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“Is Rita's restaurant now open? Who's eaten there? What's the food like?”

Posted by Alison | 30/09/2013 17:53:32

“I would like to know what it is like also. For once I was looking forward to receiving some details through my door but haven't. Looks very nice from the outside but don't know anyone who has been.

Posted by Louise | 02/10/2013 22:46:55

“The food is fabulous, the service great. Get down and enjoy it.”

Posted by RCLEAVER | 03/10/2013 12:23:34

“I thought there would have been some fliers posted through local homes and businesses, or a menu in the window of the restaurant! Hoping to get there for a meal this w/e!”

Posted by Alison | 03/10/2013 22:43:16

“Does anyone know whether it does takeaways? Just wondering!”

Posted by Phoebe | 06/10/2013 10:06:08

“Had a fabulous meal at Ritas on Friday night. Nicely decorated, great atmosphere & fine food. Nice to see the place so busy. Would highly recommend it to everyone.”

Posted by Sarah | 06/10/2013 19:19:09

“No-one has mentioned the prices yet?”

Posted by Joan | 08/10/2013 16:29:29

“Who are the gushing R Cleaver and Sarah? And yes, why no fliers, no local publicity, even on the local radio across the road? On the occasions I've passed by there's been no menu in the window, though this may have changed. I mean, I do like to have an idea of what I'm going to be offered AND what I'm going to pay BEFORE I go in, please. "Mediterranean food" is so wide as to be meaningless.

So far we've had a Thai restaurant which collapsed and an Indian restaurant which collapsed. And those establishments actually publicised and offered menus.

I'm not sanguine about this new place, but I hope I'm wrong.”

Posted by Greywolf | 14/10/2013 21:51:27

“Would be good to have a menu in window - but perhaps they have't got around to this as yet? Wish the new owners all the best anyway!”

Posted by Joan | 15/10/2013 22:13:15

“Who is this rather rude Greywolf who hides behind a false name? If you wanted to go in to eat , you would have gone in and asked to look at a menu. You can go in & have a drink at the bar without eating! If it bothers you so much Greywolf go in & suggest they put a menu in the window instead of moaning about it! Lack of support as usual is why we lost the other restaurants, plus they were perhaps not everyones taste in food. Ritas is more like the type we had when the Harlequin was there. The menu is Mediterranean type food, but mostly Lebanese style as that is where Ritas husband is from. Both are lovely people, moved to the village, so some support would be nice instead of constant moaning. IF INTERESTED, GO ASK!!!!!!!”

Posted by Sarah | 16/10/2013 18:22:45

“We went there for meal on a Friday evening and sad to say were disappointed. The starters were ok, but we didn't enjoy the main courses, and so left quite a bit of them. The waiter didn't ask if the food was ok or anything! Only 2 choices for vegetarians (pizza or veg lasange). No one came back to ask us if we wanted desserts or coffee, so we paid and left eventually!! The bar was very full with people, but they weren't eating there, just drinking. There are still no menus up in the window!! I really wanted this place to be good, as we would love to eat somewhere locally on a regular basis. Hope it improves and becomes successful!”

Posted by Jean | 17/10/2013 17:26:46

“I'm afraid I don't see why I should be obliged to go in and buy a drink in order to see a menu.

Lack of support comes usually as a result of lack of demand and / or lack of quality.

Putting up your menu in the window really is SO basic an advertising ploy that it doesn't need saying.

Is your name REALLY Sarah? Who are you?? You're clearly not related to Jean whose opinion of the place differs so radically from yours. But there, I expect you'll be banging on at her about daring to criticise a restaurant "because it's new". You seem so hot under the collar about this that I have to suspect your motives in posting...”

Posted by Greywolf | 19/10/2013 16:29:21

“Sarah, Greywolf is not a false name he ALWAYS posted using that name. And he has been verified as 100% real in real life!

I have never noticed him shy away from most topics. BUT he does come across a little short and very frank at times. You are not the first person and I am sure not the last who he has rubbed up the wrong way. In his defense, as a rule he does always have a point that is worth thinking about before reacting!

Really? Did I just defend Greywolf ??? hahaha Hope you are well Mr Wolf.”

Posted by Mark @ Cowlingweb | 19/10/2013 19:12:08

“Greywolf, no I am not related to Jean & yes I am very real & called Sarah. Mark has known me for many years. You may be real, but still seem to publish under an assumed name! EVERYONE is entitled to their opinion even you, Jean & of course myself. The difference being that Jean & myself have sampled the food. I'm not sure what you mean by 'my motives in posting?' I was mearly answering previous posts whom had asked what it was like & I gave our honest opinion. If that is a problem for you , I won't apologise!


