The Shepherd

4.6
67 reviews
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Worth the Drive
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Sunday Lunch
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 food which is all homemade, fantastic real ales & quality wines, in a relaxing family friendly environment. Food is served every lunch & evening Tuesday to Saturday with a great Sunday lunch served until 5pm. Now with three beautiful kingsize rooms, its the perfect destination gastro-pub
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KG
Essex
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and friendly service.
Will definitely visit again soon.

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KD
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to the refurbished Shepherd.
As usual the staff were super friendly and attentive.
The food is bought out very quickly.
The Sunday roast and desserts were absolutely delicious :)

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, service was good, very relaxing evening

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

Fabulous service, delicious food. Only downside we felt is that the wine is expensive

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GC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice ambience , food very good, and the guy who looked after us was excellent, very attentive & polite. A good all round experience.

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DT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was amazing but it was very noisy in there

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SB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything about The Shepherd is a great improvement on what it was under the previous management.

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TB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Light and airy place to visit. All staff were polite and very helpful. You can pop in just for a drink but not to be missed for a meal. Food presentation is great and the tastes spot on. Prices very good. Definately worth a visit.

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SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were all extremely happy with each of our 3 courses. The food was fantastic and the service was very good..
If there was just one tiny criticism it would be that the noise level was too loud at times.. there was a particular table beside us who were having a lovely evening but it meant we could t hear ourselves talking .. not sure how that would be fixed and it wouldn’t stop me going back

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SH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite simply one of the beast meals we've had in years.

Can't recommend highly enough.

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VY
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying overnight locally and found this little gem on a web search. We had a wonderful meal with really innovative, tasty food.

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LM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have recently eaten a few times at the Shepherd and we were delighted to see a change in the menu which continues their high standard of food at really reasonable prices. Fish and vegetarian options were great. The service is friendly and attentive without being annoying and all our food arrived in very good time. Very glad to have moved so nearby!

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AP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a warm and friendly welcome. Prompt service without being hurried. Good food well presented.

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c
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, atmosphere and staff were amazing! I’ll be going back! Also great for accommodating allergies.

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S
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Local ingredients. Service excellent and made to feel welcome. Great for lunch or dinner.

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n
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Quality food with some unusual and intense flavours. Plates that if served on white linen in a posh restaurant would not look out of place. Really good gastro-pub.

The food and wine are both excellent value for money. The service was prompt, friendly and engaging.

I would ask for a table in the smaller lounge which is quieter than the main restaurant.

We regular dine at The Marquis in Layham, The [new] Marlborough In Dedham, the Crown and Angel in Nayland and we would thoroughly recommend the Shepaherd.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow.. We popped along to The Sheperd on Saturday evening for dinner with friend's.
Booked online at the last minute which was so easy to do.
A great selection of beers, ales, wine & fizz at reasonable prices.
The food was way above your average pub food. Presentation was oustanding so hat's off to the chefs. Waiting staff were friendly & so nice that they know about the food that they're serving.
We will certainly be back & looking forward to it. Thanks team Shepherd

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food wonderful staff looked we went with our 3 year-old kids menu as good as ours could not fault it

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely food at decent prices. Would definitely recommend to anyone. Have been several times and consistent each time.

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely country pub very friendly, attentive staff . Excellent service. Lovely food. Would definitely recommend.

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NH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went as a family and enjoyed a very nice meal, not a huge selection but we all enjoyed what we ordered. We will definitely be going again.

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JH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again the Shepherd has surpassed it's self. The food and service excellent.

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ME
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Went on Friday night , the food was very average, my husband had pork belly to start this was cold , bit size pieces which didn’t taste very good at all , fish and chip for many which was very average to , the menu all sounds good but put in to reality doesn’t work , to many combinations, stick to plan pub food with good quality produce would be better

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DB
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent Sunday lunch, but only one vegetarian option.

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P
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Sunday roast was lovely, the fish pie was stodgy. Poor choice of meals for vegetarians.

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LJ
Essex
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took friends here for a second visit after first failed visit.
So glad we did as the Food was superb and the service was top class.
We will definitely be revisiting here again very soon.
Highly recommended.

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PS
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

They try to be a foodie pub, but not quite deliver. The smoked chicken stew was more of a broth than a stew. Gravy lacked depth of flavour. Chicken was ok and had right balance of smokiness. Would try again.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great evening with live music. Food and service was very good. Definitely recommend.

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GP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing roast dinner, one of the best we’ve had however service was lacking slightly. Although the staff were very friendly, we had to remind them on a few occasions we were still waiting on drinks/menus.

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IT
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been meaning to visit the restaurant for a long time and after booking online early that day it was one of the best meals I’ve had.
I will be back very shortly

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food ,good service ,good staff would go back

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RB
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Restaurant was very small and cosy, just 4 tables. Menu was interesting and food was well cooked and presented. Steak was tender and cooked to perfection, deserts were too much of a temptation and did not disappoint. Overall a very good quality meal at a reasonable price. I would definitely recommend The Shepherd.

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L
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good but not exceptional bearing in mind that the prices are higher than the average pub in this region. Squabbling dogs were not a welcome background noise.

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G
Essex
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Sunday lunch for 3 generations of the family.

The food was delicious and good value. It was nice to see such a wide choice of dishes.

We will definitely go again.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic meal with good service and live music. Everyone in my party enjoyed it.

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AP
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal with some friends and the food was really lovely and the staff were very good nothing was any trouble for them
I would definitely recommend this place

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SF
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Well informed service. Really open that certain choices were running low . We had booked for four and ended up with five which was sorted without issue. Guidance on a shared platter when we waivered on starters was ideal and good up selling without any pressure. We will be back.

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PA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service . Would definitely go there again.

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PR
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were there for an informal birthday lunch with a friend. Pleasant dining room. Very welcoming staff and good service and presentation. Interesting set lunch time menu. We surprised ourselves by having three courses. The main course of duck was cooked well but could have arrived at the table a little warmer. The vegetable selection was different but the kale needed a little more cooking. The starters and desserts were excellent. There's a good selection of wine by the glass -we had an easy to drink Merlot.

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M
Norfolk
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great as good as anywhere I have been locally. Portion of Pie very generous. Taste was great Perfect seasoning of all food . Beautiful presentation and friendly on the ball service . So good.

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