Cuisine: European, New Zealand
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #20 of 98 restaurants in Christchurch

For that special occasion or simply just to have a great night out, come and enjoy a sumptuous dinner at The Old Vicarage.

Enjoy fresh, flavoursome contemporary European and New Zealand cuisine.

Relax in the warmth and comfort of the numerous private dining rooms, or enjoy fabulous alfresco dining on the sunny deck or in the beautiful garden courtyard. The Old Vicarage offer a wide range of dishes aimed to tempt and delight.

Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with dinner service available from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.

There's plenty of on-site parking too!

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The Old Vicarage
335 Halswell Road
Halswell
Christchurch 8025

Open Hours:
Mon-Wed: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu-Sat: 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Sun: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Phone: 03 322 1224
Website: www.theoldvicarage.co.nz/

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Ranked: #20 of 98 restaurants in Christchurch 20
The Old Vicarage
Location: Halswell
Cuisine: European, New Zealand
Mains: $25 - $35+
Accepts:   The Old Vicarage accepts American Express

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Kristine Sullivan

Its times like this you wish there was a 5 star plus rating. Food was fantastic and the young man that served us was outstanding. He made us feel very comfortable and was attentive without being intrusive. We will be back after the end of dry July.

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Jacqui Dunn

This was my first experience with First Table.
The Old Vicarage was an excellent choice. We were welcomed by the friendly, smiling staff as we walked in. We sat at a table for two by the fireplace. There were lots of cosy rooms and wee areas to dine. We had the soup and bread to start.. this was delicious. We ordered lamb and steak with a side of potatoes. Both mains were to perfection, accompanied by an Akarua Pinot and a strawberry beer.. yes strawberry beer- absolutely loved the new drink available. For dessert we had the cheesecake, this was delicious.. after our meal we went through to the bar where live music was playing. Just a perfect place to dine. Great food, fantastic vibe, friendly helpful staff. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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Amazing food and absolutely outstanding service, we will most definitely be back! Do yourself a favour and have the Moroccan spiced salad (with the lamb)

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Hey! The Old Vicarage is such a quaint and welcoming return to the dining of my youth. The rustic charm of the aged wooden beams and the warmth and intimacy of the lighting create a sense of relaxation from the moment you step in the door.
The food, as always was exquisite, and my mother and I both devoured the lamb shanks. She doesn't eat very much these days, so that is a testament to her enjoyment. I almost wanted to change plates with my sister who ordered the Groper. It melted on her fork. Very tempting.
The others were full by then, but I couldn't resist the cheesecake. I wasn't disappointed and savoured every creamy mouthful of chocolate. The sauce was particularly yum.
Thanks also to the wonderful crew, who were sensitive to my mother's needs, and who patiently put up with our complicated splitting of the bill at the end.
A truly special way to spend a special birthday. Thanks, Old Vicarage. We'll be back - yet again!

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Ashleigh Hills

Can never go wrong with the old vicarage! Amazing food, amazing service and amazing atmosphere. Would highly recommend any food off there menu and a bonus that most of the food can be gluten free. There’s not many restaurants that cater for gluten free but the old vicarage has a full range as well as dessert which was to die for!
All round amazing

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If you enjoy good food and service then this eating house is the one to go to.
As a party of 4 we enjoyed our evening from the time we walked in until the time we walked out all immensely satisfied. The fish of the day thepulled pork was moist and full of flavor.
The staff were very efficient, and attentive in servicing our needs,
It was a great experience in a warm environment on a cool evening. Well done everyone at the Vicarage you did yourselves proud.
Thanks.

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Denise Girdler

Top rate! We all chose a different meal after sharing the calamari entree. Dessert was strawberry cheesecake. And everything was just right.
Good humoured and efficient service completed the experience.
Thanks for catering for us gluten free customers so seamlessly.

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Had a lovely meal at The Old Vicarage the other night. For the meals we had the Fish of the Day, The Moroccan Salad with Salmon and two of us had the Beef Fillet. We all very much enjoyed our meals. We didn't order starters, only because we wanted to save room for our mains. The food was delicious and the portion sizes were very generous. We also watched around the other tables to see some of the other mains and they just all looked so amazing. We will definitely be back to try the rest of the menu. I'd also like to say that the staff were very attentive, and that added to making the whole night perfect for us. Thank You!

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Wow! Where to start. The staff were bubbly, friendly and helpful. The meals were absolutely amazing delicious. They say you eat with your eyes, well, when the plates arrived, our eyes were devouring the food before we could pick up the knife and fork. So well presented and equally tasty. Highly recommend dining here, you won’t be disappointed. Compliments to the chef and the staff.

