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“Diabolical”

Restaurant at Harry's Aberystwyth
Ranked #36 of 147 Restaurants in Aberystwyth
Price range: US$8 - US$24
Cuisines: Bar, European, British, Pub
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Oxford
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40 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Diabolical”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2008

We took my 96-year-old mother to Harry's last year, and it was great - cosy small rooms in a bit of a rabbit-warren of passageways, and excellent bistro food. On the strength of this we booked again for this year. What we didn't know is that they spent the last year reconstructing the place, so it is now an all-open-plan Irish sports bar, with 105-decibel jukebox music, interrupted periodically only by the 110-decibel live band. The 'restaurant' comprises a few tables along one side, where they serve chips-with-everything canteen food, and you have to communicate in sign language. Go hungry, but don't go here!

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  • English first
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English first
Aberystwyth
1 review
“Excellent Time In Harry's”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2008

We had booked a table for 4 people at 7pm 15 Nov 08. which was a very enjoyable experience with warm and friendly staff. we were greeted by a lovely member of staff who seated us, retuning a few minutes later to take a drinks order. We placed a our food order choosing from the specials board which was excellent. Really nice home cooked food. We had a lovely Experience throughout our meal which was followed by live music which Started late that night. We are already looking forward to returning to Harry's again. We have told many of our friends about it.

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Aberystwyth
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69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Can't comment of the food”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2008

Booked a table for 6 people in the restaurant days before. When we arrived we were told to wait in the bar, waitress came after 10 mins and said "which four of you are eating?" we said "we have booked a table for 6". She went away. We waited 20 mins, and my wife went to the bar to enquire what was happening. The waitress came back and took us to a long table behind the bar, right next to an electric band which was tuning up. We complained, saying that we had booked a table in the restaurant, not sitting next to the drummer! The waitress went away again, came back after 15 mins and said "we will have a table for you in 15 mins". Now 1 hour late, we were taken to two tables pushed together to make a six seater. As we sat down the waitress said "Oh, by the way we have run out of the lamb and the beef", since most of our party had chosen these options we gave up and walked out! Don't bother with Harry's - its a pity since before refurbishment it was one of my favourite places to dine!

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Manchester
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Dont Bother....”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2008

My better half and me arrived late into Aberystwyth and were pointed towards Harry's. We mulled crossing the road to the Italian but went into Harry’s instead, 1st mistake! The place is pleasant enough but I think this sums it up. cheap, cheap food presented poorly and sold at a high price. Shame as the staff were lovely if not young and on the minimum wage. I ordered fish and chips, I mean how can you go wrong :) Fish was so 'microwaved' you couldn’t tell where the batter ended and fish started. I called the waiter over and showed him how hard it was by pressing down on it with my fork, it exploded, spent the next few minutes sweeping up :) that was quite funny. The replacement fish was microwaved and dripping in oil; that was the whole meal summed up, chips were nice though. All in all a nice place, expensive and serving cheap badly prepared food as cheaply as possible, so wouldn’t recommend, the Italian over the road looked nice!! Of course this is our view and they may have had a bad day, but something tells me not :-(

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UK
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75 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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“Oh dear”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2008

This place has recently reopened after an extensive and presumably costly refurbishment. It is hard to see why they bothered.

Although the bar and dining rooms are now all clean and modern and spacious, there is a rather antiseptic and soul-less, corporate feel to everything. But this is only the start of it. The atmosphere is terrible, from the moment you enter when there is no-one to greet you and you have to stand around in a barn like entrance whilst trying to catch the attention of one of the waitresses flitting around. The restaurant is supposed to have an informal bistro feel, but everything is just too casual and disorganised. Staff do their best but need more training. Menus stand on the table in laminated holders as in a greasy spoon. We were not offered a wine list. Food was enormously disappointing - both our main courses were burnt, and there was something not quite right about the taste, texture or presentation of everything we ordered. The website makes play of the open kitchen area, but when we were there no cooking was going on in view and instead the waitresses were noisily sorting cutlery on what was presumably intended to be the pass. In fact, the waitresses spent a lot of time standing around chatting to each other in full view of customers.

I cannot understand how this can have been got so wrong after such an expensive refurbishment. And it is a real shame because the town really needs a good quality, informal bistro style venue. But this is not it. Amateurish. Avoid.

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