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Reviewed 4 October 2019 via mobile

Had a bit of time to kill so popped in for a brew and a cake. Not a bad selection but the chocolate cake was a little dry and needed some cream. However they only do clotted cream not pouring cream. The brew was nice,...once I'd exchanged the cup with lipstick on. Mistakes happen and its how they deal with them that's important. Not a bad place to relax.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

Nipped in for a lunchtime bite, the place was quite busy, they had a good selection of sandwiches and tasty dishes and several specials. When our drinks and food came we had to change tables as ours was too small but the staff were very...efficient and helpful as we did so.More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Just had breakfast bacon sandwich, it's the best bacon sandwich I've ever had. There's a deal any bacon sandwich with tea or coffee for £3.50 before 11.30am

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

Third visit since it opened in the Market Place and cannot recommend highly enough the Cream Tea :- choice of freshly made sandwich & a scone with clotted cream; jam all served on a 2-tier “cake stand” plus a pot of tea or coffee all...for £6.95 !!! Considering it was all prepared to order the service was quick and efficient. So much better than the multi-site nationals. Try it ... I’m sure you won’t be disappointed First floor between Tui Travel and Debenhams.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

We have tried the new Eight cafe which is accompanying the box office in the Market Place whilst the Octagon is being refurbished. The food was beautiful, very reasonably priced and service was prompt and polite. Five stars as simply no complaints could be made!...The Rarebit toastie comes highly recommended!More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Nice meal at the octagon. £17 for 2 courses. Crepes were a bit tasteless. Didn’t know that prosecco was available until after the meal as it wasn’t advertised. Overall pleasant experience with friends.

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed 4 April 2018

We nearly always eat when catching a show. As the play in question was east to east all the food was based on Indian cuisine. I had the tandoori salmon and found it quite authentic having spent 3 holidays in India. It was very busy...but everything went well. I hope they don't spoil it with the refurbishment.More

Date of visit: March 2018
Reviewed 16 March 2018

We came to the Octagon to watch the opening night of East is East (which was excellent) and decided to treat ourselves to the themed 2 course dinner before the show. We shared 2 starters betweeen 4 which was plenty to give a good taste...of the food (chicken and coconut skewers, amazing) For mains we had a nice variety of dishes (peanut and beef curry, tandoori salmon and a lamb dish) and all sampled each other's, all our mains were gorgeous, well presented and served by very friendly staff. Then we shared 2 very generous cheeseboards for dessert. The atmosphere was lovely, with the cafe being at the front of the theatre complex there was plenty going on and it's a good place to people watch. For £17 a head we had no complaints, all of the food was great.More

Date of visit: March 2018
Reviewed 30 December 2017

Booked to take the whole family to see A Christmas Carol. Decided to eat in the cafe as it is convenient for the theatre. I ordered coffee and a slice of cake, and an Octagon Rarebit for my husband. I received my coffee and cake...straight away, we were told the rarebit would be with us as soon as possible. (at this point the cafe was not full) After two bites of cake I took it back to the counter as it was too dry to eat (Coffee and Walnut cake). I explained what was wrong to a staff member who seemed to be responsible for delivering the food, and asked if I could exchange it. She removed the cake from the display, prodded it and pronounced it 'dry'. She then proceeded to prod the Lemon Cake, apparently found that acceptable, and left it in the case! She did not apologise, and when I asked if I could have a scone in exchange (this being cheaper) she put one on a plate with butter, and carried on with her work.With no refund of the difference in cost. Unfortunately the scone was also dry, but not wishing to cause aggravation, I asked her if there was supposed to be jam with the scone, she said yes,and I explained that the scone was also dry. She raised an eyebrow, gave me jam but no apology. The cost for a coffee, pot of tea, scone and 'Rarebit' (one slice of toasted bread with cheese) was £13.70. My main complaint is that she offered no apology for either of the items I complained about, In future I think I would be inclined to avoid this overpriced institution with its surly member of staffMore

Date of visit: December 2017
Reviewed 7 November 2017

This is a cafe through the day and a restaurant at night. I think the name cafe could put people off if the haven't been. We go all the time and food is very good. The service matches that so give it a go

Date of visit: November 2017
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  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3