Pig & Whistle Restaurant

4.6
682 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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A la carte lunch, afternoon tea, sun terrace dining, evening a la carte and Sunday lunch. Experience our warm, relaxed and cosy welcome to our restaurant in the Chelmsford countryside with hospitality and home cooked food five days a week.
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JJ
Essex
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food and attention to detail however wasn’t asked if we wanted any water and didn’t offer any side bread etc

Already recommended to other family members

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s
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual a fantastic meal and service
Always a lovely experience

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SM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

Over priced for what it is. Mis-mash of table and chairs. Some too low and slim. Irish waiter worked hard and very friendly & helpful. Dont have the Eton mess unless you like half a strawberry chopped on a plate with half a teaspoon of sauce topped with a few ice gem shaped meringues. Worst one ive had.

Pig & Whistle Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Stuart Mizon. I find your review a little far fetched. Sir. I am the person that served you. I am yes Irish and actually the owner. Sir I find your review offensive. Let’s get straight to the facts. It was very embarrassing for me upon the night to serve you. You were constantly on your phone throughout the night in and out the front door like somebody with ants in their pants. I actually had to entertain your wife. You thanked me and said you both had a lovely meal. Charming sir.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Have dined here several times and always enjoyed a 5 star experience. However, really disappointed this time. Quality of food still very good but portion sizes appeared small, menu also seemed to have changed with less choice unless you like fish front of house and service generally not great.
Has something changed?

Pig & Whistle Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Martin. Can you give me a call at the restaurant to discuss this . We would like to see you back and always delighted to discuss how we can get it right. Kind regards Ben.

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RB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 2nd time here, with friends so looking to make an impression, and it was even better than last time when we gave them 10/10. Need I say more?

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JT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been meaning to try the Pig attentive and welcoming. The food was fresh and of the highest standard, plus all the dishes were presented beautifully. The ambience was quiet and relaxing, but would expect the noise levels to be higher at a busier time. All in all a great experience and birthday celebration.

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PH
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The food was acceptable but the welcome and the service were cold and read from the script. I was a regular customer at the Pig and Whistle some years ago and the atmosphere was warm, welcoming and friendly, hence my disappointment. I will not return.

Pig & Whistle Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

Dear Patrick. We are sorry to hear a staff member was not up to our normal quality. Can you please call me to discuss this so we can look after you. Kind regards. Ben

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RK
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable evening at an out of the way restaurant. The staff could not be more accommodating and the setting was excellent. The food, by and large, was good however my pork main course was a little over cooked which spoilt an otherwise great evening. The people who were with me said their food was excellent. A tad on the expensive side but once in a while you don't mind paying the cost for a lovely evening.

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DE
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not my first time and definitely not my last
Service very good, helpful with food recommendations and unlike other restaurants have a good understanding of what’s on there menu.
Visit and enjoy.

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AH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

An excellent meal. It was really quiet at lunch time. A few more people would have created a better atmosphere. Food was top notch though.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to Pig and Whistle many times and have never been disappointed. Cannot recommend it highly enough.

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S
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit. Food, service, everything superb! Will be back

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KE
Herefordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as ever, not our first visit but we do keep coming back. Wonderful food, great location, and excellent service! Staff make your visit special and the Sunday roasts with all the trimmings are just delicious! Again, we shall return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Mega service great views and a good selection for family Sunday lunch

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RD
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our fIrst visit for a couple of years ( we are visitors from New Zealand) and were most impressed by the change of dining concept.
The service received was thoroughly professional and all of our party enjoyed the overall occasion.

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LC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had an amazing meal at the Pig and Whistle and were very well looked after by Brendon. The food, service and ambiance were all amazing.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The owner, Ben, and his staff are friendly and very helpful. We didn’t have to wait for anything. The food was excellent. The calamari and baby octopus were soft and succulent, beautifully cooked and very tasteful. The pan fried cod also outstanding. Don’t miss the desserts. Share a Pig & Whistle assiette to try each dessert. Excellent experience.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We have eaten here several times and the food is always of a good quality.

