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Essendon Country Club

4.3
4.3
32 Reviews
£25 and under
Bistro
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Essendon is a friendly club in beautiful surroundings, open for dining in the light and airy modern Courtyard Kitchen restaurant, with breakfast served daily from 8am and the lunch menu from 12 noon. Children and well-behaved dogs are welcome.
Our Autumn Menu includes Club favourites such as burgers, dirty fries and our infamous chicken katsu curry as well as sandwiches, homemade soup, salads and delicious desserts.

Our popular Sunday Roast Lunches are served in either the Courtyard Kitchen restaurant or the 16th century Grand Barn (subject to availability).

This Christmas we are hosting Christmas Party Nights as well as Festive Lunches on various December dates - please check the website for details and book these separately by emailing the events team on joanna.newell@essendoncc.com or calling 01707 280 373.

We hope to see you soon!

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, Contemporary British, Japanese

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 12:00–17:00

  • Phone number

    01707 260360

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Area

    Hertford

  • Parking Details

    We have over 250 accessible parking spaces situated at the front of the main clubhouse and 2 disabled parking bays adjacent to the front roundabout and right outside the main doors.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

Menu

Sandwiches & Lighter Options

Available for takeaway

  • Fresh Toasted Italian Paninis£6.95

    Served with Skinny Fries & Salad Garnish. Ham, mozzarella cheese & tomato; Chicken, cranberry & bacon

    • Smashed Avocado with Chilli & Lemon*£6.95

      Served on your choice of toast

      • Crispy Salt & Pepper Dusted Baby Squid£7.95

        served with aioli & lemon

        • Chicken & Vegetable Gyoza£6.95

          with an Asian dipping sauce

          • Salted Edamame Beans£4.95

            Served in the pod with an Asian dipping sauce

            • Dirty Fries£6.95

              Loaded with crispy bacon, melted cheddar and jalapenos topped with sliced spring onions

              • Nachos£6.95

                Tortilla chips loaded with tomato salsa, guacamole, melted cheddar, jalapenos and soured cream

                Sandwiches

                £6.45. On your choice of bread served with Kettle Chips & Salad Garnish. Available for takeaway

                • Clubhouse Sandwich Special

                  see signage or ask the team

                  • Croque Monsieur

                    toasted white bread with ham, gruyère cheese, bechamel Sauce

                    • Classic BLT Sandwich

                      Mains & Burgers

                      Available for takeaway

                      • Japanese Katsu Curry£12.50

                        Breaded chicken served with creamy katsu sauce, sticky steamed rice and side salad

                        • Bucket of Essendon's Homemade Fried Chicken Wings£7.95

                          with sriracha mayo

                          • Essendon Burger*£12.95

                            Homemade beef burger, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles with sliced cheddar cheese in a toasted brioche bun and served with fries

                            • Chicken & Avocado Burger*£12.95

                              Breaded chicken with smashed avocado, pickles & salad, sriracha mayo served with fries

                              • Italian Burger*£12.95

                                Homemade beef burger, crispy prosciutto ham, tomato, red onion, mozzarella and rocket in a toasted brioche bun and served with fries

                                • Ham, Egg & Chips£9.95

                                  Hand carved gammon ham, double fried egg & chunky chips

                                  • Wild Mushroom Penne£9.95

                                    Penne with garlic mushrooms, white wine, truffle oil, fresh rocket, shaved parmesan

                                    Salads

                                    Available for takeaway

                                    • Classic Chicken Caesar Salad*£9.95

                                      Romaine lettuce, chicken breast, parmesan cheese, croutons and caesar dressing

                                      • Autumn Harvest Salad£9.95

                                        Spinach, roasted squash, puy lentils, balsamic tomatoes, red onion and toasted pumpkin seeds

                                        Soup

                                        Available for takeaway

                                        • Fresh Homemade Soup£4.95

                                          Served with your choice of bread or warm baguette

                                          • Takeaway Soup Cup£2.00

                                            Extras

                                            • Bowl of Fries

                                              • Small£2.95
                                              • Large (Takeaway)£3.95
                                            • Katsu Curry Sauce Dipping Pot£1.00

                                              Available for takeaway

                                              Desserts

                                              Available for takeaway

                                              • Warm Chocolate Brownie£6.95

                                                With fresh summer berries and vanilla ice cream

                                                • Warm Apple & Rhubarb Crumble£6.95

                                                  With vanilla custard

                                                  • Ice Cream or Sorbet Selection*£4.95

                                                    3 scoops of your choice. Please ask for today's flavours

                                                    Hot Drinks

                                                    Available for takeaway

                                                    • Americano£2.45

                                                      • Espresso£1.80

                                                        • Cappuccino£2.90

                                                          • Latte£2.90

                                                            • Flat White£2.50

                                                              • Hot Chocolate£3.00

                                                                • English Breakfast Tea£2.40

                                                                  Last updated: 13 October 2021

                                                                  What 32 people are saying

                                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                  4.3
                                                                  4.3 based on recent ratings
                                                                  • 4.2Food
                                                                  • 4.4Service
                                                                  • 4Ambience
                                                                  • 4.1Value

                                                                  NoiseModerate

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                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Hertfordshire

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 14 November 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Superb value for money

                                                                  2. JJ

                                                                    JoannaJ

                                                                    London

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 14 November 2021

                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                    Good food...not so keen on starters menu...but all in all good experience.

