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“Charming service and good food ”

The Dolphin Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Kingston
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

We arrived at the Dolphin with our dog after a long walk, thirsty and hungry. The food was straight forward, very tasty and good value, best fish and chips I've had in a while. The best part of our night by far was the individual charm of our hosts, the two gentlemen were welcoming, informal and great craic (Our dog was very taken by them both, he got a lot of treats!). If you're after another polished, generic pub the Dolphin will not be for you. But if you're looking for a rustic, comfortable setting with good beer and no nonsense food get yourself to the Dolphin. We loved it and will definitely be back!

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

This pub is in a wonderful location. When you walk in it feels really homely, with its low beams and decor you really could be in the 16th century. We came here on a Sunday evening and ordered Fish and Chips, and there special Sausage and Mash. It took a while for our food to arrive as a party of people that were sat in the garden had ordered food and then been forgotten, so they sat there for an hour before asking where there food was, so we had to wait while they made there food.

Our food arrived and I really wish it hadn't. Before it got to our table the fish fell from the plate onto the floor,so we then had to wait for that to arrive again. The fish and chips were frozen chips, and frozen fish in batter, not homemade. The sausage and mash were 3 sausages that had been fried black and the mash can only be described as something from a packet of Smash, and full of lumps and for £20 for the two it was a joke.

The 2 guys that run this pub need to sort this out, and as for the chef if he put as much effort into cooking real food as he does singing along to ABBA songs in the kitchen it would be a better place.

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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Ideal location. The village of Kingston is beautiful and unspoilt and has the Church and the Pub. The 16th century pub could not be in a better location and inside looks like a real pub. Sadly the two gentlemen that, I assume run the place, need to pay attention to trip advisor comments. It reminded me a bit of fawlty towers. The main course took and hour and a quarter to be served but they did not seem to mind. Their loud conversions with the chef could be heard by all !!!The whole plaice was overcooked and the starters "swedish" prawn cocktail was pretty awful. They need separate staff serving the tables and garden only, leaving the lovely two old gentlemen behind the bar pulling the pints in my opinion. I expect the locals are well used to their pub.

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Reviewed 15 June 2014

After a beautiful and sunny walk around the gorgeous coastline we decided to drop into the Dolphin for a drink. There were 9 of us, all with dogs so we sat in the lovely beer garden. A few of us went inside to buy the drinks. We were served by two gentlemen, one of whom had requested the assistance of the other as we were waiting and he was busy. Unfortunately this second gentleman had no customer service skills at all! A grumpy demeanor, curt to the pint of rudeness.
On.purchasing two pints I took the drinks to the garden. Only to find that one of the glasses was filthy on the inside with bits of black dirt. I went in to the pub to change it, which the first barman was happy to do but, unfortunately, that glass also turned out to be filthy on the inside! Out of our group of 9, 5 of the glasses were dirty.
Hopefully the pub will either replace their glass washer or pay more attention when taking glasses off the shelf to give to customers.

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Reviewed 7 June 2014

My and family i ate here recently as we were staying in a caravan park nearby, its was my parents 60th wedding anniversary. We had a beautiful meal and the pub was busy with people eating and enjoying themselves. I found the pub to be very welcoming and friendly and i had a chat with the barman Viv. We have been there for a drink a few times (eventhough we are not from the area) as the surrounding countryside and coastal walks are so much quieter than the Cornish coast. The Kingston bus shelter is lovely - but the bus only comes on a friday!!! Its a real part of olde england - enjoy it...

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