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Valentina Pods @ The Blue Boar

3.8
3.8
17 Reviews
£25 and under
British

Our private hire dining spaces are immersive, waterproof and heated on cooler days, offering themed, luxury decor, dining tables for up to 8 guests, a private bar, dance area and bluetooth speakers. Choose from one of our beautiful summer themes including The Moet Beach House, The Flower Garden Pagola and The Tropical Jungle lodge.
Enjoy a fun atmosphere in your own bubble with your closest friends and family for the ultimate private dining experience at The Blue Boar in Abridge Essex.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Contemporary British, English

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 12:00–22:00
    Sun 12:00–18:00

  • Phone number

    01922 812110

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Romford

  • Parking Details

    A car park is situated at the Blue Boar Pub for pub customers.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • 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
    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

Starters

  • Mixed Olives£4.95

    • Garlic Ciabatta Bread£4.95

      • Soup of the Day£6.45

        with a Bread Roll & Butter

        • Chicken Liver Pate£7.45

          with Apple & Date Chutney & Toasted Sour Dough Shards

          • Prawn & Smashed Avocado Cocktail£8.45

            with Brown Bread & Butter

            • Sticky Chicken on Asian Slaw£8.45

              • Goats Cheese & Red Onion Tartlet on a Bed of Baby Leaf Salad£7.45

                • Cheese & Garlic Baked Mushroom£6.45

                  with Sour Dough

                  • Garlic Ciabatta£5.45

                    Cheese & Caramelized Onion

                    • Pork Crackling & Apple Sauce£4.95

                      • Bruschetta£6.45

                        • Watermelon & Feta Salad£6.45

                          • Smoked Mackerel Pate£7.45

                            with Sour Dough Shards

                            • Beef Tomato & Vegan Mozzarella Salad£7.45

                              topped with Sweet Basil

                              • Rosemary & Garlic Infused Camembert Glazed£8.45

                                with Honey & Sour Dough Shards

                                • Homemade Jack Daniel Ribs£8.45

                                  Mains

                                  Choice between Fillet Steak or Ribeye Steak

                                  • Blue Boar Cheeseburger Aberdeen Angus Burger Chargrilled£12.95

                                    Topped with Monterey Jack Cheese, with Skin on Fries & a Homemade Tomato Relish

                                    • Vegan Burger£13.95

                                      Soya & Beetroot Burger Topped with Vegan Cheese & Avocado, served with Skin on Fries & a Homemade Tomato Relish

                                      • Cajun Chicken Burger£12.95

                                        with Skin on Fries & Sweet Chilli Mayonnaise

                                        • Chicken Milanese£14.95

                                          with Spaghetti in a Fresh Tomato Sauce

                                          • Beetroot Risotto£14.95

                                            topped with Pinenuts & Wild Rocket

                                            • Tiger Prawn & Chilli Linguine in a Cream Sauce£17.95

                                              • Fillet Steak£29.00

                                                served with Triple Cooked Chips, Grilled Cherry Tomato, Mushroom

                                                • Ribeye Steak£24.00

                                                  served with Triple Cooked Chips, Grilled Cherry Tomato, Mushroom

                                                  • Slow Cooked Jack Daniel Pork Ribs£19.95

                                                    with Skin on Fries & Homemade Coleslaw

                                                    • Tofu Katsu Curry£14.95

                                                      served with Savoury Rice & Garlic Pitta

                                                      • Traditional Pork Sausage & Mash£13.95

                                                        with Onion Gravy

                                                        • Beer Battered Haddock & Triple Cooked Chips£14.95

                                                          with Garden Peas & Tartare Sauce

                                                          • Roasted Lamb Rump on New Potatoes£19.95

                                                            with a Rustic Red Wine & Rosemary Jus & Tenderstem Broccoli

                                                            • Homemade Chicken£14.95

                                                              Ham & Leek Pie served with Creamy Mash & Garden Peas

                                                              • Chilli & Garlic Marinated Salmon & King Prawn Skewers£18.95

                                                                served with Savoury Rice

                                                                • Chicken Caesar Salad£14.95

                                                                  • Smoked Salmon & Prawn Salad£14.95

                                                                    with a Homemade Marie Rose Sauce

                                                                    • Blue Boar Spring Salad£12.95

                                                                      Baby Spinach, Apple, Walnuts, Watermelon, Pomegranate, Avocado with a Honey Mustard Dressing

                                                                      Side Orders

                                                                      £4.45

                                                                      • Seasoned Fries

                                                                        • Sweet Potato Fries

                                                                          • Seasonal Vegetables

                                                                            • Coleslaw

                                                                              • Onion Rings

                                                                                • Garden Peas

                                                                                  • Creamy Mash

                                                                                    • Savoury Rice

                                                                                      • Side Salad

                                                                                        For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at 00 1 866 237-4564.

