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“Walkers Lunch”
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The Giants Rest
Reviewed 25 February 2013

Had lunch here after an energetic walk on the Downs. Very good service, interesting choice of food from a vast menu, which was very good. Well up to their usual standard of food and service with a lovely log fire to welcome us. There are wooden puzzles on all the tables to keep you occupied whilst you wait for your food which didnt take long despite it being very busy that day. The chicken and mushroom pie was good with perfectly cooked vegetables consisting of broccol and carrots and new potatoes, This pub is in a perfect location for walking on to the downs in and around the Long Man and at this time of year there is an abundance of snowdrops in the churchyard and on the steep banks of The Street leading to the church.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

Just got back from a first trip here. Looked on TA beforehand and was a bit worried but it turned out to be perfect. After a long country walk we were wet, muddy and hungry. This was heaven! The landlord and all the staff were very friendly, very nice ale, delicious sunday roasts and puddings. Great to have the games about to entertain a 3 year old!
We will definitely be going back and will recommend it to our friends. Go go!

Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
1  Thank Roxytonin
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

We visited during last week and both had lovely meals which we thoroughly enjoyed. The barman was very helpful when I asked if my menu choice would be ok for me as I have to follow a Gluten Free diet. I was very impressed when he produced a menu which had every item clearly marked on it as to whether gluten free or not. (Not everywhere does this)

Even offered me an alternative to the normal bread that accompanies the dish.

Room Tip: We didn't stay in a room.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jan M
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

Six of us called here for Sunday lunch with family, when we first arrived every table had a "reserved" sign but were all empty, we almost turned around and walked out until the barman pointed to a table we could have. His story was that the tables were marked as reserved so they could direct customers where they wanted them, I joked "are your sure it's not to make it look busy" and he replied "that too"! I will echo previous comments that the tables were too close together and there would be no room to move if it was busy.
We all ordered our meals which, considering it was almost empty, took much longer than we would have expected.
Two of us had rabbit pie which was very tasty but the pastry on top was not fully cooked, looked more like a biscuit just stuck on top. This was served with a new potatoes and undercooked vegetables. - Price £10:50 each was not worth it..
Two had 3 pork sausages served with bubble and squeak, the bubble and squeak looked like a large potatoe patty. - Price £10:50 each which is far too expensive, should be half that!
One had lamb in red wine, this was diced lamb in a casserole dish served with a few undercooked vegetables. - Price £14:00, should be no more than £8:50
One had roast belly pork which looked really nice with plenty of meat, but again served with undercooked vegetables. Price £12:00, again I think this was too expensive.
Biggest problem here is the prices, the food was just mediocre but for the prices being charged it should be very much better, it is just too expensive.
Also policy of marking all the tables reserved is sending customers away, a family of 4 came in when we were there, saw the reserved tables and turned around to walk out until I suggested they check at the bar. Another family looked in the window and did not bother to come in!
This is a very nice country pub that really could be a great place to eat with a little effort and some adjustment to the prices, this was a Sunday lunchtime and it should have been full, but at no time during our visit were any more than half the tables taken.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Marty788
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

We stopped here on a beautiful Sunday lunchtime looking forward to something to eat. However, we found the menu & drinks rather expensive, the tables too close together and the views from outside disappointing so moved on.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

Have eaten here before and found the food to be good so was delighted when friends asked to meet them there. Surprised that the place was not very full on a good Sunday lunchtime but Airbourne and the Olympics may have been a reason. Ate outside in the comfortable but unremarkable garden and had good food. Local sausages and bubble were very good although lots of bubble. Pigeon pie was said to be excellent. Starters including a good mushroom soup and garlic prawns again very good. On my experience I would agree that the inside is a bit too packed with tables - I remember some time back upsetting a diner on the table behind when getting up. Try for the table in the window if you can. Car park is also small but you can park on the road outside. One of the better pubs with food along the A27 (just off it) and the last heading east before Eastbourne and of course the first heading west. Careful you do not miss The Street which is on the south side.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

I was expecting something more from this pub/restaurant. The food was bland and overcooked,the service slow and the atmosphere was disturbed during our meal by the constant barking of dogs. I would not recommend this place as somewhere to enjoy a meal , a pint yes, but a meal, no. The vegetables were over-cooked and had been kept warm and the bass was flimsy without any texture on the palate. All in all a let down.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Address: The Street, Wilmington BN26 5SQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Wilmington
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Price Range: £61 - £65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Giants Rest 3*
Number of rooms: 2
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