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“Sunday lunch”
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Glen Helen Inn
Cuisines: British
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

A table for seven (which unexpectedly became eight, with no problem reassurances from staff, on the day) was booked in advance and our needs were accommodated without any problems. The weather was sunny and warm and we sat outside, enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

Drinks orders were taken by a very pleasant, smiley waitress who was happy to chat and explain the menu choices. Although a fairly limited choice was offered (no printed menu provided), our table had the range offered between us: chicken wrapped in bacon (could have had it filled with cheese if we had wanted) and served with a mushroom sauce in a separate individual jug (very flavoursome and had a hint of alcohol in it), steaks (an 8oz was ordered and cooked well) and roast beef with a large portion of yorkshire pudding and a rich gravy. Each plate was ready portioned with a selection of vegetables which were cooked al-dente and had minimal seasoning (preferred). An extra dish of vegetables was provided without asking.

No desserts were ordered, since we were all well-satisfied with the more than adequate portions of the main course.

A printed menu would have been preferred so that we could have considered the choices for each course in a more relaxed manner. However, the helpful, hospitable waitress more than compensated.

The cost for eight of us was £110 - ish which included drinks with the meal and which is acceptable for a meal of this type and standard.

We ate at the Glen Helen Hotel at the end of TT race week and this was a pleasant way to end our holiday on the island. As a point of interest, we walked off the effects of the meal in a beautiful glen accessed at the rear of the hotel.

We would go again on a future visit to the island.

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Thank Harry187046
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

Having dined here several years ago we were looking forward to going again when friends invited us out for dinner. The menu was their "limited menu", which surprised our friends as when they had called to book were told that someone would call them back if that was the case, obviously no-one bothered. My Salmon starter, whilst nicely presented, was dry as a bone. My Main Course, the chicken looked very lonely on the plate with a few chips and a pile of spinach. That was it, a choice of vegetable that very rarely ends up on anyone's 'favorites list. Maybe it was a bad night, maybe the chef had 'limited' options. As for a return visit - not worth walking down the road for let alone driving to.

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1  Thank jillian221
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

Good food, kind employees and the price was also really good.
We paid just €17,- for 2 lasagnes, 2 soup and 4 tea's!
There was also a high chair for our little one, and the employees were really friendly.

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Thank Sven G
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

No-one in the bar and just a few diners in the restaurant when we visited. We ordered brisket with potatoes and vegetables of the day. The brisket was, in fairness, quite good and a reasonable quantity. The meal was let down by the cheaper components! A scoop or two of mashed potato and a quantity of carrots that resembled (looks not taste) chips / fries from a famous scottish sounding burger chain but just in an orange colour. These could well have been frozen.
For the price paid the meal deserved "proper" potatoes and vegetables. That is vegetables in the plural (carrots and peas or sprouts or.....) and not just extra carrots.
It may be better other nights but we won't be returning in a hurry to find out.

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Thank TonyinUK
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

The Glen Helen Inn is situated on the Isle of Man TT course at Glen Helen St Johns.It is a well established Restaurant which I have visited many times always with great pleasure.This was my first visit since a change of management and having had a poor experience after previous management changes I was interested to see the standard now available. I am pleased to say that the restaurant lived up to its previous reputation, My wife and I were warmly welcomed and shown to a table in the conservatory which provide views over the mountain stream and the adjoining Glen. The menu was a typical English Restaurant menu with some variations. The crumbed Crab
Claws were delicious The meal was well cooked and very well presented, The selection of wines and beers was extensive, The service exceptional and very attentive. I am very pleased to be able to recommend this restaurant.

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Thank Derekj J
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