Written on: 30/09/2013
my husband and i were in scarborough on the 29th september and went into the restaurant for a meal the restaurant was practically empty and so i found a seat in the window and my husband joined me after visiting the toilet the restaurant emptied apart from one patron and the waitress was more interested in wiping tables and clearing up than taking our order after a wait of 15 minutes my husband and i walked out because we were just being ignored and found this very ignorant and bad service... (read more)
Written on: 30/05/2013 by Afifa
Brighton fish shop 25may the disable toilet seat was so disgusting you could not use it ,the manger new about and said one was on order ,I pointer out to him he only had go up the road and buy one and put it on himself ,god know what the kitchen was like if he let the toiler get so bad ,the seat must have on ages to get in than state. (read more)
Written on: 26/05/2013 by UnhappyCamper27 (2 reviews written)
This was a few years ago at the Merry Hill Shopping Centre branch. I was queuing in the takeaway section of the restaurant and our 3 year old needed the toilet. As we were buying our food there anyway, my partner took him into the restaurant part of Harry Ramsdens and asked if our son could use the facilities. The restaurant was empty (pre lunch time rush). My son was dancing on the spot. The assistant wouldn't let my son in to use the toilet! It was pointed out to her that I was in the... (read more)
Written on: 07/12/2012 by phototrain
Today I have suffered the worst fish and chips that I have been served in my whole life (64 years). This so called meal was served up at the Lakeside Shopping Centre Essex. The large cod portion was more batter than fish and so dry that it was barely edible. The fish what there was of it was the driest that I have ever had and judging by the colour had not seen the sea for a good many months. My opinion is stay well clear of Harry Ramsden it is complete rubbish and over priced. H (read more)
Written on: 25/08/2012
I took a friend to the McArthur Glen Outlet near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.She always enjoys fish and chips and was keen to try the 'famous' Harry Ramsdens meal. I was totally embarrassed and had I been on my own I would have taken the food back to the counter and asked for a refund. The chips were tiny dried up offerings and we were charged an extra £1.20 for dried up mushy peas. The gougons of fish were greasy and barely edible. Something surely must be done to ensure that the... (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2012 by tiggy2020
Harry Ramsden, Bournemouth My Harry's Club number is 6633. I regularly visit the above Harry's restaurant with my mum and have found the service & the quality there outstanding. However on visiting today, we were both somewhat disappointed and shocked at what is happening there, Harry's has the best reputation for outstanding fish & chips & the traditionalism is liked by all, after all that is what made them famous. So to visit today & see the awful changes that have been made... (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2012
Harrys Ramsdens Scarborough, scruffy place, slow service took 20mins to take our order. Food nothing special, over priced, over cooked and tasteless, Tartre sauce served in a pudding dish!!!! They had run out of custard so didn't bother with a sweet. What happened to white table cloths and friendly staff along with good quality fish n chips which Harry Ramsden was famous for. Next day out in Scarbourgh will not include a trip to Harry Ramsdens (read more)
Written on: 18/05/2012 by lesbud1
took my brother there after singing its praises. what a mistake. cod was as flat as the proverbial pancake. I even remember remarking that the fish could have been put in an envelope and posted! when the waitress was asked if it was the normal harry ramsden fish she said it was. my sister-in-laws haddock was a peachy colour, I had never seen haddock that colour before??? I complained through their website and was told that the fish is supplied and is frozen... they were not bother basically.... (read more)
Written on: 28/03/2012
I live in Oxford but am originally from Yorkshire. When we used to come to Yorkshire once a year we always went to HR in Guisley, the fish and chips were always good and the tea and coffee were included in the price. The last time we went was about four years ago and we had to pay for our tea/coffee seperately, every time we went after that the place just got worse. Last year we went to HR in Bournmouth and it was totally different, the staff were very courteous and nothing seemed to be too... (read more)
Written on: 18/10/2011 by bshepp10
A very average fish and chips from a so called world famous restaurant, but by far the biggest disappointment is that the management have employed a 'cow-boy' parking scheme, designed to fine their customers, making enough money from them from their first purchase for them never to return. I sat in the car whilst my friend nipped in to pick up our fish and chips, in the 'customer parking' 'free' to customers.... Free... ABSOLUTELY NOT. I ended up getting a letter with a £75 fine, going up... (read more)
Written on: 07/10/2011 by hatetalktalk (1 review written)
Me and wife whent to harry ramsdens to get 2 meals we parked the car in carpark and i got a £75 fine for siting there for 18 min The company has a sighn outside saying free parking for harry ramsden customers they contradict themself instead of going to harry ramsdens try the ritz you will be cheaper. I wouldn go back anyhow need he chandaliers cleaned and need new builbs he atmosphere is depressing and they need staff who understand you . DAYLIGHT ROBBERIE any one ealse had same problem (read more)
Written on: 16/05/2011
We went on holiday and heard of Harry Ramsdens and decided that we would see how it compared to Yorkshire Fish and Chips.To be honest it took an hour for our food to be served,the chips were soggy and if you tried to lift one up it would fall apart. The fish portion was small even if it was a large portion.The overveiw was that it thought it was more than it was worth and DEFINITELY is not better than Yorkshire fish and chips. P.S better of going to the chippy. ... (read more)
Written on: 09/03/2011
We visited Harry Ramsdens Scarborough,
Just sent this to Trading Standards:
To whom it may concern,
My wife and I had my brother and his wife visit us last weekend I took them for lunch at the restaurant on the sea front.
