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“Shocking food and shocking value for money”

Squiers of Southwold
Ranked #36 of 50 Restaurants in Southwold
Price range: US$3 - US$11
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

We went to thie tea room for lunch (6 people). It was atrocious. The food was mostly frozen and microwaved. The chicken pie was not even well cooked from frozen. The vegetables were so overcooked they could be inhaled through the teeth. The coffee had clearly been hanging around in the pot for at least a day. The chips and fishfingers were solid, and the pastry on the pasty was over-microwaved so it had gone solid. The soup, although homemade, was not fresh and left a sour taste in the mouth for the rest of the day. The service was average. The total cost of this terrible meal was ridiculous when considering you can buy such amazing food in Southwold.

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RAZJ, Owner at Squiers of Southwold, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2015

I am sorry you felt your experience at Squiers was unacceptable. I was working the day you and your party came in. As per Trip Advisor recommendations I do not wish to comment further.

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

"Squiers of Southwold" cannot be described in terms excluding superlatives.

My wife and I, and youngest son, looked for local food and came across this place. We are from Bedfordshire in the Home Counties and therefore used to some fine dining, of course. Our taste may be eclectic but what suits the English is English food and we are most healthy when dining on it.

Helpfully shown to a table by a very welcoming young lady, we were pleased to see a menu including English food - you know, potatoes, root veg, brassicas etc. and beef and lamb, and so forth, with a liberal grinding of black pepper (no salt necessary.)

We ordered the cottage pie and a steak and kidney pie. If there was an ideal cottage pie, this was it. See the picture of the plated pie. Just count the different veg, taste the gravy, taste the lamb and you would wish to feast at Squiers every day for the rest of your natural.

With no noticeable fattiness about it, this dish was mouth-watering to the last and to the last forkful we did go. It would have been intolerable to have left anything on the plate. (My son, though, has a stomach the size of a small haggis and often leaves potato or pastry etc. in favour of making room for the meat and other veg. - good chap - brought up well, although I say so myself, who shouldn't?)

The staff was excellent, justly proud of their service and food prep.

Highly recommended for those which chaw high and you'll surely return home with strict instructions to your cook to mend your diet and return to sensible, English food, between dinners for invited guests.

Everything tasted as you should imagine them to taste if cooked properly.

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RAZJ, Owner at Squiers of Southwold, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2014

Thank you so much for your glowing review, such lovely praise indeed!
We don't claim to get it right all of the time but certainly try our hardest to provide reasonably priced, wholesome, local produce.

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Reviewed 11 April 2014

Easily missed, this little gem lurks behind the shop full of sweets. A small space but not crowded, the cafe caters for breakfast through to tea. The food is simple English fare, served hot and fresh, with much of it made on the premises. The staff are friendly, efficient and helpful. It's not a fast food outlet and you need to be prepared to wait whilst your food is prepared. Word of warning to the unfit; the toilet is up a steep flight of stairs and if you're tall you might bang your head on the ceiling as you climb!
We had a pleasant and tasty lunch here, out of the bustle of a seaside town full of families enjoying the early spring sunshine.

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Thank Stuart A
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

on a trip to southwold we went into this little shop looking at the many old fashoned tubs of sweets inside and were pleased to see at the back was a lovely little tea room. it was lovely a nice fire burning away, the staff were lovely and we had a lovely coffee with a slice of cake each at a good price. of course followed by buying some good old fashon sweets that reminded us of when we were children.

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Reviewed 16 March 2014

I love Southwold (used to live there so biased) but my partner thinks it a bit too trendy and up itself. So we were both delighted to enjoy a very tasty and very 'normal' bacon roll and coffee this week, served speedily and with a smile by a cheery lady, and all for a very competitive price. No rocket, ciabatta or fancy dancy trimmings, just good bacon and soft bread. Good work as always, Squiers. Nice to see you still have what it takes!

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Thank Ginny T
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RAZJ, Owner at Squiers of Southwold, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2014

Thank you for your kind praise. We do pride ourselves on trying (nobody is perfect!) to always serve up good, traditional, wherever possible local produce at a reasonable price. And we feel that our team of locally employed ladies are indeed a credit to us.

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