THE LIST: The 20 best restaurants in Swindon, as voted by you...

THE LIST: The 20 best restaurants in Swindon, as voted by you...

THE LIST: The 20 best restaurants in Swindon, as voted by you...

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IF you're debating where to go for a bite to eat this evening, here are Swindon's top 20 eateries as voted by the town's diners on Trip Advisor.

Disagree with the list? Is there a hidden gem missing? Or is one of the restaurants named vastly overrated? Let us know in the designated comments section below the article.

Swindon Advertiser:

1. East West Cafe, Moredon Road

Swindon Advertiser:

2. Egg-e-licious, The Tented Market, Market Street

Swindon Advertiser:

3. Bistro Les Chats, Wood Street.

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4. Jicsaw Thai Restaurant, High Street, Cricklade 

Swindon Advertiser:

5. Moshan Island Grill, Newport Street

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6. The Cafe, Devizes Road

 

Swindon Advertiser:

7. Los Gatos, Wood Street

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8. Ruchi, Victoria Road

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9. The Calley Arms, Hodson

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10. Jade Tiger, Borough Fields, Royal Wootton Bassett

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11. The Cross Keys, Burycroft, Wanborough

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12. Spice, Victoria Road

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13. Da Vinci Restaurant, Fleet Street

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14. The Trident Fish Bar, Victoria Road

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15. Royal George, Pavenhill, Purton

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16. The Crown, Broad Hinton

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17. Rio, Victoria Road

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18. The White Hart Inn, High Road, Ashton Keynes

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19. El Toro, Devizes Road

Swindon Advertiser:

20. The Harrow Inn Restaurant, High Street, Wanborough

 

  • Rankings courtesy of Trip Advisor, correct at time of publishing.

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3:29pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Summerof69 says...

Rangoli,on Groundwell Road, should have made it in ahead of both Ruchi and Spice in my opinion. The only authentic Indian restaurant currently in Swindon offering wonderful alternatives to the "standard curry house cuisine".
Rangoli,on Groundwell Road, should have made it in ahead of both Ruchi and Spice in my opinion. The only authentic Indian restaurant currently in Swindon offering wonderful alternatives to the "standard curry house cuisine". Summerof69
  • Score: 15

3:33pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Ossie90 says...

Best food in Swindon is Egg-e-liscious.
Was this list just ripped off Trip Advisor about 2 months ago??
Best food in Swindon is Egg-e-liscious. Was this list just ripped off Trip Advisor about 2 months ago?? Ossie90
  • Score: 17

4:03pm Tue 3 Jun 14

The Zax says...

Review sites are easily gamed by anyone with the right browser, ability to write in a range of styles and 5 minutes a day over a couple of months. Plenty of unemployed graduates out there who'd do it for a bacon sandwich.
Review sites are easily gamed by anyone with the right browser, ability to write in a range of styles and 5 minutes a day over a couple of months. Plenty of unemployed graduates out there who'd do it for a bacon sandwich. The Zax
  • Score: 7

6:59pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

County Fare on York rd is much better than Trident but neither are restaurants.
6 of the list are not in Swindon but that is probably just being picky.
I wonder how many total votes were logged?
Cant believe Fratellos isnt on there???
In my opinion its the wrong Rio the other one was much nicer.
Someone else already mentioned Rangoli I think they are my favorite Indian in Swindon no Jewel in the crown either but havent eaten there in months so maybe it has changed.

The Cafe is ok but a greasy spoon charging restaurant prices puts me off.
As Zax said there may well of been some vote fudging here but I will give East West a go.
No mention of baguette bar???? There is a line of people to get in there rain or shine.
If there were a sizable number of honest votes and this was indeed the response restaurants in Swindon need to take note.
County Fare on York rd is much better than Trident but neither are restaurants. 6 of the list are not in Swindon but that is probably just being picky. I wonder how many total votes were logged? Cant believe Fratellos isnt on there??? In my opinion its the wrong Rio the other one was much nicer. Someone else already mentioned Rangoli I think they are my favorite Indian in Swindon no Jewel in the crown either but havent eaten there in months so maybe it has changed. The Cafe is ok but a greasy spoon charging restaurant prices puts me off. As Zax said there may well of been some vote fudging here but I will give East West a go. No mention of baguette bar???? There is a line of people to get in there rain or shine. If there were a sizable number of honest votes and this was indeed the response restaurants in Swindon need to take note. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 3

7:22pm Tue 3 Jun 14

M4 Bypass says...

