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    Sir Normal Wisdom Bar: Sefton Hotel

    by kit_mc Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In the Sefton Hotel in Douglas you'll find both a decent upmarket restaurant and the Sir Norman Wisdom Bar which also does cheaper bar food and main meals. Apparently it was much quainter before a renovation, but now it looks rather like a normal chain bar with very little character but reliable enough food.

    I shared a very nice toasted halloumi cheese and sun dried tomato sandwich and a ham sandwich, but perfectly decent and priced at about 6.00 pounds, so not quite a bargain option.

    Service is a bit on the slow side and with very little in the way of pleasantries. On the plus side is its central seafront location with views down the promenade. The Gaiety Theatre is right next door and the place is named after the British actor and comedian who apparently lives on the island.

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    Coasters: Something for everyone

    by Feefox Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Family Friendly Restaurant, reservations are not needed but this is quite a popular place so I would advise booking.

    Its hard to say what type of restaurant this is, as there is mixture of everything on the menu. From Steaks, Pasta, Jacket Potatos, Burgers, Fish etc etc. they also have good chldrens menu.

    There is something for everyone here even the fussiest of eaters and if you don't want soemthing on your food just ask and they will make it as you wish.

    Favorite Dish: Oh my god! I am the fussiest of eaters so pleasing me can be quite difficult!

    I always have the super bird which is like half baguette with Grilled Chicken on with Lettuce, cress and topped with Cheese. ( I don't like Cheese so I always ask for it without no problems) and i also get a portion of twister fries too.

    According to my sister, The burgers are home made and are the best shes ever had.

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  • La Piazza, Douglas Isle of Man: La Piazza - Italy on a plate

    by DSmok Updated Sep 1, 2009

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    First class family-Italian atmosphere very handy for IoM Steam Packet terminal.

    Pizza's crisp, generous, good Italian ingredients. Wine list sufficient, good quality and not overpriced.

    Service beautifully weighted - as only Italians can do.

    Great place to eat and relax - could not fault it.

    Best reason to go into Douglas.

    Favorite Dish: Pizza - so tasty you'll be happy you didn't order the more expensive dishes

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  • L'Experience: Doesn't get better than this!

    by jonny1969 Written Jul 1, 2009

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    We went on a Saturday night, there was a really nice atmosphere. It's very dark but that added to the atmosphere if anything. The food was top notch. There was a good choice of fresh local fish to choose from as well as other stuff. Fresh mussels to start were excellent and the halibut was perfectly cooked, the best I've had. Ditto for the steak, the best steak we've ever had, and we eat a lot of steak!! The french onion soup is supposedly famous but for once I could see why - it was excellent and it deserved the famous claim. Home made coffee profiteroles for dessert were outstanding. All desserts home made, everything in fact properly cooked from scratch and to order. The service was pretty good. Nice friendly owner was excellent, everyone else OK.

    Favorite Dish: Got to be the steak. Fall off your fork tender.

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  • Elliot's bistro: Elliot's bistro- book now!!!

    by banner3 Updated Dec 2, 2008

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    Wow- THIS is what to expect when you go out for a meal- fantastic service, fantastic food and fantastic surroundings. Believe the hype about this place- I have travelled to many restaurants in many countries and this is up there with the best restaurants in the world. (seriously). The food was unbelievably fresh and nothing was too much for (I think it was Ian) who served us so wonderfully all evening. We were so lucky to get a table and it was by chance. I tried to book a table for this Saturday as I wanted to take my friend there who is coming over from Liverpool but they were full- such a shame. It's great to know there is somewhere you can totally depend on.

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  • Alessandro's: Alessandro's-missadnro's

    by banner3 Written Dec 2, 2008

    Sunday night in Douglas- what an adventure trying to find somewhere to eat! Finally I remembered reading about a cheap and cheerful Italian called Alessandro's in this very Restaurant guide a few days before. So we arrived- hungry and ready to just relax. To be honest we had been to Elliot's the night before which is just exceptional in every way so we really weren't expecting anything of that calibre but we still had high expectations. Firstly-it was FREEZING- we had our coats on the whole time- but did any of the staff pick up on this? No! The menu looked nice enough- the garlic creamed mushrooms came with about 6 mushrooms in a sticky yellow sauce- very very tastless and not value for money at all. Not a good start. Then ordering something that, according to the menu, contained spinach I was to receive a bland, overheated soggy pasta dish that had no trace of spinach but spring onions. It was a complete disaster. The staff were friendly enough but at the end of the day that simply wasn't enough. We headed back to the Hilton and wished we had just stayed there for something as it looked great and more reasonable.

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    Imperial Dragon: Good Chinese

    by bonio Updated Nov 9, 2008

    Excellent Chinese food here on a quiet and wet Monday evening, still plenty of customers in, many seemed to be regular which always is a recommendation.
    Usual difficulties choosing a meal, loads to choose from, Mrs Bonio very happy with the vegetarian choices too.
    Enjoyed our meal here.

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    Ranch: Close to home

    by bonio Updated Nov 8, 2008

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    American style steakhouse / diner just down the road from our hotel, a welcome sight on a wet evening.
    Appears to be family run and a very friendly welcome and comfortable seat for us.
    Plenty to choose from on the menu, even enough vegetarian options for Mrs B. Tasty food for both of us and a couple of beers to go with it, enjoyed our visit here.

