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 Selected Comments in Chelmsford

Charles Churchford
 Yum Yum
Steak was Magnificent as always
Medium Rare done to Perfection
Saturday, April 7, 2018Rating: rosettes

 HIC !
Tuesday, September 11, 2012Rating: rosettes

Mr JJ Simmons
thanks to the little p..ck whoo pinced my pint.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012Rating: No rosettes

 Excellent meal on Friday
Had a really good starter Tai Fish cakes, not too sicy but very tasty and well presented decent size starter. I had Steal and Ale pie, best steak pie I've had ina long time and lovely gravy, with fesh vegetables. My partner had a lovely grilled salmon. Service was fiendly, gave use a large jug of iced water, and the wine was reasonably priced and quality. Will return again.
Monday, October 24, 2011Rating: rosettes

 pig and whistle
me and my partnet had a lovley meal on sunday i had a roast and my partner had steak ale pie it was yummy the service was great he was a nice lad who served us thankyou
Sunday, July 31, 2011Rating: rosettes

 Listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011Rating: No rosettes

 Nice location, but expensive and poor service
Well...I wont be coming back here thats for sure! Everything about the service was uncoordinated. Under new management apparently, but thats hardly an excuse for poor service! The waitresses looked stressed and all over the shop, maybe they couldn't handle the Bank Holiday traffic? (And even then the pub was only half full!)

I asked for a glass of coke, and the waitress brought it to my completley full to the brim thus spilling it everywhere. My two friends and partner were served their meals whilst I had to wait an extra five minutes for my meal with no apology for the wait. My friends side order of mushrooms had a hair in it, and my partner had to wait 15 minutes for this side order of CHIPS!

I ordered the Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding meal which was the board special. It was swimming in watery gravy, burned yorkshire pudding, potatoes still undercooked, chewy beef, bland and tasteless... almost like those Birds Eye microwave dinners (Most probably was!) For expensive meals costing around £8-£9 each definitely not worth coming here if your after a quality good tasting meal! I would rather go to TGI's for that price, but at least I would get good food and service.

Now last night was fun indeed. I was sick and had a very bad upset stomach. This is the first time I have ever been in a condition like that after having a pub meal!!!

However on a more positive note, the waitresses and bar lady were very polite and cheerful. But this alone wont save your pub!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011Rating: rosettes

Gordon Finlay
A lovely sunny day, with my wife, daughter and grand-daughter, looking forward to relaxing and pleasant lunch at The Fox and Raven. It was not too busy, but there were plenty of customers enjoying the weather.

My grand-daughter's children's steak, despite being asked how it should be cooked, came out like shoe leather. We ordered a replacement sausage dish thinking it would come out quicker. It didn't!.

My daughter and I had the burger which was really overdone, but my daughter did not want to send it back. My wife would not comment on her meal as she was already embarrassed by this time.

For me, I would have sent it all back. Waitress and Assistant Managers comment were that the children's steak had to be well done, and burgers had to be well done. Well, I think that I was well done!!

On settling up, I told the Assistant Manager what I would and would not pay for. This was done, and without any apology, we left. NEVER TO RETURN! but then I don't think they care anyway.
Friday, May 6, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Wednesday, May 4, 2011Rating: rosettes

march 2011 i wouldn't ever be back at this restaurant - i think it must have changed hands again as the waitress was so rude and abrupt, the food was ok, been microwaved too long and had this pork hotpot which was gross very creamy and cheesy which was not stated on the menu but enjoyed the pud!
Saturday, March 19, 2011Rating: No rosettes

 Pathetic comments
The funny thing about the comments about this pub are generally from sad little people that have never been in there. Being the busiest pub on the estate tells anybody that it's a well run non trouble family pub
Monday, February 28, 2011Rating: rosettes

carlos fandango
Pub closed and boarded up - don't visit
Wednesday, February 9, 2011Rating: No rosettes

 Never, never again
My family, my Boyfriend and I decided to re-visit a rustic style restaurant after a few years for my fathers birthday. We ordered the starters.
Firstly my Boyfriends starter - cajun chicken skewers -was unbelieveably small. There were two skewers and two pieces of (no joking) 50p sized chicken pieces on them.

