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“Really good food, but over an hour's wait...”
Review of The Gunnery Brasserie - CLOSED

The Gunnery Brasserie
Price range: US$10 - US$26
Cuisines: Steakhouse, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: We are a warm, welcoming, inviting bar and restaurant located in the scenic village of Tarvin in the heart of Cheshire. Our charming premises date back to the early 19th century and many of the original features remain, culminating in a rustic and traditional dining setting. Coupled with our enthusiastic and motivated team we hope to provide an experience not to be forgotten.
Cheshire, UK
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Really good food, but over an hour's wait...”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

Six of us went to The Gunnery for a meal on Saturday 8th March, although we had been for just drinks before, we hadn't had a meal there yet so decided to try it for a birthday celebration.
We were seated quickly in the upstairs dining area and the atmosphere was good, with live music on downstairs.

However, from there the service - although friendly - became quite slow overall.
The first drinks order seemed to take a while to arrive and from ordering the food (just a main course and desserts), the first course took over an hour and 15 minutes to arrive and subsequent drinks orders also seemed to have been forgotten. The restaurant must have acknowledged that the food was taking a while as they gave us complimentary bread and olives.

Although the meals were good, non of us were sure if they were worth the hour plus wait.

With the service of desserts, us having arrived at just after 8.15pm, with our taxi booked for 11.45 when we just managed to finish our meal and pay; overall, our meal alone took over 3 hours and this gave us no real time to have a drink afterwards to enjoy the atmosphere in the bar downstairs.

On top of that we were charged for extras we didn't have (although these were removed when we pointed this out) and when asked if we enjoyed our meals, we did advise that the service was generally quite slow, but our waitress just kind of looked at us with a quiet 'sorry'.

Perhaps a little bit more attention can be paid to diners in the first floor area so that they can also relax and spend more money downstairs after their meal? Just a thought.

This experience won't sop me going back to The Gunnery, but not sure we'd add a meal to the experience next time if having to wait so long to eat is the norm here.

(My rating would have been much higher, but the slow service for me was quite frustrating)

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Nadia F
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English first
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2014

Went there on a Thursday....big signs saying "thirsty Thursdays" £2.50 for a glass of wine...
I go to bar ask for two medium house red wines....that will be £9.00 please....How does that work then.....!!!! Not impressed and it seems to me a bit of a scam to get you in? no advice was offered by the staff? menu very limited...nibbles do not show on the menu for some reason!!!
the place also needs a carpet as it has an echo feel to the place and you can hear everyone talking!!! also there needs to be a specific ' bar area" as it makes you feel a little uncomfortable just having a drink!!!
in summary....
offers need to be explained properly
menu needs a revamp
carpet to be fitted
bar area needs sorting

otherwise a lovely little place...

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank jon o
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Will visit again”
Reviewed 11 February 2014 via mobile

We went to the gunnery on a voucher deal. It's a lovely little place with friendly staff and lovely food in very generous portions. We live quite a way from Tarvin but I would make the trip again to visit the Gunnery.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank 697MrsC
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Chester, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Just as good as last time!”
Reviewed 3 February 2014

New to the area, we first visited The Gunnery in Autumn of last year on a Travelzoo deal. We are regular 'eater-outers', usually heading towards Chester, but fancied a change for our Anniversary last weekend. We'd had a good meal last time, so thought we'd give it another go. Weren't we pleased we did! We booked via 'top-table' but then realised that there was 'an act' on, so phoned to say that we would like to have a more private, intimate table, to be told by the psychic person that answered that they had already done that. Great atmosphere of what seemed to be locals, when we arrived, which boded well. We were shown thro to the downstairs dining room, where a large party was already seated. Sadly there was a mix up about bookings for said large party, (no fault of the restaurant) which meant that they unexpectedly had TWO large parties. This situation was handled seamlessly by Sarah and the other young, but excellent waiting on team, and everyone was soon accommodated happily. It in no way affected the efficiency of service we received or intimate ambience of the place. A superb meal ensued (seasonal and locally sourced), served attentively and discretely. I can personally testify to the quality and potency of the wine, although possibly somewhat pricey for some pockets. After our lovely meal we retired to the bar area and spent the next hour or so being thoroughly entertained by a brilliant, young male singer. The atmosphere was one of the best we have encountered anywhere in Chester. I always read the bad reviews on TA and can honestly say that I can't believe some of the people writing them visited the same brasserie that we did, they are totally unfounded. In our opinion it is well worth a 'repeat performance'...the sooner the better! In my husbands words: it was fab!
One slight criticism (sorry, I feel duty bound to make just one!) Where are the fab photos of your excellent brasserie on your website? I know upstairs is a work in progress, but one meagre picture of a wall with pictures? What about the exquisite bar? The intimate dining room? You must do better! ;-) And it would be nice to be able to join your mailing list via the website too!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Olly L
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Chester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent Sunday lunch”
Reviewed 27 January 2014 via mobile

Booked a table for our 40th wedding anniversary with family & friends - gave us an excellent & newly decorated private room - excellent service & food - good atmosphere & friendly staff - helped to make a very special occasion for us - thank you gunnery

Thank Brian J
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