The Shepherd

15 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Worth the Drive
Under new management since August 2017, The Shepherd is a quality pub in the North Essex countryside just a stones throw from Constable country and within a very short drive of the A12.

We serve modern British pub food which is all homemade, fantastic real ales & quality wines, in a relaxing family friendly environment. Food is served every
lunch & evening Monday to Saturday with a great Sunday lunch served until 5pm.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Gastro Pub, British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 12.00pm - 2.30pm/6.00pm - 9.00pm
Saturday: 12.00pm - 9.30pm
Sunday: 12.00pm - 5.00pm
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Phone number
01206 272711
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 15 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on 27 May 2018

I'd heard good things about this place, but overall we were not terribly impressed. The service was good but the food was (in our view) overpriced and not particularly good. We had the Sunday roast.

5.0Dined on 14 May 2018

Every thing about the Shepherd is fabulous from its decor,friendliness to its food. Cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough love the place.

5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Great pub - dog friendly! Attentive staff and very good food!

5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

I liked the decor and relaxed feel of the place. The staff were really attentive and helpful. We had enough time to chat and catch up between courses and everyone's meal looked delicious.

5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Great food. Live music the night we were there - well done Kat! Excellent service especially Ella. Will be back

5.0Dined on 7 March 2018

I have been to the Shepherd a few times now and each time the service has been excellent, as has the food. The staff are friendly and helpful and nothing is too much trouble. The restaurant is roomy, the tables are not crammed in top of each other so there is plenty of room. I have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant, I cannot fault it!

3.0Dined on 28 January 2018

Nice pub, great staff, starters were really high standard - however the meat in the Sunday lunch was not great compared to the rest of the meal. I had turkey and my wife had pork. Both were low standard cheap cuts. Based on this I would recommend avoiding the Sunday roast and go on a different day and have the normal menu.

Almost a great pub but please just sort the roast meat out!

5.0Dined on 21 January 2018

Dear Opentable you confirmed by booking for the restaurant and then one hour later after I’d already set off on my journey, you (yes Open table) cancelled the booking! The restaurant were horrified to hear this had happened when we turned up but being good customer service they honoured the original booking!

5.0Dined on 13 January 2018

An excellent meal, with friendly efficient service. All this and the dog was made to feel welcome too. We will return.

5.0Dined on 22 December 2017

A thoroughly enjoyable meal, excellent service combined with well cooked and presented food. We were so pleased with the meal that we have already returned!

5.0Dined on 25 November 2017

My partner and I have been here a few times now and each time it has been such a wonderful and relaxed visit. If you are looking for a beautiful country pub/bistro then the shepherd is definitely worth a visit! The restaurant is beautifully decorated to suit its surroundings and the food is truly delicious and home cooked, all for great prices. The services is great and very relaxed but always happy to ensure you have a wonderful dinning experience.

5.0Dined on 12 November 2017

After many years absence abroad we have returned to The Shepherd, and have found it to be just the right kind of place for family get togethers, the staff are friendly, efficient and the place is full of warmth and good food at reasonable prices. They have recently introduced a live performance of a young piano player who lends an ambience and which since it is a great background jazzy popular sound (not too noisy!) is perfect for diners to listen to and enjoy whilst they sit back and eat a great meal. I think since it is not too far to drive it will once again become "our place" well done to all the staff and management

4.0Dined on 10 November 2017

We had not been to this version of The Shepherd before and we delightfully surprised. We made a last minute booking and were grateful we did as the restaurant soon filled up! We enjoyed our starter sharing a Piggy Platter but were impressed with our desserts! The Lemon Posset was very light and lemony and my Sticky Toffee pudding was a dream! We enjoyed our visit.

5.0Dined on 4 November 2017

Been 2or 3 tines recently. Always good food with excellent service.

5.0Dined on 28 October 2017

Definitely recommend this lovely gastro pub.Excellent food, very friendly staff.Great service
We dined on a Saturday evening when there was live music, it was brilliant!
Will be returning soon