Ok, so we got the main meals. At this point the 5 extra wine glasses hadn't been taken away by the waitress and were cluttering up the table. We ended up placing them all on a nearby windowsill. And not to mention the wait between getting the starters then getting the main meal was far too long.

For my main i ordered steak - cooked rare. The steak turned up well done. So i sent it back. Second try - the steak was brown on the outside but ice cold and raw !? on the inside so i sent it back again. Third steak was OK but there was no blood what so ever which i found odd and the meat was VERY dark red which i also found strange. And the fries i had with it were seasoned to death so much so that i could not eat them because there was so much salt on it. AND the onion rings that came with my meal were burnt to a crisp, they were charcoaled.

We had also ordered cauliflower cheese on the side because we all LOVE IT. It turned up and it looked as if some processed cheese had been placed ontop of the cauliflower cheese and melted since there was a yellow cheese sqare on top and the cauliflower was white.

Another amazingly long wait until it arrived.
My Brownie was lovely. Warm and soft.
My Boyfriends was uncooked and very hard. Almost in-edible.

The toilets were also very messy. In the first toilet there was toilet paper piled all over the floor for some reason. The first and second toilets were blocked and the third had only a small amount of toilet paper left.

And I still cannot believe we payed for this dinner. They had taken off some cauliflower cheese and the hard brownie but that was it. We spoke to the manager who insisted that nothing was wrong which only made things more frustrating, especiall since it was quite an expensive meal. It spoilt my fathers birthday partially as well. I will NEVER be going back there! This restaurant is VERY VERY inconsistent. It is as if there are two separate kitchens... one which serves good food and one which serves awful food and you never know which kitchen your food will be coming from so think twice before coming here.
Monday, August 30, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 Freindly, traditional country pub.
The Pig & Whistle is a friendly pub with a good selection of ales and other drinks, all served with a smile. The menu has an eclectic mix of dishes, catering to everyone's taste. Enjoy a summertime drink with a perfect view over the Chignals, you won't be disappointed!
Sunday, August 15, 2010Rating: rosettes

this pub is now run by tina and mark from the three elms...so please ignore any reviews previous to march 17 2010. it has a great. friendly and very welcoming atmosphere. great food. two course meals tues to fri at lunch for only £5.45. child friendly. fresh home made food. and now sunday carvey 12 till 7:30pm. landlord/lady and staff are jolly. smiling and welcoming. you will not be disappointed.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010Rating: rosettes

 Very poor service Fox raven chelmsford
Saturday evening before fathers day. Busy but hardly any staff. Food was ok but service was very bad. Had to clear our own table and wipe down. Not again.
Monday, June 28, 2010Rating: rosettes

 You won't be disappointed
Great countryside location & views, friendly landlord/landlady & staff, laid-back atmosphere, superb food, & great beer. Try it, you will not be disappointed.
Thursday, June 24, 2010Rating: rosettes

david meadows
 now closed
star &garter closed easter 2009
now june 2010 still not open
could still be a long time closed
Wednesday, June 9, 2010Rating: No rosettes

david meadows
 now closed
star &garter closed easter 2009
now june 2010 still not open
could still be a long time closed
Wednesday, June 9, 2010Rating: No rosettes

lewis marshall
i was very angry with the service it was the worst meal i have ever eat. i orderd a rump steak rare and it took 1 hour and it also was well done and not only well done it was burnt. if you think to go there think again i would rather eat a cat that eat that rubish
Sunday, May 2, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 Under New Management
The landlord from the Three Elm's is now running the Pig & Whistle so watch this space. It should be good :-)
Saturday, March 27, 2010Rating: rosettes

 Highly recommended
I used this pub on Sunday 17-01-10, after booking a table for 15 (we were in the restaurant area) but 16 turned up we, this was accommodated for without a problem. We even had 3 more people join us after food & there were also 3 children with us, who led to some chaos (sorry), but it was again no problem.
The beers on tap were good, food was lovely & served quickly; prices were fair, but most impressively of all the service was very friendly, I am sure to return again. Finally, to the staff – Thank you.
Monday, January 18, 2010Rating: rosettes

Robert Bobby
 Rip off with a view!
Lovely setting in the Essex countryside with beautiful views over the surrounding fields. Unfortunately, the experience goes wrong as soon as you open the door. A rude landlord will serve you with a good pint of beer at a rather high price. However, this might seem cheap compared to the price of your health if you eat in the restaurant. A must if you like undercooked, pre-prepared, frozen chicken dishes, but otherwise it would be one to avoid! Reviewer's suggestion - enjoy a good beer in the beer garden, before embarking on a healthy walk to the 3 Elms in the next village for a hearty meal.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Having been to the Three Elms under its previous owners I was very disapointed. Menu is now smaller and run of the mill pub grub.

