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“Oven Chips”
Review of Holmes Place

Holmes Place
Ranked #155 of 208 Restaurants in Llandudno
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Good for: Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: The cafe is located right near the beach and Llandudno pier. We have an ice cream kiosk outside and offer a take out menu (which can be subject to waiting times during busy periods). Our most popular dish is fish and chips, a seaside classic! The staff are a close knit bunch with many of us returning year after year! We are a friendly bunch and there is a real family atmosphere amongst the staff. A few of the staff are even actually related! We have a fantastic health rating of 5 stars and many of our senior staff have a collection of health and safety certificates which can be seen on the wall downstairs. We have plenty of space with 16 tables inside, 3 outside and even space downstairs! There are two kitchens, the fish and chips are cooked separately downstairs. They are that popular we need an extra kitchen to cook them in! The main downfall is that the bathrooms are downstairs but we always offer assistance navigating the stairs or directions to the nearest ground floor bathroom!
Halifax, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Oven Chips”
Reviewed 7 April 2014

Advertised fish and chips, big sign on side of cafe. Special board outside cod, chips and peas with a cuppa for £7.40. Fish was very nice but the chips - frozen oven chips!!! so dry you couldn't swallow them and marrowfat peas. I asked if they always served frozen chips ans was told yes. Unbelievable. The 3 waitresses were all checking their phones and having a 3 way conversation across the restaurant about one of their horrible mother in laws. Would we ever go again - NO.

Visited April 2014
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2 Thank mushkymyers
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great service, good food friendly staff m.”
Reviewed 23 March 2014

I'll be going back! The food was amazing and the staff were really quick and friendly. Perfect place for a quick bite x

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Amy H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Avoid this place unless you are a health inspector.”
Reviewed 21 March 2014

We stopped off looking for a bite and were not disappointed because after a bite of our meals we didn’t want to eat any more. It has an interesting two tier kitchen; half our meals came out of the microwave section which was reheated food (food used in the most extreme limit of the definition of the word). From down stairs came the fish and chips, these chips had not had the reheated treatment and retained some recognition of what a chip should be. Now on to the drinks, a most taxing of operations in the restaurant industry I understand. When choosing a well known fizzy beverage this most complex of processes (pour the liquid into a glass) was beyond this establishment and seemed to undergo a similar process to the food where all the flavour evaporates before it reached the table.
Should you find yourself having not eaten for days and delirious through dehydration, death may be the preferable option before subjecting yourself to the tasteless reheated slop which is in on offer here.

  • Visited March 2014
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4 Thank dpmale
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Mold, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Smelly and lack of interest”
Reviewed 18 March 2014

Been once before and was quite impressed with the food and service as the waiter came to the table to take our order. Food was delivered fairly quickly and we enjoyed it. However on our last visit no-one came to the table and had to go to the desk where a young girl was making very heavy weather of a Bill. She seemed not to be able to comprehend what what she was reading and she disappeared for a long time.Another customer before us was bewildered as to what was going on and his order had not been taken even though he asked to order.The place stank of rancid fat and the Wife felt sick so we decided to go to Mark's where there was no smell. Never again will I go there, it was awful,even though I 'enjoyed' my first visit.

  • Visited February 2014
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3 Thank TheBemo
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Traci Taz R, Supervisor at Holmes Place, responded to this review, 17 July 2014
Hello,
I suspect you may have encountered a new member of staff (the young lady having trouble with a bill) as we usually take on some of our seasonal staff in March. It may well have been early days, hence the struggling.
As a place that primarily sells fish and chips, there is a constant smell of cooking oil in the air but it won't have been rancid as all our friers are cleaned very regularly.
I apologise that you were not happy on your brief visit!
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London, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“nice place to eat”
Reviewed 10 February 2014

We have visited twice now to have lunch and I must say the food is very tasty and also very good portions too! the staff are warm and friendly, nothing is too much trouble and the hot chocolate is amazing! - I have always wanted to try the home made cakes they have on offer, but have never been left with the belly space! great menu, something for everybody for sure, even hot bagettes served with chips! - The cod and chips is very good, but a huge portion of chips enough chips to share between two! Will be back next time in town :-)

  • Visited February 2014
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2 Thank lisa c
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