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The Shepherd and Dog
The Shepherd and Dog

The Shepherd and Dog Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.shepherdanddogessex.com
  • Phone: 0170 837 7717
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch

    Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 3pm; Sunday: 12pm - 5:30pm


    Monday - Saturday: 6pm - 9:30pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 8pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Executive Chef: David Smith
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • Entertainment: We have live entertainment from various singers every Friday and Sunday evening from 7pm.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Harold Wood station 10 minute walk
  • Parking: Private Car Park
A word from The Shepherd and Dog
The Shepherd & Dog is what a local pub should be; friendly and welcoming, with the best English food sourced directly from local farmers, great English beers and ciders and an atmosphere that all the family will love. We even have our own cocktail bar for you to enjoy a few drinks before you sit down to eat.

We want you to enjoy our warm welcome whether you join us for a lovely dinner in the evening, a great value weekday lunch or the perfect Sunday roast.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Very busy restaurant on a Tuesday evening. The tables are very small; tables that anywhere else would be for two were seating 4. it's obvious that due to the popularity of the restaurant the idea is to cram as many in as possible. The result is it's a very noisy place with diners crammed in alongside each other. This was our 4th visit here, and it had changed from being comfortable to what I have said above. The food was good, service excellent, but we won't be rushing back there."
    dined on 19/08/2014
  • "Had lunch with a friend who has never been to the S&D. We both chose from the special lunchtime menu which even made us spoilt for choice. Anitipasto for her, king prawns for me, both a delight to eat (especially the pea puree!) Both chose the sea bream with sir fry vegetables with an oriental sauce, everything was cooked excellently - even the sticky rice was sticky - but the sea bream did not have a crispy skin.Generally (like most people) I would not eat the skin of fish but sea bream is one of the fishes whereby it is a delight to eat a wonderful crispy skin! The skin was soggy and as it sat on the side of the plate some of the oil seeped out and some of the sauce was lost as this was drizzled over the skin. This was my only criticism"
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "An inpromptu meal out having found a babysitter for the kids, decided to go to shepherd and dog which we've passed many times. We ordered from the specials menu which seemed more reasonable than the main menu! The seabass cerviche with gingered fruit salsa was outstanding and should make its way onto the main menu! A great evening and would definitely recommend!"
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "This restaurant is top notch, has a great varied menu which changes with the seasons, and the food is always excellent"
    dined on 06/08/2014
  • "Spent a lovely few hours over lunch with a good friend - food great we had the burger and the chips were amazing- service excellent from our waiter George - attentive without being intrusive. Booked the table on line really easily and a reminder sent the day before. Go and enjoy."
    dined on 05/08/2014
  • "I cannot speak highly enough of the service, the food and the setting!! We were reccomended to dine here for our anniversary meal and I am so glad we did!! The food was incredible, we began with the pork sharing board- amazing!! Designer food without the price tag!! I had the pie of the day and it was gorgeous!!! Our deserts and cocktails were the surprise of the evening, sorbets served in mini teacups and apple crumble martins were what made our meal so special. The staff were attentive, friendly and the atmosphere was great with birthdays around us, it was busy even though it was a weekday, but the service didn't faulter at all!! Will be back for a special meal again soon!!!"
    dined on 04/08/2014
  • "Daily specials interesting and set lunch very reasonable."
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "Having only been for Sunday lunch previously, I was hoping an evening meal with fellow mummies would be a great night out. We weren't disappointed - the food was fab, service friendly and attentive without bring over bearing, and the atmosphere (considering it was a Monday night) was buzzing. Highly recommended"
    dined on 28/07/2014
  • "The food here is always of excellent quality although a little pricy. Excellent friendly service would highly recommend a visit. Can get really busy at the weekend."
    dined on 28/07/2014
  • "Have been to the Shepherd and Dog many times, always excellent and creative, except that this was the first time I have been early in the week, a Monday, and did notice that the lunchtime menu was a liitle more "plain fayre" than is offered at week-ends and evenings. Still value for money but disappointing not to have some of the more unusual dishes on offer."