Only one vegetarian option - Brie tart which I explained I was unable to eat because I was pregnant. Chef unable to suggest an alternative.

What a shame, the food used to be excellent.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Steve Jon Graham
 Love it
Poker on a Tuesday night= GREAT
Quiz on a Tursday= Fantastic
Thursday, June 11, 2009Rating: rosettes

Chelmsford Cabbie
 Very Poor
My wife and I together with our two adult children,booked for Sunday lunch in early March 2009.
The one solitary barman (landlord?) was surly and uninterested in us. We eventually managed to get somebodys attention and was given a table in the restaurant, albeit minus one chair.
After this we were totally ingnored, the invisible family even!
They were obviously very busy but had lots of staff buzzing around serving other tables. After fifteen minutes I decided to get some drinks from the bar, as nobody had offered us any.
We then waited and waited until a couple on the next table came in about thirty minutes later and got served at once.
We then of course called somebody over and they got in a huff...the kitchen is very busy you know
We asked if there was an alternative roast, turkey perhaps as we had been told on the phone when booking. it's on the board, beef and pork, can you see?....Right, Yes.....
The food was ok but nothing special, meat rather chewy. We had one dish of veg between four, while the two people on the next table apeared to have the same dish between them. The desserts came from a frozen something purchased at the cash and carry.
I found this pub very disappointing and unfriendly, Shepherd and Neame should address this with better training.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Wednesday, March 4, 2009Rating: rosettes

 A Disappointment
After stumbling upon the little treat that is the Three Elms Public House in Chignal St James purely by chance whilst out walking one day, me & my boyfriend thought we'd also give the Pig & Whistle a bash after spotting it's roadsign a coupla months ago. After reading the impressive reviews on this site we thought we were in for a bit of a treat this lunchtime. Unfortunately, however, we both found the whole experience very disappointing. On arrival the barman/landlord(?) was surly, the waiting staff had forgotten the principle of `service with a smile', and the tables & chairs had been so crowded in to their restaurant area with no windows open that it resembled a hot & crowded school canteen. Granted the pub interior is old/quaint (and someone seemed to have gone to town with arranging stuffed scarecrows and pumpkins for the harvest season!) but the gloss of these little features is somewhat tarnished when you look down to find that your cutlery has hardened congealed bits on them (and when you point this out there is no apology just the offending piece of cutlery tugged from you), the food is over-priced with any salad garnishes tired, tasteless and looking like they'd been chopped up and left ready to be used on a kitchen side hours ago, and when it comes to totting up the bill at the end neither is the total amount, nor the change given back, correct. Just one final note - dont order a Guinness. You'll only end up with half a glass of `head'. And dont bother asking what rosés they have either. It would appear there is only one brand which will be given to you in an overflowing (and rather grubby) wine glass.
Sunday, August 24, 2008Rating: rosettes

 eagle and hind
I like this pub . Can be quiet on a Tuesday but thats a good time to play the pool table and use the juke box. Overall Its a good pub with lots of things to do. Like the Becks.
Thursday, July 17, 2008Rating: rosettes

I visited the Pig and Whistle on the recommendation of an old friend. I was not disappointed. The location in the Chignals is perfect, the food is excellent, and the service was friendly and effecient
Sunday, June 29, 2008Rating: rosettes

 Lovely Traditional Pub!!!
A lovely traditional pub/restaurant with a very warm welcome from the Landlord. Despite not having booked a table, and it being a very busy Saturday night, we were seated in the bar and served quickly. The staff were all friendly, and the food and real ales were superb! Will definitely go back, but will book ahead to ensure a table! A great evening, would recommend if you enjoy a proper English pub!
Sunday, June 15, 2008Rating: rosettes

