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“Extremely disappointing.”
Review of Cafe Bowes

Cafe Bowes
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: the Cafe is in the Bowes Museum
Surat Thani, Thailand
Level 6 Contributor
393 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
“Extremely disappointing.”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

We have eaten here before and whilst not considering the Cafe Bowes particularly outstanding, we have previously found it adequate. However, certainly not on our last visit. We anticipated it being busy...after all it was lunchtime in the middle of summer so obviously you would expect a large number of customers. We didn't have to wait too long before our order was taken but it was what happened after that which could either be viewed as a comedy of errors if one was being charitable or gross inefficiency by someone responsible for the catering.
We had no complaints about the staff serving in the cafe...indeed we felt sorry for them. Having placed our orders, our drinks arrived and after some delay, one of the waiters informed us that one meal wasn't available because the cafe had run out of eggs! Another choice was made and after a few minutes, another staff member came to say that meal was no longer available but reassured one of us that the same meal was available for her. Two out of the four meals arrived and then yet another staff member came to say that the meal which had been confirmed as available had in fact been taken off the menu.
Only two of us actually got the meal we had ordered but they left much to be desired. The beef panini was more cheese than beef and was served with a tired looking salad. To be fair, we were told that we would not be charged for one meal but for the quality of the food, prices are perhaps a little excessive.
Whilst accepting the cafe was busy, surely given that it was the middle of summer , the cafe management would expect that, so to run out of something as basic as eggs seems unforgivable.
We were , therefore, very disappointed and if we visit the Bowes museum again, we would not eat in the cafe.

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good value in busy little cafe”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

On a trip to the Bowes Museum last week we decided to eat about 1 o'clock. Despite this being the 'busy ' period we were impressed by the unflustered service, lovely view (we had a table by one of the front windows) but most of all the quality of the food. The soup and the beef panini being outstanding. We have no hesitation in recommending this cafe.

  • Visited July 2014
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UK
Level 6 Contributor
269 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“Delicious haddock chowder!”
Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

Visited cafe bowes with my mum. We both went for the smoked haddock chowder which was fantastic and came served with some freshly baked bread.

I agree with past comments that the menu is on the pricier side however the quality of the food was very high.

Would definitely return!

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York, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good museum let down by cafe”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

It's was ok is the best I can say, disappointing food and quite expensive for what it was, had better at many other places. Had the yorkshire rarebit which had this grey tasteless gunk on (was supposed to be a bechamel sauce.

Visited June 2014
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Hundon, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“friendly staff”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

A couple of friends and I frequently go to the café during the year as a place to eat when travelling between Darlington and Carlisle. The staff are always friendly, obliging (for instance getting us "breakfast type food" outwith usual serving time). The daily specials are interesting and the usual lunch choices do not get boring (despite our frequent visits). Even when the café is busy the staff do all they can to make our visit and meal a pleasant experience.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Sarah U
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