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Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

We came here again before seeing the legend that is Rick Astley, and again had an amazing experience. The food was as good as you will get and the service sublime. The wine was also excellent, although it was spilt onto the outer edge. Everyone...has to learn though. A great experience for both customer and waiting staff, and all at a very reasonable price. Thank you to everyone concerned, and we will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

Twelve friends visited for lunch, most of the party waited for an hour for their food. The staff, except for the manageress looked scruffy and unkempt. When the food did arrive it was very mediocre and certainly did not reflect the quality of food and...service we had experienced previously. Four of us left were offered as a gesture of goodwill coffee or tea. When this arrived it was cold and we were told the coffee machine had broken. Has anyone heard of a kettle? If these students are being trained for a career in catering, heaven help them and us the poor customer.More

Date of visit: January 2017
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

I went to Chimes this afternoon to try their newly released Winter Menu, I chose Fish and Chips with a Home made Tartre Sauce which cost just 3 pounds and 50 pence. The batter was perfectly crisp and the fish was tender and flaky, the...chips were well seasoned and crisp on the outside. Food arrived within 15 minutes and we were able to place our order as soon as we had looked at the menu, despite the restaurant being nearly full. I went on my lunch break so could not stay for dessert, so I took a Brownie back to enjoy at my desk! The Brownie was the BEST Brownie I have ever tasted- and I have had some good ones in my time! There is a food to go menu where meals are under 4 pounds each- great if you are stretched for time and have a tight budget. Well worth a visit and definitely keep an eye out for their theme nights- The Caribbean Night was truly delicious and very fun!! I will be using this as my lunch time pot from now on as it is much better that grabbing a meal deal from the local shops!More

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed 20 May 2016

We had our wedding reception at Chimes and it was incredible. They provided hot and cold freshly prepared delicious food, catered to our needs including something for a gluten-free vegan. They made us a beautiful 3 tiered wedding cake to our specification, for a reasonable...price. They served glasses of bubbly to my guests as they arrived and made everyone feel very comfortable, even providing high chairs for the many children involved. We could not have asked for more, and considering the price we paid compared to what we were quoted elsewhere, mind-boggling great value. They made our fairly low cost reception look and feel much more expensive than it actually was. They opened up on a bank holiday weekend especially for us, allowed my Mum to come in the night before and decorate, and generally made us feel very special. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone, 5 star service.More

Date of visit: April 2016
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Reviewed 19 April 2016

I have used Chimes several times over the last 3/4 years. Always lunch but I am ever hopeful I will be able to try it one evening. The decor is nice, it is always very clean, it is nice to have space between tables and...not feel cramped or packed in like sardines. The service is always very good and the students are always very professional and nice. HOWEVER, I feel the choice and variety on the menu seems to deteriorate every year. The complimentary TAPAS have long gone, but besides that the choices do not seem as appealing or varied as they used to. The cooking and presentation is always top notch but menu very restricting.More

Date of visit: April 2016
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Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

My partner and I have just returned home from our first, but by no means last visit to The Chimes. My GCSE Catering students have been taking part in a Junior Chef Academy and tonight they showcased their talents by preparing a stunning three course...meal. The food was as good as you can get for a fraction of the normal cost. Service was excellent and we just couldn't fault it. If you want to try fine dining for an affordable price you must try it. The students are so talented and proud of their craft. Absolutely brilliant.More

Date of visit: March 2016
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Reviewed 20 March 2016

This place is a little gem and is a must do if you like to try new things and encourage the youth of today to learn about how hospitality should be offered. This place is run by students, the chefs are students and the front...of house team are students, all studying various hospitality courses. They are young and learning so be gentle with them but they offer great food, really honest service at a very reasonable price. The restaurant itself lacks atmosphere because it's a big open space but that aside, go and support the young people who are trying jolly hard, it's a great concept.More

Date of visit: January 2016
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Reviewed 18 March 2016

This little restaurant is not immediately obvious but is worth finding. Part of Highbury College, and also used by University of Portsmouth, it is run by students from the hospitality programmes overseen by expereinced staff. The menus change regularly and they often have special themes...that are woth checking out. I had a very good breast of chicken on champ mash. Really good presentation and nicely cooked. The desserts could do with a bit more imagination this month. The Eton Mess was a bit disappointing and the ice cream seemed a bit ordinary for the price. Overall it was a very nice luch at a set price and I would return.More

Date of visit: March 2016
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Reviewed 13 February 2016 via mobile

Lovely early Valentine"s meal. Prosecco upon arrival, choice of table, nicely decorated with candle and red carnation for the occasion. Lovely chicken parfait to start, huge strip steak for main. Good to see the plate was lovely and warm but the mash could have been...somewhat warmer. Lovely filling chocolate orange garnache for dessert but the sesame tuille biscuit tasted odd and almost as if the oil it was cooked in needed changing. Finally coffee and tea. Wine was reasonably priced and supplied by the local camber wine merchant. Nice service, unobtrusive yet friendly. Check backs at appropriate points.not rushed, plates cleared efficiently and bill processed effectively. Well priced at £20 per head for the food. Wine reasonable at £14 for the bottle. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: February 2016
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Reviewed 7 February 2016

I like the convenient location of Chimes in the centre of town. The food adventurous; nice to taste the experiment of the trainee chefs. I just thought the prices were too high for a learning college when the food is not always quite right and...the service so so from the trainees,More

Date of visit: February 2016
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Reviewed 14 December 2015

We tried the xmas evening menu. Lacked real variety of choice - main courses excellent xmas pudding very small portion Out of stock of several spirit drinks.......... missed opportunity ! Coffee/tea fine .................. little mincepies sadly lacking. Sorry , as said - had high expectations..............but not realised. No where as good as the days at Cosham .More

Date of visit: December 2015
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Reviewed 8 November 2015 via mobile

Came here for the French themed evening. To start was a smoked chicken consommé, not particularly hot or flavourful, and scant portion. Next was a fish and red wine stew.... Well this was LUKE WARM, the sauce was basically white with herbs (red wine?) it...was over seasoned, given that this contained shellfish and fish and it was like warm, didn't think it was worth the risk in eating it, did taste the sauce, not nice, overall this course was revolting. The next course of chicken in cider sauce was good and by this time we were all hungry, hot enough, could have been more generous with the veg. The clafoutis to finish was OK as well, maybe the natter could have been a little thicker. The wines that accompanied the meal were excellent. The service was good. Overall disappointing for the cost.More

Date of visit: November 2015
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Reviewed 18 October 2015

A limited menu but the quality of the food was good and for the price was very reasonable. The student who served us was very nervous (maybe her first night) but the restaurant manager was always there to advise on wine choices etc. I had...the vegetarian option for starter and main meal - probably too much food and could have done with more depth of flavour but fine.More

Date of visit: October 2015
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Reviewed 7 October 2015

Our son and daughter in law recently booked this venue for their wedding reception. The venue is well situated in the centre of Portsmouth and is easily accessible by train, car and on foot. The restaurant itself is well laid out and is maintained to...a very high standard. The food was exceptional. We had a three course meal where each course was immaculately prepared, the flavours of each course being sensational. As for the catering staff, all round 5 star performance. Their attention to details was excellent. As for the price, 5 star yet again. Simply put, it could not be faulted.More

Date of visit: September 2015
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Reviewed 25 September 2015

Went with a friend for lunch. Poor, slow service. Menu looked interesting but the food quality was below standard. Expensive for 2 courses at lunch time. Will not go again.

Date of visit: September 2015
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