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The Playa

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The Playa The Leas, Minster on Sea ME12 2NL, England
+44 1795 873059
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible8%
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The Playa The Leas, Minster on Sea ME12 2NL, England
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1 - 10 of 303 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here for lunch with a colleague. Atmosphere friendly and food average. Young Waitress was huffed and puffed at every request. Such a shame as shame as I would probably wouldn't return nowMore

Thank Meganprimrose
Laura M, Owner at The Playa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, thanks for taking the time to leave this review and let me know about your experience with us. As you can see from other reviews we are normally never faulted for our service or food so I am really disappointed to hear there was...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time visit, taken to by friends for lunch. Well located with excellent views Excellent food & service Was impressed

Thank Corry S
Laura M, Owner at The Playa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for this lovely review, we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Reviewed 1 week ago

A family run restaurant and bar. My wife and I always have a really good meal when ever we visit. The bar staff are extremely friendly and the Mangers top draw! Whilst it is in the main a restaurant, it manages to maintain a friendly...More

Thank Sheernessgolf
Laura M, Owner at The Playa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time for leaving this lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoy your visits with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon :)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This review is a huge thankyou to Laura and her team for making my Husbands 70th birthday meal so special. We booked a table for 15 for us, our children and grandchildren and I can honestly say that we recieved 1st class service......from the minute...More

Thank hazel b
Laura M, Owner at The Playa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Hazel, You have honestly made my day with that lovely review, thank you so much for taking the time to write this. We loved having you all here and are so delighted that you all enjoyed your visit! I will make sure the rest...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having been customers here for at least 22 years and have always recommended it to friends, we were not happy when we ordered a whitebait starter and requested a slice of bread and butter to go with it (normally you would expect it to come...More

Thank kirk50
Laura M, Owner at The Playa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi, Really sorry to read this review. Can you please give me a call to discuss this review, I am also disappointed that someone has charged you £1 for this. 01795 873059 Kind regards, Laura

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice meal for four of us. Good food in pleasant surroundings. The service in particular was very good, very professional and attentive but not overly so. We had a good mix of food and it was all very good. Main portions quite large, bit...More

Thank Trevor H
Laura M, Owner at The Playa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

thank you for your comment we are glad you enjoyed your meal and we hope to see you again

Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

Fabulous place. I could have spent every waking minute there! Met some really good people there and of course the polite and professional staff are all ways up to the mark. Well worth the flight and expense from Alicante. Can't wait to go back. It...More

Thank lenallen
Laura M, Owner at The Playa, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2017

Thanks Mr Allen. We are missing you already ;) See you again soon Laura

Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Really nice staff, great location across from the sea, wide beer selection, big garden, good tunes, really social friendly place. Look forward to going back

Thank John M
Laura M, Owner at The Playa, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2017

Thanks for this great review John, we look forward to welcoming you back!

Reviewed 7 September 2017

I went to the Playa for a celebration Lunch, the food was great, however there was a few things that the waitress forgot to bring. I would have given a excellent if it was not for this.More

Thank andcreed1566
Laura M, Owner at The Playa, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Thanks for this review and feedback. I am glad you enjoyed your visit and can only apologise for the faults in service, I can assure it is not normal for the girls to fall down in this area. We hope to see you again soon...More

Reviewed 2 September 2017

Went here for a drink on Friday night of our holiday and found the atmosphere to be friendly and welcoming. We returned Saturday and Sunday evening to free singing entertainment, by very good singers. Then again midweek to quiz night, £1 per person and free...More

Thank HolidayStar2014
Laura M, Owner at The Playa, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Lovely to read this great review! We are delighted you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again when you visit the Island next! Thanks, Laura

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Response from Jennie H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, dogs allowed on patio and garden - water bowls always there.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 25
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, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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