Essendon Country Club

4.7
27 reviews
£25 and under
Bistro
Essendon is an open and friendly club and all are welcome. We are open for dining in the light and airy modern Courtyard Kitchen restaurant, with some outside seating in our central Courtyard.
Our summer menu includes Club favourites such as the Essendon burger and our infamous chicken katsu curry as well as flatbreads, summer salads and delicious desserts.

Tables are available from 12 noon-5pm daily for up to six diners or two households. Children are welcome.
We are currently operating within the national guidelines and would ask you please to wear a face covering on site until seated, be aware of all signage and make use of the hand sanitiser provided.

Did you know you can walk through the estate on a bridlepath from Essendon Village to Little Berkhamsted? This is a fantastic and popular walking route and passes right by the Club.

We hope to see you soon!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 27 People Are Saying
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipStycks
London
36 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The trouble with giving an excellent review is that everyone will go there and I won’t be able to get a reservation when I want it!
Having said that, everything about Essendon is first class, from the welcome on arrival, to the customer service, the standard of food, cleanliness of the restaurant and the awareness of Staff to what is going on around them.

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PaulM
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quality food at sensible prices.
Covid friendly table layout and good service.

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JoannaJ
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice meal... overall pleasant and good value. Good staff.

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vipFoody
Hertfordshire
13 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THIS WAS OUR FIRST VISIT SINCE THE ESSENDON COUNTRY CLUB RESTAURANT RE-OPENED. GREAT SERVICE AND FOOD AS USUAL.

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OpenTable Diner
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food of good standard, and staff quick to take orders and deliver food. Enjoyed the Caesar salad.
Unfortunately the neighbouring table had extra people standing around it, (and near our table), chatting to the seated people- and staff did not address this- so we had to move table to maintain appropriate distancing.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely setting and friendly attentive staff A*

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vipStycks
London
36 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service, ambiance and attention to detail were first class.

Everything was in compliance with the latest regulations.

The burger was extremely tasty with very good quality ground beef and even without Richi’s discount it was well worth the money.

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Kath
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were really warm and welcoming. It felt safe to eat here during the pandemic, tables were spaced out. Food is always great. We go regularly for lunch.

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ChristineH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Really enjoyed Essendon Country Club. Took my two sisters and my step Dad.
It was an extremely hot day which is why the service was quite slow, I think the staff did well in the heat.
I will be recommending to friends as i thought very nice venue, food good and cost good.
The setting was beautiful.

CM
ClareMul
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous setting in front of the 9th green, we were able to enjoy the ambiance of a quality golf club, interesting menu, attentive staff and great food.
Will definitely return!!

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OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Covid-19 limited menu didn’t disappoint - no child portions but the three children ate really well! Beautiful setting - couldn’t be better - and the food was amazing. I’m ceoliac and so is my youngest son and we were really well catered for even with a limited menu. Social distancing was great too. We’ve booked two more visits. Also to add - very family friendly we took our three children and everyone loved them!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was a great lunch meal with family - really good value and all the food seemed very fresh and well cooked. Good choices on menu for all dietary requirements and very friendly staff - the only downside was the layout of the bar restaurant as it was empty seemed a little canteen like, but it definitely wouldn’t stop me going back or recommending. Not sure how you get a booking in the proper restraint at which looks v impressive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top place to have a Sunday roast

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JanC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food excellent both quality and price, only one negative was the noise level

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PeterM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The food was only warm. Potatoes were not crispy, plenty of veg but looked like they had been standing around for a while and we’re only warm. The gravy lacked depth of flavour and was to thin.
The lemon tart was nice but a very small portion.
And having the football on the TV while having lunch is also unnecessary.

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Debbiep
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a very very enjoyable experience .. from the moment we walked in and was greeted by Alison , we instantly felt welcome . We were there to celebrate a birthday , the Sunday roast was one of the best we have ever had , the deserts were to die for . But it really was the service that made it such a fantastic day .. my sincere thanks to each and every one of the staff here .. however it was alison who went above and Beyond anything I could of expected . I am a manger in a service led industry and I would most definitely give each and every one of the staff a job and a big 10 out of 10

It is great food , great prices and outstanding service . What more can I say .. we will be back

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KellieM
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say, an amazing experience never to be forgotten. Essendon Country Club went above and beyond good services to make my sons birthday lunch a memorable one. We were welcome by smiling, polite staff and shown into their beautiful restaurant. An excellent menu catering for all tastes. Prompt waiting staff that were attentive but not intrusive. Food that was perfectly cooked by a kitchen staff that obviously take pride in their work, topped off by a surprise, divine tasting, chocolate brownie and a chilled bottle of wine curtesy of the manager. All in all a birthday not to be forgotten. I can’t recommend the Country Club enough and will be returning soon.

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SteveH
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food , great service , will go again soon

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MaryTB
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and lovely venue. It had been recommended to us by some friends, and we will definitely go back there again.

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SaraG
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved it so much our daughter has booked her wedding here next year

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Mval
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, great service. It was a bit noisy though as very large group at another table & the football was on.

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Vivien
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent surroundings and lovely food.

The service is brilliant but they could turn off the TV which is just not right for the surroundings.

I have been there s few times and would definitely revisit

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Enfieldranger
5 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great grub
Great friendly staff
Good value

Thanks

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DavidP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding Sunday roast, we have struggled to get a table reserved in the past but this time we did get in. The roast turkey was excellent, served with plenty of seasonal vegetables, and crackling + Yorkshire with any option of meat. Plentiful portion of everything (including gravy!), looked good on the plate and tasted superb. Service was excellent too, just the right level of attentiveness and not at all intrusive. There are other choices alongside the roasts, including some signature Japanese dishes. The price was very reasonable and surprisingly less than expected considering the quality of the food. We shall return, thank you.

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Vivien
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely setting. Excellent food and very good value for money.

I was really surprised at how good it was and how considerate and attentive the staff were.

Since we visited I have told a lot of friends locally and am keen to revisit with my family and friends

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IanD
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good, nice atmosphere. Nice restaurant and bar, Relaxed dining

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WendyY
London
7 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our first visit and we were lucky to choose a week when lunch was served in the banqueting hall, which was lovely, as we were celebrating a family birthday.
The staff were so friendly and welcoming from the minute we arrived, and were very attentive without being intrusive. The Sunday roast was excellent and very good value for money.
We will definitely return and would highly recommend.

FAQs

Essendon Country Club is rated 4.7 stars by 27 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.