We ordered 4 fish & chip meals (2 cod 2 haddock) which we waited almost 30 mins to receive, I was absolutely flabbergasted to see what arrived at the table.
Frozen Chips (poorly cooked some frazzled and some soggy).
Supermarket style processed fish portions (with bones... (read more)
Written on: 25/11/2010
Waited 20 mins for the food and the when it arrived the chips were burnt. I told the waitress to take them back and refused to pay. The 'Manager' told me i had to pay for the drinks regardless of whether i had eaten the food or not and when i refused he called the centre security. Manager was totally rude and didnt see a reason why he shouldnt have sent out burnt food. Centre security guard told me it wasnt the first time hed witnessed the manager being rude to customers and reported him to... (read more)
Written on: 09/09/2010
Management dosnt no what they are doing, went for a job there after been offered employment, they lost all my details then told me i needed a birth certificate after i showed them 6 forms of id, got a birth certificate, then they told me i had to have a passport. Keep well away, they dont no what they are doing (read more)
Written on: 02/08/2010
Worst fish and chips we've ever had - cold chips, tiniest fish - awful. (read more)
Written on: 29/07/2010
Harry Ramsdens was world famous because he cooked in dripping, the smell alone dragged to towards his restraunts, saddly when they stopped using dripping the quality was no longer any better than your average chippy.
You now have to go to yorkshire to get the best fish and chips. (read more)
Written on: 23/07/2010
visited the great yarmouth branch of harry ramsden,it was the worst fish and chips U have ever had. overpriced ,ALL the food was refried and we all ended up with food poisoning whilst on holiday ...not much fun!!I complained while we were there about the very poor quality and was offered 10% off ,i accepted this as ijust wanted to get out, howvever when we all became ill that night I emailed harry ramsdens twice and to date have had no reply,they have now left me no option other than to... (read more)
Written on: 25/06/2010
Do not use this restaurant within half an hour of closing time which is what we did. Whilst we were eating the chairs were being stacked noisily and a sweeping brush even appeared. The staff even though quite friendly were very unprofessional. The food was only average and portions not great. We would not return. (read more)
Written on: 18/05/2010
It looks very much like a motorway service area cafe inside, but at least there is plenty of parking outside. Service is pretty quick, which is fine -- you won't want to sit around having a sophisticated conversation here, and definitely don't (that was don't) go on a date. Fish sold as cod was tasteless, and chips were no better than any gastro-pub will do. In summary -- very ordinary, and only suitable for a fast feed if you are hungry on Old Trafford. (read more)
Written on: 06/04/2010
I went to the one in Bournemouth for Easter and the service was very good. The staff was very nice (maybe the manager read some of these previous opinions :-). I am italian and wouldn't normally eat such fat food but must admit that the quality of the fish was pretty good also and didn't get sick and even had a second portion of chips (which come eat as much as you can).
Maybe a bit pricey .. but I would only do it once a year anyway. (read more)
Written on: 12/02/2010
the waitress was called lauren. very polite and helpful. And even made us laugh.I wanted the pie of the day, but the waitress was open and honest that they wasnt the greatest meal they had on the menu.She recommended the full house combo platter as a main menu. Which was delecious and hot. Even had complimentary bread and butter. Overall a fantastic meal and service. thank you! (read more)
Written on: 03/12/2009
Advised by the waitress what she thought we shouldn't eat and persuaded us not to order certain meals .. opted for soup in the end but wasn't told that is just half a tin of Heinz - £3.45 and it wasn't warm and the crusty roll was just a soft breadcake .. main no better .. everything completely overpriced .. most of the food on the menu is just bought in according to staff .. cold, soggy and very unpleasant .. daughter sick in the car on the way home - never again. wish i'd read the reviews... (read more)
Written on: 24/11/2009
Absolutely dreadful from start to finish. Staff rude disinterested looked like they'd just come from school. The food was awful. Cold chips and soggy battered fish. I assume the price was so inflated to pay for the "Ikea" type chandeliers.
