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Review: Marco Pierre White restaurant at Cadbury House hotel and spa, Congresbury

Ladies who lunch


I’m with stupid, says my friend.

The reason?

Well I saw lunch at the Marco Pierre White restaurant at Cadbury House advertised at two for £10 and read it as two lunches for two people = £10, that is £5 each.

A bargain methought when I invited my friend for a bit of a day out.

Off we went this week for a lovely morning swim at the spa (I’m a member and she was booked in as a guest) before sauntering up the hill to the hotel and the MPW dining room.

Everyone is really nice and we had a lovely big booth in the newly refurbished restaurant.

I had booked online and only afterwards read the small print which said please indicate if you have booked the two meals for £10 offer.

To read original offer see below but this is what it said:



Join us for two meals from our set menu for £10 at lunch time

Available from Monday to Friday, 12:30pm to 3pm

T&C's: Must quote offer when booking, meals are to be ordered from the daily set menu

To reserve a table call 01934 839 019, email us at


I can’t remember having the option to indicate this offer when I booked online so I sent an email afterwards to confirm.

An auto efficient confirmation came back and I thought no more of it except it seemed remarkably cheap.

When we sat down in the restaurant the lunch time menu was presented.

It said one course £13.50, two courses £16.50 and three courses £19.50.

This didn’t make sense so again I queried the price.

It was again confirmed it was two for £10.

The missing link only became clear when we got the bill.

It is two courses not meals for £10 per person.

In the words of Alan Partridge (or ABBA): “Ah ha.”

Luckily we laughed although I felt a little foolish.

The meal itself was delicious.

I ordered the fried calamari with tartar sauce – the squid was served in a light batter and the sauce was smooth and crunchy all at the same time.

I could have ordered mushroom soup and crusty bread or a third starter option of cured ham with balsamic.

For my main course I plumped for lemon chicken, real chips and rocket salad.

This proved a super choice – the chicken was delicious, there was a side serving of rice wrapped in letture which seemed odd with chips but it was perfect.

My fellow diner chose the pork belly which came with a good coating of salted crackling, cabbage and jus - lots of jus, or gravy to you and me.

The other choice was salmon, crushed new potatoes, capers and lemon.

For dessert we ordered one serving of sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream and two spoons.

Good job too as it was a large pudding and much to much for one weigh-watching person.

The other alternatives were chocolate brownie and vanilla ice-cream or a selection of cheese.

Including one glass of Prosecco, 10 per cent service charge and a good laugh at my stupidity the bill came to £29.10.

I would go again and happily pay the full rate as it is a lovely restaurant although we may go back to our old habits of swimming and eating upstairs at the more informal lounge. 

Carol Deacon

Please note: Since dining this week the offer no longer appears on the website.

To read more about Cadbury on this site click HERE.

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