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The Painted Fan

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1-2 Holland Street, Barnstaple EX31 1DP, England
17:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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Fareham, England
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We visited the painted fan by deciding to ignore any negative reviews amd I can honestly say that the food was amazing ! Every dish that was served was hot and tasty and the service was brilliant..highly recommend :-)

Thank jed7715
Sticklepath, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Had a takeaway delivery was a bit long but food arrived hot ish but no flavour all dis his taste the same but you do get free prawn crackers

Thank peterdevon57
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

Visited lots of times before amazing food always have the all you can eat such good value for money. Normally have a variety of everything food is always tasty and the service is always very friendly.

Thank Hanlban
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

Waited all day for this 'nice' meal. It came 10 minutes early, found us after only extra phone call. Plenty of food but quality very poor. Prawn balls dried up and prawns inside were like cardboard. Black bean sauce as spicy as congealed gravey. So much colouring in one sauce it stained clothes red. Ordered prawn curry, got pork -... More 

Thank Jeannette K
Mansfield, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

Food adequate, staff efficient and friendly, decor dated but still comfortable and clean. Needs lower level of lighting, better piped music and where are the chopsticks? I feel inclined not to criticise with this review as the proprietors are trying to create a decent level of quality, needs a little tweaking and success will be acclaimed.

Thank Bryan R
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016

I ordered a set meal for one which was delivered in record time ,piping hot by avery courteous driver. Food was excellent, my first experience of The Painted Fan. Will definitely order again as the portions were so big that I had enough for the next day as well.

Thank artistanne2015
Westward Ho, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016 via mobile

Visited early evening on Sat night (about 6pm). Place was empty barring a family of three and chap kept his puffa jacket on the whole time - which gives you an indication of heating. It was certainly not warm and I was next to a radiator. Tables chairs etc are dressed in chintzy red and gold;very stereotypical decor, also clean... More 

Thank Sue W
Exeter, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015

Went with family of 6 adults and one 5 yo child we ordered the buffet for the adults but nothing for the child the grumpy waitress made a big thing of the child eating from our plates and charged us extra . We paid up but felt ripped off . Pity because i will never return

1 Thank Gundamuck
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015 via mobile

The Painted Fan is a modern feeling Chinese restaurant located in the centre of Barnstaple. My wife and I went with some friends of ours for the all you can eat menu (priced at £16.95 a head). It is not a buffet style all you can eat however. You order whatever you want from the menu that has a ton... More 

1 Thank MCarts265
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

Service fantastic, food lovely and hot will be returning soon, a good selection to choose on the buffet menu and you don't feel rushed either

2 Thank Natalie J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Delivery, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-2 Holland Street, Barnstaple EX31 1DP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Barnstaple
  • Phone Number: 01271375888
Telephone number 01271 375 888

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?