Number 50
Number 50

Number 50

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.eatatessence.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01789762764
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Wednesday - Sunday: 10am - 12pm

    Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm; Sunday: 12pm - 3pm
    Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 6:30pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: English, French
  • Executive Chef: Chris Short
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Create an essence evening in the comfort of your own home or garden.

    We can cater for those evenings which you want to impress or just enjoy with friends.
  • Private Party Facilities: You can take the whole of essence as a private venue any day or night of the week including Sunday evenings and all day Monday which are the days we are normally closed. We do not charge for room hire but there is a minimum number.
  • Private Party Contact: Chris 01789 762764
  • Entertainment: Light background music is played to enhance the atmosphere but if you hold a private event with us we can arrange something much more lively should you wish.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Regular buses pass the door from Redditch and Stratford upon Avon.
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: We have 19 spaces available for parking. There is also road side parking for those not able to find a space.
A word from Number 50
Thank you for viewing our restaurant. If you choose to dine with us you can be assured of a warm welcome.

We prepare all our dishes onsite using the freshest ingredients possible. Our talented chefs make everything from our daily bread to our sumptuous ice creams and sorbets.

We take pride in getting to know our guests and their individual requirements and like to be able to give your visit our personal touch. The best way to do this is to give us a call or email us. We look forward to speaking with you and welcoming you soon.
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Number 50 reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since 3 June 2014
Average Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambience4.4
    Value4.4
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (33)fit for foodies (29)romance (21)sunday lunch (18)group bookings (16)business meals (11)outstanding value (11)good vegetarian options (4)child friendly (4)brunch (2)afternoon tea (1)pre/post theatre (1)disabled access (1)Show More
  • Meal with a friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    From the moment we entered the restaurant, to the time of our departure the whole experience was extremely enjoyable. The welcome, the service, the food was all exemplary, we will definitely be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Pleasant dining experience.
    Crazylula
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    This was my first visit to Number 50 and I enjoyed it. The staff were friendly and efficient, the atmosphere in the bar and waiting area was relaxed and the menu was varied and tempting. My food was good and the only negative thing I have to say about it is that both my starter and main course were a little too salty for my taste. The rest of my party also enjoyed their food. I have one comment on the restaurant in general: The set menu was described as the 'menu fixe', which is, of course, French for 'set menu'. Why?? This isn't a French restaurant!
    Special Features:
    business meals, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • lovely meal
    sharpswords
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    We wanted to go somewhere different and we were not disappointed. The meal was excellent and the choices were excellent. We had all three courses and enjoyed every one. The service was very good and we felt very welcome. We will definitely be going there again.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday roast - perfectly done
    Mike
    Dined on 20/7/2014
    Roast beef with Yorkshire pud, but beautifully done, with superb cauliflower cheese, juicy red cabbage, swede carrot and mange tous, horseradish and gravy. All other Number 50 touches as usual.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • An excellent meal
    Lotty84
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    A truly excellent meal - delicious food and fantastic service.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 29/5/2014
    visited on 29th May for the first time as it was our 10th wedding anniversary, the food was fantastic, you must try the trio of fish cakes and the bread and butter pudding is something else, great service even when busy, can't wait to go again
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good restaurant
    NewWTVIP
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner at Number 50. The food was very good and the service was also excellent. A bit expensive.
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  • Number 50 alcester excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We visited number 50 in alcester on Saturday night for my partners birthday , absolutely fantastic food , service , and value so much better than more expensive restaurants we've been to , excellent fron start to finish recommend to anyone , go try and enjoy
    Special Features:
    group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    Charles
    Dined on 30/4/2014
    We had an excellent meal which all 4 of us enjoyed
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 12/4/2014
    A very enjoyable evening. The service was a perfect balance of being looked after, but without the feeling that you are constantly being fussed over. Food was very good, with choices from both sides of the menu (fine dining & set menu) The tuna special was excellent. Overall experience - great evening. Already recomending to friends & family.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved this restaurant.
    luvmyfood
