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“Failed to meet expectations”

The Cliffe Kitchen at The White Cliffs Hotel
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Price range: US$15 - US$32
Cuisines: Pub, Bar, British, Gastropub
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Good for: Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Cliffe Kitchen is at the heart of the White Cliffs Hotel, it's the sort of place that's worth a detour if passing through Dover. The place attracts locals who often drop in for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner with friends in the often buzzing and lively atmosphere. There's daily changing Blackboard Menu with The Catch of The Bay and more. There's also a Seasonally Changing Menu with some perennial favourites such as Fish & Chips in beer batter with real proper chips and mushy peas, 28 day hung Kentish Beef with Béarnaise, Romney Marsh Lamb, Monkshill Farm Pork Chops, Rope-grown Mussels in scrumpy and more.
Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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193 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Failed to meet expectations”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

I had Sunday lunch here recently with my family prompted by a flattering entry in the 'Also Recommended' category of the 'Good Food Guide' 2014. Unfortunately, the restaurant just failed to meet expectations in one or two respects. The lack of tablecloths on the polished wood tables lent an air of the canteen rather than one of rusticity and both the food and the service did little to dispel this impression. My starter of winter vegetable soup was bland and seriously under seasoned and a main of beer battered local caught white fish (cod, I was informed when I enquired) with so called 'real proper chips' sounded most inviting but was certainly no better then my local chippie produces. The staff forgot us after our mains and had to be chased up to take an order for pudding. When it finally arrived, my panettone bread and butter pudding was fine but less unctuous than one from M&S.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Le_Dap
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Date | Rating
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English first
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent Service & Quality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014

We had a light lunch on arrival, lovely sandwiches and the 'real chips' are a must!
Stafff were very attentative and polite.
Breakfast was also lovely.

Visited February 2014
Thank Laura H
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Andover, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“In Praise of a Late Dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

This restaurant was quite excellent: the service and seafood and white house wine all very satisfactory. But guests with children prancing about after eight o'clock - no fault of the management - detract from the experience. Car parking is in front of the restaurant - OK, if cramped - and at a car park at the back, which requires a walk along a rather slippery, windy, badly lit and muddy path. Suggest the ladies are deposited outside the restaurant while the poor male driver gets his shoes (this season at any rate) a little dirty.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Andrew S
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Wickford, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Lovely Sunday lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

We all had roast beef which was thickly sliced and served with very tasty fresh vegetables, roast potatoes and home made yorkshire pud. The best roast dinner I've had in a restaurant for years. We will definitely be going back !

Visited November 2013
Thank Cheryl S
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good Sunday lunch.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013 via mobile

Made a late booking while touring the area and not finding an attractive enough place for Sunday lunch elsewhere. As we were staying locally and they offered an interesting alternative to a roast for the fussy member of our party we booked for 45 minutes later. Very enjoyable roast lunch though we are not quite sure what the flatbread added to the sausage dish. Would definitely eat here again.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank glyn59
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