    dined on 28/07/2014
  • "This was the first time I visited the restaurant and of happily visit again and again, they won my loyalty with their excellent hospitality. The food was great and stunningly presented, the atmosphere relaxed. Very enjoyable late lunch. And the cocktails were delicious."
    dined on 28/07/2014
  • "Very good food and great menu choice. Hard to decide what to order. The service is always very good and friendly staff. The desserts are delicious, had a warm chocolate brownie with white chocolate ice cream, was sooo good."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "Great food good value fantastic staff will definatly be coming back soon."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Food was very nice, the ambience pretty okay. Not the best or the worst dining experience I've had. The evening started unceremoniously, we were one of the first diners to arrive, we had a small child with us too, yet the kitchen and service staff were too busy exchanging anecdotes with one another including some swearing to worry about guests arriving. So it started rather sourly and this aspect of the service should be addressed."
    dined on 14/07/2014
  • "We had very nice food but thought it was on the pricey side."
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "Great service, good food, a thoroughly enjoyed lunch with my daughters would definitely recommend to friends and family."
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "nice easy lunch with an old friend. food was good without being exceptional"
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Being local to me, I'd been meaning to eat at The Shepherd and Dog for a while but had never got around to it...until now. We were the first diners to arrive, even though it was approaching 7pm, which was a little off-putting, but the restaurant soon began filling up - the atmosphere was warm and lively by half 8! Our food was excellent (generous portions and well-cooked) and the fact that ingredients are sourced locally made it even nicer. The service was very good indeed; friendly and attentive, even when the restaurant began to get busy. Overall, a great experience - I will definitely be returning!"
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "Second saturday lunch within 5 weeks and ordered roughly the same as it is very good. Enjoyed chilli chicken with sweet potato mash and the banana fritter is a favourite now."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "As first person in at lunch time service was a bit slow."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "Two of the meals we ordered were very good. But we had pre ordered a Fillet Steak which to be honest we would not have fed to our dog. It was uneatable. The only good thing was we complained and the cost of the Fillet was taken off the bill. We have dined in many restaurants and the server should never lean across the table to collect the plates, they should be collected from the side of each individual diner."
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "I booked for a party of 3 and unfortunately one member was delayed getting from London. Our table was booked for 2pm and we were at least 35 minutes late but after explaining this i was told this was not a problem. This was handled in a very professional manner which was impressive."
    dined on 12/06/2014
  • "Absolutly adore the place been to the Shepard & Dog several times and never disapoints, this was for my wife and I 5th Wedding Anniversary and had a lovely evening."
    dined on 11/06/2014
  • "My previous visit to the Shepherd and Dog was unsuccessful with poor service and food and I was therefore reluctant to go back. My daughter persauded me to book as a special occasion for the family as she has been and found everything to be first class. I have to say that service was exemplary and the food very good. The waiter was watchful but never intruded and the wait time between courses was just right."
    dined on 04/06/2014
  • "Good service but not excellent, friendly, pretty waitress seemed a little too busy. Food is mediocre and overpriced. Pleasant but needs a new menu and better quality"
    dined on 03/06/2014
  • " Excellent starter,Good service, lovely atmosphere, unfortunately I ordered from the special menu which said seafood stirfry with pak choi and clams, on recieving my order it was a seafood dish with loads of noodles no pack choi and 1 clam. The waitress took it back as I felt it did not fit the description, I ordered again leaving my daughter to eat on her own, and then I had to eat on my own, not what you expect on a celebration meal."
