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“Sadly didn't meet our expectations.”
Review of Bowmers - CLOSED

Bowmers
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$28 - US$51
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Located in glorious Budleigh Salterton in East Devon, minutes from the Sea. We cook local meats, fish, seafood and vegetarian food in a contemporary and Mediterranean influenced style. Our restaurant is comfortable, modern and atmospheric. Light and airy by day, candlelit and atmospheric at night. Welcoming and friendly and setting out to deliver terrific customer service.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our party of four (my wife and I plus relatives) had high expectations after reading all the good reviews, but sadly this wasn't met.
The location was nice, in the centre of Budleigh Salterton and we were looking forward to a Saturday night dining experience but sadly this wasn't delivered.
My wife and I both had the crab souffle which seemed to be highly rated but sadly turned out to be rubbery in texture, lacking flavour and with a salty cheese sauce poured over it,just didn't do it for us.
Our main of Hake was watery and again, surprisingly tasteless.
We ordered a bottle of white wine for the table which arrived already corked and unfortunately had to send for a replacement as it wasn't chilled.
Lastly, the kitchen extractor wasn't working that night and the restaurant filled with a smoky haze for the two hours we dined.
The two stars were for the good service we received from the young members of staff and the central location.

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Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

We have holidayed in Budleigh many times and have eaten at Bowmers several times each stay. I can honestly say we've never had a bad meal: crab souffle (), lobster, steak, fish, seafood - you name it we've enjoyed it, even veggie options! But just as much as the food we've loved the warm welcome we've always received from all the staff - especially Claire and Lorna. So sad that this excellent restaurant is being forced out. Thank you to all of you from the Suttons, good luck in your future endeavours and maybe just maybe.....

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Jan E, director at Bowmers, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2018

again thank you so much and what a great final review for us. Thank you so much for your very kind comments and good wishes. We are already missing all of our terrific customers very much indeed. With very best wishes from everyone at Bowmers!!!

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Reviewed 16 September 2018

Last minute booking for Sunday lunch - food and service top as ever. Accommodating of our two dogs as well which we really appreciated. Very sad to hear about the forthcoming closure - very much hope that the team can find another venue as the Budleigh area needs restaurants like this. Well done on serving great food for three years!

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Jan E, Director at Bowmers, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2018

Merci, Merci. Thank you so much for your kind comments - it means a lot to us. We are all very sad at the moment as you might imagine. We would have loved to have stayed and continued to develop Bowmers, but high rent and premiums have driven us out.... So it's a massive thank you to you and all our customers who have spent time with us over the last three years. We have loved it and are so sorry to be going. Thank you again for you thoughts and all best wishes for the future. Jan and the Bowmers Team

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Reviewed 15 September 2018

Crab souffle was bland and tasteless and my mains fish was overcooked. Very disappointed as we had high hopes judging by previous reviews

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Jan E, Director at Bowmers, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2018

Very sorry indeed to hear that you were disappointed by your visit - not something we like to hear at all. I suppose the old 'you can't please all of the people all of the time' will sometimes ring true, but I can only apologise for our shortfall in your view. With best wishes from us all. Jan and The Bowmers Team

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Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

A lovely welcoming restaurant much needed in East Devon such a shame that it’s going, food is great good value wine list and attentive service, we had starters of crab soufflé, bruschetta followed by steaks and fish all delicious especially the onion rings and panacotta for puds - hope the team secure a new place, they have ability just need the right landlord - thank you for the food and best wishes for the future

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Jan E, Director at Bowmers, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2018

Thank you so much for your kind comments and best wishes. It's great to hear that you have enjoyed your times at Bowmers. Don't think it will be a new venue for us - the investment we have put into the business hasn't been realised at all in this short time and we are very sorry not to be able to renew our lease and carry on. We are all really sad - we will miss our lovely customers so much. All best wishes to you and thank you again for your kind comments. Jan and The Bowmers Team.

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