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As a family group of 3 we each chose a different dish and each was OUTSTANDING! In fact we wanted to share a tasty morsel with each other because it was so good. We also passed on our compliments to the chef. Highly recommended.

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It was a pleasure to take my Auckland based Brother and his partner out for Dinner prior to them heading home - not to mention the First Table option seeing we are retired people. My brother, and ourselves, are very complimentary regarding The Vicarage - the dining atmosphere was wonderful, food and service were both A1. Friendly, obliging table service. I must thank you for giving them (and us) a great experience. Many thanks again

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What a great place! As always, the food was AMAZING. Learnt long ago that it's impossible to get a bad meal at the old vicarage, no matter what you order.
The most outstanding thing was the service. We were advised on things most restaurants don't tell you (e.g. entree size being massive so to order the smaller portion etc). Was so nice to have waitresses with a sense of humour too (thanks to Danielle!)
All up, we were impressed once again and will be back soon!

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Monique Jenks

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here! Service was friendly and we felt welcome right from the start. We were seated in a beautiful side area surrounded by stained glass windows open to look out on the gorgeous garden. Food was lovely. We started with the fish cakes with mango chutney which I didn’t know could be so tasty. For a main I had the salad option with smoked salmon and it was cooked to perfection. My partner thoroughly enjoyed his venison as well. We finished with the valentines’s special they were still selling with a sampler range of valentine’s desserts and it was absolutely divine! The brownie on here was the best I have ever tasted and we fought over the last bit. Thanks for the amazing meal and wonderful service :)

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Daphne Hazelgrove

I love the venue, it's such a great setting to relax in for an evening of fine dining.

I had the fish of the day, salmon, and it was fresh and beautifully cooked. It was topped with pesto and served with very tasty roasted baby carrots and potatoes. With it I enjoyed a rich smooth Australian Shiraz.

The sticky date pudding with caramel and ginger ice cream was perfect!

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Jennifer Horsburgh

Lovely welcome when we arrived. Had two fussy teenagers with us and restaurant were happy to cater for them but in the end we went with the standard menu options. It was a great chance to try different items to broaden their tastes and although they weren't all hits they were all well cooked and presented. Initially it appeared the mains were rather small portions but it was an illusion created by the large plates and we all felt very satisfied with the amount of food. Would definitely consider returning.

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Lindsay Robertson

Last night Tash was the most patient and understanding waitress one could ask for when she was faced with 3 guests who all had allergies, one with multiple restrictions. If you have coeliac disease you will be over the moon with the choices.The young man who handled our bill was a ton of fun sending us away with a smile on our faces. Let's not forget the food. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. I wholeheartedly recommend visiting The Old Vicarage.

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Denise Girdler

Our food was lovely and portions were perfect. Seane, our server, was friendly and relaxed. She also had a very good knowledge of the menu. We had the fish of the day and the lamb rack. For dessert we both chose the cheesecake which was delicious. Thank you for an excellent meal.

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Abigail Fergus

I went with two friends, the food was fantastic. I had the calamari followed by the venison and I couldn’t fault either of them. Generous size and absolutely delicious. My friends had mozerela sticks, pork belly, the broccoli side, garlic bread and the banana and peach pudding. Everything was wonderful except the pudding which was a bit disappointing. All in all I would definitely recommend this lovely restaurant in an absolutely gorgeous old house. Perfect for kids too with a garden outside to play in

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JOHN SCOTT

This is going to be one of my favourite restaurants. The service staff are exceptionally enthusiastic and friendly so that means they're better than excellent and the food is better! We had five different dishes and they were all superbly cooked and flavoursome.
Well done Old Vicarage.

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What a treat to meet up with an old friend over a lovely glass of wine and great food. (The pork belly was just scrumptious!) Only just had room to share a dessert! Will definitely return there, lovely atmosphere. Many thanks, The Old Vicarage

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From the minute we walked in the door until we left the service was fantastic, which is a little bit rare these days. And the food was absolutely outstanding especially the lamb rack yum yum. Thanks Old Vicarage

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Michelle Mabey

I love The Old Vicarage. From its cosy atmosphere, to its delicious food, to the attentive staff - it never fails to please. Last night, I enjoyed the pork belly bites (which were a little fatty, but the apple sauce was amazing), the salmon (which was perfectly cooked and I could not fault) and the gingerbread and salted caramel cheesecake (which basically ticked off a bucket list item. Soooo good!). The staff were friendly, welcoming and attentive. The food was brought out efficiently. Overall, a fantastic experience!