If you thought the food was good last time - try it now! Amazing food, quality and quanity, real ales, friendly staff and a nice pleasant relaxing atmosphere. this pub just keeps getting better and better.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007Rating: rosettes

 saturdays around 5pm
Have used this pub for years, didnt know it had turned into a creche!
Service was excellent, fillet steak the finest i have tasted in a long time... advise you to go later in the evening if you dont like screaming children with bags of crisps and coke!
Sunday roast always spot on especially if you go for the second sitting about 7pm

get cheesed off waiting 15 minutes to get a drink and then same again to order food, need more staff behind the bar! (this has always been the case)
Wednesday, January 31, 2007Rating: rosettes

yvee n kate
Wednesday, January 31, 2007Rating: rosettes

 Eagle and hind
We went new years eve not quite sure what it would hold for us. We were met at the door by what we think was the landlady, she was very smiley and gave us free raffle tickets and wished us an excellent evening. And that is what we had. Everyone was very friendly and the disco was great. Good standard buffet and it was free.
Overall a great local pub that makes non locals welcome.
Wednesday, January 3, 2007Rating: No rosettes

 Happy Memories
I was taken here by my girlfriend on our first date. (Tues May 30th) Don't remember much about the food or drink as I was in another world. So it couldn't have been that bad - or I'd remember.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006Rating: rosettes

Norman Floyd
 Still poor
Have complained about this place to the company and was assured training etc, etc was taking place.
Had a business meeting on 011206 and at 11am all drinks were tepid, service very slow. Second batch of hot drinks cold. Food ok, chips lukewarm. Several waiting staff with serving clothes on the shoulder. Has basic food hygiene been completed. The place has a dismal atmosphere and the male toilets were really bad with the quarry tiles having a dark staining from the skirting across.
Please sort this place out someone!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, December 7, 2006Rating: rosettes

What can i say! I ordered my food with a group of friends and for simple dishes,they took over an hour to arrive! The food was ok when it eventually came out.Some of the staff was stroppy and seemed like everything was an effort.The teenage staff was the worse as they had attitude!! There was a younger lady member of staff who had a group of her friends in the pub and i saw here giving out free drinks which i think is totally unacceptable.I will not be returning and will certainly not recommend to my friends and family as i will be embarrassed if they had the same reaction as i did!!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006Rating: rosettes

 A Pleasant Experience
We visited on Sat 25th November and could not fault the food or the service. We arrived early to ensure that we beat the rush.
Monday, November 27, 2006Rating: rosettes

sarah stevens
 the bomb
This pub is the most welcoming enjoyable place to go to! It has entertainment that suits everyone! The people that go there are young and old! You always end up leaving there having made friends! The landlords are chilled out down to earth blokes, two of (if not THE) nicest men you'll meet! oh and just have to mention the food, well what do i say, reasonable prices, you'll never taste anythin so good again and all made by there own fair hands ! !
Sunday, November 26, 2006Rating: rosettes

 yet another disaster
Visited this pub with a group of friends for a meal.the choices was very limited but we made do.And we had to wait 1 hour and 15 minutes for a simple dish. The waitress was a young teenager with ALOT of attitude!!! Each time we ordered a round of drinks, it was like it was to much effort!!! I will not recommend this pub and i will go back in when there are no teenagers working there!!!!
Sunday, November 26, 2006Rating: rosettes

kathryn knapp
 Check out this pub!
What a great pub!! Have live bands,karaoke etc. Great for a night out!!! Very friendly atmospher and .the staff are very helpful too. The food is home made and very tastful, and the sunday lunches are to die for,all freshly cooked to your order.The best £5.50 ive spent in a long while! Would recommend this pub to everyone so go check it out,i guarentee you will not leave disappointed!!!
Sunday, November 26, 2006Rating: rosettes

