Pig & Whistle Restaurant

4.7
460 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Cosy
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British, European
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Hours of Operation
Wednesday -Saturday: 12:00 - 15:00 and 18:00 - 21:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 19:00
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Phone number
01245 443186
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Public Transit
Nearest bus stop is opposite Pig and Whistle Restaurant.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining , View, Wine
What 460 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely venue, extremely friendly and attentive service and great food at a reasonable price.

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AH
London
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Sunday lunch with all the trimmings plus more. Great food, great value, great service. Will be back for more, lots more 😋

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PR
Essex
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another afternoon tea and as usual everything was spot on a great service provided by Ben.
The food was tasty and fresh.
We have been to the Pig and Whistle a few times now and I can honstly say i have not found better.
A good service and great food clean and comfortable, I would defenetly recomend it.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our experience and hope to return again, the food was creative and delicious.

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d
Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely place to eat would highly recommend, lovely staff super friendly!

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NM
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lunch here with my husband and 14 year old son. Loved the cozy feel and welcoming atmosphere. The food was yummy and the staff really friendly. Will definitely be going back.

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LA
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit here and our views remain the same ...... outstanding!! A beautiful cosy restaurant with a lovely friendly ambience. Both staff, food and setting superb. See you again soon x

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Y
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food served by professional friendly staff, we all had a lovely evening.

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I
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dinning here on a number of occasions and would recommend, great food, great wine, great hospitality

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r
Essex
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely perfect night out with friends. Food top notch, atmosphere relaxed and service was great! A++++

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AB
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this lovely place. I'm sure we will be back.
Great food, great service, a little gem. 👍😊

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MA
Essex
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and views service very good and a varied menu this restaurant seems to improve on every visit.

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CS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the pig and whistle board to start, quite large for 2 people to share but everything on it was delicious. We had the duck and the John Dory for main, both of which were brilliant. The service was excellent, friendly but not too chatty. One of the best meals we have had in Chelmsford.

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WW
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brendan and his team provide a warm welcome, exceptional service and sublime food. We have been regular visitors for more than 4 years now and have never been disappointed.

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DD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second visit .... absolutely love it ...food, wine & service were outstanding.

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NP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my daughter there for her 18th birthday meal. The food was superb. The staff were absolutely brilliant. Would highly recommend.

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LG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely Sunday dinner enjoyed by my husband while I ate off the a la carte menu I enjoyed the lamb (although slightly too pink for me, next time I’ll ask for it slightly more well done but that’s purely personal preference)! The dauphinois potato’s were to die for as was everything else!!!! Truly scrumptious

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SA
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very surprised to find a restaurant of this quality on my doorstep. Food was outstanding. Beautiful setting and great service. What more could you ask for. An excellent all round dining experience. Highly recommend. I can't wait to go back

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Y
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance, attentive staff and very good food.

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DD
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant i will be back. My family and i loveed the food the service was excellent and the ambiance

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J
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was gorgeous. The service was spot on, no one rushed us nor were we neglected. The food was delicious and presented beautifully. The decor was well thought out with the atmosphere feeling cosy but not so informal that it doesn’t feel special. Brendon the owner gave us a huge lollipop at the end for my four year old and the adults some rocky road cake which was a lovely extra touch.

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LW
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food, friendly service, good atmosphere just a great place to eat.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful little restaurant. Hidden gem not far from the city centre. Lovely lovely lunch.

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G
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant we went for our first wedding anniversary (having had our wedding reception there the year before). Staff very friendly and helpful, atmosphere and setting stunning, food amazing, would definitely recommend x

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KG
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit to the pig and whistle was a treat from my son as a christmas present. Having booked a table and looked at the website, we were looking forward to our experience, and we were not disappointed. We were made to feel welcome as soon as we walked through the door, the service was warm friendly and polite. The food was excellent, all in all it was a very enjoyable evening for my wife and I, a restaurant that I would not hesitate to recommend.

