Review on Mariners Restaurant
On 11th August 2011, I was involved in taking a party of elderly folk to Bridlington. Eight of these people were in wheelchairs, others used wheelies and some were living with dementia.
We liaised with the nearest restaurant to the coach drop-off point which was the Mariners at the Harbour Top a number of weeks before the planned trip. They offered to do a choice of either fish, chips and peas or beef carvery for £6.95. The sweet would be treacle sponge, apple pie or ice-cream for £2. Tea or coffee would also be included.
As we wanted to limit our searching around for a short snack before our return home, Ron, the proprietor at the Mariners, offered to buy in scones/jam and cream for £2 per person. This was served with tea.
Ron met us at the door and we were shown to the back of the restaurant to an area prepared for large groups. The decoration was slightly dingy. The tables were set out with checked table clothes, glass table top covers, clean cutlery and crockery. The number of wheelchairs had been taken into account to allow these to be positioned up to the tables. Some of the bench seats were a little difficult for elderly people to slide along though and table cloths were positioned to hide some holes in the seating.
Although the tables and serving areas were generally clean, the carpet tiles of the floor gave the feeling that you were sticking to them and these could do with replacing.
The fish and chips were excellent, fresh, hot, and not dripping in grease as can be the case at some restaurants. We were given a choice of mushy or garden peas. The beef, however, was tough and difficult to cut even for carers, and the Yorkshire pudding rather stodgy. There was a range of three vegetables served in separate side dishes. The treacle pudding was lovely as was the ice-cream and apple pie. Both hot sweets were hot and very satisfying. Tea and coffee were good. Although glasses of water were served from trays, it would have been good to have jugs on the table.
The waitress service was good, attentive, with the right amount of waiting between courses.
We had enquired beforehand about the disabled toilet facilities and we were told that there was a ramp access but also a new public disabled toilet facility just next door. The access to the toilets is in fact very narrow and will only accommodate a narrow wheelchair. There are also no grab rails within the toilet but there is a new disabled toilet next door and they hold a key for this at the Mariners. The weather that day was wet and it wasn’t ideal having to go outside to use the facilities.
The proprietor was accommodating in that he said if it was very wet then we could stay in the Mariners for the afternoon. As it was, we managed to brave the weather and there is a sheltered seat area in the gardens next to the Mariners. We returned to the restaurant at 4pm for the scones and tea. The scones were lovely. They were served already with jam and cream which was good for the majority of our residents. However, this might have been a problem for those not liking cream or jam.
Apart from the issues mentioned, the fish and chips and sweets were good and the proprietor did his best to accommodate us. From our point of view, it is probably not a good idea to take a large party of elderly/disabled folk to the seaside when we can’t guarantee our weather!
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