 great village and local pub
taken over by gary and ron earlier this yearwho have totally revamped the place. have loads on offer, food, entertainment etc. the service is superb and the atmosphere great. traditional british pub!!!!
Sunday, November 26, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Local Pub/good food
Had great time watching football and an even better meal. Both myself and my girlfriend visit the eagle at least twice a week now. Cheers Kate & staff
Thursday, November 23, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Daf Bergin
 Coming soon
My friends and I are coming for lunch on the 6th December, so I hope the food and service are good, and that all the items are available on your menu.
Looking forward to my first visit in your hostelry
Monday, November 13, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 new name
now refurbed and called the gardeners
Monday, November 6, 2006Rating: No rosettes

michelle james
 good all round family pub
what a great welcome we received in this friendly clean pub. They serve bar snacks which were great value for money. The beer was served in a clean glass and tasted how beer should tase, and the toilets were nice and clean def worth a visit.
Saturday, October 28, 2006Rating: rosettes

Mark Woolston
 sorry everyone
we regret to inform all our customers that Karen and Mark are no longer at the Three Elms due to unforseen circumstances, we take this opportunity to thank all of our customers and hope to see you soon at our new venture.......
Monday, September 11, 2006Rating: No rosettes

cara salmeri
 an aussie that misses wheaties
there definitely is no place like wheaties! the crazy locals and cool staff really make the pub what it is, just awesome. if only there was a wheatsheaf in australia.
Monday, September 11, 2006Rating: rosettes

I visited the Pig and Whistle on the advice of a work colleague and i was not disappointed. We were welcomed by the friendly Landlady and enjoyed a real ale in the bar before moving into the restaurant. They had a decent variety of dishes and the food was of a very high standard. It is also worth mentioning their 'chocloate oozy puds' as these were absolutely delicious. Whoever made these deserves special praise! A thoroughly enjoyable evening out.
Sunday, September 10, 2006Rating: rosettes

eric goddard
Really nice surroundings. Service and food of a quality you would normally only get abroad. Watch the cost of wine though - we bought 2 bottles of Pino only to find they were £18 each!! Fish a speciality. Highly recommended.
Thursday, August 24, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Great Food worth the journey
When I read review of a place and they are as good as the one's about this place I am always suspect that the owner and his mates have written all the comments to get people in the place, especially the lady who wrote about the chef being cute, he looked like a bit of a bruiser to me well let me say that fortunately he cooks like an angel and that is not the case in this establishment. If your in the area you have got to try the food, freshly cooked not the usual pub microwave job or deep fat fryer stuff that comes from most pub kitchens. I would go as far as to say this is a restaurant as the quality of food is far superior to most if not all pubs i have eaten in and a lot of so called bistro/restaurents that charge double the price for not even a third of the quality. A must place to try because like me I am sure you will go back.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Great roast on Sunday
not really a pub grub man but as a local in the area thought I would give this a try, the last time i was past this place it was shut down. this time went in for a few beers and after seeing the food come out of the kitchen I thought I would order. What a great surprise. although roast pork is easy to do it is very difficult to do well. All I can say is that the crackling was the best I have ever had and the veg was just right again simple do do but as we all know some places can screw this up as well. Also had the bread and butter pudding and again i would have been just happy eating that it was great. I want to try all the deserts as what I saw coming out looked really good and if the bread and butter was anything to go by then the rest should be as good
Tuesday, August 22, 2006Rating: rosettes

 a winner
excellent food, sevice and atmospher an all round winner well worth a visit.
Thursday, August 17, 2006Rating: rosettes

 great food, a must visit.
my bloke is most fussiest bugger going, we ate last nite and he aint stopped going on about it, he is an ex chef, and says everything is spot on, rumour has it that this place has the best sunday lunch as well, good job too, everywhere else in the area is crap.
Saturday, August 5, 2006Rating: rosettes

I had a rib-eye that was the best ive ever known.......................great service, great everything................chef is cute as well.
Saturday, August 5, 2006Rating: rosettes

 oh wow
excellent all round, I asked for a prawn cocktail which was not on the menu, but was prepared for me without fuss, and this was no ordinary prawn cocktail, I then followed with a cheese board, pure class and superb presentation.....................I came in after I read this site, and will go nowhere else now..............thanks bestpubs.
Saturday, August 5, 2006Rating: rosettes

