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“Unplanned lunch”
Review of Reef- Broadstairs

Reef- Broadstairs
Ranked #57 of 148 Restaurants in Broadstairs
Price range: US$7 - US$16
Description: Continental-styled bar, serving draught craft European and British lagers/beers. Good range of wine - by the glass and/or bottle. We focus on fresh fish and seafood, with wide range of 'Specials' - carnivores and vegetarians welcome too! Menu varies day by day according to availability of fresh produce. Live music every Saturday and 'payday' Friday.
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Description: Continental-styled bar, serving draught craft European and British lagers/beers. Good range of wine - by the glass and/or bottle. We focus on fresh fish and seafood, with wide range of 'Specials' - carnivores and vegetarians welcome too! Menu varies day by day according to availability of fresh produce. Live music every Saturday and 'payday' Friday.
Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

Dropped by on a very busy Broadstairs Sunday. The hake and barbecued chicken wings were delicious. They also sell my favourite cider. Very enjoyable.

Date of visit: May 2018
1  Thank Jaquiwel
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tabithacat, Owner at Reef- Broadstairs, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2018

Hi Jaquiwel . . . what a lovely comment . thanks! we look forward to seeing you again soon,
Jo and Luke

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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

Five beers five plates of food good company. Brewer on hand to introduce the beers. Cosy atmosphere. Of the 5 new beers I liked 4..not sure about the porter.

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank John T
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Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Went for the beer and tapas evening and was disappointed.
To me tapas dishes are cod, shrimp,squid, meat balls, croquets,empanadilla Banderillas , Spanish and spicy well flavoured food but none of these were included in the 5 dishes included, although the fried chorizo and soup came close. Landlady was welcoming. Craft beers from Angels and Demons were not to my taste. So a disappointment all round

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank wendy23l
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tabithacat, Owner at Reef- Broadstairs, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Hi . . I'm sorry the evening didn't suit you.
Perhaps our phrasing was misleading... its hard to convey Beer and Small Plates Tasting . .without using the word 'tapas'.
Back to the thesaurus.
it's shame you didn't comment on the night re 'the beers not to your taste' . .we would have gladly offered alternative beer or even wine.

Would you like to pop back for a complimentary glass . . not of beer this time!

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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Lovely little bar with some great beers on incl IPA & Stouts. We were tempted with the food as it looked good but was too close to our dinner! (how grown up!!)

Date of visit: March 2018
1  Thank Nigel G
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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Front of house needs improvement, no one greeted us or showed us a table or even looked up to say hello. Food came out in waves to all tables after about 40mins of ordering, with the server not knowing who's was who's. We had to get up and find our cutlery and sauces. More drinks were ordered but only came right at the end. It wasn't particularly busy, how they cope on a busy Saturday evening I'm not sure. The moules were nice but the chicken burger leaves much to be desired. The prawns looked nice but didn't try them.

It has potential, it is in an excellent location, I liked it had the open kitchen. They had a wide selection of beers I haven't seen and the look of the place inside is good.

Mainly the customer service needs a big improvement, get that right and people are usually more forgiving when other things may not go right on the night!

Date of visit: August 2017
2  Thank Paella500
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tabithacat, Owner at Reef- Broadstairs, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2017

Thanks for taking the time to make a comment. . . and are sorry that your evening had hiccups.
First and most importantly -
We'd like to start by saying we think you have misconstrued what we are . . .
We are not a restaurant . . . we are a bar serving food . . .hence the name Reef Bar and Kitchen . . .
- thats why you wouldn't have been shown a table nor received table service.
(We do try to catch the eye of people as they come through the door but tricky if you are pouring pints at the time.)

Hopefully this has helped you to understand the concept . .and we hope you will come back to try those prawns which you say looked so good!

We are a quirky bar with a good range of craft beer - serving food 'small plates style'. Hence food coming out together .. its not a 1st course / mains / pudding place.

Our Menus and Specials board state clearly 'Order at the Bar' ... If you can suggest how we can make it clearer that we are not a restaurant .. we are all ears!

When you say 'more drinks were ordered' .. that sounds like an order from the table which ordinarily (- and especially on an August Bank Holiday weekend when you seem to have visited) we don't do. perhaps that's why there was a delay?

I am sorry you felt you had a need to help yourself to cutlery / cutlery is held in a basket for our staff to bring to you . .. perhaps you saw it and felt you needed to help yourself? All sauces (with the exception of ketchup) are held in the refrigerated area of the kitchen and served as portions so would have been delivered to your table with your food.

We'll be offering a tasting evening of our new autumn dishes and having a 'Gin palace' night.. you'd be very welcome .. and if you identify yourself .. your 1st drink is on us.

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