Martins West Pub
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Martins West Pub

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.martinswestgp.com/
  • Phone: 6503664366
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 12:00noon - 11:00pm Mid Day Menu Monday- Saturday 3:00 - 5:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Scottish, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Michael Dotson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Public Transit: The Redwood City Caltrain Station is only 3 blocks away from Martins West Pub. For the Caltrain Schedule visit www.caltrain.com.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking on Main Street is free after 6 p.m. and all day on Sunday. There is a metered parking lot on Broadway Street around the corner from Martins West.
A word from Martins West Pub
Martins West serves farm-fresh, upscale British pub fare with knowledgeable, friendly service in surroundings as convivial and inviting as a neighborhood saloon. Housed in the historic Alhambra building, our restaurant combines the charm of a 110-year-old public house with modern sensibilities. The atmosphere is perfect for group dinners in our dining area or impromptu bar bites in our expansive bar and lounge area.
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Martins West Pub reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Do not go here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    Worst customer experience we've had in a while. Service was slow and waiter needed to be reminded of items ordered. "Heirloom" tomato salad was a mix of one heirloom tomato and one unripe, globe tomato cut into wedges. Sea bass entree was too small (2 ounces) and waiter insisted it was six ounces before admitting they ran out of fish. Management handled the situation poorly. Duck was so chewy, it was extremely difficult to cut with a knife. The only saving grace is the cocktail menu. If you go here, you'll need one to tolerate the horrible service.
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  • Normally we have a great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    Normally we have a great experience at martins west, but my husband was pretty disappointed with the food this time, he ordered a "hot pot", which hr found to be much more like an appetizer, tasty but only 3 pieces of pork, two tiny potstickers and some broth. Also, the timing between courses as uneven, and one glass of wine and an appetizer was forgotten about entirely., which has never happened before. There was a loooooooong wait between the drinks and the appetizers, and then everything came at once...the food was brilliant as usual, otherwise.....not quite as great as always....
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  • Foodie paradise especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    Foodie paradise especially if you enjoy high-end pub food. They make their own sausages, mustard, pickles, and the combinations of different flavors are unique.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    Food was different, but delicious. I went here looking to try something different, and that's what I got. However, they also have more traditional menu items as well. Cocktails were just as tasty, and also priced well. Service was amazing. I changed my mind about wanting seating at the bar, and I got a table immediately. The friendly bartenders also checked me in with the hostess for my open table 100 points. It was a great experience, and I'm certainly going back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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  • Food was very good but prices
    karolcha
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    Food was very good but prices are incredibly high for the portions. Won't be going back.
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  • Great place for those looking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2012
    Great place for those looking for a place to chill in Redwood city.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • High energy, good food
    PanebVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2012
    We've been here before, but the crowds have gotten bigger. VERY noisy with lots of bar action. Excellent beers on tap or by the bottle. Food is trendy and tasty. Typical of many of the pubs we visited in Scotland, which is what they're trying to be. Definitely for a younger crowd.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Consistently Great and Unique
    MunchingMarkVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    Martin's is a favorite and we have been there a dozen times or so. They have a menue that covers the basics very well and have several items for the more adventourous eater. They never disappoint with food, service or ambiance.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • We had pickles, beer, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2012
    We had pickles, beer, and burgers (1 lamb, 1 beef). All were very good. Drinks were a bit expensive. This isn't a "pub" in any British sense - it's set up as a restaurant, it's loud, and the staff were very attentive and friendly.
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  • Overcooked pork, perfect salmon
    FoodieParent
    Dined on 8/9/2012
    Overcooked pork, perfect salmon ... tried 3 cocktails, 1 too sweet, 2 perfect. Just WAY too noisy, gave me headache. But good if you have kids with you. Made me feel less self-conscious.
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    kid-friendly
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  • The Peninsula needs more places
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2012
    The Peninsula needs more places like Martins West. Solid food, amazing beverages, killer Scotch selection, wonderful decor/ambiance, slow but cheerful and attentive service. I don't mind the wait if I'm savoring some delicious food & bevs. All around Fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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  • We always select Martin's
    StaceyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2012
    We always select Martin's West for a fun evening with friends....great food (and not your typical PUB menu much better). It is energetic and can be a bit noisy in the bar area and a lot of fun.We thank martin's West for bringing this thoughtfully designed and managed restaurant to downtown Redwood City!
