Shepherd and Dog

4.8
281 reviews
£26 to £40
British
Owner, Rebecca, after recently qualifying from Leith's School of Food and Wine took over The Shepherd & Dog in October 2019 with her daughter; sharing a dream to restore the pub to its former glory. After four stressful weeks of refurbishments, the pub re-opened its doors as a Great British gastro-pub; offering cosy furnishings, classic cuisine and a one-of-the-family feeling. Subsequently the pub became busier and busier, until Covid-19 gave the business a harsh blow. However, the team are more than excited to return to their beloved pub! The Shepherd prides itself on its outstanding level of service, paired with a menu that aims to have something for everyone allowing for a truly extraordinary eating experience for all the family.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 281 People Are Saying
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Margaret
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyable evening for my son’s birthday and they even came out with a candle in his dessert and sang Happy Birthday. They also had taken the trouble to put up a Happy Birthday sign on the wall which was above and beyond our expectations. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was wonder, Mel took good care of my family, thanks again!!

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AmyG
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best pub food we’ve had in a very long time. Great service, lovely large garden outside, very pleasantly surprised. Will return again soon!

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LeahP
Essex
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food staff really friendly and attentive. Could not recommend enough.

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DSmith
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience2

First visit very disappointed with the food , we tried the minted lamb chops advertised but when served it was lamb rump steaks tough and loads of fat , would not recommend the chicken either , won’t be rushing back

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Tinkabell
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very friendly staff and attentive would recommend

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JuliaB
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fab meal here great service lovely staff got to be my favourite pub right now !

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christines
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were outside it was a lovely day so good, the young staff were very good and very helpful
This was on a Sunday so very busy
So book
Meal Sunday roast was plenty and very nice, roast potatoes are to die for.
Yes worth the money.
My husband had the fish, it was nice but price wise a bit expensive

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Ljc1
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely setting in the garden. Food was beautiful. Servers were friendly and had great knowledge of the food specials and wine list, able to tell us the wines and ales off the top of their heads. Just a shame that there wasn’t enough waiting staff. They were run off their feet which had an impact on the service. Maybe it was staff shortage/ sickness but honestly needed about 5 extra waiting staff.

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TiaC
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Would definitely go back, waitresses were lovely. Food was lovely and my son enjoyed playing in the playground

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ChrisS
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Some unusual dishes on the menu; good quality food generally and friendly, attentive staff made for a very good night out.

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Tony
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely day out. Friendly staff and food is wonderful

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GeorgetteT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and had the Vintage afternoon tea and it was lovely. Great value for money - one of the best I've had. Service was very good.

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Josh
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was slow but other than that great service and was give free drinks and desert for slow food, not there fault it was slow either, outstanding care and service by the staff

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AlanC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We had used you the previous Thursday. We were impressed with the food so booked in for four family on Tuesday for what was an Anniversary. We ordered drinks on arrival , the restaurant was not busy but they took 40 minutes to arrive! Each subsequent course took too long to order and too long to arrive.We are aware that Covid has caused staffing problems but there was staff there and they weren’t busy,Overall 3 courses without coffee took 3 hours

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SharonA
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was absolutely fault-less. I booked in advance for a quite outdoor table with shade (I have a low immune system at the moment). It was no trouble at all. perfect seating, really good food and the service was superb (our waitress was Amy).
I am looking forward to coming back already.

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gailk
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice meal at lunchtime took a while for the meal to come as they were quite busy but was worth the wait of about 45 minutes.

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MollyN
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my family here for my birthday meal, and we were all pleased. We were served by Mel and she was more than welcoming and caring, she really made the experience what it was. The food was all lovely, and we walked out of there with smiles on everyone’s faces. Will definitely be recommending to people and coming back very soon.

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TERRYC
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall the food was good but there could have been more veg with the steak and ale pudding, the food and the drinks were a little over priced, we could not fault the service, we would go there again.

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DaveW
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and lovely food only let down by poor service.
We were served desert with no cutlery and after asking for some it took nearly 10 minutes to arrive. Later when coffee arrived there as no sugar. We asked for some but eventually gave up waiting and had to go to the bar to get our own.

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MattA
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all round experience. Staff were very attentive and polite. Food was high quality and very tasty. Couldn’t fault anything.
Very Well Done New Owners!

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Myshell
Essex
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just out of hospital and requested not to sit in the conservatory because of the heat, unfortunately that was the table we were allocated

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ShirleyF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant had a great ambience and a friendly atomsphere. The food was really good my mother and i had the suet pudding steak and ale pie which we would recommend to other people.

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CathyF
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very much enjoyed our first visit . Will return as food, service and atmosphere was very good. Not cheap but standard and quality of food was worth the money spent. Not overly expensive.
Would recommend to others.

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Bugsbunnykins
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Enjoyed our meal at the shepherd and dog, the only comment I would make is that they would not take booking by phone, and as I am not very computer literate was a bit put off by this.

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JanetH
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The waitresses are lovely so helpful and accommodating lovely atmosphere

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RobertC
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been eating out at the shepherd and dog for a long time,great staff,exelent food and comfy chairs what more do you want.
We will be back .
Bob and Iris Cawley

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Extremely friendly service. Good choice of food at reasonable prices.

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JanetL
Essex
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recomend the Shepherd and Dog Billericay. We had a fantastic evening, good food and a very happy helpful waitress. It was for my Son and Daughter in laws birthdays, and they even got a dessert with a candle in, in the case of my Daughter In Law, who didnt want a dessert, she got some fruit with a candle in. Lovely touch. Will definitely go back

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LisaC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great pub, food was delicious and staff were brilliant with the children

Service a little slow but couldn’t fault the staff and food

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MelvynT
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall the food and service was very good staff were friendly and helpful overall experience we would eat there again

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Anna
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Friendly staff but very slow service and expensive

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ClareP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for breakfast, thoroughly enjoyed food was lovely and the service was excellent

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HaydnP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We have been to the Shepherd and Dog before and had a very good experiance mid week from a lovely menu and both food and service the best. This the first time we visited for a Sunday roast. Again the service was the best and the food good but I feel you could improove the experiance by giving a greater amount of veg. One small dish for three people was not good enougth and because you were very busy it was not practicle to point this out at the time. This has not put me off going to this lovely pub, who have a wonderful staff who make it a great afternoon/evening out.

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CarolineC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food; slight wait but worth it. Friendly service.

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JenniferC
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and service. Will certainly go again. Loved the music and singer.

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LaurenP
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best roast dinner I’ve had.
Kids meal was good too. Really friendly staff. Would recommend.

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ChristineC
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall a good meal but although the vegetables were well cooked they could have been more plentiful, a very meagre serving.

My other comment is the quality of the lemonade which was from the pump and almost tasteless. It was changed for a can when I mentioned this to the waitress.

The waitresses were very professional, pleasant and helpful.

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AndrewL
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and service. DJ was playing some good music out in the garden area as well. Will use again!

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MarieB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food on a varied menu except for the ribs. chicken and rib dinner had very nice chicken but the ribs were tough, dry and over cooked
The duck dinner was superb

FAQs

Shepherd and Dog is rated 4.8 stars by 281 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.