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“Looked delicious, tasted, well, boring”
Review of Made By Ben

Made By Ben
Ranked #31 of 48 Coffee & Tea in Bath
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: A small cafe serving hot food and coffee in Bath
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Looked delicious, tasted, well, boring”
Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

Fabuolous looking tortillas tempted us in. We sat in an icy, charmless back room to eat a potato quiche. Wish we'd have continued down the road to Sam's kitchen...

Visited February 2014
1 Thank tillycan
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English first
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“tasteless and with a hair :(”
Reviewed 8 February 2014

Bought some tortilla to take home. Feta, olive and what not. No taste at all, bar the occasional black olive flavour coming through and there was also a hair in it.
I won't be going back.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank KayAW79
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Not just your average sandwich bar”
Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

My partner and I visited Ben's last week for the 4th time in 18 months. Not bad considering we live in London and we have no real reason to visit Bath - except to visit Ben's. In that short time, apart from winning various awards for his sandwich-making skills, he has added a range of sumptuous and imaginative tortillas and most recently some superb pies. I had one of his lamb tagine pies (which was to die for) followed by another of his chocolate brownies - which frankly are worth the trip alone. This is no ordinary spot for lunch, it's much better than that. Now I just need him to open a branch nearer home.

Visited November 2013
Thank Amanda T
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Poole, United Kingdom
1 review
“Bens fabulous food”
Reviewed 9 October 2013

We loved this little restaurant. The owner Ben not only served but also makes all the
food himself, this was truly scrumptious. Nothing was too much trouble, he provided
Soya milk which is not always available in many restaurants, the whole experience was
a pleasure we hope to repeat as often as possible.

Visited October 2013
Thank Irene R
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Bath, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great food, deserves better service”
Reviewed 8 August 2013

Made by Ben is a charming, quirky, typically Bath sort of place - tiny tables crammed into Georgian town house rooms, upstairs and down.
The food is great - quiches, pies, cakes, tortillas, salads, baguetttes, pastries - to eat in or take away, plus a fabulous selection of cooked and chilled food for dinner parties. All produced to a very high standard in both presentation and deliciousness.
However, as is SO often the case, the service leaves much to be desired. Most recently had lunch there with a friend - you have to order at the counter - and my dish needed to be heated, which seemed to take an age but clearly wasn't long enough because it was still cold in the middle. When I went back to the counter, I got a very flamboyant and I thought rather insincere "sorry about that darling" from a person I'd never met before. So far, so-so.
It was delicious once it was at the right temperature.
But when we came to pay - nightmare! No-one had written anything down, nothing was in the till / computer, neither member of staff could remember (understandably) so we had to recite what we'd had, and it seemed to take an age, with both girls repeating everything we and each other said - very inefficient. No tip.
If you're thinking of starting a bakery, cafe, restaurant, roadside picnic spot PLEASE make sure your standard of service at the least lives up to the standard of your food, otherwise it's just a huge disappointment.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank JAT1960
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