The Starr Restaurant
The Starr Restaurant

The Starr Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.the-starr.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01371874321x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm;
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 7.00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, British
  • Executive Chef: Dawn Hughes
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: 2 private rooms - 1 max 12 people; 1 max 32 people
  • Private Party Contact: Nia Davies 01371874321x

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from The Starr Restaurant
Here at the Starr we have combined the charm of an old English setting with an atmosphere that is calm and relaxed but our approach is totally professional. We are the perfect venue for couples that fancy a romantic night out to family get togethers on a Sunday afternoon. Our passion is to serve good food that showcases the best of local produce.


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The Starr Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since 22 May 2014
Average Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambience4.2
    Value4.1
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (25)fit for foodies (14)romance (13)group bookings (12)sunday lunch (8)business meals (6)good vegetarian options (4)brunch (2)disabled access (2)afternoon tea (1)child friendly (1)outstanding value (1)Show More
  • The Starr, Dunmow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    We have been here a few times and it is never less than outstanding. If it were in London critics would rave but it's in a sleepy old market town in the fine county of Essex. Every time I drive away I like to speculate as to how many people from the county are in London that night for a meal with a long journey home when there is a magnificent restaurant on their doorstep.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, good food, nice staff
    Mikearmstrong
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This is a "proper" place with good food in great surroundings. I used to come a few times per year but had not been back for 5-6 years. I was told it has been under new management for some time but it was still very good. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance
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  • The Star Restaurant
    anidav
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We live close by but had never tried the Star before. We were pleasantly surprised to find a lovely dining room, excellent food and service and no more expensive than other restaurants in Dunmow. Very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food nicely done
    omniorg
    Dined on 20/7/2014
    We had a great time. the food was beautiful and the staff were very warm and friendly. we had our 4 children with us and nothing was too much trouble.look forward to going there again
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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  • Twinkle
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This gem of Dunmow is within walking distance for us, and is becoming a regular, wonderful food, wine and service, in a beautiful building.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    • Ambience
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  • eating with friends
    dinewfriends
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Pleasant evening well looked after. Lacked some atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    business meals, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
    • Food
    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Value
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Samuel
    Dined on 25/6/2014
    We were quite impressed with the setting, experience and food at the Starr, we had been there several times some years ago but have always felt it too expensive for the odd night out. However, since the change of staff etc. they have tried to appeal to a wider clientele by offering reasonably priced mid week options, but not compromised on quality. My only criticism was that the coffee,which was relatively expensive, was in a cup not a cafetierre and there was only milk not cream.....but a small criticism! We would certainly recommend a visit.
    Special Features:
    business meals, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Lovely meal for the birthday girl
    Lenniethevest01
    Dined on 13/5/2014
    Took mum for her birthday. Four of us, starters mains and two desserts. Bottle of wine and drinks £172.00 not bad but wish 10% service charge wasn't added. Other than that food and service spot on.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, child friendly, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Easter Lunch
    AmyKinnon
    Dined on 20/4/2014
    Had a lovely meal here, would definitely recommend. Great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Value
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 18/4/2014
    For a special occasion it's great to have a restaurant like the Starr. Good to have it back.
    Special Features:
    special occasions
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    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Value
  • WHAT THE STARR AT DUNMOW OFFERS
    ernie
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    It does not offer a lot really. It is what used to be a superb restaurant with previous owners to now a very cold and uninviting experience. Bar and Restaurant area both cold with no atmosphere. The Staff look miserable and scared to smile. Even the tables are not decorated so they look inviting. The food was luke warm. Very overpriced for what is on offer. It used to be one of our favourite restaurants, expensive but well worth it and had a very good reputation. We will not be using it again.
