Mon – Thursday 5pm – 12.30am
Friday & Saturday 12pm – 2am
Sunday 12pm till 12am
- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
About Colonel Porter's Emporium
Tavern | Botanical garden | Rhum Bar
Tipsy Tea is served Friday - Sunday 12.00 - 18.00
We arrived on Sunday evening expecting to enjoy a light meal and some drinks only to find a Sunday lunch menu was in place all day. Having eaten a lunch earlier in the day this was certainly not our expectation and so cancelled the reservation and sadly went elsewhere. We did return later in the evening for a drink!
Appeared short staffed, took a while to be served. The seating area was very cold and we were advised to keep coats on. Two of us had beef which was like chewing a leathery toungue. Quite disappointed tbh. Would need to improve a great deal for us to return.
The food wasn't as stated on the menu, had to wait 20 minutes for sides and the welcome drink wasn't served until the end. Otherwise, pleasant.
Lovely food, atmosphere and great service especially Taylor who serves us
The live singer was too loud when dining in the restaurant. As a party of 5 friends we couldn't all have a conversation as we couldn't hear each other. You could only speak to the person next to you so was a disappointing end to a lovely afternoon of drinks and chat as we couldn't all chat!
Thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon tea, cocktails were yummy, scones and cakes delicious and love the vibe of the place. Marked down from 5 stars cos the sandwiches had clearly been made quite some time before we arrived, we left half of them as they felt and tasted stale. Also when the entertainment came on it was far too loud, we couldn’t sit and talk comfortably so we left earlier than we’d planned. I would come still come back and give it another try and I will definitely be back for evening drinks.
We were not at all impressed with the afternoon tea or level of service we received. There was no table laid when we arrived, no teacups left so we were given coffee cups, no small spoons to eat our mini dessert, so we were told to use a knife, the waiter did not have a clue what teas were available and we had to ask for milk with our drinks. We were served dry sandwiches, plain scones with butter (we were informed they were cheese scones), and when we asked for a second pot of tea this never arrived. Needless to say we will not be returning. The place was not particularly busy and I had booked this for a month before arrival as a birthday treat. We expected much more.
Fantastic Sunday lunch with live music and very attentive staff- thankyou all!!
Our waiter was lovely but the service was painfully slow and not particularly slick. The food was a little disappointing.
We came in for Sunday Lunch after a weekend on the toon. Our server looked after us and joined in our fun and conversations. The food was amazing, drinks were great and the atmosphere was lovely. Would 12/10 recommend to a friend.
Lovely night with good live and background musis
Had a great time, nice food and excellent surroundings, would definitely recommend
We have been to this establishment on several occasions and have recommended it to several friends. However when we went this time the menu had changed completely. The range of burgers was very poor not like the ones before. The waitress was very helpful and pleasant. The music for a Friday lunch time was rather loud, if we hadn't booked I think we would have walked out, we both like music but do like to chat when eating. Perhaps this is why we were the only customers in.
The room was cold the door kept blowing open, we were put on a small round take by the stage and my husband hras almost hit the piano twice, and he could not get close to the table to eat. However we saw another couple leave and asked to be moved this was better. Drinks took a while to come them mine had ice when i asked for none.
The lad behind the bar was fantastic to us, couldn't help enough. Sian was very helpful and patient with us. Couldn't ask for a better venue to hold an event
Another fab visit, it's a shame you don't have your cocktail offer on on a Saturday though as my drinks bill was bigger than my food bill ha ha ha
Fantastic place in every way! food & cocktails are amazing!
Great service and atmosphere. The only criticism we could make is that the afternoon tea was a bit on the small side, could have done with a little more.
I reserved a table for our anniversary and we were put on a tiny table that wasn’t big enough to eAt at. I asked for a boothe when I booked but when I asked once we were seated I was told there wasn’t any available. I asked another wAitress and she said we could sit in bar area in a boothe if we wanted . Was disappointing as This was a special occasion and we decided to eat at CPE as we love the bar but found the food service and attitude a bit blasè. Also my husband was not impressed with the Sunday lunch , not enough veg and only 1 slice of meat so it wasn’t really value for money in our opinion and we dine out a lot as he works away- so when he’s home that’s what we love to do. It’s a shame as we felt that the food let the place down as it’s fab for a drink but don’t think we will eat here again 🙁
We had a fabulous time last night, all the staff were attentive, friendly and welcoming! I put in a special request with my booking and they went above and beyond to make my boyfriend feel special for his birthday. They even got the live band to play/sing Happy Birthday to him. It was perfect! The food and drinks were delicious! Absolutely loved it! Cannot wait to come, Many thanks to the Maitre d' for arranging everything! (I can't remember her name, sorry!)
The afternoon tea was nice, although it lacked a bit of substance in my opinion. Only two sandwich choices, egg and cheese. And only two of each. Would have been nice to have a savoury scone, rather than just the one scone each.
As it was 2pm on a Thursday, we were the only people eating, hence the rating for atmosphere- we will definitely return on a weekend/ evening as the bar was stunning . Very quirky- I’d be happy to bring visitors here. The food was superb, well presented and tasty. A great find away from the madness of the centre of town .
We reserved a table for 6 to have a triple (which ended up being a quadruple) celebration - the waiters could not have been nicer. The cocktails were delicious and the staff were friendly, and very knowledgeable about the menu and able to offer recommendations. The atmosphere was nice, we were in a booth just away from a live singer (who was very good), but it was the right level of background noise and entertainment without interrupting the evening. Would definitely recommend!
Service was absolutely atrocious would definitely not recommend and will definitely not go back