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We loved this restaurant. On entering we were greeted by the host who was both friendly and very professional and made us feel very welcome. His knowledge of beers and wines was very helpful and informative and the food was delicious. All the ingredients were of high quality and freshly made so that you know what is in the food you are eating. The service was very efficient and attentive- nothing was too much trouble. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and we had an extremely enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • 10 out of 10
    Gill1959
    Dined on 22/2/2014
    I made a reservation for last Friday unfortunately we couldn't make the time. I contacted essence and they couldn't be more helpful. We amended the reservation to the Saturday and had a really fantastic time. From the moment we arrived we were greeted as if we were their only customers. The service was excellent and the food out of this world. I had the risotto followed by lamb and I pilsner have chosen any better. My husband had the beef flowed by the pork and he wouldn't have changed his. The portion sides were just enough that we did not require a pudding though we were extremly tempted. If you do want a restaurant for any occasion I would strongly recommend this one as you can't do better.
    Special Features:
    romance, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently high standards,
    bernardt
    Dined on 21/2/2014
    Consistently high standards, friendliness of staff and owner, Chris. Best restaurant for miles. We are regulars and really value this venue.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Quality restaurant and service
    SirTom
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Booked Sunday lunch for 6 people. Roast dinners were fantastic, pork and beef was excellent quality with generous amounts of well cooked vegetables. Service was fantastic, host was very accommodating and friendly and there was a relaxed feel to the place.
    Special Features:
    special occasions, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • heard it was good
    ratatouille
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We heard that Essence served good food. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left our experience was positive. A warm reception, a short wait before being led to our table. Great food and at a reasonable price and therefore great value. In the words of the ex governor of California-we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only the name has changed
    Mike
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Still the same fantastic food at Essence, sorry, Number 50! Served with the minimum of fuss. I've never been kept waiting and never been rushed. Usually I go a la carte, but this time I tried the set 3-course menu and was not disappointed, excellent value. And Italian brandy in a steamed glass to finish, as always!
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, child friendly, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    debbydan
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    The food at Essence is always good quality and the meal we had on Saturday was extremely good, thank you.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings
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  • Great value, great staff and
    bernie
    Dined on 21/12/2013
    Great value, great staff and brilliant food in a very convivial atmosphere
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Wonderful lunch!
    bluesky
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    A huge thank you to Chris and the for making our small business group so deliciously welcome for lunch. Everything was perfect...and the food was delicious and exceptionally reasonable! we had not been before but well be back!
    Special Features:
    group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Birthday lunch
    Laurieb
    Dined on 29/11/2013
    We went to Essence on my husband's 81st Birthday for a celebratory lunch having responded to the excellent marketing ploy of 2 free glasses of champagne for the Birthday boy and guest. We had expected sparkly wine but no, we had champagne which was followed by a superb meal, greatly enjoyed by both of us. We enjoyed it so much we shall be returning for our wedding anniversary celebration lunch in a few days time.
    Special Features:
    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great meal
    Warrior1
    Dined on 28/11/2013
    Excellent cooking and a nice, relaxed atmosphere. A very good experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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  • Friendly & welcoming!
    insearchofagoodlunch
    Dined on 21/11/2013
    Very attentive service. Good choice available from set menu & delicious food!
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT
    Smokey56
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    4 of us went to Essence for the first time on a Saturday lovely restaurant with very nice decor and seating we were able to sit and look at the menu before going into the dining area which is very nicely decorated the staff very attentive all in all a very pleasent evening with lovely food,please try it.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A charming boutique restaurant,
    Nick
    Dined on 25/10/2013
    A charming boutique restaurant, with friendly staff and attentive service, that isn't too over the top. The food is excellent quality, freshly prepared, and can be customised according to taste. Perfect for an intimate dinner, or that special occasion.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good night out
    Avocet
    Dined on 18/10/2013
    Attentive staff and excellent food, well prepared and well sourced.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place to eat
    Rockfordman
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    We go to Essence about once a month and have never been disappointed. The food is good, and even though there may at first glance be limited choice for vegetarians, they are flexible about preparing non-menu meals by mixing and matching. Recommended place to eat.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since 3 June 2014
    • Average Rating4.4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambience4
    • Service4.4
    • Value4.4
  • The following 227 reviews are from the Number 50 reviews archive.
  • A great night out
    yum2plum
    Dined on 28/9/2013