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  • Valentine's Night
    wildhat
    Dined on 14/2/2014
    The best local restaurant in Dunmow. Always a pleasure to spend an evening in 'The Starr'.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Value
  • An enjoyable Valentines meal
    BenR
    Dined on 14/2/2014
    We visited the Starr on Valentines day and enjoyed excellent food on a well chosen set menu. Having been disappointed with set menus in other restaurants, we were very pleased with all courses. The standard of food was absolutely excellent and accompanying glasses of wine well chosen. The only negative was that service came to a halt for a considerable time after the main course and we felt as if we had been forgotten about as other couples seemed to be progressing through subsequent courses despite starting after us. However, it was a busy night and as the incredible food more than made up for it so it didn't ruin our experience. Expensive but justifiably so. I would certainly reccomended it.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    • Ambience
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  • First class food and service
    ricky10
    Dined on 14/2/2014
    Delightful meal in this historic old building, a couple of drinks beside the warm fire in the bar, followed by a delicious meal in the restaurant - Highly recommend to all. Ricky & Kerry Valks
    Special Features:
    special occasions
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    • Ambience
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  • Return to Starr
    Dhineram
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We had previously dined at Starr so knew what to expect - the restaurant wasn't very busy this time around as a lot of people stayed home due to rain and floods, but we were determined to enjoy our wedding anniversary and can't think of many places locally that could do this justice other than Starr. We weren't disappointed - the manager is very charming and engaging, immediately making us feel welcome and the waiter and waitress we had were very polite and non-intrusive. Food as before was amazing; I went for the Fizz and Fish, choosing the muscles which were heavenly. A nice touch was the chef created us a small sweet plate with 'Happy Anniversary' written in chocolate. Love this place and we intend to come back more often. :O)
    Special Features:
    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great restaurant
    Trish62
    Dined on 25/1/2014
    Nice environment with friendly, welcoming and efficient staff. Great food.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions, group bookings, Sunday lunch
    • Food
    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Value
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Karen
    Dined on 18/1/2014
    Returned to The Starr again on Saturday. A warm welcome, lovely and warm with the Log burning fire, excellent service, friendly and polite with great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 18/12/2013
    Turned out there were only 3 of us in the restaurant that night but what a night! From the moment we arrived, the service was outstanding and friendly. Everyone was very knowledgeable about the food and wine and made us feel welcome and not at all uncomfortable. The food was outstanding; beautifully presented and tasted superb. The menu choice was varied including a mid week 2/3 course special of excellent value. This is our 3rd visit to The Starr and we are looking forward to our 4th. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone - good food, service and ambience.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings
    • Food
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    • Value
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Starr Quality
    JBo86
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    Attentive staff, nice bar and restaurant give this place a nice feel. Supported by very good food and a decent wine list. Would recommend to anyone on a romantic evening for two.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions, group bookings
    • Food
    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Value
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Starr
    AmyKinnon
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Went to The Starr Restaurant on the 5th of December for my mothers birthday. Had an excellent meal which was complemented by lovely waiting staff. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, brunch
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    • Service
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A cracking meal.
    Oldsteve56
    Dined on 30/11/2013
    Went for a meal here with my wife to celebrate my birthday after recommendations from friends. We stayed in the adjoining hotel. Absolutely top class food and service. After a glass of champagne in the bar we chose our food and were taken to our table. We both had the scallop starter. I had the fillet steak and my wife had partridge. Both were cooked to perfection and presented beautifully. All washed down with a lovely bottle of Cotes du Beaune. Creme brûlée and melting chocolate pudding to finish. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and we will be going back in the very near future.
