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“Fantastic Tapas”

Browns Hotel Dartmouth Restaurant
Ranked #31 of 97 Restaurants in Dartmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$30
Cuisines: Seafood, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Daytime at Browns 7 days from 10 am to 6pm. Papers, magazines, sofas and fires, 5 bar wifi too! Whether it's a coffee, a glass of wine, a beer, some nibbles, a platter of cheese or meats, what's not to like about daytime at Browns. Evenings at Browns Friday and Saturday Night Sophisticated wine bar environment. Enjoy sharing plates a simple set menu, hand carved charcuterie and hams whilst choosing from one of Dartmouth's most extensive wine lists. We also stock an extensive list of artisan craft beers from the Wild Beer Compamy and a good selection of premium spirits. Events We hold a number of events each month. Details of these events can be found on our website and might range from a Pop Up tasting menu, a wine tasting or just Lobster and Chips.
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Always enjoy Tapas in this bar, my favourite has got to be the steak dish! Great atmosphere, wonderful food and great selection of wines to match.

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Thank GMJH
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Just this weekend had a completely fabulous time at Browns - booked for my birthday celebration with friends. Browns suggested - a series of hot and cold sharing tapas- which came out in a succession of generous and beautifully presented platters. Including a huge wheel of charcuterie and magnificent morsels to enjoy - something for everyone - and kept us quite sustained through a long raucous evening. Champagne and wine flowed - including a double magnum of pink Whispering Angel -great entertainment as everyone took a turn charging everyones gasses.

Thank you - A top evening- can't wait to do it again:-)

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Thank suzybenj
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

to be honest a lovely little Bistro / Boutique hotel lovely room, nice bed clean tidy, although could benefit from double glazing but we have the planning department to blame for that problem as its in Dartmouth and double glazing does'nt fit there idea of in keeping with tradition, but apart from that lovely food friendly staff i would recomend it

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Reviewed 11 November 2013

We booked into the Food Festival Special Meal and, as usual were not disappointed (we have been with family and friends half a dozen times) We were clearly told about the Set Menu which we thoroughly enjoyed - the rabbit paella was succulent and traditional (and usually I am not a great fan of rabbit). I ,also, had to try the vast array of cheeses, after dessert, although I was more than full, by this stage. The complimentary tapas before the meal, at the bar, was very varied and interesting and James chatted to customers as he told us what was in each mouthful. The atmosphere and service was, of course, excellent. We will be visiting again for the Bordeaux Night this week and I am sure several more times before Christmas

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Thank JillMark309
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

We went for the special Dartmouth Food Festival meal at Browns on Saturday and came away very disappointed. It did not get off to a good start - the menu was fixed and supposed to be fish paella but when we arrived we were told it was now rabbit. The meal started with a crab salad or smoked salmon which was fine but the main course which was rabbit paella was dry and very poor. It obviously had been cooked some time before and kept warm so it came out very dry and lifeless, the wild mushrooms had not been cleaned properly so they had grit in them and it actually had very little taste. It was not a good paella by any stretch of the imagination! No vegetarian option so my wife was told 'the chef will just remove the rabbit and chorizo from the paella and leave the rice' not good!.The chocolate mousse was not very rich and tasted a bit grainy rather than smooth and creamy so all in all it was not a memorable meal. If this is the best meal they can do when under the spotlight at food festival time then don't bother going at other times!

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Thank Paul W
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JBDart, Owner at Browns Hotel Dartmouth Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2013

Our Food Festival menu was published on our website, twitter, facebook and in the festival programme. It was a fixed price menu and the menu was always built around a rabbit and wild mushroom paella. We made no last minute changes to the menu and did not ever offer fish paella as you suggest. You were a table of 6, the person who booked was told about the menu and a week before the festival every table was contacted to re confirm their booking and to check that they understood the menu. We were given no indication that in your party there was a vegetarian and someone who didn't like rabbit.

We were quite upset that your table arriving in the middle of a very busy service was unhappy with the menu. I am not sure how much more we could have done to make sure that everyone who booked understood that the menu was quite specific. Yours was the only table over three days that had this problem. I reiterate, we rang every table a week before the event just to make sure they were coming (we had a long wait list) and to make sure that there were no dietary requirements that we might need to take into account. It would have been very easy, and we would have been delighted to, prepare a vegetarian wild mushroom version. However, we would have needed to know in advance. By the time you arrived the rice had been prepared and the ingredients combined. We had no spare mushrooms, softrita or cooked plain rice. Our normal menu was not, nor was ever available over Food Festival.

You asked us to remove the meat from the Paella. This differs from your account.

The person who booked your table put our restaurant in an impossible position for which it was almost impossible to recover. I wonder if your review would have been so harsh had the table booker admitted to you that they had failed to explain your needs in advance or that we had made every effort to confirm our menu.

For your information, each Paella was finished individually, the ceps and girolles being cooked as each order arrived. The rabbit was removed from a warm cofit to be finished in an oven with rice that had been mixed but not heated. The texture was deliberate and the paella should have been eaten with the sauce viege that was on each table. I am sorry it was not to your taste but yours comments contrast with other feedback we had from the event.

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