    dined on 03/06/2014
  • "I went with friends for a catch up, the meals were excellent, we could find no fault with the starters and mains and we all had different meals. The staff were very helpful. The only let down were the desserts, only one of our group enjoyed them and she chose the selection of sorbets. I would still recommend this restauarant I have been a few times now with different friends and would go back. "
    dined on 02/06/2014
  • "My wife and I went for the first time for lunch on Saturday 24/5, service absolutely brilliant and the food is to die for, the chefs quality of food was second to none, the bar staff were very quick, polite and courteous (special mention to the cocktail guy who created the bake well tart cocktail - what a nice guy) every single member of staff from the moment we stepped in there made us feel welcome and special which really stood out for me. If there is anyone out there who wants to experience what customer service should be like - visit the shepherd & dog as they know exactly how to treat their guests. Thank you all and can't wait to book again - Andy from Hornchurch. "
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "had a nice afternoon here, staff very friendly, enjoyable afternoon.......food not fantastic but the atmosphere makes up for it."
    dined on 23/05/2014
  • "Really nice outdoor sitting area (beer garden) with a nice selection of food. The food cooked outside on the grill is better value for money than food inside The chilli chicken is lovely"
    dined on 20/05/2014
  • "I am a regular at this restaurant but over the past few occasions of visiting the food has gradually for worse and this time it was unacceptable, the group I was dining with ordered the sirloin steak medium rare and when it arrived the meat has more fat on than if ever seen, it was only cooked on 1 side, after informing the waiter who I must say was fantastic through out he apologised and sent it back but when the 2 supposedly new steaks arrived they were just as bad. One of them was the same steak just recooked but it had the sauce on it so it had now become burnt in and the other steak was hardly cooked, I was thoroughly disappointed with the resturant and won't be returning until the appoint a chef who knows how to cook steak!!!!!"
    dined on 14/05/2014
  • "We went to The Shepherd & Dog for a Birthday meal. My Husband, Myself & our 13 year old son. The food was OK. Service wasn't great. I was actually quite ill with terrible stomach pains for the rest of the evening after leaving the restaurant. We wont be rushing back."
    dined on 13/05/2014
  • "Had a fantastic night out for the Mother-in-laws Birthday, i have a 3year old and it was perfect for her aswell."
    dined on 12/05/2014
  • "Very good lunch on a saturday at the shepherd and dog. Plenty of tables at 2pm but the place is full and lively by 3. Enjoyed king prawns, very generous added chicken for £3.50 to the house salad, and banana fritters were clever and excellent."
    dined on 10/05/2014
  • "Lacks lustre could do with a brush up, Tables far too close you can hear everybody else's conversation. Food good quality although expensive for area. London prices for an Essex pub!"
    dined on 06/05/2014
  • "We went to the Shepherd and Dog for Bank Holiday Monday lunch. We had 2 kids with us. The food was tasty and plentiful. The marinated lamb with Quinoa salad was probably the pick. The Fish and Chips had a lot of batter but the fish was fresh and tasty. We were on a 2 hour window for the table. It did get busy as the afternoon went on. The service could have been more attentive and at times a bit slow. We were not taken through a lot of the specials.. They were good with the kids however. I would go back for a second trip. "
    dined on 05/05/2014
  • "Arrived 45 minutes early with parents for lunch, was met by general manager who took my name and confirmed our table. Was invited to have a drink in the bar area and we would be called when table was ready. As it was early, the place was empty. The tables in the bar area appear to have been cleaned with a filthy rag and all of them were terribly smeared and looked grim, reminiscent of a table in a McDonald's on a Saturday afternoon. The toilet floor was exactly the same. I am sure all were clean, but they looked awful. I had to chase the greeter for our table, she admitted they did not note that we were there, so we were seated 30 minutes late. Music was really loud and the conversation was very difficult. Shame, great place, but sloppy."
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "there were only 2 vegetarian choices here, one was spicy chilli - no thanks, one beetroot and GOATS cheese salad - no thanks that is all there is.I asked if I could have am omelette and the chef said NO and that was it. rubbish place to eat"
    dined on 22/04/2014
  • "I have eaten at the Shepherd & Dog many times and have always had fantastic food. I go there as much as I can as it never fails my expectations. The bar is trendy and the drinks are to die for. "
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "We went here for lunch for my daughters 18th Birthday. The staff very friendly nothing to much trouble and food very good too! Would defiantely be going back!"
    dined on 17/04/2014