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“Outstanding 'Gourmet Break'”
Review of Carlton Riverside

Carlton Riverside
Price range: US$41 - US$51
Cuisines: Welsh
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Outstanding 'Gourmet Break'”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

We are were absolutely delighted with our ‘Gourmet Break’ at the Carlton Riverside. This is a fixed menu matched with wines at each of the four courses and, in addition, a drink of choice before dinner and tea or coffee to follow with some modest petit fours. Other than forewarning Mary Ann about particular dislikes and/or allergies we were more than content to be utterly spoilt by her outstanding culinary skills and imaginative ‘personalized’ menu. Hitherto we’d never experienced a ‘bespoke’ menu that was further enriched by the impeccable choice of wines by Dr. Alan Gilchrist. Over the years we’ve eaten in other ‘high-end’ restaurants and enjoyed the ministrations of some excellent sommeliers and, without reservation, the Carlton Riverside is up there among the very best. Equally pleasing, for us, this is a tasteful ‘bijou’ establishment - overlooking the river - where we could imagine that local diners are just as well received and comfortable as visitors, like us, on a pilgrimage to experience the legendary Mary Ann at first hand. Our double room – also with views of the river – was well appointed and comfortable. Breakfast, included in the package, was very good as were Mary Ann’s creamy scrambled eggs and homemade marmalade. In short, we enjoyed everything about our visit, judged it excellent value for money, and are very much looking forward to returning on another occasion. It would be a pleasure to meet Mary Ann & Alan Gilchrist in any setting.

  • Visited June 2014
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English first
Goring, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Another successful experience”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

After a break of several years we stayed here again for the third time. It was just as good as the previous two visits, Mary Ann and Alan work so hard to give their guests an enjoyable experience.
The emphasis is on the food rather than the rooms but our 'Chinese room' was clean and comfortable as well as being spacious. We felt very much 'at home' and can't wait for our next visit.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Carol M
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Dorset
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A welcome return for our third visit”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

This was our third anniversary visit to the Carlton Riverside. Both Mary Ann and Alan were welcoming as always, as a retired chef and B&B proprietor I know how hard they work to make everyone's stay both comfortable and enjoyable. The food at the Carlton Riverside never disappoints, I can not recommend it enough. Both my husband and I are real foodies, we don't like over fussy creations on a plate but prefer the simple excellence that is served here, using seasonal, local ingredients. We opted for a Gourmet stay paying a single combined price for B&B and our evening meal with wine and pre dinner drinks. Perfect Thank you Mary Ann & Alan our favourite restaurant with rooms.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank DorsetTintin
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Amazing food!”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

Don't let looks deceive you. A little dated in the lounge area, and outside. But the dining, service and food is exceptional. Recommend to eat at if you are staying nearby.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank WhiteRoseTammy
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“we made a great friend”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

On our arrival we were welcomed by mary ann , who made us feel instantly at home ,and relaxed . The room was clean ,tidy ,spacious ,and the bed was superb. We had a lovely weekend ,and im only sorry we couldnt stay longer . We will definitely be back . We made a very good friend . Food was amazing .
Carlton and Sarah

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Carlton M
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