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“An ok night, but don't think we'll be coming back...”

San Fairie Ann Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #42 of 663 Restaurants in Southend-on-Sea
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
1 review
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“An ok night, but don't think we'll be coming back...”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

I was a bit unsure about coming to dinner here after reading some of the reviews. Booked a table the day before and the woman on the phone said she would have to check the diary, made me laugh when we arrived in the restaurant as we were the only people there!

We were given a table in the main room upstairs and I loved the decor and the quirkiness of the whole place. The waitress was attentive at first and we had our drinks and had ordered our starters and mains within ten minutes of sitting down. We both had the tuna to start and the rib eye steak for main. We were given a complimentary amuse bouche which tasted very nice. Our starter arrived and the tuna and cucumber were lovely and the granita tasted so refreshing. I was a little disappointed with the mains, the steak was very fatty and though we had both asked for our steak to be cooked rare, they were more medium bordering on well done.

The service started to go down hill while were eating our main, the two waitresses were cleaning down chairs quite noisily right beside us and it was a little off putting. After we had finished eating and our plates were taken away it took nearly fifteen minutes to get the attention of one of the waitresses, who were both chatting to each other at the other end of the restaurant, so we could have our bill. Then took another ten minutes for the waitress to come back so we could pay by card.

I had quite high expectations of this place, the food was ok but what really let it down was the service.

  • Visited June 2014
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essex
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Lovely tea”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

We came for afternoon tea on a Saturday the only down thing was being put in the hot sunshine at the back of the restaurant. The food was lovely little cakes yummy sandwiches. Weird that I had to wait and ask for scones would of quite liked to have my scone before the cakes, but it did come up warm and tasty. The staff were friendly and would recommend this place.

  • Visited May 2014
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essex
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent as always”
Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

Another visit today an impromptu visit with friends. It wasn't as busy as usual but no lack if atmosphere in this lovely, quirky restaurant. The staff professional, friendly and attentive. We all went for the Sunday roast, beef or pork, the flavours are the best. They're not the biggest portions served but more than enough and the desserts are equally wonderful, have always enjoyed it here and certainly wasn't disappointed this time. 10/10 can't wait till our next visit.

  • Visited May 2014
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Woking, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Disappointing Celebratory Lunch”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

We visited in May 2014 as a 20+ lunch party. The place is just great and the one waitress who took our drinks order was lovely and did her best. We arrived at 12.45 and we didnt get our first course for over an hour - we had an array of ages with us ranging from 50's up to 90's and that was a very long time for some of them to wait. We had to ask for some bread just to keep some of our party from fading. The first course was delicious although it took some time for it to arrive and to be served. Many of our party ordered the Sunday lunch and the Beef was really tough. The plate looked delicious and had lots of lovely veg's on the plate - a lot of beef was left.
Although everyone was lovely and the price was reasonable in the scheme of things as an overall lunch experience it was a little disappointing. We didnt leave until nearly 4pm. I would suggest that they cant really cope with large numbers for lunch. Tea looked delicious and maybe that is what we should have done.

  • Visited May 2014
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Buxton, United Kingdom
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“Wedding party”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Excellent food nicely presented. Service little slow but quite a large party. Wacky decor but interesting talking point

Visited May 2014
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Thank Andrea841
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