                                                                                        What 17 people are saying

                                                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                        3.8
                                                                                        3.8 based on recent ratings
                                                                                        • 4.2Food
                                                                                        • 3.8Service
                                                                                        • 4.1Ambience
                                                                                        • 3.6Value

                                                                                        NoiseModerate

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                                                                                        1. MT

                                                                                          MelissaT

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 24 October 2021

                                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                          The food was lovely . The pod was maybe a little small for 8 people, 6 would be better. We had assumed that the pod would be covered in but the sides were open so a little chilly, although they did provide blankets. All in all it was a good evening and it was nice sitting in the pod as it was very nicely decorated so made for good photos!

                                                                                        2. CS

                                                                                          CharlotteS

                                                                                          London

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          1.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 21 October 2021

                                                                                          overall1food3service1ambience1

                                                                                          We were the only outdoor diners and the staff clearly forgot we were there. We finished eating at 19.10 and by 19.40 our plates had still not been cleared and no one had asked if we needed more drinks or the dessert menu. We sent our eldest son in to ask for the bill which he brought out himself. No one asked if we enjoyed our meal or anything. Food was nice but service was shocking. Would definitely not go there again or recommend to anyone else.

                                                                                        3. JT

                                                                                          JanetT

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 9 October 2021

                                                                                          overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                                                          We was told we had heating there was none and we waited 40 minutes to get a drink the lady said bar staff had walked out although our waitress was apologetic and friendly

                                                                                        4. J

                                                                                          Jingle8

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          1.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 30 September 2021

                                                                                          overall1food1service2ambience1

                                                                                          Booked for a birthday, was messed around on the phone for 2 days trying to book an extra person on the table. Arrived with no heaters set up, then when the staff were doing it around us at the table the electricity kept tripping out. Was asked to move to a different themed pod and we had to bring our own cutlery and plates with us as they hadn't set up the other pod for us. The electricity continued to trip and we had to go inside to the main pub. We booked their specially for the flower themed pod for a birthday so we was not happy. Servers had to keep running to the kitchen and bar to ask them questions which they should know if they are serving us. Food and drink were average. Overall poor experience for all 7 of us. The only thing thst made up for it slightly was the discount we got at the end because of the inconvenience of the night. Such a shame as it was all of our first time visiting and we were so excited.

                                                                                        5. CR

                                                                                          CRD33

                                                                                          London

                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                          Dined on 16 September 2021

                                                                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                          Fantastic idea in the jungle area. Attentive staff, great food and an incredible magician roaming around doing amazing tricks. Excellent evening.

                                                                                        6. C

                                                                                          Cee21

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          2.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 11 September 2021

                                                                                          overall2food3service1ambience2

                                                                                          Poor handling of query regarding pod cost my manager

                                                                                          Valentina Pods @ The Blue BoarResponded on 14 September 2021

                                                                                          Thanks for your message. If you could please give us some more detail by popping an email to letschat@valentinaoccasions.co.uk so we can investigate this for you. Just to clarify we are a separate company to the blue boar and install the pods at our own cost, which is why there is a fee. We have 5 venues in Kent and Essex. We do make it very clear on our website. T&Cs, open table, open table policies and a final reminder on the payment page that this is a hire fee for the private dining pod.

                                                                                        7. NM

                                                                                          NicolaM

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 11 September 2021

                                                                                          overall3food4service4ambience2

                                                                                          Did not realise at booking that the £10 fee per person is a hire charge and NOT a deposit. I’ve booked several pods before, some in prime spots in central London and never before have come across this arrangement. The table next to us had the same issue. The restaurant management were poor at addressing this with us when queried as they then spoke disrespectfully about our table when they thought we were out of earshot, but one of our table was passing them at the time. Confronted the manager who did apologise however considering we spent a lot of money in their restaurant, this was really disappointing. Food was good and the waitress was fabulous. DJ packed up earlier than expected so all things considered was a let down!

                                                                                          Valentina Pods @ The Blue BoarResponded on 14 September 2021

                                                                                          Hi Nicola We are a completely separate company to the Blue Boar, we install the pods at no cost to the venue as part of a luxury themed pop up, which is why there is an additional charge. We have 5 other venues across Kent and Essex. We have made this very clear stating price is for the pod hire only and food and drink is not included in bold on our website on the booking page, in our marketing, on our T&Cs and on open table and it reminds you on the payment page before you can book in bold.

