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“Well presented but nothing special”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of The Griffin

The Griffin
Ranked #4 of 11 Restaurants in Godshill
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Drinks, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Well presented but nothing special”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2011

I visited this place on the 29th Aug, ( the weekend of the IOW Scooter rally ). I had fish and chips and a pint of lager shandy for ( £12.35 ) The drink was OK ( albeit expensive at £3.40 ) but the fish and chips ( at £8.95 ) were very dissapointing . When presented, it looked very impressive but on cutting into it, the fish fillet ( at its thickest point ) was very thin and tapered off into practically nothing.. The batter ( rather cleverly ) bulked up the appearance so it appeared to be something it was not. It was also bland and tasteless, as if it had been frozen. Friends went for the carvery option ( circa 50p less ) and the meat was salami sliced and placed on the plate in a staggered fashion so it looked like you were getting more, the rest of the carvery meal was 'bulked up' with cheap ( in season ) veg. This place has got food yield management off to a tee, be warned.

  • Visited August 2011
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Thankfully under New mangement!!! as it was dire!! good enough pub food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2011

Returned to IOW for our hols with family 2 children under 7 I like the Griffin and thankfully it's under New Management as last year is was awful!!!!!!! you would have been scared to eat in the place.

Last Year - the guy who used to own it was in a right old state and it was obvious he had had enough just passed the stage of caring which was sad!

The new owners appear much more friendly and keen to make a go of it so let's wait and see.

They have typical pub food (everytihng with chips!) tastes good enough and the children's menu is OK just need to order 1 portion as the portions are too big for 1 each!

The carvery on a Sunday when we popped in was really, really busy and looked and smelled good!!

The well established maze and out door play area are great as a passing distraction for the children whilst waiting for food.

It also serves food all day which is quite good if you want to get the children tea at about 4.30-5 pm a lot of places don't start serving food until 6pm round the Island.

Yes there is limited parking so get there early there is a big car park opposite behind the Old Smithy but it closes at 6pm.

Watch this space!

  • Visited August 2011
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1 Thank PaulaPK
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Spalding, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Really lovely pub”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2011

My family and I holidayed on the Isle of Wight for the first time this July. We stayed near Sandown and found the Griffin advertised in one of the bokklets we had picked up. We arrived around 4.30pm for drinks and the children absolutely loved the maze which is set at the back of the very large beer garden. There is also 2 football goals set to the right of the garden (so not in the way of anyone), there is also a small adventure playground with a climbing frame and slide, etc. On the day we visited the trees had been cut down which opened up the garden to full effect. There were plenty of tables and chairs/benches. We then ate around 5.30pm, the menu isn't vast, but it has a good selection, we ordered at the bar and the food was bought to the table in a reasonable time. The food was all cooked very nice and was very enjoyable. The staff were all very pleasant and stood and chatted with us. Would definitely recommend a visit here and we are looking forward to returning next year. Definitely worth a visit. For a family of 4, including drinks, our bill totalled £45.00.

  • Visited July 2011
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Shanklin, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Mediocre”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2011

Uninspiring menu, food so so, service indifferent. Gardens were pleasant with equipment for children to play on.
The menu was run of the mill and very uninspiring. The food was OK when it arrived but nothing great. When the food arrived it was just put on the table and that was it. No "Would you like any sauces?" We had to go and find them ourselves, and No "Enjoy your meal". When the plates were collected we were not asked if everything was OK. Disappointing, wouldn't eat there again.

  • Visited September 2011
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Thank Gerowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2011

We have been to this restaurant before with our children and revisiting the island we returned and glad we did nice pub, good service, good food and lots to keep the kids occupied .

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Thank Alonsojenson
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