    Special Features:
    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost and found
    wildhat
    Dined on 25/10/2013
    I hadn't been to this restaurant for many years because, basically, it wasn't very good. Under this new ownership it has been transformed in terms of food, service and ambience. It was all very enjoyable. It had the atmosphere of a top class restaurant, whilst remaining friendly and welcoming. The menu was interesting, with unusual elements, without veering off into the realms of unappetising wackiness! I am really glad that I have re-found this restaurant....it's a gem.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Excellent food and service:
    Michael
    Dined on 18/10/2013
    Excellent food and service: this was a special occasion and the restaurant lived up fully to our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since 22 May 2014
    • Average Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambience3.5
    • Service4.5
    • Value4.3
  • The following 282 reviews are from the The Starr Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Memorable evening
    22DINE
    Dined on 24/8/2013
    Enjoyed our evening here celebrating a birthday. Food and wine very good, served by welcoming , friendly and efficient staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food but
    Us134
    Dined on 23/8/2013
    We decided to try as the Star has an excellent reputation for good food. It didn't disappoint but the restaurant lacked atmosphere. It wasn't particularly busy but perhaps some background music may have created a little more.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice place for sunday lunch
    gms1
    Dined on 18/8/2013
    booked the starr on a friends recommendation and it lived up to expectations. Good food, well cooked and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service and value
    Mode
    Dined on 24/7/2013
    This was an anniversary dinner for two, midweek. The restaurant was quiet but not too quiet. The food was excellent as if always is. We came here a few times before the change of management and it still is first class dining. What surprised us most was the bill, just good value for a really good three course food!!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Night out
    MartinandCo
    Dined on 13/7/2013
    Excellent Service, excellent food and drink. A special treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five Starr
    Angelantodd
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    This has to be one of the best restaurants that I have ever been to. The food was excellent, the cocktails were fabulous. The service was attentive without being overbearing. The staff were experienced from the maitre de to the waiters and bar staff. Made to feel welcome from the moment we walked in to the unhurried moment we left. I will love to go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An enjoyable evening
    22DINE
    Dined on 29/6/2013
    We enjoyed a birthday celebration at the restaurant. No downsides to the evening at all. We shall definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went for my partner's birthday
    braintreegirl
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    We went for my partner's birthday and had the Sunday lunch. Food was lovely and the service was very good. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a delicious dinner
    fussy2
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    We had a delicious dinner on a saturday night, A good choice on the menu, but there needs to be a great improvement to the service. The staff had to ask who was eating what when they brought the food to the table, THEY SHOULD KNOW THAT. & the topup of the glasses was slow both with the wine & particularly the water.
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service,good quality
    LuvitalianVIP
    Dined on 30/4/2013
    Good service,good quality food but very expensive for the amount of food you received. Paying the same as a top London restaurant with only 2 alcholic drinks.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Kirsty
    Dined on 28/4/2013
    Fantastic food, staff were lovely polite and nothing was too much trouble. Would recommend!!
    Special Features:
    special occasions, child friendly, Sunday lunch
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  • would reccomend
    Joe1
    Dined on 27/4/2013
    Went for my girlfriends birthday and had a great night. Certainly not a place to visit for a bargain but you get what you pay for and we certainly got great quality food! I will definitely be looking to visit again in the future
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
    • Food
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our first time...but not our last.
    iwigster
    Dined on 20/4/2013
    Having never dined at The Starr we were looking forward to a lovely meal as the menu looked great. On arrival we were invited to have a drink in the bar where my wife had a Bloody Mary (one of the best she's ever tasted) and we had canapes. The owner was very nice and talked us through the drinks/wine list and then the menu. The food was absolutely superb and the service was attentive but not intrusive. I would recommend the Dedham Vale Fillet Steak, cooked to perfection, It just melts in the mouth. My wife said the Turbot was superb and the desserts (Chocolate Fondant & Lemon Panna Cotta) were just as good and perfectly portioned. All in all a very nice evening with a nice atmosphere, we will return again soon.
    Special Features:
    romance, special occasions
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    • Ambience
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    • Value
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • midweek dinner at the Starr
    pleasureater
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    There could be some improvements Campari and soda served in small measures. Portions although very well presented and cooked to perfection were only of adequate size. Deserts were expensive at £8 95 each for sorbets, lemon panacotta and standard fare. However service was attentive and crisp, seats were comfortable and ambience was pleasant.The wine list was small with the accent on French wines, but it was nice to see attrctive house wines at very reasonable prices and of good standard, such as New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
    Special Features:
    business meals
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  • Could have been better
    MeeeVIP
    Dined on 26/2/2013
    Positives: - Decent service - Very attractive menu - Complimentary bread - Extremely well priced wine list - Nice building and room, decent sized and comfortable tables Negatives - Mixed 'canapes': expected something original and cooked, but mainly consisted of olives !! - Main course veal was poorly cooked and quite tough/chewy, although accompaniaments and overall balance of the dish was very good. Shame - Dessert prices seemed a bit excessive.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner experience
    Redcott
    Dined on 26/2/2013
    Very quiet when we were there but welcome and service excellent and quietly friendly. Food beautifully cooked and presented (though a couple of items were not quite as tasty as we would have liked), mostly extremely good. Not cheap but not overly expensive for the quality. Staff were great. Will go again.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining out
    RayleBell
    Dined on 23/2/2013
    Overall evening very good, well worth a visit, would thoroughly recommend
    Special Features:
    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.