’t know what to make of it at first. Beautiful little garden full of flowers and birds, sat between a farmhouse and a ruin. We ordered by ringing a bell outside. We had an exceptional cream tea (the jam...for the scone and the pickle for the cheese scone tasted homemade, along with the beautiful scones and cakes. The tea and coffee were “proper” and not skimped on. Overall, a wonderfully bizarre and beautiful experience.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 4 June 2023 via mobile

The most beautiful cottage garden to sit in. Yes the sandwiches came in a cardboard box which would have been ideal at the beginning of the walk as we could have taken them with us but with small kids and a dog it's safer not...having breakables around. All food was excellent and very quick service couldn't beat it really.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 2 June 2023

We were a group of senior women on a walk around Kilve. We were warned by group leader that this place was ‘ not up to much’ but when I saw the setting I was entranced by the informal garden set around the ancient walls...( albeit held together by almost as ancient scaffolding) with birds flittering back and forth to the feeders. However although my coffee at the beginning of our walk was in a paper takeaway cup, it was good coffee. At the end of the walk we all sat at a large garden table and placed our orders. All the food was excellent ! However the lack of cutlery, napkins and crockery along with, again, paper cups was so disappointing, and diminished the quality of the food. I see from previous reviews that the lack of crockery and cutlery was introduced during the covid period. I am very sorry to see that this practice has continued, and would urge the owners - pleasant and accommodating as they were- to seek to reintroduce these elements of visiting and eating in such a lovely setting.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 21 May 2023

Very disappointed with our visit this afternoon for a cream tea! We haven't visited here in about 18 months. We did not expect them to be still using paper and cardboard cups, plates and cutlery which they starting using during covid and just after. It...use to be one of the best places for a cream tea, but the lack of crockery lets it all down! 'Just saying' I am not even bothering to remark on the actual cream tea as the experience is marred by the reasons given.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 14 March 2023

Delicious scones and jam made for a great break when walking the coast path. No indoor seating just tables and chairs with parasols. There is also soup, sandwiches and cakes as well as ice creams. Lovely on a dry day, I don't know if they...open if it's raining but well worth a visit.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Well this may help.... the sign said they were open, it was late, there was a queue but when we got served they were only doing take away cups of tea and I think ice creams. So we went home for a cuppa. It was a nice day and... More
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