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The Rare Cow Writtle
The Rare Cow Writtle

The Rare Cow Writtle Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rarecow.co.uk
  • Phone: 0124 542 0399
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Sunday: 11am - 11pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, English, Gastro Pub
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: Private car park for approx 30 cars
A word from The Rare Cow Writtle
Our Philosophy, belief and mission is simple:
•To source the finest in many cases local ingredients
To Cook them to perfection
•And unless 100% impossible to only use Fresh not frozen ingredients
•And When we serve them to bring happiness and passion to your table.
•For great Steaks there is no need to go to London any more We have just bought them to you.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasions
Diner Reviews
  • "Me and a friend went last monday for the advertised "Steakfest" upon arrival was taken through to a table around the corner where one of the on duty waitresses was sitting down chatting, drinking and eating with a couple on the table over from us, im guessing she knew them rather well and im not against relaxed staff but considering it took a good 20 minutes to get a starter and 10 for a drink wasnt a great first impresssion. luckily the food here was amazing, the steak is phenomonal despite the lack of sauces for the steak but very let down on the wait times and service, hopefully the service picks up because i really enjoyed the food!"
    dined on 18/08/2014
  • "After good reportsfrom friends, we were very dissapointed with our meal! It transpired that the Rare Cow has been sold and in new hands. The quanties were large, but the quality and servicein no way matched the prices being charged."
    dined on 17/08/2014
  • "After reading several not so good reviews I wasn't looking forward to my night at the rare cow. Happy to say though I was pleasantly surprised. Food was excellent. Wine lovely, service ok, could have been a bit better, but overall a very nice evening. I would definitely go back and recommend it to friends."
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "8pm Friday 16th August Ran out of fillet steaks, surprising for a steakhouse, my rump steak came out cold to touch, asked for a redo and got a super super rare replacment ?(asked for rare to be fair) but couldnt eat alot of it. all meals came out separately, poor service, chicken escalopes not avaliable after ordering. super expenses and simply not worth the money - avoid."
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "Waiter was not attentive and not accomplished. Did not like the wine brought to the table already opened. Meat was unremarkable."
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "Been meaning to go here for a long time and we was not disappointed, although the restaurant was quite when we arrived we were seen to and served quickly and was given a nice amount of time to chose our food. The food arrived quickly and cooked to perfection. A very enjoyable eating experience. Once the restaurant got busier the service did not drop and we were seen to efficiently. We was very impressed with the overall experience even though I was impressed with the quality of the food in my mind it was just a bit overpriced (even so well worth it)"
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "Thought the food was absolutely amazing however very pricey for portion size unless you are doing the challenges"
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "A small party of six people (none of which had been before) went for the Monday evening steakfest. After reading some reviews about service etc. I was a little apprehensive, however I have to say that the service was excellent, the drinks (wine, beer and soft drinks) were included in the price and the waitress was always attentive asking if you required a top up. The steak was cooked beautifully as we're the chips and onion rings and like the drinks there was an endless supply. On the whole everyone in our party had a lovely experience and would definitely return."
    dined on 11/08/2014
  • "Used the online booking system to book a table. an hour before the meal, i got a call saying the online system wasn't working and they had no tables. Appalling customer service. As a result, I shall not bother visiting the rude cow as it shall now be known...."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "Arrived to find we were the only people there. Service exceptionally slow although staff are polite. Ordered food only to be told that several items were not available , changed some dishes only to be advised quite a bit later that some of the 2nd choices were also not available. Starters quite basic but took 45 mins to arrive. Food wasn't bad but just about warm rather than hot. It seems the place is trying to be something its not !!"
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "Best food I have had anywhere in Essex. Simple as."
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "Food was good, Ribeye was excellent. Calamari for starters was in a puddle of oil on the plate, needs draining on blue cloth before serving. Really nice looking restaurant, but service was poor. Waiting staff very young and poorly trained. Didn't know what draught lagers were available or bottled ciders. Had to go back to the bar twice to ask. Also asked by three different waiters if we wanted to see the dessert menu. Would definitely return for the steak, but service needs to improve"
    dined on 07/08/2014
  • "once inside could not belive it it was very nice it all ways , but would sugest you clean up outside as first impressions may count with a lot of people. but have to say a great meal all round and we will be back"
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "They had run out of beer, dessert, fish, coffee machine not working etc. waitress was very slow, didn't have much of a clew and didn't seem to want to be there. Food was very greasy and expensive for what it was."
