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The Playa

££ - £££, British,
The Playa The Leas, Minster on Sea ME12 2NL, England
+44 1795 873059
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
The Playa The Leas, Minster on Sea ME12 2NL, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an excellent Sunday roast on our first visit to the Playa. We both chose lamb which was cooked perfectly, this was served with a nice selection of vegetables also very well cooked. The rhubarb crumble and custard was also very good. The waitresses...More

1  Thank Paul F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff were really friendly and booked a table about an hour before when starting our walk along the minster leas beach, what a fabulous afternoon made all the better by a decent pint of cider and a really tasty roast beef dinner.

1  Thank janebates6
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just call in for a bite to eat had the senior meal more than enough,and well cooked. Staff vey helpful.

1  Thank Ashleyretired
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly place and the steak night is a good option with friends. The starters weren’t that good though. It’s a shame. The staff are very welcoming and there are good entertainment at times.

Thank Magali2laMed
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

My husband and I use this place frequently but not anymore food was terrible just chucked in a bowl all cooked from frozen what a waste of money come back Eddie that’s when it was run rightMore

2  Thank tazzywazz
Laura M, Owner at The Playa, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your meal with us on this occasion, as you can see from the other reviews it is very unusual for us to receive such negative reviews. I can assure you our food is all freshly cooked on the premises...More

Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Decided to go here last Thursday, what a treat it was! steak night. 2 ribeye or sirloin and bottle of house wine £30 Excellent value as the steaks were huge, yummy chips, peas, mushrooms and tomato. Lovely staff, nothing too much trouble Would definitely return...More

1  Thank Dillydots
Laura M, Owner at The Playa, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Thank you so much for this lovely review, we look forward to welcoming you again soon!

Reviewed 27 August 2018

We visited here Bank Holiday Monday with friends for lunch. First time visit for us. Glad we had booked a table as it was quite busy. The staff were friendly and welcoming and quickly came to take our drinks order. Good choice of different tonics...More

1  Thank Pat W
Laura M, Owner at The Playa, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this lovely review, we look forward to seeing you again soon .

Reviewed 23 August 2018

although busy good service from friendly staff , with no mistakes , good menu choice especially for senior citizens. ample portions especially fish and chips

Thank grahamw1612017
Laura M, Owner at The Playa, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2018

Thank you so much for this lovely review, we look forward to welcoming you again soon

Reviewed 16 August 2018

This is the first time we have been since new owners took over. The place was packed with customers so it was as well that we had booked a table. The menu didn't seem quite so extensive as it once was but there was still...More

Thank Peterperfik
Reviewed 1 August 2018

Great location on the beach. Parking and outside tables to take in the view. The food and service can be Hit or Miss. Never consistent. One day great, the next visit poor. Menu is typical pub food but not cheap.

1  Thank rodeodrive
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Response from Jennie H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, dogs allowed on patio and garden - water bowls always there.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Playa The Leas, Minster on Sea ME12 2NL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Isle of Sheppey  >  Minster on Sea
  • Phone Number: +44 1795 873059
  • E-mail
The Playa is set on Minster seafront providing wonderful views over the Thames estuary. We pride ourselves on our home-cooked top quality food, our range of fine ales, lagers and wines but above all exceptional customer service. We are a family run business headed up by sister and brother, Laura and Neil. We only purchase top quality products and travel weekly to billingsgate market and Smithfield markets to purchase fresh fish and meat for the week, when you visit The Playa we will endeavour to make the whole experience special for you and guarantee you will want to visit us again! We offer a 2 course senior citizen menu from Monday to Friday lunch time for £9.95 per head and Thursday night is buy one get one free on our Smithfield Steaks!! You will often find live music and a busy dance floor in The Playa on a Saturday night and a fresh home-cooked roast available on a Sunday. We cater for children and vegetarians please just enquire with one of our friendly waiting staff as to the days options. Our team of highly trained chefs will happily accommodate your needs. We cater for large parties and events, for any enquiries please phone us. We look forward to welcoming you to our establishment soon!
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