Fillerz, Morley Street, Swindon Steve & Dave's business name says what do, they fill baguettes, wraps, sandwiches bagels etc with whatever you want. The special "sweet " cheesecakes are a favourite with many customers.
Fillerz, Morley Street, Swindon Steve & Dave's business name says what do, they fill baguettes, wraps, sandwiches bagels etc with whatever you want. The special "sweet " cheesecakes are a favourite with many customers. M4 Bypass
  • Score: -5

8:49pm Tue 3 Jun 14

sapjjmml says...

Fillerz is a great place for baguettes,sandwiches with fresh bread cut to order,wraps, pan inis and hot meals too. You will never get a better filling than at Fillerz. Give it a try.

By the way it is in Morley Street Swindon.
Fillerz is a great place for baguettes,sandwiches with fresh bread cut to order,wraps, pan inis and hot meals too. You will never get a better filling than at Fillerz. Give it a try. By the way it is in Morley Street Swindon. sapjjmml
  • Score: -5

10:04am Wed 4 Jun 14

BCDR99 says...

A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it?

Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?
A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it? Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please? BCDR99
  • Score: 19

10:37am Wed 4 Jun 14

jfmorty says...

I've eaten in The Cafe, and they do a good breakfast, but like a few of the places in this list they can't be included in a list of restaurants. A caff or a chippy are not restaurants are they?

But I shouldn't be too picky. As an ex-pat Swindonian, I can say that the general level of variety/quality/serv
ice in Swindon restaurants has improved beyond all recognition, and on my last visit home all the places I ate at got top marks. (Including Marks favourite place.)

Now, how about a real list, voted for by Adver readers, and not just lifted from Trip Advisor.......
I've eaten in The Cafe, and they do a good breakfast, but like a few of the places in this list they can't be included in a list of restaurants. A caff or a chippy are not restaurants are they? But I shouldn't be too picky. As an ex-pat Swindonian, I can say that the general level of variety/quality/serv ice in Swindon restaurants has improved beyond all recognition, and on my last visit home all the places I ate at got top marks. (Including Marks favourite place.) Now, how about a real list, voted for by Adver readers, and not just lifted from Trip Advisor....... jfmorty
  • Score: 8

11:39am Wed 4 Jun 14

Wildwestener says...

IF we wanted to read Trip Advisor, we would; it's easily manipulated anyway as others have said. Why not poll your readers as you clearly are a bit short of news?
IF we wanted to read Trip Advisor, we would; it's easily manipulated anyway as others have said. Why not poll your readers as you clearly are a bit short of news? Wildwestener
  • Score: 4

12:11pm Wed 4 Jun 14

33mummyof2 says...

I was dubious about this list, but have just eaten at egg-e-licious and i can say it is absolutely fab. The service was outstanding, the lady wanted me to try the food first before i decided what to have in my wrap and then told me how they make them. The food more than matched the service and was very tasty. Definitely recommend visiting here!
I was dubious about this list, but have just eaten at egg-e-licious and i can say it is absolutely fab. The service was outstanding, the lady wanted me to try the food first before i decided what to have in my wrap and then told me how they make them. The food more than matched the service and was very tasty. Definitely recommend visiting here! 33mummyof2
  • Score: 4

12:26pm Wed 4 Jun 14

ChannelX says...

BCDR99 wrote:
A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it?

Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?
Yes, it's called - looking at Trip Advisor.

The thing about Trip Advisor is that the restaurants who have plenty of regulars they're happy to 'encourage' to post good reviews always do very well.

Also, the kind of people who'd bother to post on Trip Advisor fit a specific demographic, so it's all skewed from the outset.
[quote][p][bold]BCDR99[/bold] wrote: A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it? Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?[/p][/quote]Yes, it's called - looking at Trip Advisor. The thing about Trip Advisor is that the restaurants who have plenty of regulars they're happy to 'encourage' to post good reviews always do very well. Also, the kind of people who'd bother to post on Trip Advisor fit a specific demographic, so it's all skewed from the outset. ChannelX
  • Score: 4

1:43pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Alan B'stard says...

Maccy Ds wins it hands down.
Maccy Ds wins it hands down. Alan B'stard
  • Score: -9

2:54pm Wed 4 Jun 14

SomeoneWhoIsntMe says...

Weighbridge is by far the best restaurant this town has ever seen... Good prices too if you go for lunch!
Weighbridge is by far the best restaurant this town has ever seen... Good prices too if you go for lunch! SomeoneWhoIsntMe
  • Score: 3

3:25pm Wed 4 Jun 14

TallJu says...