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "Surprised with the decor inside, not what we were expecting as when you first arrive you think you are about to walk into a saw-dust pub. It is actually very nice, quite contemporary and comfortable, we were quite impressed. After waiting 40 minutes we were told that our food would be a further 5 minutes! Chateaubriand looked like a large fillet steak, cut into 6 slivers. Cooked nicely, but completely tasteless. Service was terrible. We had an issue with waiting for drinks and them not having the drinks we asked for due to "issues"! Really, on a Friday night. Will we go back...unlikely. Steak from our local pub have more taste!"
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "OK it wasn't perfect. Some of the reviews have been harsh and I'd agree that the exterior of the restaurant needs looking at, staff need a little more training and the cooks weren't perfectly cooked. But it was good fun and we really liked the Hot Rock steaks as a starter."
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "Unfortunately when we got to The Rare Cow it was closed due to a fault in the kitchen and we hadn't received a call to inform us, rather we received a call a couple of hours before to confirm we could still make our reservation, but when we arrived the staff were polite and friendly so we came away disappointed but still wanting to try this restaurant. Will change star rating when we finally get to try this restaurant"
    dined on 30/07/2014
  • "The first time, The rare cow was amazing, everyone loved it & it became our new favourite place. The second time, food was still unbelievable but took longer to come. This time was BAD...we had a table under a speaker which was turned back up whenever we requested it was turned down. The menu has become MORE expensive, the drinks were the same price but tiny! Coke was in what resembled a shot glass, warm but charged at £3ish. There was a BBQ out the back so we were told some items weren't available on the main menu. Turns out to be about 15 of them causing 3 of the 4 of us to change our order. It took 20 mins to pay as the machine had no signal and the waiter had to keep walking off. Price has gone up, everything else has gone down! Shame."
    dined on 27/07/2014
  • "Sunday BBQ was ok, I felt food was nice, but no chips or any form of potato at our time if booking had to ask 3 times for a drink which I felt was bad when I saw people get there drinks served to them as soon as the waiters went over ! The BBQ is in the garden only and there is hardly any shaded area which made dinner not very nice with 2 small children, and what little shade there was, was taken by other people who had been there most the day . I would go again but for an evening meal as the menu sounds lovely. I would never go to the Sunday BBQ, first of all I thought it was a bargain at £20 ( with voucher) but once got there I feel it was very expensive for the lack of food being served ."
    dined on 27/07/2014
  • "Food was good but could b better especially the puddings!"
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "Brilliant! Very spacious, very cosy, great service, and food was really nice. I enjoyed it a lot and will go back again :)"
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "Good value for money and good service. Meal was lovely and worth the money."
    dined on 21/07/2014
  • "The food is really nice, the steak was cooked perfectly and the sides are lovely, particularly the chips (really crunchy and soft and defintiley not oven cooke ready made!!) The one thing that lets the restaurant down is the service. Our drinks were forgotten, our wine only arrived after 20 mins with prompting, the waitress didn't update us on what was unavailable so we ordered and were only told after 15 mins that our order had run out and had to be changed, our dessert didn't turn up after 20 mins waiting so we had to leave without having it. Its a shame, because the place is really nice, the food was fantastic (although obviously I can't comment on the dessert!), and the staff are really friendly. They just need better organisation."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "The outside did look a bit rough and ready but once inside it was fine, very nice people and very nice food. The inside is very nicely done to"
    dined on 13/07/2014
  • "Good food. Steak was excellent. Starter was fantastic. Chef came out to explain about the rib - eye in - bone and was top notch. BUT it was extremely slow. I don't mind waiting 15-30 minutes but over 1h00 from finishing starter to getting our steaks was just too much. They were reasonably busy but not manic. Several times had to flag a waitron after no attention. Top food but when you pay top price ( 2 people, £170, and not ridiculous drinking) then you expect top service"
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "We had a nice family group meal on one of the steak fest nights. The food was very tasty and the steak was very nice. The house red wine was very good. The staff were pleasant and they telephoned on the day to offer an earlier table than our late evening booking which was much appreciated. The only let down is that we were not offered a dessert at all."
    dined on 30/06/2014
  • "Went on a Monday night and it was 'steak fest' they brung us out a mini burger first that was beautiful? My other half said it's the best burger he's ever had! A plate full of steak that had some medium to well done, some medium and some rare, all of them tasted amazing & full of flavour, definitely the best steak I've ever tasted! It came out with some big home made onion rings & big chunky chips cooked 3 ways & a salad, they said to us basically tell us when you've had enough & even when we had they wrapped the rest up for us! Good price as it includes house wines red and white too! Service was really good got our starter really quick and main followed shortly after, I came home and recomended all my family to go there!"