 great, great and great again
I have very funny dietry requirements and the chefs are only too willing to help me as everything is cooked to order so I can chop and change, apart from that the quality is spot on and the amount you get is just fine, cos the deserts are out of this world.................very talented chefs who know their stuff, and always have a smile on their faces and always have a chat..........as it should be, I like that............good staff as well. Please pay a visit and see for yourselves.
Saturday, July 29, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Great food
Last week i was recomended to try the Three elms in chignal st james. I went down there taking my Mum and dad for my Dads Birthday to be greeted by a warm smile. I ordered the 28 day hung beef as beef is my favourite and im not joking it was the best meat i'v ever tasted rare and melts in ur mouth. and if that was it you have to be kidding i also after had a chocolate pudding and being a chef myself i know dat it is very hard getting a nice as chocolate pudding as that. After thinking that the bill would empty my wallet i was amazed to see that the price was very well set and i am recomending it to everyone i know. A bloody good meal.
Sunday, July 23, 2006Rating: rosettes

rack of lamb is outstanding, do yourself a favour book up, you will be glad tou did.
Saturday, July 22, 2006Rating: rosettes

I am a butcher at the meat market in london and i'm so suprised of the quality of the meat used here, the beef is to die for, I had a rib eye of quality top places in London would be pushed to match, very cheap for the quality, as I know what it costs. My Girlfriend had a salad that was just class, fresh herb leaves giving bursts of flavour....................not pile em high food, so we had a desert, cheesecake...............class.............keep up the good work.
Friday, July 21, 2006Rating: rosettes

can you tell me another place that does wild bass, gressingham duck etc...............a must visit.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

if tou care what you eat, then eat here, everything fresh, maybe a little more expensive than the average, but this is not the average food you would expect.....................we will be back a lot.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 Fantastic all round
The food is great and the staff are more than freindly as long as customers control their kids running around screaming and shouting blocking door ways.
Will surely be back for more. Well done.
Sunday, July 16, 2006Rating: rosettes

Karen Edwards
 What an improvement!
A great pub. Good beer, friendly staff and a great atmosphere-much improved over the past year.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006Rating: rosettes

I think I stumbled upon the best pub food in essex and ive ate in a few. I had gressingham duck, my wife cod on champ, although we had half each of each others, deserts to die for, choc pud and lemon tart, also heard the bread and butter pud is the best but wasn't on menu...........................................superb, were coming back for sure.
Sunday, July 2, 2006Rating: rosettes

sat mander
 best food for ages
the food at this pub is superb, quality and presentation 1st class............old favs , like bread and butter pudding, the roasts brill and the choc pud is a must.
Thursday, June 1, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Fox & Raven
I visited Fox & Raven on Sunday 29th May 2006, with some reservation as I have read the negative comments, but I was pleasantly surprised with the cheerful and polite service - yes teenagers. The food was as expected, not cordon bleu, but we all had roast beef and it was OK. Very nice surrandings also, we sat looking out over the meadow and could see cattle in the distance and also a canal boat went by.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006Rating: rosettes

 a pub for the elderly
The food is good but the staff is very unfriendly towards children and not very friendly overall.
Sunday, May 21, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Great locals pub but welcoming to all
good entertainment, clean and tidy toilets were re decorated and smelt nice.
Food was excellent and cheep for what i ordered. Overall very very good.
Saturday, April 29, 2006Rating: rosettes

L Pav
 Monday night at The Crown
Went to The Crown, Sandon for a meal. On a Monday evening. They had three ales on (usually have five) which were v good.
Monday, April 24, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Best pub in town
Soon to be re decorated 7th may, lively pub 5 pool tables, great theme nights and value for money meals and very competitive bar tariff. Landlord Barry returned after a year away, come and check it out
Tuesday, April 11, 2006Rating: rosettes

darren onyett
 great food, a must visit.
newly opened, new chefs and menus, superb food cooked to order, faultless food, will pass on the good word, this place will be packed to the rafters soon.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006Rating: rosettes