Dreadful and will never go again you have been warned.
ps. Your review for atmosphere should include at least one unsatisfactory option and not be forced to choose options available that certainly are not suitable. (read more)
Written on: 01/11/2009 by srhenderson (1 review written)
Been going to Harry Ramsdens since I was a child but never again. Went to the one at Blackpool and sat in the restaurant. The fish didn't taste fresh and the batter was all soggy and seemed like it had been fried in old oil. The portions were very small for the price paid. When we told the waitress that we didn't enjoy out meal she said there was nothing she could do as we had eaten it and we should have told her this before. Also the toilets were filthy the soap didn't work and the hand... (read more)
Written on: 27/09/2009
First off, of COURSE it's more expensive than the local chippy, because you are paying service and to sit in.
Second of all, I would ALWAYS recommend Brighton. It's always busy and lively, and the fish is always freshly cooked.
To be fair, it's usually all prepared in the morning, so it tastes nicer the earlier you go in.
I have never had a bad experience there, all the years that I've eaten there with my family. Harry Ramsdens is lovely, it really is.
I wouldn't recommend the last... (read more)
Written on: 16/09/2009
This was a Harry Ramsden "franchise" linked to a Moto Travel Lodge just off the A30 near Exeter. Forgive my ignorance, I didn't even know there was such a thing as a Harry Ramsden franchise, (possibly in "takeaway" format but not as a restaurant). In fairness, we hadn't eaten in on of their restaurants for some time so obviously changes had taken place. Most of what has already been said is our recent experience, also. We used to really love Harry Ramsden's fish and chips - it was always a... (read more)
Written on: 02/09/2009 by FamilyMan4 (1 review written)
We were seduced by the menu outside Harry Ramsdens, offering interesting menus for children. Once seated inside we were given child's menus that offered only basic ice cream or yoghurt. My son's drink arrived with lipstick on it from a previous customer. The chips were completely disappointing, looking and tasting like oven chips. The adult dessert menu had my wife's first four choices unavailable.
The meals were very over priced (£32 bill for 4 lots of fish and chips with tea and squash!)... (read more)
Written on: 26/08/2009
We ate at the Blackpool Harry Ramsdens beleiving that we might get a reasonable meal given the claims that the chain makes about the quality of their fish and chips. I had scampi and chips, paying extra for mushy peas and was disappointed at the small size of the meal. My husband had a meal deal and said it was OK. However, I suffer from Crohn's disease and whatever was in the food has brought on a 'flare-up' of my condition. I would not recommend this restaurant. (read more)
Written on: 05/08/2009
I wish I had read these reviews before I went with myself, husband and son to harry ramsdens. We were £33 for three fish suppers, two cokes and a glass of white wine. Fish/chips were small portions as described below - I don't mind paying the extra if there is a real difference in taste etc, but there wasn't- the food was bland and tastless - I wish I had went to our local chippie which would have been tastier and far cheaper. I did advise the waiter when he asked if we enjoyed our meal... (read more)
Written on: 26/05/2009 by gerrardus
Harry Ramsden is utter rubbish.Tiny fish. Chips all over the floor. Uncooked Pizza. Just plain rubbish. This was Harry Ramsden's Gt Yarmouth. Don't go. Get your fish from any other Fish & Chip shop in Yarmouth. There's dozens better. Really. Dozens. (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2009
I thought I'd give Harry Ramsdens a try about ten years since the last time I was there. I had heard a lot of bad rumours but decided to give it a chance. Big mistake - a fool and his money are soon parted. Tiny portions (fish looked more like a fish finger), ridiculously overpriced, staff would leave you waiting for ages (although it wasn't that busy!). The atmosphere was awful and I have never seen so many disappointed faces (of customers seeing their food arrive in front of them) in... (read more)
Written on: 18/02/2009
I have always been a fan of Harry's since i was a kid. The great thing i like about it is you know what your getting. Plus unlike over places their fish and chips are prepared daily in the kitchen using fresh products. The fish i had last week was honestly the best i have ever tasted. whilst the size is not as large as my local chippy, the quality is so much better. and to be honest, who wants to be eating fish and a mountain of chips, it just ruins the balance of the meal. hat off to you... (read more)
Written on: 14/11/2008
Overall the meal was a huge disappointment and to cap it off the bill was over £25 for two fish and chip meals, a glass of wine (nearly £5) and a pint of guiness. (read more)
Written on: 11/10/2008 by annod
Keep trying this place but it never gets any better for me, the chips are so over fried, they are dry my 3yr old wouldn't eat them. I feel that the food is cheap quality but very overpriced. Greasy batter. Went today, 5hrs later we still feel sick. Wont bother trying again. Harry Ramsden would be turning in his grave. Lakeside, Thurrock, Essex. (read more)
Written on: 27/09/2008 by gajwilliams (2 reviews written)
This was a horrible experience for me. I took my partner and his three children there for a birthday meal. I will never go back. I felt it was overpriced, for instance, I was charged almost £5 for a trifle that was mostly dry sponge. There was nothing about it that I could say I enjoyed - such a shame that a restaurant with such a well known name should apparently fail so dismally. Nobody came to check whether the meal was ok, or whether we wanted more drinks. The fish and chips weren't... (read more)
Written on: 19/08/2008 by broads22 (1 review written)
Proper fish and chips - ie as made in Yorkshire - is a great and tasty tradition. And the original Harry Ramsdens on the outskirts of Leeds was a local institution 30 years ago when I lived there. So what a shame that on every occasion I've tried this franchise I've been greatly disappointed. The Nottingham branch was usually empty yet the service was slow. Worst of all was the one at a motorway service station: I counted the chips - 13 of them! and the fish was 3 mouthfuls. All this for £... (read more)
Written on: 12/08/2008 by sillywabbit (1 review written)
This is one of the worst places I have ever eaten in. Like many of the reviews here me and my girlfriend had heard of Harry Ramsden's fish and chips so decided to try the brand, big mistake.