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Sarah Pullman

Seated in a warm room and the waitress came over and introduced herself and we ordered drinks. Water was topped up a few times in the evening.
Pumpkin soup was delish and I was surprised with how much there was.
We both had pork belly for our mains and it was so tender and came apart with the fork.
Meals and service were definitely excellent.
Would recommend to all.

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We enjoyed drinks in the bar before being taken to our table - the service was so friendly and attentive and the food could not have been more delicious - Bluff oysters to start, the pork belly and fish of the day with a side of baby broccoli. We should have stopped there, but then enjoyed the amazing gingerbread and salted butterscotch cheesecake and three scoops of Kapiti icecream, with desert wine - all beautifully presented with flavours to match. What amazing value to enjoy!

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Marilyn Mather

The fillet steak was amazing and beautifully cooked. Service was quick and friendly as well as unobtrusive, have never had an average experience at this restaurant , always consistently high standard, will keep coming back again and again.

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We were warmly welcomed by Keegan who was also our waiter for the night & he was a great waiter, very tentative. He showed us to our table & went through the menu, firstly introducing himself which was a nice touch. He promptly came back with a water jug & filled our glasses. We were given adequate time to view the menu & gave him our orders. Everything came out in a timely manner & the food was delicious. The only thing to consider is this restaurant is a family restaurant & we were in a room with other families & wee children are noisy even when well behaved.. So if you are wanting a quiet meal then you will need to take that into consideration when you go first table at 5.15pm.

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Fabulous service right from the start! Topped off with delicious meal. Thanks

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Super dining experience on Saturday evening. Kelly our waitress was amazing, bubbly and friendly with fantastic wine knowledge. Food was delicious with good sized portions.
Warm and cosy atmosphere after terribly cold and wet day

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Debbie Naus

The food was delicious, filled with flavor and would definitely recommend for this reason. I was aware of the time limit for first table but didn't expect the continual interuption by staff. We decided not to have dessert and just as well because we would not have had time to eat it before being asked to vacate the table.

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A lovely birthday dinner with the family. Thank you so much

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Kevin Berry

Delicious food and beautiful surroundings.

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Food was absolutely amazing prompt and delicious.

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Sina Mulitalo

Amazing food, more than we expected. The flavour were decadent and the portions were huge!

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Garry Thompson

Great venue.The duck was magnificent.

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ICE CREAM DESERT WAS NOT DRESSED UP ENOUGH

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Li Ing Peh

We will definitely come back. The food and service are fantastic

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Over-priced for the dining quality, but a pleasant setting.

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Delicious food, and absolutely fantastic staff! Will definitely eat here again :)

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Robin Harris

great food lovely surroundings

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Lovely meal , we thoroughly enjoyed the food and service. Thankyou

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Took a very dear friend out for his birthday and had the most amazing meal. We ordered the platter for the three of us to share and that's was incredible that we managed to eat as much as we did. The platter had a fantastic range of meats, salmon and assorted chutneys and cheese. And then we had our main meals. All of this food was beautiful and if j had to have a last supper.....please let it be here. :)

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We thoroughly enjoyed our Salmon, and the presentation was a joy to look at with the balance of colours and the placement of all the elements. We had the lime and pistachio cheesecake to finish off, and it simply was the best cheesecake I've ever had. The staff were very attentive, explained the options well and were efficient and friendly. Overall it was a lovely dining experience.

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Vanessa Grenfell

A lovely meal, as always.

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Yuan Liang

The food was pretty good. I ordered the Lamb rack and it was delicious, the only thing was the food got cold pretty quickly before I even finish it.

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Kristine Sullivan

Its times like this you wish there was a 5 star plus rating. Food was fantastic and the young man that served us was outstanding. He made us feel very comfortable and was attentive without being intrusive. We will be back after the end of dry July.

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Jan Fuller

Goodness we have been before and have enjoyed ourselves with yummy food but last night was exceptional! The lamb rack was outstanding!!!

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Cosy dining on a cold winter evening! Fillet steaks were melt-in-your-mouth tender and the berry cheesecakes enjoyed by three of us went down a treat - nice that the berries were not just token decoration. Thank you Old Vic, we always enjoy our dining experience with you.