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Great experience! Everything
    pocosweetVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Great experience! Everything was quite tasty. Somehow I expected Scottish food (especially in a 'pub') to be heavy, but that was not the case. Although portion sizes were on the smallish size for the main courses, the flavors were all bright and well balanced. The lamb pastrami was irresistable, as was the lamb totellini in a consume. The game hen was so yummy that my dinner partner would not share :-(! Mixed drinks were unique. I had a rye drink: the lone wolf. Definitely had to resist asking for another.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2012
    Wide selection of beers. We had fish and chips and sea bass w/mushroom sauce. The cod fish and chips were great - light crispy batter w/moist tasty fish. The sea bass had a wonderful mushroom sauce, but the fish itself was slightly overcooked. Noise level was that of a typical pub. I liked the idea of refurbishing the place with reclaimed materials. Overall, a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • The baker was insanely good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    The baker was insanely good that last time we at at Martins West - from the porterhouse rolls to the peach pie, just fantastic work. Service friendly if not exactly sophisticated, this is a quasi-bar after all, good feel and vibe to Martins West. We shared the ribeye, not exactly a top quality piece of meat, but cooked properly. The prices will sneak up on you.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a wonderful time.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    We had a wonderful time. The food was wonderful and the staff was great. I don't remember the last time I had such an attentive and wonderful waitress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu has changed significantly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    Menu has changed significantly from our previous visit. Mainly a tasting menu. Set expectations, only 3 entrees on the menu, rest are all small plates. Food was good. A little expensive for quantity of food.
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  • Fried cornish hen with turnips
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/6/2012
    Fried cornish hen with turnips was fantastic, veggie crepe was tasty as well. Cocktails: New Manhattan is too sweet. Moscow Mule is too light on the alcohol. The sage martini is the best! They were able to sit us sooner than our reservation time which was great.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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  • AWESOME AWESOME PLACE!!! Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    AWESOME AWESOME PLACE!!! Great for just about any time. The service is excellent. The food is always changing and just so fun. The bar menu and beer menu is top notch and constantly evolving. Top it all off, the owner Moira is just so sweet and welcoming. Come for a drink, a meal or just to hang on a Saturday afternoon.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Know the menu
    BritinUSA
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    If you know the menu you can pick well, however there are a few duds on the menu to avoid. The octopus very good but barely a child's portion - $15. The hot pot - the same. The ribs, the small bites are really good. The deserts - the toffee pudding is great. The black forest gateaux boring, the cookies with bacon ice cream also boring without any pizazz, the fruit cobbler also not worth it. So the toffee pudding is the one. Coffee - large french press is called 2 cups, it reality it filled their coffee cup once - so you need one each and can't share. The service is good except at the end of the dinner we got the check and no one came near us then to clear any of the stacked plates, had to ask the 6th person who walked by to take them awa
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  • Great drinks! Food not so much...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 6/25/2012
    Met some friends for drinks and dinner. We enjoyed the cocktails very much (try the rye!). Beer was fantastic. Food was less inspired, tiny portions (especially the appetizers) and not accurately described on the menu. I'll go back for drinks, but will head elsewhere for dinner.
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  • We always have a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/23/2012
    We always have a wonderful experience at Martins West. It is one of the few Peninsula/South Bay locations to make truly craft cocktails. As for the food, well, the appetizers truly whet our appetite for dinner, and dinner completely satisfied.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • The ambiance was my favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/9/2012
    The ambiance was my favorite feature of the resturant because it was unique and interesting. The food was different but tasty none the less.
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  • Great and Unique
    MunchingMarkVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2012
    Martin's West provides a consistently great experience. The menu has some of the basics for the leaa-than-advertourous eaters but the real fun is trying something new. This is the place. I have never been disappointed. Lamb Burger?? A winner! Rhubarb tart?? Excellent!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Our favorite place to eat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/29/2012
    Martin's West - the food, the ambiance, the people - is simply the best. Every time we get a date-night we head here for dinner and drinks. Tonight we had the special rib-eye steak which was cooked perfectly and had such a wonderful, juicy flavor. The five-bean salad was an excellent side dish to complement the steak - light and fresh. We started with the pork belly butty's which are back on the menu, and are always a favorite (anything they make with pork belly is always delicious, and we always order two because we can't share!). Our dessert was the "candy bar" and it was light but rich in flavor and wonderfully delicious. The Moscow Mule specialty drink is our favorite - wonderful and light for a warm evening. We love MWGP!
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • This historic building is
    KevinPSTC
    Dined on 5/26/2012
    This historic building is in downtown Redwood City, a place you may not think of for a great dinner but Martins and many of the newer Redwood City restaurants are fantastic. We had an exceptional waiter and I am glad. He made suggestions that were not our original choices but he was so knowledgable on the cooking procedure and taste, we took his suggestions. I am SO glad we did. I had the ribs which were fantastic and my friend had a hen dish that ws so moist. Everything was tasty and I would suggest it for anyone. Enjoy!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • The service (or server the
    marsVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2012
    The service (or server the night I had dinner) is in need of great improvement. Not only did the server forget to enter my husband's order in with mine (so that it was served 30 minutes after I got mine) but he also put in the wrong dessert order for me later the same night (so I had to wait another 20 minutes for the correct dessert). I can understand one error but two mistakes in one dinner service is just plain bad. I will likely not return nor recommend this place.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Hidden Gem Worth Finding
    MunchingMarkVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2012
    This continues to be one of our favorite restaurants. We came in again with four "newbies" and everyone enjoyed the food and experience. The burgers and fish & chips are hard to pass up but I had the fresh halibut and it was outstanding! This place always has a nice crowd and it is great to see it getting the recognition it deserves. Great and inventive food in a very fun atmosphere.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Unique menu combined with
    Chewbakka
    Dined on 5/10/2012
    Unique menu combined with a great selection of beers and whiskeys makes this place a gem for redwood city. The scotch eggs and octopus starters are one of a kind delicious. I had the swordfish for main course, and it was outstanding. For dessert, you don't want to miss the sticky toffee pudding -- it is beyond awesome.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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  • Great food, excellent cocktail
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Great food, excellent cocktail and beer list. We've been here a few times and have always enjoyed it. Worth a try. Make sure to ask for their freshly baked bread!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Fun but a bit confusing.
