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The Playa

Certificate of Excellence
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Bar, British, Pub
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The Playa The Leas, Minster on Sea ME12 2NL, England
+44 1795 873059
11:00 - 23:30
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Popped in for a drink having walked along the beach during the festive break, very busy with good atmosphere, staff very friendly and efficient, will be popping in again

Thank jenkinsjay007
Laura M, Owner at The Playa, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit, thanks for taking the time to review :) see you again soon! More 

Isle of Sheppey, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Always enjoy visiting and dining at The Playa. Today was no exception. A great lunch, first class service and a seaview from our table. Compliments not only to the chef, but to all the management & staff who ensure guests receive an excellent dining experience. 😊

Thank Ramlalady
Laura M, Owner at The Playa, responded to this review

Thanks so much for this lovely review, we look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Sheerness, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have eaten here several times over the past 4/5 years. Lately the food has improved from what was already a good standard. Sometimes have to wait for service if busy but service always given with a smile and quick enough when not busy. Have always been accepted even when busy and not pre-booked. The views over the North Sea are... More 

Thank westone1
Eddie M, Owner at The Playa, responded to this review

REALLY PLEASED YOU ENJOYED YOUR VISIT. Thank you for your review, taking the time to write it. there can sometimes be a wait because we cook your meal to order, no reheated meals. hope to see you AGAIN SOON Regards Laura. (Prop) More 

Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly and good service. Not many places where you can dine and watch the tide come in or out. Groups are made welcome and food is good value.

1 Thank mary t
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Large group of us had our office Christmas meal here. The set Christmas menu was good value with wine. Food was perfectly cooked and nicely presented. We had a lovely square table that seated us all perfectly. Staff were excellent.

Thank thomasgf
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Took the family out for lunch. Genuinely friendly and really helpful staff, nothing was too much trouble. The kids meals were great value with ample portions all round. The Beer Battered haddock was probably the best I've ever had. How many restaurants have owners that just hide in the back and don't engage with their customers? Not this place, Eddie... More 

Thank Dobbin145
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

A fantastic pub keeping to a traditional atmosphere in its decor, menu and bar. Food is no thrills as such, yet presented well and served with the warmest of smiles. Hats off to the management who have got this place spot on, from food to staff to entertainment. An absolute gem with a priceless location.

Thank LadyN84
Minster on Sea
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

We visit the Playa frequently and always find the food to be superb and consistant. The Playa is a very relaxing and friendly pub/restaurant. The staff are very polite, friendly and helpful at all times The choice from the menu is plentiful and the fish night on friday is fab. Must say the christmas lights give an added extra cozy... More 

Thank Mike F
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143 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Recently visited this venue, the restaurant was very quite mid week evening... but we booked in advance. They understood the needs of a Coeliac, gluten free which was a bonus... food very pleasant, good service. I would defiantly Revisit.

Thank Sue R
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

A good evening with good food and a wicked quiz, friendly staff and very welcoming , sorry we where rubbish in the quiz came last but won a pound on the scratch card booby prize.

Thank Malcolm P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 23
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Playa The Leas, Minster on Sea ME12 2NL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Isle of Sheppey  >  Minster on Sea
  • Phone Number: +44 1795 873059
The Playa is set on Minster seafront providing wonderful views over the Thames estuary. We pride ourselves on our home-cooked top quality food, our range of fine ales, lagers and wines but above all exceptional customer service. We are a family run business headed up by sister and brother, Laura and Neil. We only purchase top quality products and travel weekly to billingsgate market and Smithfield markets to purchase fresh fish and meat for the week, when you visit The Playa we will endeavour to make the whole experience special for you and guarantee you will want to visit us again! We offer a 2 course senior citizen menu from Monday to Friday lunch time for £9.95 per head and Thursday night is buy one get one free on our Smithfield Steaks!! You will often find live music and a busy dance floor in The Playa on a Saturday night and a fresh home-cooked roast available on a Sunday. We cater for children and vegetarians please just enquire with one of our friendly waiting staff as to the days options. Our team of highly trained chefs will happily accommodate your needs. We cater for large parties and events, for any enquiries please phone us. We look forward to welcoming you to our establishment soon!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?