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    La Pizza: Open on Sunday

    by christine.j Written Aug 21, 2008

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    Sunday evening we wanted to go to a restaurant in Douglas for a nice dinner. This proved to be more difficult than I had thought, most of the places were closed. I don't know if we were unlucky and just tried the wrong places, but we were in the town centre of Douglas.

    We finally found the Italian restaurant La Pizza open and a patron just leaving told us it was very good., so we went in.
    We liked it. I had cod, my husband pizza, both was very good. They have a large wine menu, but only one red and one white house wine by the glass. Every other wine was by the bottle, so we decided on the house wine. The wine was good, not excellent, but quite nice. The black currant sorbet I had for dessert was really good.

    The room is not too large, but the painting of an open Italian square on the wall give the impression of a much larger room.

    Very fast and efficient waiters, my plate was whisked away while I was still eating the last bite, a bit too efficient for me.
    Our bill came to about £ 40, including wine, water and coffee.

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    Bank Coffee House: Small, but very good!

    by christine.j Written Aug 21, 2008

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    Much smaller than the George Hotel, but also much better is the Bank Coffee House in Castletown. It's on the way down from the square to the castle, a little place with only a short menu. Mostly it's sandwiches and soups, also some cakes, tea and coffee. The sandwiches are prepared fresh while you wait.
    We ordered the soup of day and two sandwiches, but the soup was out. Actually the sandwiches were so filling, that I'm not sure if I could have finished the soup. We had prawn and crab sandwiches, both were very good.Together with two mugs of tea we paid less than £10.
    The café is open from 9-4:30 on a weekday and from 11-3 on a Sunday.

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    George Hotel: A disappointment

    by christine.j Written Aug 21, 2008

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    When I got hungry while sightseeing in Castletown I found the pub which is part of the George Hotel on the main square there.It looked very nice from the outside and their
    special of the day was Lasagna, both a meat and a vegetarian one, which I like.

    Usually the specials are good, so I ordered the vegetarian one. When I got it some time later, parts of it were burning hot, others were still frozen. It was clear to see that this was a frozen lasagna which had been put in the microwave for some minutes. A waste of time and money! The chips and the salad which were served with it were ok, not very good but at least good enough to eat.

    It was a pity, because the pub looked very nice and those having tea seemed to enjoy it. But for a special of the day this one was very disappointing.

    I paid £ 7.95 for it, too much for what it was.

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    Garrison Tapas Bar and Restaurant: Isle of Man Tapas

    by kit_mc Written Jan 1, 2008

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    This restaurant serves breakfast in the mornings in the form of scrambled eggs and salmon, Sunday lunches and a wide selection of tapas in the evenings and has a good reputation on the island since it opened in 2001.

    Enjoy a large glass of rioja in what is a modern and quite stylish bar, something that is fairly rare on the island to be honest. It seemed very popular with locals who were enjoying a drink as well as the tapas. During the day the food menu is a little sparse but they have a great cheese platter full with a selection of local cheeses for 5 pounds.

    Tapas starts from about 5pm and booking is recommended certainly on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Garrison is closed on Sunday evenings.

    Garrison Tapas Bar, Castletown, IoM Garrison Tapas Bar, Castletown, IoM Garrison Tapas Bar, Castletown, IoM
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    Harbour Lights: Posh Nosh

    by kit_mc Written Jan 1, 2008

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    In fairness the Isle of Man isn't known for great restaurants but this is said to be one of the better ones. This place is open during the day only except for Friday and Saturday nights when they are also open until about 11pm.

    It is very popular with locals so booking in the evening is recommended. There's no dress code but most people seem to dress quite smartly. Service is very good. They do not have a drinks licence but you can bring your own alcohol.

    Favorite Dish: The menu is fairly extensive but not as imaginitive as it perhaps could be given the high prices. The steak is good quality, though if you like it cooked rare then make sure to ask as they tend to over cook it a little. The salmon with shrimp sauce was also nice but again overcooked.

    The desserts here are very nice indeed, particularly the white chocolate dessert.

    Harbour Lights Restaurant, Peel Harbour Lights Restaurant, Peel
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    Garrison Wine and Tapas Bar: Do not miss wine and tapas

    by RiinaK Written Aug 7, 2007

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    It was not very easy task to find a decent restaurant in Isle of Man that was not INdian or Chinese place or some hotel restaurant. Finally we found the Garrison place near to the castle and we did enjoyed it a lot. Food was very delicious and service was great

    Favorite Dish: Garlic bread with cheese and tomato, Capers and Goat cheese salad

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    Garrison: Sweet Treats!

    by Kristymamoo Written Jul 13, 2007

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    The Garrison is one of those places where you're not quite sure exactly what it's supposed to be but you know it's always nice!

    The menu consists mainly of a varied selection of tapas dishes which are changed regularly so you find you never have the same meal twice. The food is always really nice and is freshly prepared so be ready to wait a little while for your food to be served.

    There is an extensive wine list on offer along with a good selection of teas and coffees - something for everyone basically.

    The feeling of the place is cosy and welcoming and it is usually quite busy so there is always a buzz of conversation and laughter in the background. If you want to visit during peak hours then it is advisable to book in advance.

    Favorite Dish: Do not leave without trying the fudge!! It is homemade and absolutely delicious. Also sample the homemade truffles (not as good as the fudge though!)

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Isle of Man Hotels

  • Regency Hotel

    Queens Promenade, Douglas, IM2 4NN, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Anchorage Guest House

    Athol Park, Port Erin, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Sefton Express

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