The service had always previously been exemplary but it was a bit lacking this time. I don’t take too kindly to the wine list being thrown on the table after requesting to seeing it, nor being given the wrong Bill and having no time to check the correct Bill when it was delivered. It’s the little things.....

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JW
London
41 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a pleasant surprise..a very unassuming exterior but a gem inside. Beautiful French styled interior. Sunday lunch was superb..3 courses set. Nice gin menu too!

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I
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to the Pig and Whistle may time always great food and great service

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MA
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I had a delicious lunch here last Friday, surprisingly we were the only diners but I'm sure the service would have been equally good if there were other visitors. We started with the Pig and Whistle sharing board and this was followed by fillet steak ( perfectly cooked) for my husband and I had the pan fried cod with champagne sauce which was outstanding.
In addition the extensive choice of gins was a pleasant bonus.
We will definitely be returning.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t fault a single thing from the moment we walked in service, food & ambience was outstanding, without doubt one of the best restaurants in Essex

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KB
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Found the food very nice and staff were lovely. A very beautiful little place out in the country. Would recommend friends and family to go to the Pig and Whistle.

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AJ
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service - went above and beyond. Thank you!!

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CL
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal for Father’s Day.
Was great to be able to share my favourite restaurant with my parents who’ve never been before.
Love the goody bag at the end too - such a nice touch!

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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal again
Service 100%

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JH
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Great service and a beautiful venue. Absolutely nothing bad to say.

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favourite restaurants in Chelmsford. The building it is situated in has so much character, is fantastic the way they have applied stylish but complementary decor.
More importantly the Sunday roasts they serve are brilliant that meat v good quality and cooked do nice and tender.
I also appreciate the high level of friendly service. Cannot recommenced highly enough.

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CC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely first experience, staff were welcoming, food lovely, service good and atmosphere welcoming and relaxed. We can’t wait to return x well done and keep up the good work. Saw the Resturant advertised in Essex life I think

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C
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We will be going back again. Liked the menu. A friendly atmosphere.

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MA
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Choice was for Sunday Lunch, choosing the beef roast for all 4 guests. It did state served pink. There was three very thin slices and gravy was rich in either wine or a herb added a little too rich for some of us. The Yorkshire’s were over cooked and a little too brown and dry.
Not I’m afraid the best roast for the money we have had in the Pig and Whistle in the past.
Pudding however was sticky toffee and custard or ice cream which was delicious.

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LD
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unreal food and service will 100 percent be back. Couldn’t fault a thing.

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MS
London
11 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and overall experience is always very good .. relaxed atmosphere but high end food , Ben knows his wines and the whole team make you feel welcome and is just a good place to spend an evening ..

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MR
Essex
43 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again, what can I say, the food was to its usual high standard, the service impeccable.

The menu has plenty of choice, one day I will get to try one of the sharing platters, the garlic and chilli prawns called to my husband, but it was a close call with the scallops. So I had the goats cheese and beetroot arancini, I wasn’t disappointed.

The herb crusted Pork lion was delicious, he had the steak, his favourite.

In all a pleasant evening with very enjoyable food.

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MF
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Consider it for special occasions as well as for gourmet dinners.

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JD
Essex
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely place to eat first time I have been to the pig and whistle very nice would recommend to all family friends and any one else who I talk to such nice friendly staff food was hot and very enjoyable thank you for s nice evening

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my all time restaurants, up there with Cliff in Barbados. Unique quirky little place with super friendly staff and fabulous food

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SR
Essex
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Disappointed with the fact that the food hygiene rating was only 4, expected 5 considering the expense of everything. the food was ok, not great, music too loud and didnt really enjoy the evening. We have been there before around a year ago, it was very good then, really not impressed this time

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PC
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quaint county pub exterior belies a very smart restaurant within.

Nice menu; food good; service attentive, without being overbearing. Had a very nice lunch here and saw no reason why it wouldn't be any different on another visit.

Recommend it for any celebration, occasion, or just a top-notch, mid-range meal.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Visited on a Sunday evening, so roast dinners all round. Food was very nice, great atmosphere and the staff were very polite and friendly.

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