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The Living Room is a sophisticated yet informal place to enjoy good music and superb food. Situated within a Grade 2 listed building The Living Room is an ideal place to escape your hectic work life and relax in the calm atmosphere.

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By Graham B.

I booked a table here for a Graduation meal & was very much looking forward to it. We were welcomed by the maitre'd & seated in the restaurant (which was empty).

Upon arrival I had noticed an 'offer' menu on the board outside, which gave a selected starter, main & glass of house wine for £12.95.

However there was no reference to this offer inside the restaurant.

When asked if we were ready to order by our waiter for the evening (Oscar), I enquired about the other menu I had seen outside, as some of these dishes did not seem to be on the normal menu.

The waiter appeared to change his attitude towards us & sneered before disappearing to find the menu.

Returning 15mins later the waiter told that the menu's had been stolen & he would have to write it down from outside,another 10mins later he returned & we were able to order.

We were informed that those choosing from the 'offer' menu were eligible for a starter & main for £12.95 & our party then orded their meals(Some from the offer menu, other from the standard menu).

The starters arrived 25mins after ordering & by this time we had realised that there had also been a glass of wine included with the meal advertised and double checked with Oscar,who immediately confirmed that this was the case.

The main course took 1hr and 15mins to arrive from the starter plates being cleared.Only after 1hr & 10mins did any member of staff come over to appologise for the delay,again,this was Oscar & not the Maitre'd/Manager- who walked by many a time without saying a word.

After starting our meals, two of the party had noticed that the 'Classic Cheese and Bacon Burger' did not actually contain any bacon!

Which I admit,is no large issue however,if you have waited over an 1hr for your main course,you do expect it to arrive correctly!

When informed the staff did not seem interested and simply said 'oh sorry' & did no


By Paul R.

If you fancy a sophisticated night with good food and drink, or want to be entertained by flamboyant cocktail makers, then head to The Living Room.

The Venue
Situated on the corner of Grey Street, The Living Room is ideally situated for easy access to the Quayside and is within easy walking distance of the Theatre Royal making it a great location for any occasion. It sits next to the Grey Street Hotel, so if you've had too much of a good time you can bunk down here.

Living Room is a UK wide chain, but instead of the formulaic furniture that clutters up other chain bars (Wetherspoons, Ha Ha, Slug and Lettuce) it feels like a bit of thought has gone into the design, and it looks more like an upmarket bar than a cheap booze palace.

As you enter the building, you are faced with two choices - either go into the bar and sample one of their extensive cocktails, beers or any spirit you can imagine or enter the restaurant.

The People
The busy bar area is open to people who aren’t using the restaurant. The clientele are slightly older (thirty and above) than some of the other city centre bars. The cocktail waiters are entertaining to watch as they fling glasses and spin bottles in true Cocktail style.

The music isn’t too loud but there's definitely a buzz about the place. In contrast, the restaurant's atmosphere is much more sedate. A piano player gently tinkles the ivories in the corner and the lighting is low, with candles burning on each table creating a very romantic atmosphere. The whole restaurant is tastefully fitted and feels a little special.

The Food
The food is good with plenty of variety. Starter highlights include Thai fish cakes with cucumber, lime and sweet chilli sauce, and Portobello mushrooms on toast with garlic, herbs and hollandaise sauce. Both are delicious (the fishcakes are particularly worth a mention) and the mix of tastes are superbly balanced. At £5.75 and £4.85 respectively, the value is pretty good.

For main course, the lamb with creamed potatoes and rosemary and the Thai red chicken curry with steamed rice are tantalising choices. The lamb is nice and is served pink. The curry is good with a nice mix of flavours and the rice is cooked perfectly. At £14.95 and £11.95 respectively, the value isn’t bad for this sort of restaurant.

The Drink
A fantastic cocktail list, great range of wines, spirits and beers, and an extensive range of Champagnes means that you are spoilt for choice. A glass of Chenin Blanc at £4.50 and a Champagne cocktail at £7.25 is pretty good value. Finishing with a hot chocolate with Baileys is an absolute must at £3.95.

The Last Word
The Living Room is stylish without a doubt. The food is good but the wine and cocktail list stand out as being exceptional.

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