I would highly recommend Bar 20 at the Kings, Wood Street, Swindon. The beer battered fish is to die for and the best chips I have ever had for a long time.
I would highly recommend Bar 20 at the Kings, Wood Street, Swindon. The beer battered fish is to die for and the best chips I have ever had for a long time. TallJu
  • Score: 2

3:25pm Wed 4 Jun 14

IfItsONtheNet says...

ChannelX wrote:
BCDR99 wrote:
A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it?

Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?
Yes, it's called - looking at Trip Advisor.

The thing about Trip Advisor is that the restaurants who have plenty of regulars they're happy to 'encourage' to post good reviews always do very well.

Also, the kind of people who'd bother to post on Trip Advisor fit a specific demographic, so it's all skewed from the outset.
By definition of having lots of regulars would that not lead you to believe the service and food are above acceptable?
With the internet being what it is and so many people using it to select where they would eat would it not be sensible to ask your regulars to leave reviews?

If you mean a happy customer tells 2 people but an unhappy customer tells 14 that is only concentrated by the internet.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCDR99[/bold] wrote: A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it? Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?[/p][/quote]Yes, it's called - looking at Trip Advisor. The thing about Trip Advisor is that the restaurants who have plenty of regulars they're happy to 'encourage' to post good reviews always do very well. Also, the kind of people who'd bother to post on Trip Advisor fit a specific demographic, so it's all skewed from the outset.[/p][/quote]By definition of having lots of regulars would that not lead you to believe the service and food are above acceptable? With the internet being what it is and so many people using it to select where they would eat would it not be sensible to ask your regulars to leave reviews? If you mean a happy customer tells 2 people but an unhappy customer tells 14 that is only concentrated by the internet. IfItsONtheNet
  • Score: 1

3:40pm Wed 4 Jun 14

IfItsONtheNet says...

TallJu wrote:
I would highly recommend Bar 20 at the Kings, Wood Street, Swindon. The beer battered fish is to die for and the best chips I have ever had for a long time.
True the food is ok but its kings.......I may think differently of it by the time I claim a pension.
Staff are great there though
[quote][p][bold]TallJu[/bold] wrote: I would highly recommend Bar 20 at the Kings, Wood Street, Swindon. The beer battered fish is to die for and the best chips I have ever had for a long time.[/p][/quote]True the food is ok but its kings.......I may think differently of it by the time I claim a pension. Staff are great there though IfItsONtheNet
  • Score: 0

4:10pm Wed 4 Jun 14

BCDR99 says...

I suppose "most popular" is not necessarily "best". Otherwise the Spice Girls would never have had a top 40 single, let alone all the number ones and multi-million selling albums.
I suppose "most popular" is not necessarily "best". Otherwise the Spice Girls would never have had a top 40 single, let alone all the number ones and multi-million selling albums. BCDR99
  • Score: 3

5:39pm Wed 4 Jun 14

ChannelX says...

IfItsONtheNet wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
BCDR99 wrote:
A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it?

Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?
Yes, it's called - looking at Trip Advisor.

The thing about Trip Advisor is that the restaurants who have plenty of regulars they're happy to 'encourage' to post good reviews always do very well.

Also, the kind of people who'd bother to post on Trip Advisor fit a specific demographic, so it's all skewed from the outset.
By definition of having lots of regulars would that not lead you to believe the service and food are above acceptable?
With the internet being what it is and so many people using it to select where they would eat would it not be sensible to ask your regulars to leave reviews?

If you mean a happy customer tells 2 people but an unhappy customer tells 14 that is only concentrated by the internet.
1. No, not really. I know plenty of places that have a good number of regulars and yet the food is average and service the same. Lots of people just like what they know and don't bother trying anything else.

2. Yes, of course some places that care about Trip Advisor will definitely ask their customers to give them a review. There's nothing wrong in it, as such, but I'm aware of at least two restaurants in Old Town alone who give away free drinks to customers who supply 'Excellent' reviews at Trip Advisor. Again, not the crime of the century, but not really in the spirit of a level playing field either.

3. Not everyone can be bothered to post their thoughts on the Internet, regardless of whether they're good or bad. In fact, the majority of people I know don't have Trip Advisor accounts because they're simply not interested.

