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“Can't speak for B&B but food was wonderful”

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Mezze's The Ship and Castle
Ranked #1 of 3 Congresbury B&B and Inns
Bristol
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164 reviews
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“Can't speak for B&B but food was wonderful”
Reviewed 29 December 2013

We visited here one Saturday lunchtime after being recommended by a good friend of ours. It was our first Mezze experience and have to say we were a bit apprehensive as although our kids will eat almost anything, my husband and I are about as fussy as you can get.

The menu is huge - even if you don't want the tapas there was a lunch menu, and a Xmas special menu aswell. So much choice. Anyway I insisted my husband and I do tapas and we ordered 3 each for £12 each. We both like very different foods. I had garlic king prawns, whitebait and hoisin duck something or other. My husband had more meaty choices - chicken casserole and beef stew etc. The kids had sesame chicken and a burger.

I always slate restaurants that give the kids 'cheap, crap food' and I was not disappointed with their meals here. Proper chicken pieces and proper beef burger and delicious chips were served to them - delicious. Our meals were great too. Don't think my husband would have tapas choice again as he likes to have potatoes or veg with the choices he had but didn't realise until they were in front of him. And for £12 each it wasn't a cheap choice so we wouldn't have wanted to add chips or veg on top.

All in all, a lovely atmosphere and lovely food. Pricy for lunchtime with the family but we would definitely consider returning and there are lots of other food choices to try.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 December 2013 via mobile

OK, we visited on a Saturday lunchtime after Christmas when staffing is difficult, but this was not good. Drinks took nearly 15 minutes to arrive after ordering - it would have been much quicker to have queued at the bar. I had decided to go for a veggie option, the Morroccan spiced squash tart. Unfortunately, the description was somewhat deceptive. What was served was a flavourless quiche with butternut squash which had been microwaved to death so the pastry was very soggy. Pretty tasteless and not particularly pleasant. The fries were good though. My partner had the fishcakes which were good, but the accompanying chilli sauce was unusual/strange.
The Ship and Castle is apparently an AA 4 star Inn but I don't think that it justifies this rating. A group of locals were clearly enjoying themselves, but language was pretty appalling, and access to toilets was to pass through this group. We are regular pub-goers and are not often intimidated by this sort of behaviour. The final straw was to find that none of the ladies toilet cubicles had lockable doors - not what you would expect of any 4 star establishment.
I am afraid that Ship and Castle needs to decide whether it is a pub or a restaurant, because at the moment it does neither well. Standards are certainly nowhere nearly as good as the Mezze at Temple Cloud where we ate only a couple of months ago.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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70 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

Awful experience for my family. Food was no better than a cheap restaurant. We would of been disappointed if we had payed £6.95 for a poor carvery but we payed £55. The starters were very poor, the main course was served in a pasta bowl and the veg was jusr sprouts and carrots. Dessert was another joke, jaffa cake tart was yoghurt with a whole jaffa cake biscuit stuck in the top and the gingerbread pudding was over done. The waiting staff did not serve correctly from behind as you would be served in a good restaurant. The table was not set out as you would expect for a Christmas lunch. The staff were removing plates before the table were all finished. Before we were finished the staff were spraying cleaning fluid about on the table next to us while we were still eating. We had a 3 month old baby with us and we had asked to have the table set out a certain way to get the pram in when we booked in the summer, which we were told and confirmed by email that this was not a problem. When we got there on the day the table was not as promised. To make it worse we were left to sort the table ourselves.
We have spoken to the manager stroke owner and who has said that they will speak too the head chef but no refund or anything. We have emailed an official complaint off but that has not been answered.
Anybody who wishes to venture here good luck and go expecting a rubbish meal and experience and you will avoid disappointment. Save your money and go for a cheap 241 meal in a regular bar or even a McDonalds is better.
All we can say is think of as many words of disappointment as you can and this sums the place up in a nutshell!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 December 2013 via mobile

Great tapas, great beer, good atmosphere, nice warm feel, just a lovely pub. Will be back shortly as want to try many more of the dishes. Just need to go by taxi so I can enjoy the beer more!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

This was our 5th visit. Food is always good, great for sharing. Service is excellent, easy to get a waiter when you need on but they are also happy to leave you alone if you just want to enjoy drinks after your meal. Vegetarian mezze are plentiful and delicious.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

Lovely meal, it's a bit plastic menu, and hard to use the bar area, would suggest booking, we did"nt but we were still offered a table! So all good totally worth it. Food was great! Nice one to go to if your in the area !

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2013

We visited this restaurant on our way to Cadbury and well, it was absolutely delicious. I ordered the Monkfish and king prawn dish and it was to die for. We also ordered sandwiches and wraps and the fillings were not only tasty, but very generous. We would definately recommend this little cracker of an eating house......

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Mezze's The Ship and Castle
Address: Ship & Castle High Street, Congresbury BS49 5JA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Congresbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Congresbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Mezze's The Ship and Castle 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Each restaurant serves a wide and interesting selection of Mezzés (tapas) for informal dining along with a well-balanced A La Carte menu, which has a scattering of old favourites. For pudding we have a range of delicious treats to tantalize your taste buds and even an ice-cream parlour. ... more   less 
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