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Jacqui Dunn

This was my first experience with First Table.
The Old Vicarage was an excellent choice. We were welcomed by the friendly, smiling staff as we walked in. We sat at a table for two by the fireplace. There were lots of cosy rooms and wee areas to dine. We had the soup and bread to start.. this was delicious. We ordered lamb and steak with a side of potatoes. Both mains were to perfection, accompanied by an Akarua Pinot and a strawberry beer.. yes strawberry beer- absolutely loved the new drink available. For dessert we had the cheesecake, this was delicious.. after our meal we went through to the bar where live music was playing. Just a perfect place to dine. Great food, fantastic vibe, friendly helpful staff. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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Really enjoy atmosphere of The Old Vicarage. Food enjoyed. Warm place to be on rainy day. Pancakes over syruped as very soggy. But other meals great! One of our favorite places to meet. Thanks

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Faye Cowper

Great food, great service

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Aimee Trent

Had a lovely family dinner, staff very friendly and accommodating.

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Ariel Li

Was really huge portions! Great food! A bit on the pricey side if you didnt have first table, but the food was up there. Love the small plates. The salmon was cooked to perfection. The pork belly was a little tough but amazing flavours

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Sue Bowie

My two oldest buddies and I enjoyed a delightful night at The Old Vicarage for the OLDEST one's birthday! The waitresses were super-helpful and attentive, and the food was good, but then it usually is. We shared the polenta fries to nibble on first, then two of us had pork belly and one had lamb rack. Oh my... Yum yum. Too full for dessert, which was regretful as they sounded pretty good too!

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My friends and I enjoyed a wonderful meal at the Old Vicarage. There was lots of great choices to choose from the menu, even I found something to have ( I’m gluten and dairy free) The staff were extremely friendly and attentive but not obstructive. I can thoroughly recommend this restaurant.

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Ian Gibson

the service of Georgina was absolutely fantastic, really wonderful. The food was fantastic, fresh and so tasty, great atmosphere, fantastic evening, thank you Jenny & Ian Gibson

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Really enjoy the meal, service and atmosphere
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Excellent service. Great food. Nice atmosphere.

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Amazing food and absolutely outstanding service, we will most definitely be back! Do yourself a favour and have the Moroccan spiced salad (with the lamb)

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Beautiful venue, nice to be greeted immediately and said would be with us very soon while seating other guests. Very efficient service friendly and knowledgeable staff. Food was beautifully presented and tasted just as good. Sadly no room for desert do will
Just have to ho back!!. Excellent value

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Peter Wilkie

Always good food and great service

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Garry Thompson

We went again as we loved the menu and knew we could get a low alcohol wine.
Service was great. Another wonderful experience.

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Tracey MacLeod

Food was excellent. Four different mains at our table, all were great. Waitress was a a lli loud.

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Rong Cong

Great service, great restaurant! However, dessert took 30 mins to serve.

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Laura Loughlin

Good food but the acoustics were a bit loud due to a big crowd!

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Very helpful staff and great food

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Kevin Berry

New menu. Excellent food and setting. Attentive service. Will certainly return.

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Denise Girdler

Flavour flavour flavour! The ‘fish of the day’ is generally my ‘go to’ choice at The Old Vicarage and once again, I loved every mouthful. My husband was more than happy with his Pork Belly.
We then shared one of the best cheesecakes we had ever tasted!
The subtle flavours that we enjoyed in all our food were amazing!

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Giarne Harrison

So wonderful, our daughter had a special birthday dinner at the Vicarage. Thanks to all the staff!!!

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Karen Smitheram

Beautiful setting that was lovely and warm. Food beautifully presented and very tasty.
Very helpful waitress who was very attentive. I would definitely recommend to others.

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Food and wine was delicious. Service was happy and fast, and we didn’t have to wait long at all for our food. Recommend

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Kevin Crossen

Very enjoyable

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Lovely setting with a cozy fireplace, would be lovely in summer too, sitting out in the garden. So many food choices and with one coeliac diner, it was a pleasure to have most of the choices coming standard as gluten free. Friendly and attentive service.

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Janet McArthur

Another wonderful meal at the Old Vicarage. Lovely seat by the window and the garden still looks lovely even at this time of the year. My husbands Pork meal was great and I went for Fish of the Day - Groper with Salmon Cakes - absolutely delicious. We shared some sides of veges, the carrots were amazing! No room for dessert unfortunately.
Excellent service and friendly wait staff. Thank you.

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Rosina Rodgers

Great service and the food was delicious as always! Highly recommend

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Bobby Mulken

Great fast service, tasty food, nice surroundings and good separate bar atmosphere. Very impressed and will go again

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Lindsay Robertson

Food was fantastic. Staff need a little training about how to serve.

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