Mrs Lillis-Arrowsmith
 Fox & Raven visit 26th Feb
The Fox & Raven is usually the meeting place for a certain group of friends as we have always found the service, food and atmosphere great for a simple get together. nothing is mind blowing but it is simple food well cooked.
Our last visit on Sunday was appalling. The main meals took over one & a half hours to arrive and when they did they were inedible.
Roasts included cold meat, gravy and veg with pototoes balck on the outside and raw in the middle. Burgers were burnt to the point of being black lumps and were so cold that the slice of processed cheese remained unmelted at all.
Scampi were flabby, greasy lumps which again were cold.
We sent the food back and asked for it to be removed from the bill which prompted the waitress to simply tut loudly and stomp away. there was no apology or explaination.
As you can understand this whole experience marred a meeting of friends whole only get together every couple of months. Needless to say, we will never visit the Fox & Raven again.
Friday, March 3, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 A place full of Amars
A very good Atmos
Monday, January 30, 2006Rating: rosettes

 excellent service
we had a wonderful meal there back in October, the steak was the best I've had in years, the service friendly, the food hot and quickly delivered and we will be going back soon.

highly recommended
Friday, December 23, 2005Rating: rosettes

Paul Burnell
 Run of the mill housing estate pub
Not a pub for the faint hearted. I am sure many of the former battles of it's namesake have been re-enacted here on a saturday night!
Thursday, December 15, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Another Disaster!
We have visited the Fox and Raven a number of times in the past. Recently however it would appear to have lost it's way, we went on a Sunday in early October at 4pm to be told they had no Sunday Roast left, then had to wait for over an hour and a half for the bill as they could not find it. We then went one weekday evening to find that we waited over an hour for a burger and chips and chicken pie, all of it was cold and the staff reluctant to replace any of it, no apology, nothing. Very disappointed recently, possibly new management. Will not return in the near future or reccomend it.
Monday, November 7, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 This pub is of high quality and very well priced
This pub is of high quality and very well priced compared to most pubs within the vicinity of chlmsford. With a relaxed and historic atmosphere this is the place for me.
Wednesday, November 2, 2005Rating: rosettes

We have been very regular visitors and service has always been just about acceptable. Today however we had a disaster on my mother's birthday. Not allowed to order for 45 minutes, despite being shown to a table. another 20 mins to place the order and then an hour for food to arrive. We were told the printer wasn't working but that was a lie - the chef had gone awol. Totally not recommended, won't go back in a hurry.
Sunday, October 30, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 I'm like Matthew!
I too was dissapointed to find that neither my favourite Fox pie or raven kebab was on the menu. Trading standards need to hear about this false advertising!!
Thursday, October 27, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Good, but not for those who are picky about what t
Good atmosphere and had no problems with the service.
However, was annoyed at the lack of vegetarian food. There was all of about 4 options out of at least 30.
Good place but not for someone who is a little picky about what they like to eat (like myself)
Going back for christmas meal with friends so can't have been that bad.
Thursday, October 20, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Extremely disappointing!
We visited the Pig & Whistle yesterday, as we had been led to believe it had improved. How wrong that proved to be. The decor hasn't changed in years but worst of all was the service in the restaurant.Half of our party were served approx 25mins after the other half received their main course. When it arrived the beef was uncooked the gravey tasted of tomatos and the vegetables were almost raw. It wasn't cheap and although the waitress apologised, there was only one,we were not offered any discount off our bill. We will obviously not be going back and would advise anyone considering going, to think again.
Monday, October 17, 2005Rating: rosettes

 They Have The Best English Breakfast Ever!
Saturday, September 17, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Fox and Raven
I took my family to The Fox and Raven last night for my daughter's 11th birthday,she ordered Carbonara,which had far to much black pepper,we swapped
meals abut I could not eat it. We asked the waiter if chef could prepare a Carbonara without pepper, he returned with a Beef and Ale pie as the Carbonara was delivered in a massive container and chef could not prepare a
fresh one. I was shocked to here very little on the menu is cooked
professionally and the majority must be slung in a microwave. We had the fiver refunded, but the whole meal was spoilt and the illusion of fresh food in a Best Pub has been shattered. I can imagine a couple teenagers in the kitchen just bunging tv dinners into the microwave oven. Best not let too
many other customers in on your little secret, at £60 a family it might not go down too well!
Friday, July 1, 2005Rating: rosettes

was dissapointed to find that the pub sold neither fox or raven, dissapointing!
Saturday, May 14, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Wonderful village pub!
The name of this pub has recently been changed to The Rose & Crown. It is a free house and is fantastic in every way. The managers and staff are lovely - VERY welcoming - you couldn't meet better people! The food is locally produced and home made. The choice of Ale is excellent, with a guest ale, you'll never tire of choice! I think it's delightful and charming. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - Well done!
Monday, March 21, 2005Rating: rosettes

