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“Unique location and good food”

Ballavartyn Cafe Arena
Ranked #2 of 2 Restaurants in Santon
Price range: US$4 - US$13
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 1 November 2013

In the posh new Equestrian Centre opposite Mount Murray is this nice little restaurant where you can view the horsey goings on in the indoor arena through picture windows or, on the other side, those in the outdoor arena, or enjoy the view over the countryside to the sea. Obviously used by the riders and their families, it has two giant screens showing Sky News to keep you abreast of the latest, an attractive reasonably priced menu with good quality food and good service and plenty of parking. Not so much the place for a night out, but ideal for a light or medium meal in fun surroundings during the day.

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Reviewed 26 September 2013

This is a restaurant directly adjoining a horse riding arena and will suit horsey people but perhaps not others. I went with some friends to a Sunday carvery recently and we found the smell from the arena a bit off-putting, not helped by people coming straight into the restaurant while wearing the same clothes and boots they had just been riding in. The food was good enough though a little limited in variety and it's not a 'help yourself' style of carvery. However the major problem several of my party had was that the plates were not clean and contained remnants of food. They also were not impressed by having to walk along a muddy concrete path to reach the restaurant. I suppose it goes with the territory but the layout of the site is not ideal, especially for elderly people who may not be to wonderful on their feet anyway. It's early days so things might improve.

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