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“dinner 26-07”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of The Rathskeller

The Rathskeller
Ranked #13 of 182 Restaurants in King's Lynn
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$38
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Rathskeller wine bar and bistro is located on the South Quay in King's Lynn. We're a family run business catering for everyone from anniversary's to birthday parties! We serve afternoon tea, lunch and dinner. We host regular live music nights! For all information please visit our website.
Norwich, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“dinner 26-07”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

this was our first visit.
the tables were sticky , my potted rabbit had no flavour at all. my wifes crab and scallop were fine.
my belly pork although it was starter size was miniscule and covered in rabbit food. my wifes risotto was thick and stodgy .
perhaps the fact that from clearing the starter plates to the arrival of the mains was about 30 seconds suggested that it had been waiting under lights for some time.
great venue just what kings lynn needs but poor food and presentation will let it down.

  • Visited July 2014
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2 Thank doyoukeepatroshin
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RathskellerKL, Owner at The Rathskeller, responded to this review, 29 July 2014
Dear Sir
Thank you for reviewing The Rathskeller, all comments are welcome even the negative ones - it keeps us on our toes.

I'm sorry if you found the table sticky, I believe the girls sorted this out for you. However, all our tables are antique or handmade by my father in law and are French Polished unfortunately in hot weather and humidity this can cause stickiness! I will keep an eye on it.

Your comments about our food has been taken on board by the Chefs, they will tweek their dishes to improve taste where necessary. Our starter courses are quite small as they are an appetiser, to whet your appetite for the main. As you ordered a starter for your main course maybe it was a mistake on our part not to clarify the size - which could have been made up to a main size and for that I apologise.

I do hope you will come back and give us another try!

With kind regards
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English first
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great food and good service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

Just passed by and decided to try it out - what a great decision. Cheerful welcome and told to pick a table. Very quick to take our drinks order and gave us just the right amount of time to choose from the set or a la carte menus. Both were extensive and varied, but opted for the set menu. All three courses were superb, particularly the trout and chorizo. Service throughout was excellent and we would congratulate the owner on his choice of staff - our waiter was knowledgeable, cheerful and chatty. Four of us enjoyed drinks, and three delicious courses for under £25 per person. Good choice of wines which were not extortionate. It was a midweek evening and not very busy, so can't comment on weekends or lunch times. Will being going again when next in King's Lynn.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Peter M
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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Another great meal. Can't wait to return.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

We returned to this great new venue for a family celebration on Tuesday evening, having a drink in the courtyard watching the sun going down over the river before dining inside.
The menu is very impressive, with an imaginative range of seasonal and local ingredients thoughtfully combined into super dishes. The presentation is a delight on the eye and the cooking is very precise - we had pink duck, beautifully rare steak, moist trout and crispy battered plaice for mains.
The starters and desserts were equally good.
Two of us ordered from the main menu and two from the set menu. The quality and care of the food was just as good from both.
The bill included cocktails, beer, wine and dessert wine and was remarkable good value compared to what you would have to pay for such good food elsewhere in the county.
We will not hesitate to keep going back for more.
The South Quay and Saturday Market area is becoming a great destination for eating out and I would encourage return visits, but if you are only able to visit one restaurant, make it the Rathskeller!

  • Visited July 2014
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2 Thank row-vers
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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Underground Bar with upstairs Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

We visited for Brunch on 8th June with a large party of both German and English friends. The food was first class and freshly prepared served by staff who had a smile and were happy to help. The food was absolutely lovely, well cooked, beautifully presented and served What should have been an hours stay turned into four hours, It was a very nice day and we were able to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine whilst having a few drinks and coffee. My wife and I along with a number of friends have eaten in both the bar and the restaurant. I would highly recommend The Rathskeller based in the Hanse House, If you get the the chance the Hanse House is also well worth a vist with it's indoor market. Looking forward to our next visit.

  • Visited June 2014
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3 Thank civilprotection
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Pretty good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

The starter was a bit pretentious, we had scallops and there were only 2 each...for £8.80, but it did have a couple of other accompaniments........served on slate though,no!
The main meal more than made up for the starter, all in all, a pretty good meal.

  • Visited July 2014
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