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“Used to be allot better”

The Royal Arms Restaurant & Hotel
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$26 - US$51
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, European
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff
Description: This cosy pub in the lush Warwickshire countryside feels like a home away from home. With hand crafted furniture, an array of truly eclectic bric a brac and Oriental rugs, the dining room at The Royal Arms is a popular place for lazy Sunday roasts and parties. The hotel pub also boasts stunning original oak beams and log fireplaces and serves an excellent selection of real ales and wines, making it the perfect place for relaxed pre/post dinner drinks. Favourite dishes at The Royal Arms restaurant include the tempura vegetable salad with sweet chilli dressing and cauliflower pur��e; the duck breast served with julienne vegetables, sesame oil and plum sauce; and the home made steak and ale pie.
Leicester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Used to be allot better”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014

We have been going to this restaurant a few times a year for the last 3-4 years and we feel like it has slowly been going hill. The price has stayed the same the restaurant itself is very pretty and service is good. However the appetiser came out cold, most of the starters and main courses came out cold which was surprising as the restaurant was not busy. You seem to pay a premium here compared to similar standards of food at pubs.

They do make the effort with some interesting dishes however the execution is lacking, pork belly flavourless, steak undercooked. Shame but I don't think we will be going back.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Jackroo
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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“Cold and not good”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014

We went to this place as locals for Sunday Lunch on a cold, wet, March day. On arrival we were met by a tall, thin lady in a trouser suit who exuded efficiency but struggled to smile, hence we felt the welcome was cold. She passed us to a sweet little waitress who showed us to a table and having sat down we realised how cold the room was, both in temperature and atmosphere. It was almost full but quite quiet, too quiet really. Not that we wished to shout to each other or the waitress but a little more background noise would have been good and would also have meant that we were not the entertainment for the two ladies at the table on the other side of the walkway. Yes, it was that quiet!

We had a cold starter, which in retrospect was a bad choice on our part as we were already feeling the cold. When the main roast beef course came it was hot but appeared to have been pre-cut into almost too perfect slices and warmed up later which possibly the reason for it being tougher than average. Not really good enough at any price.

As an aside to this comment, we had more than a few problems understanding our waitress, who was obviously from Eastern Europe. Also, observing the stoney-faced greeter hassling her and her single other colleague led us to believe that this was not a happy place to work. They were busy but struggling to keep up, whilst strangely, what we were later told were the owners were lolling about in a couple of armchairs, no doubt near a heat source (which we could not see or feel from where we were sitting).

We stayed not a moment longer than necessary because of the triple coldness in the place and left feeling that we wished we hadn't bothered going. It was cold,cold, cold and not up to the standard that the amount on our bill would have suggested.

F.Y.I. Sutton Cheney has no mains Gas supply so any heating fuel other than that on the fire is stored in a tank. Perhaps the tank was low, or were they just saving money letting the place get so cold? The Royal Arms used to be a lovely place but changed hands and this was our first and possibly last visit.

  • Visited March 2014
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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful meal . Lovely rooms. Great staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

Stayed with friends on a dinner bed and breakfast deal At the weekend. Rooms were cosy well equipped comfy and with amazing views. Spent the first part of the evening in the lounge. Relaxing . Excellent attentive and friendly staff. Ate in the dining room which had a buzzing atmosphere. Food was superb as recommended. Nice big menu. Cocktail selection was brilliant and the chaps enjoyed the loval beers. Finished the night in the bar til 2am chilling out. Breakfast was spot on and finished with a nice walk through the village. All in all fantastic weekend. No complaints and highly recommended. Xxx

Thank katiesmi
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“fab meal & service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

This is the second review I've written about this restaurant,
This time we went on a Thursday night to take advantage of their offer of buy one main course and get one free! Thought the food may be of a lesser quality/quantity because of this but how wrong could we be! Although it was busy we were quickly seated and offered the drink menu to peruse.It was very warm as they had turned the heating up but my request to turn the radiator down was soon actioned and the staff were very polite & friendly.
We ordered the camembert to share as a starter and as it said there could be a 15 minute wait we didn't worry when it didn't arrive straight away! However after 30 minutes we were rather hungry & wondering where it was! Without even having to ask a member of the waiting staff came and apologised and offered us a complimentary drink as we'd had to wait so long (other restaurants that I've reviewed take note-you know who you are!!).
Boy was it worth the wait..creamy camembert with a selection of chutneys & lovely bread :)
Next followed the main course of the pork dish which was fantastic. Only trouble was we'd eaten too much camembert & couldn't manage it all. Would have loved a dessert but we were both too full.
All in all a lovely meal in a nice setting with fantastic service. We shall be back!!

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Jane_and_John_Shaw
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

Went here to celebrate my birthday with my husband. The resturant is charming and cosy. The food is first class with a great choice of menu. I had duck to start and pork for main, I would normally have a dessert but the portion sizes are very very generous. If you are thinking of going go! If you have booked you will not be dissapointed.

Visited February 2014
Thank Amelia
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