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“Expensive Mistake Is Right”
Review of Geales

Ranked #3,683 of 22,692 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$1 - US$28
Cuisines: Seafood, British
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Kensington and Hyde Park
Description: Geales has been London's most loved neighbourhood fish restaurant for over 70 years. Since 1939 this reputable restaurant has been a firm favorite with devoted locals and celebrities' alike. Geales offers a menu that retains the great British chip shop mentality... No frills, just fresh fish and fabulous service. The updated historic site provides a rustic yet chic local diner with a relaxed, nostalgic nod to the brand heritage.
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“Expensive Mistake Is Right”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

We de-toured to Notting-hill during our trip in London and stumbled upon this restaurant. It's charming patio persuaded my boyfriend and I to give it a chance. It all looked promising from the beginning. We received our drinks right away as well as our oysters, which were really tasty.

The server was a little awkward in that she seemed quite flustered with not many people to serve (I assumed she was new).The couple besides us was not getting service on the other hand, and were quite disgruntled as they were there at the same time we were and received no attention. They got up and left.

I heard a couple of remarks from the other tables around us saying "the service is disastrous but the food is at least good." We had no reason to complain. The other table besides us was saying this was the spot to eat "back in the day."

We received our main courses and both were such a fail; it was laughable. We shared one of the seafood plates for two. I eat everything and anything, but this was disgusting. Everything was immensely salty, and doused obnoxiously in mayo... It was hard to stomach. This weird tempura attempt with crab was super awful. Deep fried shell paired with what tasted to be pure fish sauce with no other ingredients. There was nothing palatable on the plate - no room for a breather.. It was all salty, horrible or deep fried.

But hey, the oysters were good?

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Leah P
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“ode to fish”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

Fish and Chips, my favourite meal.
So went to Geales - Notting Hill.
Rubbish food and service poor
Won't go there, anymore.


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1 Thank JustinTune
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“Expensive mistake”
Reviewed 23 May 2014

We went for dinner based on a recommendation. The decor was fine but the restaurant was hot and smelled of cooking fat. The windows do not open and the aircon was poor.

The fish and chip meals do not taste as good as they look. The large batter exterior hides a small piece of fish.

The lobster spaghetti was served in a deep casserole plonked straight on the table. The small portion at the bottom of the pot was too peppery. Usually this dish has a half lobster on the side with smaller bits of lobster in the spaghetti. This version had only small bits in the spaghetti.

The service was cheerful but sloppy. Service is added at 12.5%.

Overall disappointing and far too expensive for what you get. Even a small portion of frozen peas costs £3.75.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank crystalcatLondon
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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“A classic!”
Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

We didn't stray from the fish and chips and we were not disappointed at all! Great service (our family of four showed up for lunch at 11:45 when they open at 12:00, and they opened up to seat us immediately) and great fish and chips. Our rule is not to stray too far from what a place us known for, and they do what they know well. Glad that a friend recommended and that some short-sighted negative reviews didn't sway us. It is a chic chippy!

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Jennifer H
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Bourne End, Bucks
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“Waiter - keep your fingers out of the food!”
Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

We were asked to wait as there was a 'better' table - we were given one in the meantime whilst the waiter checked if some people sitting outside wanted it. Then a group of bright young things came in and were promptly given the 'better' table - guess that's a hazard of not being 25 any more!

Food was completely average - we all had salads. Each salad came out in a different style bowl ( all different salads so that made sense ) but the waiter managed to stick his fingers into each bowl as he carried it. A tray might have been more hygienic!

Sloppy service and average food - only positive was that it was reasonably priced.

Visited April 2014
Thank WanderingBun
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