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“Fabulous Restaurant”
Review of Samphire

Samphire
Ranked #13 of 124 Restaurants in Whitstable
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$27
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 24 July 2021

We had the most wonderful late lunch in Samphire. It was so good that we returned for breakfast the next day! Thoroughly recommend. The bread and olives alone were divine - before you even get to the delicious mains and dessert. A great menu and great service. It does close around 4pm for a few hours before dinner and book in advance to avoid disappointment!

Date of visit: July 2021
Thank IntrepidLondon91
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Reviewed 23 July 2021 via mobile

Popped in for a quick breakfast, service was great but food was very disappointing. We asked for extra avocado on the full English but it arrived brown and inedible. The sausage was quite raw in the middle I couldn’t eat it all. The fresh orange juice and Bloody Mary were very good though! Not from the area but won’t be back soon

Date of visit: June 2021
1  Thank 606katherinew
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Reviewed 22 July 2021

The mussels in cider as per the menu were very salty. Would not recommend it.
Also the waitress who served it does not know how to serve.
She put the pot on the table and walked away. How was one to lift the hot lid off the pot. Had to call her back and she went off to fetch some paper towels to lift the lid and left the lid wrong way. The lid was meant to be turned over to collect the shells. That is not good service. Have eaten this dish many times and was served correctly hence the bad review.
The restaurant can get away with bad service and expensive food with tourists who doesn't know better and frankly there wasn't an abundance of restaurants opened for dinner.

Date of visit: July 2021
1  Thank M2083NAdianav
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Reviewed 22 July 2021

This was our third time at Samphire, and we were very disappointed - having had good experiences on the previous occasion.
I'm not sure if they have changed chef recently, but the quality of the food has gone downhill, so that it now compares very unfavourably with other restaurants in Whitstable.
For example the fish pie, previously a favourite of ours, was tasteless and bland in the extreme. The trout was badly overcooked, and the ingredients in the cassoulet seemed like they had only been introduced to each other as they were put on the plate.
The service was perfunctory, whereas on both previous visits it's been friendly and attentive.
We have recommended Samphire to many of our friends, but it's unlikely we will again.
Very badly let down.

Date of visit: July 2021
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1  Thank Smithy0364
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Reviewed 19 July 2021 via mobile

Could not fault the experience at all - the food was delicious salt cod croquettes with squid ink aioli & mussels with cider, thyme & garlic…. Possibly 2 of the best dishes I have eaten in a really long time!

Staff was also super attentive and made you feel very welcome! We will be back!

Date of visit: June 2021
Thank amyhH4472EU
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