The Shepherd

4.5
52 reviews
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Worth the Drive
  • Casual
  • 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 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.
What 52 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
6 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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BL
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very impressive varied menu with high quality local ingredients. Friendly welcome and unhurried service. The visit of myself, my wife and son, his partner and our granddaughter was a memorable occasion and we shall return.

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PP
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was well cooked but Piripiri flavour on poussin was none existent. Menu on internet excellent but in restaurant a4 piece of paper with about a third of the dishes on it.

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JL
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good and the service was excellent. We were seated fairly near the bar area so it was a little noisier than I would have liked but equally there was a great atmosphere and I would certainly recommend The Shepherd.

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WK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very pleasant evening. The waitress was passionate about her job and the place and keen we should enjoy our meal, which we did. Great choice of craft ales.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, very friendly service, good garden. Very flexible in serving my son a starter which wasn’t on the usual Sunday menu. A little slow - but that’s not surprising given how busy a Sunday lunchtime it was. Will go again.

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C
Essex
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Shepherd is my local but hopefully that does not make me bias!! All of the team are friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed but caring. The food is always good with a few "specials" in addition to the main menu. There is a changing range of well kept ales ( typically three) and of course lagers etc.. The wine list is good as well. This is a good place to try. Quite easy to get to. So.......good food, good beer, friendly and competent staff, contemporary layout....... what's not to like !!!

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit to The Shepherd was a very enjoyable experience from the welcome we received, the friendly service the attention to detail and the high quality, tasty and innovative food .

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OT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful country pub Suitable for all occasions!

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BG
Essex
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service, would highly recommend, will be returning! Live music good

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KJ
Essex
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, the food and the service was fantastic. Dogs are welcome and they are child friendly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Attractive presentation of delicious food, interesting menu, friendly and courteous staff making extra effort, very pleasant interior design

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AS
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Slow service even though pub was quiet. Fish pie OK but under-seasoned. Bangers & mash had 2 large lumps of hard, inedible potato. Complaint not dealt with properly. Can't think of a reason to go back.

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

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TC
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SS
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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