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GG
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it amazing food amazing staff amazing evening

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent host Branden. Food was outstanding and great set-up inside the Tardis!
Fabulous place that you really want to keep secret.

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RK
Essex
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just totally loved this restaurant. They saved our evening as we had been to another restaurant and left due to the menu and the staff.

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely, cosy and inviting ambience in the restaurant. Really friendly staff, great service throughout the meal and plenty of different food options on offer. I will definitely be returning.

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GR
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic evening. This is a lovely restaurant in a great setting. The food and service was superb and we will definitely be returning.

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JW
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A stunning evening all round; lovely friendly service, great food & a lovely setting - what more could you want

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E
Essex
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am gluten and dairy free with other dietary requirements and struggle to find places to eat that cater for my needs. This place was amazing so welcoming friendly made me feel reassured. They changed the dishes to suit me without any issues at all. Very impressed so accommodating. I am definitely going back! The setting was stunning too.

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KC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cannot fault it. Lovely food well presented, friendly efficient staff. Nice venue...what more do you want for dinner out with friends! We all loved it and will come back.

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D
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely lunch, great dining area food was wonderful, presentation excellent and fabulous friendly service.

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l
Essex
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been here a couple of times for the Sunday carvery and was so impressed that booked a table for one evening which was superb lovely varied menu . I had duck and my husband had a chicken dish which as well as being so tasty you will find that there servings are generous.The staff are very welcoming and most helpful will definatly be regular visitors to this gem of a pub

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CG
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The Pig & Whistle had had its ups and downs over the last decades. Now it is on the up but is no longer a local pub. The menu is interesting and the food, much of it local, is cooked with flair and accuracy. My rare steak came rare not medium rare as happens in many restaurants but was slightly spoiled by not being served on a hot enough plate. My pudding of pannacotta was excellent with just the correct amount of "wobble".

Service was very helpful and friendly but was let down by poor timing of the courses so the pace of the meal was wrong. This obviously varies quite widely with different groups of diners and time of day but a good waiting team should be able to judge this correctly.

The ambiance is generally good for what was a cosy country pub but I would prefer not to have background music. The space in the dining room and size of tables is perfectly adequate for general pub eating but both need to be increased if the place really wants to become a top end dining venue.

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EH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Traditional home cooked food with beautiful flavours. Lovely country restaurant

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VM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Was recommended to eat here for Sunday lunch for quite a while, so when a special occasion occurred we thought we'd book and go!
The pub was absolutely rammed and the noise level so loud we couldn't hear what the greeter was saying to us! She was very nice if a bit hands on touchy-feely but that was fine, it's good to be friendly!
They left us 10 mins then brought drinks menu, another 10 to take drinks order, I asked for their special premium lemonade and was brought Seven Up!
Waited another 15 mins to take our food order, then another 15 for starter to arrive!
Trying to have a conversation with my partner was becoming a real challenge to get myself heard over the noise of chatter and everything else, would of been handy to of been the Town Crier!
I had ordered roast lamb, my partner beef, eventually this arrived by this time we had been there for 1 & half hrs!
Food looked very nice however it tasted far from nice, the lamb was just 2 pieces of chewy fat which I had to spit out as just inedible and the veg although supposed to be firm, I don't think had even made it into the cooking pot, carrots broccoli and cauliflower all as hard as nails!
My partner who likes his beef rare, seemed also like it had just been shown to the oven, chewy as hell!
This is the first time in 40 years of eating out we had to complain, I felt awful doing this but just too many things wrong!
The manager Amanda said she would contact me and took my details so we could come back for a free meal!
IM STILL WAITING!

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is one of my favourite restaurants in Chelmsford. Wonderful decor, lovely ambience and top level service from the staff who are genuinely friendly and happy to accommodate any requirements,
The food here is fantastic, particularly the Sunday roasts. Would highly recommend.

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e
Essex
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was so good and had loads of variety, couldn’t fault it at all would defo recommend. Staff was friendly & welcoming

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