The Market House

4
19 reviews
£25 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
At The Market House we strive to provide a service that rivals the best, with those unbeatable personal touches. A grown up tone and friendly staff await, whether you join us for our modern tapas, range of wine from across the world, cocktails and music, or just a cold beer in our garden. The Market House is an over 21's venue with a passion for great food, wine and atmosphere, situated in the centre of Saffron Walden, Essex.
What 19 People Are Saying
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.0
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAnnJ
Chicago
110 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We arrived and the restaurant was closed. Very disappointing given we had a reservation.

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OliverL
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Service was over attentive until it came to serving the food, which for one order took almost an hour. The food itself was generally over cooked. Not a great dining experience.

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LeonardC
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived at Market House on time only to find it closed with no information amongst the notices on the window of the situation. My only conclusion must be that the experience was dreadful.

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JuliaN
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely food and drinks. Stools are a little bit uncomfortable maybe add cushions? Great evening 😊

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VivianF
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent lunch with delicious tapas. We each chose a different couple of fishes which we all shared. Service was efficient and very friendly, and the COVID-19 safety aspects were good.
Would thoroughly recommend.

GJ
GillJ
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely place, even though all the tables are spread out to follow Covid regs it still seemed cosy.

HG
HeyGalSal
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot to linger over dinner and chat with friends! Also: the cod!! My God! It was divine!

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Henny
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fantastic place with a good selection of dishes and drinks to choose from.
Wasn’t aware of the 3for2 until we paid, so we could have ordered more. Each dish is quite small and we only had just enough for 4 adults, could have done with a bit more food.
We ordered a sharing plater, 4 meat dishes, 2 veggie dishes and 2 lots of fries.

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Ggggg
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked the table, was not told that it was over 21s to eat food in there. When turning up the staff were rude, me and my partner were starving and were forced to leave. Luckily ask let us in, I tend to prefer going to independents but because of how we were treated by market house we were forced to go to an independent. What cracks me up more is that 1) they lost a good amount of food from us that went to a chain and 2) I’ve been in there many times for a drink after work with friends or work colleagues. They need to decide if it’s over 21s or not because it’s a joke and it should also be made clear when booking as I have seen from many other comments that this happened to others as well. Sort it out and learn how to handle the situation better, I used to like the place for a drink but it’s completely changed my view of the place.

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PAULG
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time fantastic music lovely time will be going again

CK
CarolineK
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked this restaurant for the first time with high hopes as had heard good things but extremely disappointed I'm afraid. The occasion was for a family meal celebrating the start of the summer hols and of course the end of a long week only to find on arrival that they didn't intend to offer us a table and would not be accommodating my children as they were under 21 even though I had already told the restaurant their ages in the email booking which clearly no one had bothered to read. I had left my mobile number, home number and email so unless we lived in a cave with no means of communication, I really don't see how I could have given them any extra chance of contacting us. On a more positive note Prezzo managed to accommodate us at the last minute so evening saved - not a great start to the weekend though. Certainly won't be recommending The Market House.

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JustFun
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent and attentive service. A comfortable space with great ambience. Perfect for an informal gathering with friends.

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DawnM
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

On my recent visit, no I wouldn't recommend. We booked a table that wasn't available on arrival and we were given a table that we didn't want. The chef was going home early so the kitchen was shut, we had booked a table to eat. We had a drink and left to find somewhere we could eat

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic menu and delicious food which included some vegetarian options. Varied drinks menu including cocktails.
Restaurant were very accommodating with seating requests.
Would highly recommend and return.

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VictoriaW
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fast and friendly. The food was tasty. Really good atmosphere. Great place to catch up with friends over a drink and tapas.

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vipPETERJ
London
95 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our first visit to The Market House and enjoyed the overall experience from the friendly welcome by the staff to excellent food and good wine !! Helpful waitress to explain the options and the recommendation on the number of plates to choose was spot on as quantities as well as quality of dishes was first rate. Will be returning

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SophieD
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience3

We booked a table as we wanted to eat. When we arrived we were shown a tall table by the window with no seats. Seats eventually arrived but we would have preferred a proper sit down table and chairs. Food and cocktails were good though.

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Lovemyfood
Cambridge
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place . Staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was great and reasonable priced. Ambience is great too .

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Myself and Hayley loved our meal and cocktails it’s an ideal venue for a date night.

FAQs

The Market House is rated 4 stars by 19 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.