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“Incredibly busy, but still wonderfully fresh food”
Review of Dandelion Cafe Bistro - CLOSED

Dandelion Cafe Bistro
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Over Easter we visited Lulworth Cove and had a late lunch at the Bistro, no menus but fresh food blackboards with lots of fish and shellfish. We chose mussels which were superb and fish and chips it was haddock thick and juicy and sweet. It is amazing that so many people were served when it is all so fresh not the typical pre prepared fare. I do not usually bother to write reviews but the situation and the fresh food was just memorable, I imagine with less people it is even better.

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Thank Loule1322
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

20 minutes to get served to 2 drinks, bar staff all walking around trying to look busy. The person supposedly running the place was serving himself behind the bar, just turning a blind eye to what was going on. The toilets were out of use, and no signs up to say. Sorry but you let yourselves and the area down.

1  Thank PhilYTotlandBay
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Looking at an earlier review it appears that the Dandelion Cafe is under new management. Unfortunately with the new management standards appear to have slipped from our previous visits. Admittedly the two occasions we had gone there before were out of season and service and food were very good then. However we went there Easter Saturday after our walk to Durdle Door and it couldn't have been more different. Service was slow and the few waitresses who were on duty appeared to be run off their feet. In fact one of them told us that they were so short staffed and she was working 16 hour shifts. Many of the diners there were looking bewildered and fed up with the long wait for their food. We only had a sandwich and a panini so fortunately our wait was not too long and quality was OK. However our coffee and cakes were not too impressive for the price charged. The 'regular' sized coffees were served in what appeared to be small sugar bowls. We were offered the choice of small or regular so can only assume the 'small' coffees would have been served in a thimble! The cake was more of a shop bought quality and not the delicious homemade as it was before. I realise there is little competition at Lulworth but this should not be a reason to offer poor service, skimp on quality and charge high prices. Let's hope the new manager can learn from customer reviews and improve to the service and quality standards offered by the previous management.

1  Thank AK63
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Booked a table for 12 for Easter Lunch. The menu was very limited, no roast dinners, very few meat dishes, the steak, lamb, pork that were on the menu were all unavailable. We went for fish and chips in the end which was a greasy average! overall the standard has slipped for this bistro which used to be a great asset in the village. Would not recommend sadly!

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1  Thank Jane J
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

This restaurant is under new management and for us they failed on every front. The menu was reduced to the bare minimum as they had run out of steak, pork and lamb shank. We eventually chose Chicken Jalfrezi, and it would seem they were also running short of chicken, just 3 small pieces. To add insult to injury they had run out of draft lager and most bottled beers and when nature called we discovered that both the toilets were out of order and we had to leave the restaurant and go to another premises. Finally we sat for 15 minutes with dirty plates in front of us and had to wait for them to manually add up our bill as the till had broken. Not ever an apology at the end. DONT use this restaurant they don't deserve your custom.

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1  Thank tezzer123
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