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“A distinctly underwhelming dining experience ...”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Cliff Restaurant

Cliff Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 31 Restaurants in Saundersfoot
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff
Description: Our Cliff Restaurant and Gallery Bar have the most dramatic views across the bay and harbour that are constantly changing throughout the day.Whether you choose to join us for lunch or dinner, we can assure you that the finest Pembrokeshire produce and locally landed fish will feature on the menu.Our menu changes to ensure we serve the best produce each season has to offer.Toby, Simon and the Kitchen Team are committed to using fresh ingredients, simply cooked, to make the best use of natural flavours.
Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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“A distinctly underwhelming dining experience ...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2012

I was recently taken to the Cliff Restaurant for a birthday surprise, and despite its reputation as somewhere lovely to eat, my husband and I were left somewhat disappointed.

We waited by the bar for some time before being addressed by one of the staff. I asked for a dry white wine, having had no wine list made available, and it took a formal request to have a look at the wine menu being perused by the barman for me to be able to choose my own dry white for the pre-dinner drinks. We were then asked to take a seat until someone would come to get us and show us to our table. This did not happen, and at 8.15 (the time that we should have been seated) we made our own way to the cardboard sign which requested us to 'Wait here' and then we were shown to a table by the window.

We had lovely starters, both opting for the mushrooms on toast with duck egg, and I must add that the breads provided were very tasty indeed. However, I cannot say the same for the main course at all. Both my husband and I are vegetarians, and whilst I understand the problems this may cause for non-vegetarian chefs in creating tasty, well-designed and value for money meals that fit in with the busy kitchen life of an establishment, we were both left more than underwhelmed at the £15.00 'choice' that was on offer for us. I do not call a portion of bland cous-cous accompanying under-seasoned and under-spiced butternut squash 'tagine' worth anywhere near the money charged. In fact, having eaten many tagines I can say that the one offered by the reputably experienced chef did not reach any where near the delightful moroccan tastes I had imagined or had expected from a restaurant with such an apparent good reputation. Unfortunately there was no other choice so we had to both opt for this dish which was accompanied by cauliflower and potatoes covered in parsley (hardly the desired accompaniments for a moroccan tagine!).

On the plus side, the decor was very tasteful and the numerous waitresses polite and friendly. However, a 'No Mobile Phone' policy should be adopted in the restaurant as it is quite off-putting having to listen in on other diner's conversations when you are trying to enjoy your meal.

We love Pembrokeshire and love eating out at quality eateries - this is one restaurant that we will not be going out of our way to visit in the near future.

  • Visited December 2011
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Livepool UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting and scenery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2011

Just fell in love with this place. Worth a visit.

Visited August 2011
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Harlech
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“brilliant dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2011

good use of local produce, well executed cooking, excellant service with a good wine list

Visited October 2011
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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“Excellent restaurant and top quality food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2011

Had dinner and breakfast at the restaurant while we stayed at the St Brides Spa Hotel.

Had a 3 course dinner in the evening which was out of this world, lots of choice and fantastic flaours to the food. Great combination.

Also had breakfast and again top quality food.

Will defineatly eat here again.

  • Visited October 2011
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Thank gmorris194
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StBrides, Owner at Cliff Restaurant, responded to this review, 19 October 2011
Thank you so much for staying at St Brides Spa Hotel and taking the time to write such a glowing review about our Cliff Restaurant. Your fantastic comments will be communicated to the whole team at St Brides who will be pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
We certainly hope to welcome you back to stay with us soon.
Hwyl fawr,
Andrew
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saundersfoot
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“A must visit when in saudersfoot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2011

Had my 50th birthday meal with friends...amazing surroundings ,and the menu is hard to choose from ! Only let down was service...... was a little slow when we ordered our our wine ! They were very busy as it was full .... So be prepared to wait for drinks if busy ........

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1 Thank cawlchampion
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StBrides, Owner at Cliff Restaurant, responded to this review, 19 October 2011
Thank you for thinking of celebrating your special birthday at St Brides and providing us with such valuable feedback. I am sorry to hear that you had to wait a little while for your wine to be served. This has been communicated to our Restaurant Manager who has addressed it with his team. We always strive to maintain a high level of service throughout the hotel to ensure that all our guests leave happy. We do hope to see you again soon to demonstrate our usual levels of service.

Hwyl fawr,
Andrew
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