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“How can you run out of (Sunday) roasties - TWICE?”
Review of The Dining Room - CLOSED

The Dining Room
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 5 July 2014

The restaurant is smartly furnished and the staff are extremely pleasant and are also efficient. We have been twice recently for Sunday lunch and on both occassions were told (appropriately, while ordering) that they had run out of roast potatoes. Since these are a key point of a "Sunday roast" one has to ask why is this allowed to happen. The explanation "we have been very busy" really does not wash, especially as the menu actually invites one to request "extra" veg or roasties! If there is still meat, fish and veg available, desipe how "busy" it had been, why not roasties? Why not keep a bag or two of Aunt Bessies in the freezer and when they see their own roasties running out, pop a tray-full in the oven? Nobody would say that these are as good as home roasted potatoes, but for us they would have been better that nothing. In fairness I should make clear that we were ordering both times within an hour of the end of Sunday lunch, but still ....
The portions of meat and vegetables are generous, although the grilled salmon portion was verging on the mean side, and I have a small appetite. If you order the salmon, be sure to ask for the Hollandaise sauce separately, in a jug, otherwise your whole meal will be swimming in it as it is served (far too generously) in a large soup-dish shaped "plate" . The sauce itself is (to my mind) far too sweet and almost certainly a commercial product. It spoilt my first lunch there.
Sunday lunch is quite reasonably priced, and "deals" are available for lunch throughout the working week: 2 courses for £10.
Interestingly, on our first visit, a couple who orderd their meals after we had, were served first, possibly because they were friends of the landlady - as was evident by the fact that they joined her and her daughter's table - not a wise policy to favour some customers over others.

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1  Thank LYNNAER
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Another Barry establishment where I didn't even as far as eating. Arrived at 18.15, looked into the courtyard where a young chef was busy picking herbs. "are you open yet?", "yes come in, we're new and just taken over, I'll get the waitress for you". Shortly afterwards a young lady came flouncing out "we're not really open yet" she barked. You'll have to wait!" If that was her attitude we decided not to bother and walked out. The young chef was welcoming and charm itself but all his good work undone in seconds by a waitress who couldn't care less.

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Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

Visited this restaurant 3 times during our two week stay. The meals were delicious on each visit, price also reasonable.

1  Thank EssexHelenM
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Went for Sunday Lunch based on the good reviews.

The positives: The price, and the staff. Reasonably priced menu, and every team member we encountered was helpful, which is a really nice touch and so important in making a lasting first impression.

Our starters (Shrimp Cocktail and Pate) were absolutely lovely. The main course, not so. Specifics (which may be down to it being a very busy Sunday). Meat not tender enough, and lacked some taste. Food arrived warm, vegetables arrived a little after. By the time it was all on the plate, lukewarm at best. A pet hate of mine, though others may not be bothered.

Desserts were nice. I would go again, when we want to treat ourselves to a mid week lunch. I would not go back for Sunday Lunch as the main course was not to our liking. Even in this small town there is a lot of competition in the Sunday Lunch arena.

Don't be put off trying it, my grumbles may be irrelevant to how another may judge things. The staff certainly make you feel welcome and there is plenty of choice beside the Sunday Lunch.

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Thank pula888
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

I'm a vegetarian and felt well-catered for - veggie choices for lunch were delicious, but could have done with something other than soup as a starter. My friend had chicken liver pate which is apparently made at the restaurant, and a very filling spag bol. Great wine on the list too.

Excellent prices too £10 for two course lunch. We ate outdoors, such a sunny day, and discovered the only drawback - the restaurant is on a very busy corner, cars and lorries passing by all the time.

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Thank Vanessa M
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