Looking on the Internet for Internet reviews supplied by people who like leaving reviews on the Internet isn't ever going to give you a fully balanced view of anything.
[quote][p][bold]IfItsONtheNet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCDR99[/bold] wrote: A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it? Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?[/p][/quote]Yes, it's called - looking at Trip Advisor. The thing about Trip Advisor is that the restaurants who have plenty of regulars they're happy to 'encourage' to post good reviews always do very well. Also, the kind of people who'd bother to post on Trip Advisor fit a specific demographic, so it's all skewed from the outset.[/p][/quote]By definition of having lots of regulars would that not lead you to believe the service and food are above acceptable? With the internet being what it is and so many people using it to select where they would eat would it not be sensible to ask your regulars to leave reviews? If you mean a happy customer tells 2 people but an unhappy customer tells 14 that is only concentrated by the internet.[/p][/quote]1. No, not really. I know plenty of places that have a good number of regulars and yet the food is average and service the same. Lots of people just like what they know and don't bother trying anything else. 2. Yes, of course some places that care about Trip Advisor will definitely ask their customers to give them a review. There's nothing wrong in it, as such, but I'm aware of at least two restaurants in Old Town alone who give away free drinks to customers who supply 'Excellent' reviews at Trip Advisor. Again, not the crime of the century, but not really in the spirit of a level playing field either. 3. Not everyone can be bothered to post their thoughts on the Internet, regardless of whether they're good or bad. In fact, the majority of people I know don't have Trip Advisor accounts because they're simply not interested. Looking on the Internet for Internet reviews supplied by people who like leaving reviews on the Internet isn't ever going to give you a fully balanced view of anything. ChannelX
  • Score: 3

6:57pm Wed 4 Jun 14

IfItsONtheNet says...

ChannelX wrote:
IfItsONtheNet wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
BCDR99 wrote:
A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it?

Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?
Yes, it's called - looking at Trip Advisor.

The thing about Trip Advisor is that the restaurants who have plenty of regulars they're happy to 'encourage' to post good reviews always do very well.

Also, the kind of people who'd bother to post on Trip Advisor fit a specific demographic, so it's all skewed from the outset.
By definition of having lots of regulars would that not lead you to believe the service and food are above acceptable?
With the internet being what it is and so many people using it to select where they would eat would it not be sensible to ask your regulars to leave reviews?

If you mean a happy customer tells 2 people but an unhappy customer tells 14 that is only concentrated by the internet.
1. No, not really. I know plenty of places that have a good number of regulars and yet the food is average and service the same. Lots of people just like what they know and don't bother trying anything else.

2. Yes, of course some places that care about Trip Advisor will definitely ask their customers to give them a review. There's nothing wrong in it, as such, but I'm aware of at least two restaurants in Old Town alone who give away free drinks to customers who supply 'Excellent' reviews at Trip Advisor. Again, not the crime of the century, but not really in the spirit of a level playing field either.

3. Not everyone can be bothered to post their thoughts on the Internet, regardless of whether they're good or bad. In fact, the majority of people I know don't have Trip Advisor accounts because they're simply not interested.

Looking on the Internet for Internet reviews supplied by people who like leaving reviews on the Internet isn't ever going to give you a fully balanced view of anything.
Just to clarify I would not base my decision on where to eat solely on the internet.
No probably not a balanced view but surely you are only looking to gain an idea of food or services on offer.
Personally I am happy to try out almost anywhere but I would have a look to get a feel for what a restaurant does rather than rely on the net. If its on the net it doesnt mean its true.

Everyone will want different things from an evening out. I like benches and tables with everyone sat close by contrast it is my partners worst nightmare.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IfItsONtheNet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCDR99[/bold] wrote: A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it? Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?[/p][/quote]Yes, it's called - looking at Trip Advisor. The thing about Trip Advisor is that the restaurants who have plenty of regulars they're happy to 'encourage' to post good reviews always do very well. Also, the kind of people who'd bother to post on Trip Advisor fit a specific demographic, so it's all skewed from the outset.[/p][/quote]By definition of having lots of regulars would that not lead you to believe the service and food are above acceptable? With the internet being what it is and so many people using it to select where they would eat would it not be sensible to ask your regulars to leave reviews? If you mean a happy customer tells 2 people but an unhappy customer tells 14 that is only concentrated by the internet.[/p][/quote]1. No, not really. I know plenty of places that have a good number of regulars and yet the food is average and service the same. Lots of people just like what they know and don't bother trying anything else. 2. Yes, of course some places that care about Trip Advisor will definitely ask their customers to give them a review. There's nothing wrong in it, as such, but I'm aware of at least two restaurants in Old Town alone who give away free drinks to customers who supply 'Excellent' reviews at Trip Advisor. Again, not the crime of the century, but not really in the spirit of a level playing field either. 3. Not everyone can be bothered to post their thoughts on the Internet, regardless of whether they're good or bad. In fact, the majority of people I know don't have Trip Advisor accounts because they're simply not interested. Looking on the Internet for Internet reviews supplied by people who like leaving reviews on the Internet isn't ever going to give you a fully balanced view of anything.[/p][/quote]Just to clarify I would not base my decision on where to eat solely on the internet. No probably not a balanced view but surely you are only looking to gain an idea of food or services on offer. Personally I am happy to try out almost anywhere but I would have a look to get a feel for what a restaurant does rather than rely on the net. If its on the net it doesnt mean its true. Everyone will want different things from an evening out. I like benches and tables with everyone sat close by contrast it is my partners worst nightmare. IfItsONtheNet
  • Score: 0

8:09am Thu 5 Jun 14

The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier says...