                                                                  3. RM

                                                                    RonaldM

                                                                    London

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 24 October 2021

                                                                    overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                    The Sunday lunch my partner and I had at Essendon Country Club exceeded my expectations. The location is beautiful, the views of the lake and golf course are delightful and the old barn full of character. But it was the simple, elegant atmosphere of well run restaurant that made the occasion so enjoyable. The menu was not huge, but provided a good selection and food was delicious. I had the vegetarian option which was one of the best I have had (for once the chef showed some imagination with the vegetarian dish!) The prices were no more that the average pub meal, but the quality and value were outstanding. My partner has told me we are going there again!

                                                                  4. DF

                                                                    DougFi

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 26 September 2021

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                    Great Sunday Lunch.Generous portions. Good service

                                                                  5. a

                                                                    adamd

                                                                    Orlando

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 26 September 2021

                                                                    overall3food2service5ambience4

                                                                    We went for Sunday lunch and while the meat was perfect the roast potatoes were not fresh, they tasted like they had been previously frozen which was disappointing. Vegetables were hard to the point of being difficult to cut.

                                                                  6. S

                                                                    Stycks

                                                                    London

                                                                    36 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  7. PM

                                                                    PaulM

                                                                    London

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 30 October 2020

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                  8. JJ

                                                                    JoannaJ

                                                                    London

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 18 October 2020

                                                                    overall3food3service3ambience3

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

                                                                  9. F

                                                                    Foody

                                                                    Hertfordshire

                                                                    14 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    14 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.

                                                                  10. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    London

                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  11. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Las Vegas

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 8 September 2020

                                                                    overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Such a lovely setting and friendly attentive staff A*

                                                                  12. S

                                                                    Stycks

                                                                    London

                                                                    36 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  13. K

                                                                    Kath

                                                                    Buckinghamshire

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  14. CH

                                                                    ChristineH

                                                                    Hertfordshire

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  15. CM

                                                                    ClareMul

                                                                    Hertfordshire

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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!!

                                                                  16. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Bedfordshire

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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!

                                                                  17. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    London

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  18. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on 12 January 2020

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Top place to have a Sunday roast

                                                                  19. JC

                                                                    JanC

                                                                    London

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 12 January 2020

                                                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

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

                                                                  20. PM

                                                                    PeterM

                                                                    London

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  21. D

                                                                    Debbiep

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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

                                                                  22. KM

                                                                    KellieM

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  23. SH

                                                                    SteveH

                                                                    Hertfordshire

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 28 July 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                    Excellent food , great service , will go again soon

                                                                  24. MT

                                                                    MaryTB

                                                                    Hertfordshire

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  25. SG

                                                                    SaraG

                                                                    Hertfordshire

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 21 April 2019

                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

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

                                                                  26. M

                                                                    Mval

                                                                    London

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  27. V

                                                                    Vivien

                                                                    Hertfordshire

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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

                                                                  28. E

                                                                    Enfieldranger

                                                                    Inactiveville (UK)

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 24 December 2018

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Great grub Great friendly staff Good value Thanks

                                                                  29. DP

                                                                    DavidP

                                                                    London

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  30. V

                                                                    Vivien

                                                                    Hertfordshire

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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

                                                                  31. ID

                                                                    IanD

                                                                    Hertfordshire

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    Dined on 7 October 2018

                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                                                  32. WY

                                                                    WendyY

                                                                    London

                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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.

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                                                                  Essendon Country Club is rated 4.3 stars by 32 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.

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                                                                  Google Map for Essendon Country Club

                                                                  Bedwell Park Essendon Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 6HN

                                                                  • Area

                                                                    Hertford

                                                                  • Hours of Operation

                                                                    Daily 12:00–17:00

                                                                  • Cuisines

                                                                    Bistro, Contemporary British, Japanese

                                                                  • Dining style

                                                                    Casual Dining

                                                                  • Dress Code

                                                                    Smart Casual

                                                                  • Parking Details

                                                                    We have over 250 accessible parking spaces situated at the front of the main clubhouse and 2 disabled parking bays adjacent to the front roundabout and right outside the main doors.

                                                                  • Payment Options

                                                                    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                  • Additional

                                                                    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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