Posted by Sarah | 19/10/2013 19:45:05

“We have not tried Rita's yet but intend to do so. The fact that Rita's does not have a menu in the window holds no bearing in my view of whether this is a good, bad or mediocre restaurant...in fact this approach is pretty old school and anyone whom expects this as standard is probably best suited to a Toby grill, Wetherspoons or a high street pub/food establishment. Take a look around you, we have many quality restaurants within 30 mins drive from our village some of which carry Michelin stars – they don’t have menu’s in their window!!! Any new restaurant today has a mountain to climb without doubt and whilst I am not comparing Rita’s to a Michelin starred restaurant I think the owners have got many aspects of their approach exactly right – the lack of a window displayed menu being just one of these. Another point they have right is the lack of flyers – REALLY?? – Had I have had a flyer pushed through my letter box I would be far less likely to give Rita’s a whirl – such practice, for some reason feels perfectly fine for takeaways - Indians/Chinese/pizzas etc but Rita’s, based on initial and distant visual first impressions is attempting to appeal to a very different market – akin to that of which Harlequin arguably conquered. Greywolf; your views are somewhat outdated, negative and naive if not a little ignorant. BUT, somewhere in there perhaps there is a point – RITA’s; how about a website with a “taster menu”, a few restaurant photos, a mission statement maybe to increase the temptation you have already successfully created to entice me and others alike to the table? Good luck Rita’s, welcome to the village, we will see you soon to make our own mind up on what should count (but unfortunately often doesn’t for some) – your food!”

Posted by gareth sharpe | 20/10/2013 00:26:25

“I agree with Greywolf. Eating out is so expensive nowadays that I alway have a look at the menu first [usually the cost of soup of the day] to give me an idea before I commit. If it is a struggle to find basic information, then there are plenty of places out there that do want your business, and who offer good value.”

Posted by Pauline Welch | 20/10/2013 09:34:01

“I'm unlikely to venture into a restaurant without some idea of what's on offer, I don't want an expensive surprise, perhaps other wealthier folk don't mind. So yes, at present I'm unlikely to try this place, with an outside menu/flyers delivered I certainly would try it.
Another issue - there are few things more unwelcoming than the smokers who hang around outside the doors of pubs & restaurants - I know there's not much that the establishments can do about this - it's unfortunate to say the least that one has to pass through or go past these people to get in, apart from the cigarette smell they always seem to look furtive, scowling, I suppose resentful at having to stand outside.”

Posted by JohnH | 20/10/2013 16:13:27

“There have a website. www.ritascowling.co.uk
Where you will find everything menu etc.”

Posted by Jo | 20/10/2013 19:16:09

“Ritas has a website with the full menu on there

www. ritascowling.co.uk”

Posted by KP | 20/10/2013 23:22:06

“Does anyone have the telephone number for Rita's Restaurant please so I can book a table Or have they got a web site so I can look it up.
Thanks for any help”

Posted by Catherine Nelson | 03/11/2013 17:13:32

“01535 633233 or on Yell it lists - 01535 633223

Posted by Mark @ Cowlingweb | 03/11/2013 22:32:13

“Got the telephone number for Rita's thanks to this notice board and would just like to comment on the experience of an evening at Rita's.
The decor was simple, elegant, clean and effective. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming though we were the only two in after a short time. This seemed such a shame because the food was delicious.
Sami the Lebanese owner was helpful, friendly and attentive but not obtrusive.
He got the chef to make up a plate for me consisting of three small portions from the starter menu. Hummus, falafel s and spinach and pine nut pasty plus warm Lebanese bread which was divine.
The presentation, cooking and quality of the food was excellent.
My husband had chicken skewers and salad again excellent.
The food and the drinks were all really good value for money and we will definitely go again.
I hope this might prompt some readers to at least give Rita's a try.

Posted by Catherine Nelson | 08/11/2013 13:37:37

“The whole evening at Rita's was delightful! We were really impressed by the decor and the friendly atmosphere in the restaurant.There were a number of people at the bar who occasionally popped into the restaurant to chat to friends who were dining. It reminded us of the informal atmosphere in local Spanish restaurants. The food was delicious and presented beautifully. We will definitely go again and hope that others will patronise this absolute gem of a restaurant.
p.s. a small bowl of olives on the table whilst waiting for food to arrive would be good.”

Posted by Joan Redfern | 09/11/2013 12:38:37

“I have been to Ritas a couple of times now and it is grand. Lovely food well presented and the portions are more than enough. The owner is very polite and friendly. I would suggest going to try. Three courses and a bottle of wine for two was reasonable I thought.”

Posted by Mr t | 21/03/2014 20:44:58

“Would you please give us an average cost - as reasonable to one person, is not reasonable to another?

Posted by Joan | 28/03/2014 23:56:44

“It cost around £50 which to anyone I would think is reasonable for 3 courses each and a bottle of wine”

Posted by Mt t | 17/04/2014 18:25:04

“Thanks - is that £50 per person or for two people?”

Posted by Joan | 18/04/2014 16:20:07

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