More fodder (sorry about the unintended pun) for those who knock Swindon. The top 20 'best restaurants in Swindon' contain six pubs, eight establishment that aren't even in the town, at least two cafes and a fish and chip shop.

When I saw the headline, I wondered 'are there twenty restaurants in Swindon?'.

My scepticism was proved right, as much as I'm sure everyone of those on the list are very good.

At least there weren't any McDonalds!

But I agree with the post that says County Fayre in York Road is the best chippy. A 'must visit' trip for every Town home match.

But is it a restaurant? No.
More fodder (sorry about the unintended pun) for those who knock Swindon. The top 20 'best restaurants in Swindon' contain six pubs, eight establishment that aren't even in the town, at least two cafes and a fish and chip shop. When I saw the headline, I wondered 'are there twenty restaurants in Swindon?'. My scepticism was proved right, as much as I'm sure everyone of those on the list are very good. At least there weren't any McDonalds! But I agree with the post that says County Fayre in York Road is the best chippy. A 'must visit' trip for every Town home match. But is it a restaurant? No. The artist formerly known as Marmite Soldier
  • Score: 2

9:07am Thu 5 Jun 14

Shnookums says...

Funny how half of the restaurants are are short walk from the adver offices !
Funny how half of the restaurants are are short walk from the adver offices ! Shnookums
  • Score: 4

12:35pm Thu 5 Jun 14

benzss says...

BCDR99 wrote:
A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it?

Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?
Because the Weighbridge is overpriced, limited and offers awful service.
[quote][p][bold]BCDR99[/bold] wrote: A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it? Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?[/p][/quote]Because the Weighbridge is overpriced, limited and offers awful service. benzss
  • Score: 6

2:17pm Thu 5 Jun 14

The Jockster says...

The list just goes to show how many chavs there are in SwineTown! No Swindon Rendevous- no la Carbonara, no Fratellos and no Mela or Lalbagh for quality Indian food. Not surprised JI the C not there always found that pretty average westernised Indian fast food and not impressed with Ruchi when I went there.

All personal choice I know but hey if it's supposed to a restaurant list let's have a restaurant list without half a dozen greasy spoons and cafés.
The list just goes to show how many chavs there are in SwineTown! No Swindon Rendevous- no la Carbonara, no Fratellos and no Mela or Lalbagh for quality Indian food. Not surprised JI the C not there always found that pretty average westernised Indian fast food and not impressed with Ruchi when I went there. All personal choice I know but hey if it's supposed to a restaurant list let's have a restaurant list without half a dozen greasy spoons and cafés. The Jockster
  • Score: 5

2:41pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

The Jockster wrote:
The list just goes to show how many chavs there are in SwineTown! No Swindon Rendevous- no la Carbonara, no Fratellos and no Mela or Lalbagh for quality Indian food. Not surprised JI the C not there always found that pretty average westernised Indian fast food and not impressed with Ruchi when I went there.

All personal choice I know but hey if it's supposed to a restaurant list let's have a restaurant list without half a dozen greasy spoons and cafés.
Totally forgot about La carbonara the Italian restaurant that others restaurants eat in???
No this list doesnt seem right at all.
I would like to see a take away list as well there will be some incredible vote fiddles on that one.

Not sure that this list has any bearing on "chavs" as you put it more a reflection of what you can do with half an hour each day for some dodgy votes.
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: The list just goes to show how many chavs there are in SwineTown! No Swindon Rendevous- no la Carbonara, no Fratellos and no Mela or Lalbagh for quality Indian food. Not surprised JI the C not there always found that pretty average westernised Indian fast food and not impressed with Ruchi when I went there. All personal choice I know but hey if it's supposed to a restaurant list let's have a restaurant list without half a dozen greasy spoons and cafés.[/p][/quote]Totally forgot about La carbonara the Italian restaurant that others restaurants eat in??? No this list doesnt seem right at all. I would like to see a take away list as well there will be some incredible vote fiddles on that one. Not sure that this list has any bearing on "chavs" as you put it more a reflection of what you can do with half an hour each day for some dodgy votes. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 1

8:04pm Thu 5 Jun 14

LordCharles says...

The best were completely missed. The Village Inn, Liddington. Kings Arms, Newport Street. The Pilgrim Centre, Regent's Circus. Wetherspoons, Fleet Street. But there are no Ronay or AA listed restaurants in Swindon. The nearest are in Bath. So the results are for cafes not restaurants. Would you take a date to the tent market?
The best were completely missed. The Village Inn, Liddington. Kings Arms, Newport Street. The Pilgrim Centre, Regent's Circus. Wetherspoons, Fleet Street. But there are no Ronay or AA listed restaurants in Swindon. The nearest are in Bath. So the results are for cafes not restaurants. Would you take a date to the tent market? LordCharles
  • Score: 2

8:31pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Zero0 says...

benzss wrote:
BCDR99 wrote:
A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it?

Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?
Because the Weighbridge is overpriced, limited and offers awful service.
Don't understand that one, been many times with family and work, cheap -no, but value for money -yes. Service always good
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCDR99[/bold] wrote: A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it? Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?[/p][/quote]Because the Weighbridge is overpriced, limited and offers awful service.[/p][/quote]Don't understand that one, been many times with family and work, cheap -no, but value for money -yes. Service always good Zero0
  • Score: 0

8:34pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Zero0 says...

May not be fair to Rio now, only had the one meal there, worst ever and that includes São Paulo. In the end were only charged for starter and drinks, no issue with that
May not be fair to Rio now, only had the one meal there, worst ever and that includes São Paulo. In the end were only charged for starter and drinks, no issue with that Zero0
  • Score: 0

8:42pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Wainer says...

Lalbagh has to be number 1, for cuisine, decor and staff !!!
Lalbagh has to be number 1, for cuisine, decor and staff !!! Wainer
  • Score: -2

10:59am Fri 6 Jun 14

benzss says...

Zero0 wrote:
benzss wrote:
BCDR99 wrote:
A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it?

Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?
Because the Weighbridge is overpriced, limited and offers awful service.
Don't understand that one, been many times with family and work, cheap -no, but value for money -yes. Service always good
Well... a constant theme among people I know who've been there for dinner - their lunch service is much better - is that the staff are on the whole not very good. The bloke who plays the part of a maitre d' is just rude, and the waiting staff don't really seem to know what they're doing. Add to this the limited and totally non-seasonal menu (their ingredients aren't sourced locally anyway), and for ~£30 per head you're definitely not getting your money's worth.
[quote][p][bold]Zero0[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCDR99[/bold] wrote: A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it? Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?[/p][/quote]Because the Weighbridge is overpriced, limited and offers awful service.[/p][/quote]Don't understand that one, been many times with family and work, cheap -no, but value for money -yes. Service always good[/p][/quote]Well... a constant theme among people I know who've been there for dinner - their lunch service is much better - is that the staff are on the whole not very good. The bloke who plays the part of a maitre d' is just rude, and the waiting staff don't really seem to know what they're doing. Add to this the limited and totally non-seasonal menu (their ingredients aren't sourced locally anyway), and for ~£30 per head you're definitely not getting your money's worth. benzss
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2:16pm Fri 6 Jun 14

IfItsONtheNet says...

benzss wrote:
Zero0 wrote:
benzss wrote:
BCDR99 wrote:
A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it?

Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?
Because the Weighbridge is overpriced, limited and offers awful service.
Don't understand that one, been many times with family and work, cheap -no, but value for money -yes. Service always good
Well... a constant theme among people I know who've been there for dinner - their lunch service is much better - is that the staff are on the whole not very good. The bloke who plays the part of a maitre d' is just rude, and the waiting staff don't really seem to know what they're doing. Add to this the limited and totally non-seasonal menu (their ingredients aren't sourced locally anyway), and for ~£30 per head you're definitely not getting your money's worth.
Unfortunately they get away with it as they have no real competition. The building is beautiful and great range of wine and beers and the menu is different to most in the town.
For the price I would expect better service than is on offer.
Swindon has improved in recent years but considering there is a wealth of great venues just a short train ride away they really should take note.

Still my home town though so I love the town warts and all. However if you want me to pay city prices I want a city experience.
Locally sourced ingredients would be great though.
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zero0[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCDR99[/bold] wrote: A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it? Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?[/p][/quote]Because the Weighbridge is overpriced, limited and offers awful service.[/p][/quote]Don't understand that one, been many times with family and work, cheap -no, but value for money -yes. Service always good[/p][/quote]Well... a constant theme among people I know who've been there for dinner - their lunch service is much better - is that the staff are on the whole not very good. The bloke who plays the part of a maitre d' is just rude, and the waiting staff don't really seem to know what they're doing. Add to this the limited and totally non-seasonal menu (their ingredients aren't sourced locally anyway), and for ~£30 per head you're definitely not getting your money's worth.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately they get away with it as they have no real competition. The building is beautiful and great range of wine and beers and the menu is different to most in the town. For the price I would expect better service than is on offer. Swindon has improved in recent years but considering there is a wealth of great venues just a short train ride away they really should take note. Still my home town though so I love the town warts and all. However if you want me to pay city prices I want a city experience. Locally sourced ingredients would be great though. IfItsONtheNet
  • Score: 0

2:54pm Sat 7 Jun 14

bowlerc67 says...

The VERY BEST fish & chip place is Smarts in Highworth. ... huge portions, great price, super fresh fish!!!!!!!!
The VERY BEST fish & chip place is Smarts in Highworth. ... huge portions, great price, super fresh fish!!!!!!!! bowlerc67
  • Score: 0

2:55pm Sat 7 Jun 14

bowlerc67 says...

I think Trip Adviser need to check the definition of the word Restaurant!!!!!!!!
I think Trip Adviser need to check the definition of the word Restaurant!!!!!!!! bowlerc67
  • Score: 0

11:37am Sun 8 Jun 14

IfItsONtheNet says...

York rd has the best chippie in town. County Fayre match day wouldnt be the same without it.
York rd has the best chippie in town. County Fayre match day wouldnt be the same without it. IfItsONtheNet
  • Score: 0

1:33pm Sat 21 Jun 14

bevee says...

benzss wrote:
Zero0 wrote:
benzss wrote:
BCDR99 wrote:
A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it?

Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?
Because the Weighbridge is overpriced, limited and offers awful service.
Don't understand that one, been many times with family and work, cheap -no, but value for money -yes. Service always good
Well... a constant theme among people I know who've been there for dinner - their lunch service is much better - is that the staff are on the whole not very good. The bloke who plays the part of a maitre d' is just rude, and the waiting staff don't really seem to know what they're doing. Add to this the limited and totally non-seasonal menu (their ingredients aren't sourced locally anyway), and for ~£30 per head you're definitely not getting your money's worth.
Well benzss my daughter is part of the waiting staff at the Weighbridge and really loves her job ... THE couple that look after the staff, own, work and run the weighbridge are the 2 hardest working people I have known of in a long time.. my daughter is just about to enter her 2nd year at uni and without her 2 great bosses she would not of been able to do this they have supported her every step of the way. As to say the staff are crap and rude I would say you don't know how stressful it is in a place like that .. give there due ALL the staff work hard in that place ... o yeah and just to top everything off my daughter has arthritis and is only 20 but still gets up and puts up with the crap and bad mouthing that people like you throw at them and think it's funny ....
[quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zero0[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCDR99[/bold] wrote: A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it? Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?[/p][/quote]Because the Weighbridge is overpriced, limited and offers awful service.[/p][/quote]Don't understand that one, been many times with family and work, cheap -no, but value for money -yes. Service always good[/p][/quote]Well... a constant theme among people I know who've been there for dinner - their lunch service is much better - is that the staff are on the whole not very good. The bloke who plays the part of a maitre d' is just rude, and the waiting staff don't really seem to know what they're doing. Add to this the limited and totally non-seasonal menu (their ingredients aren't sourced locally anyway), and for ~£30 per head you're definitely not getting your money's worth.[/p][/quote]Well benzss my daughter is part of the waiting staff at the Weighbridge and really loves her job ... THE couple that look after the staff, own, work and run the weighbridge are the 2 hardest working people I have known of in a long time.. my daughter is just about to enter her 2nd year at uni and without her 2 great bosses she would not of been able to do this they have supported her every step of the way. As to say the staff are crap and rude I would say you don't know how stressful it is in a place like that .. give there due ALL the staff work hard in that place ... o yeah and just to top everything off my daughter has arthritis and is only 20 but still gets up and puts up with the crap and bad mouthing that people like you throw at them and think it's funny .... bevee
  • Score: 1

1:59pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

bevee wrote:
benzss wrote:
Zero0 wrote:
benzss wrote:
BCDR99 wrote:
A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it?

Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?
Because the Weighbridge is overpriced, limited and offers awful service.
Don't understand that one, been many times with family and work, cheap -no, but value for money -yes. Service always good
Well... a constant theme among people I know who've been there for dinner - their lunch service is much better - is that the staff are on the whole not very good. The bloke who plays the part of a maitre d' is just rude, and the waiting staff don't really seem to know what they're doing. Add to this the limited and totally non-seasonal menu (their ingredients aren't sourced locally anyway), and for ~£30 per head you're definitely not getting your money's worth.
Well benzss my daughter is part of the waiting staff at the Weighbridge and really loves her job ... THE couple that look after the staff, own, work and run the weighbridge are the 2 hardest working people I have known of in a long time.. my daughter is just about to enter her 2nd year at uni and without her 2 great bosses she would not of been able to do this they have supported her every step of the way. As to say the staff are crap and rude I would say you don't know how stressful it is in a place like that .. give there due ALL the staff work hard in that place ... o yeah and just to top everything off my daughter has arthritis and is only 20 but still gets up and puts up with the crap and bad mouthing that people like you throw at them and think it's funny ....
Well done to your daughter great working attitude that is lacking in many people.
I have worked in some service industries and self important idiots are par for the course but at £50 a head I think customers are entitled to a better level of service than some greasy spoon.

Glad to hear they treat staff well but a restaurant experience is about the customer and if the restaurant is busy that should be a reason to be happy.
No matter how stressful a service based business is it should never be seen by the customer too busy to give excellent service every time? More staff or less covers easy.
[quote][p][bold]bevee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zero0[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benzss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BCDR99[/bold] wrote: A list of the best restaurants in Swindon and The Weighbridge isn't in it? Can we have the precise methodology used to compile this list please?[/p][/quote]Because the Weighbridge is overpriced, limited and offers awful service.[/p][/quote]Don't understand that one, been many times with family and work, cheap -no, but value for money -yes. Service always good[/p][/quote]Well... a constant theme among people I know who've been there for dinner - their lunch service is much better - is that the staff are on the whole not very good. The bloke who plays the part of a maitre d' is just rude, and the waiting staff don't really seem to know what they're doing. Add to this the limited and totally non-seasonal menu (their ingredients aren't sourced locally anyway), and for ~£30 per head you're definitely not getting your money's worth.[/p][/quote]Well benzss my daughter is part of the waiting staff at the Weighbridge and really loves her job ... THE couple that look after the staff, own, work and run the weighbridge are the 2 hardest working people I have known of in a long time.. my daughter is just about to enter her 2nd year at uni and without her 2 great bosses she would not of been able to do this they have supported her every step of the way. As to say the staff are crap and rude I would say you don't know how stressful it is in a place like that .. give there due ALL the staff work hard in that place ... o yeah and just to top everything off my daughter has arthritis and is only 20 but still gets up and puts up with the crap and bad mouthing that people like you throw at them and think it's funny ....[/p][/quote]Well done to your daughter great working attitude that is lacking in many people. I have worked in some service industries and self important idiots are par for the course but at £50 a head I think customers are entitled to a better level of service than some greasy spoon. Glad to hear they treat staff well but a restaurant experience is about the customer and if the restaurant is busy that should be a reason to be happy. No matter how stressful a service based business is it should never be seen by the customer too busy to give excellent service every time? More staff or less covers easy. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 0

6:27pm Sun 22 Jun 14

bevee says...

Granted yes a customer shouldn't see the stress and people shouldn't show the stress but everyone is human and we all make mistake in how we handle details ....more staff has been said before but if you have more and not take the money then like many businesses now a days it will go broke !!!
Granted yes a customer shouldn't see the stress and people shouldn't show the stress but everyone is human and we all make mistake in how we handle details ....more staff has been said before but if you have more and not take the money then like many businesses now a days it will go broke !!! bevee
  • Score: 0

7:25pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

That balance being the difference between day to day business and long term success stories.
Personally I think if the Weighbridge benefits from little or no competition, unless you want to come out of the town there is no similar menu.

I have been there a couple of times for lunch and enjoyed it but it was quiet enough when we went.
Had staff been arguing I am not sure I would stay, obviously if part of a larger group that may change but it would strike me as fawlty towers.
That balance being the difference between day to day business and long term success stories. Personally I think if the Weighbridge benefits from little or no competition, unless you want to come out of the town there is no similar menu. I have been there a couple of times for lunch and enjoyed it but it was quiet enough when we went. Had staff been arguing I am not sure I would stay, obviously if part of a larger group that may change but it would strike me as fawlty towers. Badgersgetabadname
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