    dined on 30/06/2014
  • "i booked at table for a very special meal for my soldier son as he is about to be deployed which they knew about so knew it was A La Carte only for us which was fine until 2 hours before the booking we were told that the A La Carte menu was basically off as 'things hadnt gone according to plan there' , no starters, limited steaks, chicken and fish but we could have an indoor BBQ which we didnt want at all, we booked A La Carte at a restaurant which I think is quite reasonable. Angry and disappointed."
    dined on 29/06/2014
  • "One world... diabolicle. I will never return to the restaurant. We arrived for our table at 1pm on a Sunday to find the restaurant completely empty. We were sat down and ordered our drinks, when they arrived one of them was wrong! We ordered our food only to be told that one was not available and the other two they didnt have all of the ingredients for. We were told it was the managements fault for organising a bbq at the venue the same day. Then the chef came out to explain the same. 50 minutes later two meat mezze plates arrived (we didnt order these) and then after asking the remainder of our starts turned up. Our mains were very average (mine was burnt). We didnt even bother with desserts, we just wanted to get out."
    dined on 29/06/2014
  • "Although the ribeye's were tasty, they were somewhat chewy and slightly dry. This was mentioned to the waitress on the night."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "After reading mixed reviews was not sure what to expect but pleasantly surprised very welcoming service excellent our waitress Emily was a credit to the restaurant . We had scallops to start and were cooked to perfection followed by fillet steak which melted in your mouth portion sizes were just right it does get busy but we booked for 7.30 which was just right I recommend you try we will be going back again for sure"
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "It would help if the chef new how to cook the steak as required, it was an ok meal but there really was nothing that stood out as a fantastic place to eat. The young lad that served us was fine but, he was quite nervous and didn't have the personality to deliver that wow! Service. Overall fine but wouldn't go back."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "We were very disappointed with the service and had to wait for long periods for our food or anything we asked for."
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "The steak was excellent, and the atmosphere was light and pleasant. But the service left a little to be desired."
    dined on 19/06/2014
  • "The quality of the food at the Rare Cow was very good although the choice was a little limited, but it is a Steak House after all!! The service really let the restaurant down on our visit e.g. waiting 30 minutes before our order was taken and then only when we asked to place it. The staff were friendly enough but some were lacking in knowledge of the menu. Some tables were a little crammed together which would have hindered a romantic meal, however as I visited with my sister this didn't effect us!! We will give the restaurant another chance to see if there is an improved level of service as the food was definitely worth returning for."
    dined on 19/06/2014
  • "Starters - chicken liver pate was not what I thought it would be as per menu. Main- my steak was spot on, my sisters came out medium rare rather than medium (as requested) after asking for it to be done again it then came out again more well done than medium! cauliflower cheese was too watery Chips where lovely Dessert - Ice cream was very good Certainly not value for money! From our table we could hear the chef shouting at the staff which was very annoying, and not relaxing at all. Waitress was very friendly although didn't really ask if we were happy when eating. No servettes on the table, no high hairs or boosters for children. Steak knife laid out for my daughter for her to play with when advised before hand she was attending"
    dined on 19/06/2014
  • "Was really looking forward to this place for weeks but if was not up to scratch. Sat for 10 minutes before anyone came over, they gave menus and announced all the things they had run out of! I asked for a wine list and was told didn't have one and were running their stock down. Then they produced a warm glass of wine with ice cubes in which tasted of vinegar and was clearly gone off. They swapped this for another warm glass of something different It was not busy at all, being a Monday night but the staff were nowhere to be seen. Having said that the food was really really nice and best bit of steak I've seen in awhile!!!!"
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "We visited for Father's Day and had a great meal. Best steak we have eaten in ages! Wasn't very busy which was a shame. Dad's drunk wine for free too so this made the meal quite reasonable for a great steak! One family was having the chefs experience and that looked great fun"
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "Went to steakfest. Really good value for money but no idea which cuts of beef we ate as waiters didnt say. All really tasty though sides were plain and onion rings and chips tasted oily. Restaurant was boiling with no air con and most of the windows wouldnt open. Couldve done with music to give a bit of atmosphere to the place. Beef was good though, definitely serve good steak but the rest let it down"
    dined on 09/06/2014
  • "We tried visiting on a Monday when it's the all inclusive steakfest - as much steak chips onion rings and salad as you can eat in 2 hours along with inclusive wine or beer. This was great value at £25 per person."
    dined on 09/06/2014