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“Great Night Out” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Simply Red - CLOSED

Simply Red
Cuisines: British, Seafood, Spanish, Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Situated in the heart of Forres, Scotland, where you'll receive a very warm welcome. Simply- Selecting the finest produce our dishes are cooked with flair and passion.R.E.D - Relax, Eat, Drink in our beautiful ambient surroundings.
Forres, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Night Out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

Two of my friends and I went out for my birthday meal the other week, we had the place to our selves which was lovely, the food was excellent and overall it was just a great relaxing evening and a great price!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Hannah L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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  • English first
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English first
Forres, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
298 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
“Food poor & salad served on a hot plate.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

Have eaten here regularly up to about 4 years ago, & food was always great. Ate here last year, food not so good & served by a very sulky waitress.

A friend from out of town asked to meet me here for lunch, as was easy to find, & plenty of parking. He had fish, which looked superb, & he said was really nice.

I ordered a tuna sandwich on brown bread. I specifically asked if they did brown, as I don't eat white bread. When it arrived, it was a white panini. I politely pointed out that I had asked for brown. Was told by the waitress (not the one I ordered it with) that I hadn't. My friend confirmed I had ordered brown bread. The plate was put in front of me, & it seemed that I was expected to eat it. There was an awkward silence, & though it was a little embarrassing, I said, "I'm sorry (no idea why I should be apologising, though!), but as I said, I just don't eat white bread". The waitress then blamed the waitress taking my order, saying, "Well, she's new here".

She then took my friends fish back to the kitchen, for some reason, along with the sandwich. A few minutes later, he got his fish back. Some time later, when he had nearly finished, my sandwich arrived. The salad looked lovely, with coleslaw made of red cabbage. I put a bit in my mouth, & it seemed warm. I though it had just been as it had been sitting in the kitchen. I took some from the underside on the plate, & it was very warm. On touching the plate, found it to be red hot, along with the rest of the salad.

I ate the sandwich, which was runny & rather tasteless. The cokes we had ordered were vile & we left them. Despite what they charged us for them, they were clearly from syrup, & not in the least bit 'the real thing'. When the waitress collected the plates, we weren't asked if we enjoyed our meal, as I think they already knew the answer to that question. I apologised for leaving the salad, & said that it was hot, being served on a hot plate. She wasn't interested, apologised, nor offered to knock anything off the price.

There is just so much great food available in Forres, don't waste your hard earned cash at this place. They have been trying to sell it for years now & the low quality of food, appalling service & staff turnover sadly reflects their desperation. There was only one other person in when we ate here, & no one in when I went last year - we tend to vote with our feet !

  • Visited January 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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3 Thank Maria W
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Porthcawl, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A very nice place to go”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

We stayed in Forres and after booking into the hotel went for a walk around the town. In a pub opposite the barmaid recommended Simply Red when we asked about restaurants and we went there and were not disappointed. I had the garlic mushrooms starter and liver main course which were both fantastic and fairly priced. My wife had the macaroni which she really enjoyed too. The dessert was delicious while I had another pint of beer. We were pleased that we went there. An excellent restaurant.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rhys2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Simply lush food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

Just been there tonight with my partner and had probably the best cooked steak we have had for a long time. The staff where fantastic especially Sophie who made sure we were well looked after. The desert we shared and it was just lush. Homemade icecream is the way forward. I shall be going back and recommending to friends. Keep up the good work Simply Red.

Helpful?
1 Thank Paul S
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Forres, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Good food, good location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

Good meal, reasonably priced. Unfortunately staff inattentive. Excellent location with large carpark

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank kinfin
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