    YumYum
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    A fun assortment of foods and tasty. I am looking forward to bringing the men in my family back to enjoy a meal. The menu appears to be second guessing their audience though, making certain that everyone has something they will like on the menu. It is a bit like Scottish/ California fushion. I suggest making the menu a bit more clear. We ordered Tandori chips and got french fries with two small dips ... I guess the tandori part was in the tiny dish of bright yellow marinated caulifower. The chips were great but ... confusion from the basics of how to eat it. I suggest pushing the Scottish bent harder with a side menu of the other. They have a good thing going and I recommend a visit.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Showed up at one on Saturday
    Guinness
    Dined on 4/21/2012
    Showed up at one on Saturday for lunch. Reservations were not needed at all. We had our choice of tables and it seemed as though they were just getting going. Beer selection: Not as broad as I expected for draught, but solid nonetheless. Perfectly pulled Guinness and Dogfish 90. Not a lot more one can ask. I was looking for more variety but this was fine. Appetizers/Small Plates: Scotch eggs were terrific. The broccoli with infused chilli was excellent. Entrees: The sirloin was small but exceptionally tasty. The fish and chips were generous. Dessert: The sticky pudding was extremely nice.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent meal and great cocktails.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/4/2012
    The really put effort into their food, and you reap the benefits. It's definitely a departure from standard American cuisine. I consider that a very good thing. Excellent meal. The cocktails were great too! Also, the service was impeccable.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Very strange food offerings...ambie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2012
    Very strange food offerings...ambience was promising when we arrived as a group of 7. Our overall experience was disappointing. Several people ordered the fish and chips and it was hard to find the fish under the breading. Hamburger was adequate meat wise, but the roll was hard and way too bog for the burger. Waiter was a bit condescending and acting as though he knew the 18% tip was built in. It was a bit pricey for the quality of food.Will notbe coming back to this restaurant.
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  • Our server, Chris, was attentive,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    Our server, Chris, was attentive, informative, directed us with the menu items and very friendly. We had reservations at 9:30, but Martin's West was able to accommodate us early. Food was excellent and the desserts were divine! Sticky toffee pudding is a must have! Blue Bottle coffee was a great way to finish the meal.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Took my date, a Scottish lass,
    GordonVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2012
    Took my date, a Scottish lass, there for St. Patty's Day evening. We both had the corned beef and cabbage dish with fingerling potatoes. Food was good, reasonably priced and we both had an enjoyable experience. The noise, however, was sometimes so loud we could barely carry on a conversation. Hence, we skipped dessert and coffee and went back to her place for cake and ice cream.
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  • Our waitress was extremely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/16/2012
    Our waitress was extremely friendly and helpful. She gave recommendations for things to try since neither of us had been there before. All of the food was delicious! I tried the haggis on a stick. We shared scotch eggs, macaroni & cheese, and asparagus. For my entree I had the egg noodles with littleneck clams and pork & bacon meatballs. For dessert we had both the chocolate brownies and the sticky toffee pudding. I'll definitely be going back to this wonderful little neighborhood hangout.
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • This place is a great option
    HCAbrams
    Dined on 3/10/2012
    This place is a great option for high-quality and interestingly delicious food without having to go all the way up to San Francisco. I'm glad I can drive just 15 minutes to this place! The ambiance is pretty neat as well. Wait staff is super friendly, definitely way more friendly than SF wait staff. I'm so glad this place exist on the peninsula.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • We have been to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    We have been to this restaurant many times and are never dissapointed by the food. It was a birthday celebration and a busy saturday nite. We had a great time!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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  • I almost feel guilty I don't
    SSSSVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    I almost feel guilty I don't come here more often, it's all around a great place. I love the location & ambiance; clean, minimal, beautiful re-purposed wood throughout. Tells a story from the ship floors to the Edison light bulbs. The hostess was kind, warm and friendly. Seating is comfortable. The service is attentive, even when there were 3 people (hostess, bartender, and buser) running front of house, you still get taken care of. The food is outstanding and unique. Attention to detail, quality, depth,and sustainability- overall get an A+. You must order the scotch eggs, and the Fish n Chips are probably in the top 3 best world wide I've had. Drink selection for whatever mood you are in. Also it's worth checking out the dessert menu. Yum!
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    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate