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“tasty!”
Review of Balance Of Bowness

Balance Of Bowness
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$47
Cuisines: European, British
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Balance restaurant in Bowness brings together the best of traditional dining with fresh ideas and a smart interior. The tables are beautifully set with linen and candles, the music is soft and ambient, and the atmosphere is calm and relaxed. All of this sets the stage for the food, which celebrates the best Lake District ingredients alongside hand-picked flavours from around the globe.
Reviewed 22 August 2014

Fabulous food, friendly staff and extremely good deal including cinema ticket. We paid £19.50 for 2 courses and a ticket to see the inbetweeners. Amazing! Stilton mushrooms were fantastic and my veggie option of aubergine with goat's cheese was extremely tasty. Food did come very quickly and we were done within about 45 mins which was the only negative i really have as we then had to wait around for the film but that's hardly their fault! Lovely meal :)

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shrill29, Owner at Balance Of Bowness, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2014

Thankyou for your kind review, glad you enjoyed your meal and cinema package.
It is always a bit of a problem for us to gauge the speed to serve food for cinema dealers, as they are obviously working to a deadline and we have no idea if they are going to want a pudding or coffees after their meal. We tend to be customer led on this, and are always happy to accommodate if you request a break between courses.

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

This is a great restaurant for dinner. They have a good menu and quite a number of daily specials. We stumbled across it while walking through bowness and decided to stay for dinner. We ordered a starter to share and two mains, along with a jug of wine and soda. The service was good and food arrived in very good time. Only two complaints that kept this review from being excellent. The starter we ordered was called fish cakes, however the plate contained only one fish cake. This was very tasty and well dressed, however for 6 pounds and a dish named fish cakeS we expected at least 2.

The second complaint was with one of the mains, the pork fillet. The portion was very small. Two ping pong ball sized pieces of fillet and two larger potatoes. Another piece of pork fillet was required to make the plate look better and justify the 14 pound price tag.

Aside from the portioning on some of the dishes, all the food was cooked excellently, very well presented and service from start to finish left nothing to be desired.

Would definitely recommend!

Thank ellteeMalta
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shrill29, Owner at Balance Of Bowness, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2014

Thankyou for your review, I am glad you enjoyed your meal, despite your disappointment in the portion sizes
I have checked our menu and we do actually say fishcake (singular) on the starter. This is a quite generously sized fishcake, hand made from fresh scottish smoked haddock, fresh leeks and potato, stuffed with creamy lancashire cheese and breaded. It is designed as a starter for one. We could have done you a larger portion on request but obviously would have cost more.
Perhaps you should have had one of our sharing platters, these are designed as a starter for two and maybe would have satisfied your hunger more.

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Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

We visited Fat Olives as a family of six after seeing the offer for dinner and cinema ticket. The price for both was less than we'd pay for the cinema ticket alone at our local flix. And the food was excellent! Service was friendly and efficient too. We'd definitely go again.

Thank Simon H
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shrill29, Owner at Balance Of Bowness, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2014

Thankyou for your kind review, the cinema meal deals have proved very popular, we are glad you enjoyed your evening

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Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

Went here for a meal 2 weeks ago and it was very enjoyable. Reasonably priced good food, had a nice evening, not too busy

Thank Mags T
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shrill29, Owner at Balance Of Bowness, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2014

Thankyou for your kind review, I am glad you enjoyed your meal

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Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

We went here for an evening meal whilst staying in the Lake District. The service was good and our waitress in particular was very helpful and friendly. However, the food wasn't particularly great compared with other places that we dined at whilst staying in the Lake District and for the price I would have expected more.

Ok if you are after a quick bite to eat rather than a special meal out (in my opinion).

We were well looked after though and the service was really good. My 4 year old loved the waitress.

Thank McQLon
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shrill29, Owner at Balance Of Bowness, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2014

Thankyou for your review, I am glad you enjoyed our service. Most people seem to think our food is very good and excellent value. I wonder if you had our early diner deal? This is very good value but obviously if you want something a little more special, our specials board offers a really good choice to rival any of our competitors. We also offer succulent steaks, slow cooked ribs and homemade burgers, not to forget our fantastic fresh cooked mussels. Something for everyone!

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