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Giggling Squid

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Hard to fault.  Great location.  Smart, stylish, modern decor. Welcoming staff.  Efficient service and the best Thai food to be had anywhere in Essex.

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Lunch times offer “Thai tapas”, which are great value and allow for sampling several small dishes, which are ideal for sharing.  If, like me you struggle to choose from the array of tasty sounding options, they off “big plate” sets, with a  complete meal, are a good choice.  They also allow for prompt service if you need to get back to work inside an hour.

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Although all the food is cooked on site from fresh, we’re assured.   You only have to taste it, to know.

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The evening offers more extensive options.  The red curry is, in my opinion, is unsurpassed, although the signature squid dish is it’s rival.  The tempura vegetables are sweet and succulent in a light crispy batter.

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Riverport Grill – St. Ives

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We visited this bistro style restaurant for my son’s 17th birthday and were pleasantly surprised by this little ‘gem’ . This cosy restaurant is located  very near to the River Nene, it’s simple yet classy interior decor  is cleverly lit to give an intimate feel without making the menu’s unreadable.

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The menu although not vast  offers a good selection of  varied and interesting food  plus the  daily specials board with some rarer and unusual choices.

Portions are not huge but sufficient and satisfying  ( they also have a children’s menu) the main courses were well presented and some of the most flavoursome tasted in this area for a long while and the desserts were simply scrumptious !

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I chose the Greek pulled lamb ,feta and cucumber bun which came with a choice of skinny fried or chips – the chunky type which is what I opted for and it had a side of shredded vegetables, it was delicious! Two other members also opted for other types from the many choices of  filled buns and were equally impressed , the cost for my main course was  a very reasonable  £8.50 and worth every penny !

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The restaurant is obviously very popular,  we had booked our table in advance but whilst there we saw many turned away it was completely fully booked for the evening -so  I highly recommend you book in advance.

A good experience , lovely food , relaxing ambience, we shall return  !

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The Beacon

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There is something lovely about eating at The Beacon in Tunbridge Wells

Whether it’s looking over the fine grounds ( 17 acres apparently ) from the terrace or sitting near the Bar with the warmth of the fire

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The staff were attentive and yet not overly fussy , the food was served promptly yet I didn’t feel rushed and there was a good buzz, it wreaked of a place that had a lot of attention to detail , but wasn’t formal or stuffy

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My wife had a lovely ricotta stuffed Courgette Spaghetti , and I had a 28 day aged Stirloin with Chips , delicious , just pink enough !

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I followed  it up with a Dark chocolate tart with honeycomb , lovely!

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It was good to catch up with Dave , the general manager , who explained a great deal about the heritage and the refurbishment that has made it the go to venue in Tunbridge Wells and it’s environs

All I would ask to improve we’re longer summer days , so we could have enjoyed the views from the Terrace for longer

I hope they continue to improve , it was a lovely , reasonable treat for my wife and I on our anniversary

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Gurkha One

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Earlier this year we had the pleasure of trying out the top rated restaurant in Nottingham – Gurkha One.

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As we went quite late there were only a couple of other diners in.
We were seated and given menus. Our first surprise was that the prices were much higher than those advertised on the website. I can only assume that the website hasn’t been updated or they are the takeaway prices (we are talking about £3 cheaper for a main meal onlne).
Regardless, we ordered a couple of poppadoms. These came with mango chutney, onion salad and mint yogurt. The mango had quite a kick to it which wasn’t well received by a certain non-spice eater at the table!
Drinks prices were very high so I ordered a small Cobra, bottled, at £3 for 330ml.
For mains I went for a vegetable madras with pilau rice. The others went for vegetable vindaloo and saag aloo.

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The staff here are very friendly and chatty! The owner was telling us about the history of the restaurant, it has only been open since November and got to the top of Tripadvisor reviews by March after a quiet few months. He told us how they prepare everything from scratch in the kitchen and how that differs from most places.
On trying my madras (which came out very promptly) I could instantly tell this was like no other I had tasted! It had the best flavour, best texture and was all round the best curry I have ever had (and believe me, I have had A LOT). The heat level slowly crept up on me and was never too intense, it was perfect. The rice was wonderful. Colourful and spot on. The portions were very good too, I didn’t quite manage to finish mine!
The vegetable vindaloo was also described as the best to date.
Our only issue was with the saag aloo. As we asked for it to be very mild and this couldn’t be done. The way they do their spinach is using a blender which makes the meal look a bit grim in presentation, but it does taste very good (to those of us accustomed to heat!) The owner was very apologetic and took the dish back to re-make. Unfortunately this didn’t make a difference and the only solution was to provide Greek yogurt with the meal. The price of the meal was deducted from the final bill which was very considerate of them.
The owner was keen to know where we’d heard about them and to share their story which was nice. Although I think he was slightly distracted with the saag aloo situation as he forgot to provide my glass for the water, which was definitely needed by that point

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We received hot towels when we had finished, which were actually very, very hot. With the bill we got mints and definitely lots of smiles!
Overall, this place is a great little restaurant.
If you are in the area and want to try Indian food at its best, and are willing to pay that little bit more for the experience, look no further!
Rating 4/5

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Nuovo

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Nuovo is a lovely restaurant – interior is great – warm and welcoming.  Staff are super friendly too and knowledgeable on the wide range of dishes on the menu.

The restaurant offers European Tapas which is a great way of dining with friends.  We ordered loads of dishes and munched our way through Bruschetta, Chilli Goats Cheese, Lamb Meatballs, Patatas Bravas, Cod Cheeks – the list goes on!  It was all really good!

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Drink range is great too and we were offered a taste of the draught cider before we bought which was a nice touch.

The restaurant also has a deli counter too!

Pretty popular too – booking advised!

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Les Olives

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Les Olives is an absolutely gorgeous Tapas in a super setting!  Great Spanish music, wooden tables, huge tapas menu and super staff!

We love getting a jug of Sangria, ordering loads of Tapas followed by any of the desserts – all made in house followed up by a lovely liqueur!  We’ve been to this restaurant many times and we always have great food, service and an awesome time!  It’s our fave by a long way!

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The menu is fabulous for veggies too – a huge selection to choose from and the menu changes frequently so you’ll always be able to try something new!

Beer selection is fab too – lots of Spanish beers to really make you feel like you’re in a Spanish Taverna!

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Britannia Inn

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The Britannia Inn is a warm and friendly pub in Llanmadoc, North Gower, with a great restaurant and pub menu.

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One of the greatest pleasures in life is to drop in for a simply delicious steak sandwich, chips and salad and large ice-cold Guinness, after a walk around Whitford Bay and Broughton beach.  On a good day, when the sun is shining and the sky is clear, the views over the estuary are wonderful.

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For a special meal, their restaurant menu and great service are hard to beat and you’re always made to feel so welcome.

Absolutely love holding our WI Christmas Dinner there  –  and it’s only 1.5 miles from home, so even possible to walk back after a convivial evening!

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