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US$7 - US$25
Chinese, Asian, Soups
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Where do I begin with The Water Margin? I was greeted by a small, young girl with dark hair, who told me her name was Molly. She was very helpful, ensuring I got the best table for me and my girlfriend. She handed us the...menu, with a very impressive selection of food. If there’s one thing I noticed about this young girl, it’s that she has a certain flair in pubic service, and I was certainly shocked when I found out she was not a manager. After what was easily 20 minutes, our order was taken by a tall boy who didn’t seem the slightest bit pleased to be serving us. I don’t know if he had a bad evening at work, but it shouldn’t be taken out on the customer and definitely put a damper on our romantic evening. I ordered the Soft Shell Crab and Pak Choi for side, and my girlfriend ordered the sea food happiness. Both were excellent. However, the same unpleasant waiter brought our food over, and practically threw it at us, without even telling us what the food was. When we asked him to take a drinks order for us, he rolled his eyes and said ‘what do you want’. For this reason, we decided against desserts as we didn’t want to put too much work on him!!More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 20 December 2020

Got a takeaway from the Watermargin on Saturday. The quality of the produce was extremely poor, meat was full of fat and grizzle. Two of the mains left an unpleasant taste into the next day. Definitely not the Watermargin of old, certainly no better than...any other Chinese in the area, probably worse !!. Don’t think we’ll be back anytime soon.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 17 October 2020

Having tried different town to find a different location, in the end, returned to the Water Margin. Tables were available and well separated. Food was as good as before. Lot of young staff running around and helping out.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 4 October 2020

We stayed overnight in Coleraine and were really looking forward to a meal in the Water Margin. Big mistake. The food was, at best, very average. Bland, tasteless and not very appetising. Service was right up, or down, there with the worst I have ever...experienced. The two young men serving didn't seem to want to be there are quite obviously couldn't have cared less. One of them, the taller of the two, seemed to have a serious attitude problem. Overall, a 'poor' rating is being generous. Best avoided, which is a shame as this place used to be fantastic.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 19 August 2020 via mobile

Went here last night with our toddler for an early tea. Staff all wearing masks, tables are well spaced out, views over the water were relaxing. They offer an early bird type menu before 730pm (3courses for £12) which has a good variety of menu...choices and seems excellent value for money. The children's menu also feels like a good deal - certainly the chicken fried rice was an incredible portion size! Food was tasty, and the staff were all very friendly and accommodating to our wishes, aiming to make our meal an enjoyable experience. Service was quite quick. Would definitely recommend!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 12 August 2020

They kept us waiting a while before taking our order but from then on the service was fine. The starters were brill but the mains were goodmbut not amazing. It felt quite safe with good distance between tables and all staff in masks and cleaning...down tables beltween sittings.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 11 August 2020 via mobile

My husband and I dined with another couple. Quick and efficient service and very friendly staff as always trying to adjust to a new normal. Delicious food as always. First time back since lockdown. A favourite place for a special night out.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 7 August 2020

I've eaten here for years always the same things I eat tonight salt and chilli chips raw onions 1 slice of chilli no Chinese seasoning chips where either last night's or a chef with a bad night awful the mains where fine but I always...look forward to my s c cMore

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 30 July 2020 via mobile

What an evening we went to the water Tuesday night got a seat really quickley food was amazing really pricey although it was pricey she told us this other menu one proce for a 3 course meal which was really handy, great food, great food...really mannerly staff thank you guys xxxMore

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 29 July 2020 via mobile

This is a favourite restaurant for us when we’re in the NW. We’re delighted it’s back open. Excellent choice of dishes, prompt service, good value and beautiful setting right on the Bann. Only point to watch is that car parking can be limited.

Date of visit: July 2020
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22 September 2019|
Response from PaulHFromCranley | Reviewed this property |
No, it's not buffet but they have different menus at varying prices and choices.
1 March 2019|
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