The staff that served me and my girlfriend ( Bournemouth ) seemed disinterested and appeared not to want to be there at all. They seemed impolite and hostile towards me. I ordered fish and chips. The fish portion was the smallest I have ever had. I'm CONVINCED this hasn't even seen a fryer. It appeared... (read more)
Written on: 06/03/2008
Fish not cooked, chips fried to death over priced rubbish. Do not bother getting any food from here (Harry Ramsdens at Epcot USA) Very disappointing considering they are representing our country!!!! (read more)
Written on: 26/02/2008
If I could eat there every week I would be happy :o) (read more)
Written on: 06/11/2007 by shayo
I took my four grandchildren and their parents to Blackpool to enjoy the last weekend of lights, we had a lovely time until deciding to eat in a Harry Ramsden restaurant which was the downfall.
I will never eat in one again, my opinion of this particular one is that it is overrated,over priced and certainly not "A good English fish and chip shop"
The tables were piled high with dirty dishes and staff were serving desserts around them until I asked them to be removed.
My 7year old Grandson...(read more)
Written on: 18/08/2007 by yellowtimechris (109 reviews written)
Over priced and under fed. Harry Ramsdens in Salford is a load of rubbish. The corner chippy is better value, and you get bigger portions. (read more)
Written on: 02/10/2006 by d hatton
I had heard that Harry Ramsden Fish Restaurants were the benchmark of quality for fish and chips. Apparently, according to a newspaper report, people in some areas of the country queue along the street to purchase this 'world famous original (made popular by the gentleman Harry Ramsden) recipe' product. I purchased a portion of the humble cod and chips and when sitting down to eat it, found it to be the worst piece of fish I have ever experienced. The chips were equally inferior. All I can... (read more)
Written on: 05/06/2006 by Charm (1 review written)
After working and living in the West End of London for over 2 years now,, and eating extensively at all sorts of different caliber eateries, most places can just be mediocre and acceptable. However, Harry Ramsdens is most definitely the worst place I have eaten at for a very long time... in England!
I am in fact so disappointed that I have come straight back home to 1) complain to customer services on the HR website and 2) to warn all others!
My partner and I fancied traditional fish/pie... (read more)
Written on: 29/05/2006 by BarryNapier (1 review written)
Harry Ramsdens offer traditional service and traditional meals. Nicely cooked with real fish, not just batter surrounding fish-paste! The Harry Ramsdens in Cardiff Bay is big and airy. (read more)
Written on: 04/03/2006 by Joan4
I went to the Harry Ramsdens restaurant in Bournemouth. The previous reviewer was correct - they are all foreign students. The waitress in Manchester horrified us by going round all the tables (which were set with cutlery) blowing all the salt off the tablecloths!
We'll probably go back. The setting is nice. It's a bit hit and miss as to whether you enjoy the meal, but when it's good it's very good. (read more)
Written on: 26/02/2006 by The Ships Cat (1 review written)
We visited the Bristol branch of Harry Ramsdems on Friday 24th Feb 2006, having been there before and had a reasonable meal.
Unfortunatley standards have not improved. We waited 24 minutes for the meal to arrive even though the resturant was quiet. The chips were cold, the fish batter was soggy. I left half the meal. We will not be returning, I would have expected more from the Harry Ramsden Experiance. I suggest that Harry Ramsdens management team go to Case and Brewers Fish and Chip shop... (read more)
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