Very nice bar staff. Pleasant and very nice meal. Service was brilliant - thank you to all staff!
Monday, March 21, 2005Rating: rosettes

Jane Mitchell
 What a frosty lot at the Running Mare.
Yesterday I decided to give my elderly mother a treat with a pub lunch at The Running Mare. On ordering the meal I seemed to irritate the barmaid by not immediately knowing what my table number was - silly me - I didn't have one yet! Then despite sitting by a radiator we realised that we were being subjected to icy blasts every time the door opened due to people coming and going. I noticed the front door outside the porch had been stuck open so nipped out to shut it. A barman quickly went out to peg it open again and said that it was the management's policy to always have the front door wide open. I explained how cold we were every time the door opened - but my pleas fell on deaf ears. I spoke to the original barmaid who confirmed that it was management's policy to have the door open at all times. I pointed out that we were having to eat with our coats on, and that there were other elderly customers also eating meals with coats on, but I could tell that she really didn't give a damn. What sort of management policy teaches staff to ignore the comfort and wellbeing of their customers? Do the staff at the Running Mare not have the common sense to override policy when their customers are being made miserable and very uncomfortable? Despite all this I plodded on and ordered the plum and apple crumble. What a shame it was so cold that I had to send it back and asked if I could have a hot dessert! Mum wanted a pot of tea after her meal but was so cold that we left and she had her pot of tea and a warm-up in the local Tesco's cafeteria. Please note that we were not the only cold people in the pub that day - other customers were clearly very cold - but the coldness of some of the staff was chilling.
Sunday, February 27, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Elizabeth Walker
 Take no notice!
Ken Biggins must have gone on Murphy's day, when everything that could go wrong had gone wrong.

I took family here on Sunday. We each had a roast lunch and pud which, although it was hardly cordon bleu cuisine, was tasty and well cooked. The young waitress was pleasant and the service was prompt. The dining room is also quite pleasant.
Wednesday, February 9, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Tulip is outstanding
Have known the landlord and Landlady for a very long time. They as always create a fantastic atmosphere whether you want to be quiet and eat or watch the footy with your mates
Monday, January 31, 2005Rating: rosettes

it's not the most happening place in the world, - but it is friendly, traditional, has good basic food, and a relaxed atmosphere - decor isn't that great though. Don't go with great expectations, just to have a good time with friends/family, and you will.
Wednesday, January 26, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Friendliest bar staff in the U.K!
Great place to have a laugh, play pool and catch up on all the gossip.
Wednesday, January 12, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Best place in Chelmsford - Bar None!
Definatlely the best place to go on any weeknight in the town.
Wednesday, December 1, 2004Rating: rosettes

 I love the bay
Friendly alternative pub who also showcase live bands on thursday nights. Its the only place to go in Chelmsford!
Wednesday, October 27, 2004Rating: rosettes

easy going, good prices, great people and great for the football!
Monday, September 6, 2004Rating: No rosettes

 fox and raven
I have visited the fox and Raven on several occasions everytime has been a brillant experience. Everyone was cheerful and very happy to help me out as we went with some elderly family members. I would recomend this to anyone as an enjoyable vintage inn with superb views.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004Rating: rosettes

 bad service
Terrible service. We have been customers of the Fax and Raven since it first opened. The pub has a very plesant feel about it. Quality of food has varied over the period but has generally remained acceptable and the serrvice is generally good, that is until last week (first week July 2004). On the two occassions we were there that week the food order was messed up completely and both times took a lot more than an hour to be served, wrongly. On neither occassion did we actually get our meal. On the second occassion the assistant manager said it was the fault of the Chef and asked if I would like to speak to him. I said yes and then waited another 15 minutes before finally giving up. On the way out the assistant manager said the chef would not speak to me - shame he took 15 minutes to deliver message. Will I go again? - probably because I really do like the pub - when? - not for some time.
Tuesday, July 13, 2004Rating: No rosettes

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