    The food was very well presented. The choice was good, but perhaps could do with a wider range of main meals. The food itself was excellent, a great taste, with all ingredients finely balance with no overpowering tastes. A great eating experience.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    jlgh
    Dined on 21/9/2013
    Took a group of eight for an 18th birthday meal. Food superb and good value considering quality. Friendly service. Food rather slower coming than some places but that partly reflects fresh-cooked quality
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience
    Marko
    Dined on 21/9/2013
    four of us went for a meal,Saturday night,This restuarant has a great ambience,The menu was quite limited, But wow! Every meal was presented well,and cooked to perfection.If you like eating out,and want a little more than gastro food,pub grub,This is the place.You can easily have a great meal At very reasonable prices.Well recommend .
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, child friendly, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, brunch, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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  • Birthday Dinner
    Frank
    Dined on 14/9/2013
    Nice place & good food, spoilt for me by. 1) Asked starter OK. My respounce Bread was a little dry / stale, waitress "oh was it". Not what I call service. 2) Left after main course for looong time, had to ask for desert menu. Another long wait till it arrived. No update or appology. 3) Another long wait for bill & to pay. Waitress & main man failed to check at any time whether/ why we were waiting & were doing nothing to cause the delay i.e busy serving others etc. At least the birthday boy was happy.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    chobbis
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    Wonderful staff, food and overall excellence. We took our son for the first time he is 7. The kids menu was excellent, large portion sizes for him, same quality food and ingredients as used on the adult food, I could not resist the urge to sample his food and it was more than excellent.. And as for price £6.95 for three courses is more than value for money. The adult food was as always excellent with a good choice. One day I will learn not to have a starter so that I can try and fit a dessert in, as they always look wonderful but I never have room. Maybe they should do dessert doggie bags.
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    romance, child friendly, fit for foodies, special occasions, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Sambourne
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    The service, the atmosphere, the food was perfect in every way. Thank you so much for making my birthday special
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Treat
    Libby17
    Dined on 4/9/2013
    We dined at Essence for lunch last week as a birthday treat for our mum. Booking on line was simplicity itself - always a good thing. The welcome we received on our arrival was friendly and convivial as was the attentiveness during our meal - nothing was too much trouble, which made for a comfortable relaxed atmosphere. Two of us had starters - whitebait. Lovely. Three chose the cold salmon salad and one the fish and chips and both tasted excellent - beautifully presented too! The creme brulee, two of us ended our meal with, was light, refreshing and perfect to eat with the freshly cooked cookies. A super setting for a celebratory meal, service and food super too.
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    special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night
    Alwayseatout
    Dined on 30/8/2013
    Delicious food and drink, iced water a lovely touch. Nicely staggered- no rushing. Really relaxed. Full restaurant- one waitress and one on the bar on a Friday Night but fantastic service. A definate recommend!
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions, group bookings, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem in Alcester
    Outalot
    Dined on 17/8/2013
    Found this restaurant through the Internet. A true gem. Will be back soon
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful lunch
    Happydiner
    Dined on 13/8/2013
    Really appreciated the most pleasant service and excellent food. I will certainly recommend to others and come again when in the area.
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    special occasions, group bookings, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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  • Yum!
    Bubbleandsqueak
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    A lovely little restaurant. We ate as a family of 7 (all adults) and found a good range of food on the menu, every dish looked and tasted fantastic. Fresh, quality ingredients at excellent value. Great service with friendly hosts. We were staying at a holiday cottage in the area and are only dissapointed that we don't live closer so we could come more often. Highly reccommended!
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings
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  • Fantastic restaurant
    JuneT
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Heard good reports about this restaurant & tried it for the first time recently - it was absolutely great. Very good food & great service, all excellent value. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, good vegetarian options, brunch, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good parking. Good menu selection
    cheekybee
    Dined on 28/7/2013
    Good parking. Good menu selection without there being far too many for a restaurant to effectively provide. Food cooked and presented well. Service pleasant and generally prompt.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Lunch 28th July 2013
    bday
    Dined on 28/7/2013
    had an excellent Sunday lunch plenty of food very good value and service was great. Staff always helpful.Have been several times over lasdt few years
    Special Features:
    disabled access, fit for foodies, special occasions, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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