                                                                                        8. RK

                                                                                          RoomyK

                                                                                          Dublin

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 10 September 2021

                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                          Great place, service was attentive and friendly, had a great evening. The pods are excellent

                                                                                          Valentina Pods @ The Blue BoarResponded on 14 September 2021

                                                                                          Thanks so much for the lovely review, we're so glad you had a great time at the Blue Boar. Hopefully we see you again soon x

                                                                                        9. GS

                                                                                          GeorgiaS

                                                                                          London

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 4 September 2021

                                                                                          overall4food5service1ambience5

                                                                                          Great food and drink however the service was ok to begin with then when we ordered drinks etc they took a while to come. Would be good if they offered drinks included as part of the pod package if we paid a bit extra. Overall lovely atmosphere was quiet but good music and nice amenities in the pod itself!

                                                                                          Valentina Pods @ The Blue BoarResponded on 14 September 2021

                                                                                          Hi Georgia, thanks so much for the feedback, this is something we are looking into as we speak so will certainly keep you posted. Great to hear you had a good time x

                                                                                        10. NH

                                                                                          NicolaH

                                                                                          London

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 29 August 2021

                                                                                          overall3food5service5ambience5

                                                                                          Wish it was made clear, that the price for the pod was not including food and drink. As I assumed it was like a deposit. However it was lovely and different

                                                                                          Valentina Pods @ The Blue BoarResponded on 31 August 2021

                                                                                          Hi Nicola, thanks for your review. It does state on the website and in the T&Cs, booking page, in the policies on open table and on the pod information pages that this is for pod hire only and food and drink is not included. Just to explain, we are a different company to the Blue Boar and we provide pop up, exclusive dining experiences for pubs and restaurants, which is why we charge as we install this at no cost to the venue.

                                                                                        11. D

                                                                                          Darren

                                                                                          London

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 18 August 2021

                                                                                          overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                                          If you’re looking for a special evening with family and friends there are definitely better value places to go. I paid £60 which I thought was a table security deposit. It is not clear that this will not be deducted from your food bill, it is just for the use of the table. I booked a table for 8 on arrival I was given a table set for 6. This was too small for a party of 8 and we were moved to another “pod”. The pods are too squashed to comfortably seat 8. The quality of food was good and all of us enjoyed our meal service was just about ok and unfortunately one of our party had a meal delivered very late as it was forgotten on the order. This didn’t stop them adding 10% service charge to the bill without asking. Don’t think I’ll be returning any time soon.

                                                                                          Valentina Pods @ The Blue BoarResponded on 22 August 2021

                                                                                          Hi Darren, thanks for your feedback. Just to confirm Valentina Occasions is a separate company to the Blue Boar and the pods are installed at our cost, which is why there is an additional fee. We hope you can appreciate the time and thought gone into decor & props offering an exclusive experience. It does state on the website, in the T&Cs and on Opentable that food and drink is not included and price is for pod hire. We've tried our best to make it affordable at £7.50 per person.

                                                                                        12. OT

                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                          London

                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                          Dined on 18 August 2021

                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                          Went on a Thursday and it was amazing experience. The magician was so good, we tried the steak and lobster and it’s one of the best steaks I’ve ever had out. Service was great, fun, friendly staff and we got steak and lobster, a starter and a cocktail for £45 which was such good value. We even popped inside later for the DJ and Sax 🎷 player.

                                                                                          Valentina Pods @ The Blue BoarResponded on 22 August 2021

                                                                                          Thanks so much for the review, we're a big fan of Stephen the Magician too! Hope to see you again x

                                                                                        13. CW

                                                                                          CarlyW

                                                                                          London

                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                          Dined on 14 August 2021

                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                          Thoroughly enjoyed our evening in the Moët themed pod. Close enough to the outside restaurant and DJ to get the atmosphere but secluded enough for fun and laughter with special friends. Food was delicious, service was great, we would definitely return!

                                                                                          Valentina Pods @ The Blue BoarResponded on 22 August 2021

                                                                                          Thanks so much for the lovely review Carly, we're so glad you had a lovely time! :) Please do pop back and keep an eye out for new themes launching for Winter x

                                                                                        14. OT

                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                          London

                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                          Dined on 9 August 2021

                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                          A lovely evening for my anniversary

                                                                                          Valentina Pods @ The Blue BoarResponded on 22 August 2021

                                                                                          We're so thrilled you chose us for your anniversary, we hope you had an amazing time :)

                                                                                        15. OT

                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                          London

                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                          Dined on 9 August 2021

                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                          Had the most amazing time on Thursday evening with friends, we booked the Moët pod and had the steak and lobster supper club and the food was outstanding. Then we were visited by the walk about magician who was hilarious and very good. The pods were decorated beautifully and so pretty lit at night. Can’t wait to go back!

                                                                                        16. LM

                                                                                          LornaM

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 26 July 2021

                                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                          We were celebrating a special occasion and the booth was perfect, the weather was hot so booth got hot, fan was supplied, it’s was lovely, food was great too, I will definitely return, thanks to all the staff x

                                                                                        17. KM

                                                                                          KirstyM

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                          Dined on 19 July 2021

                                                                                          overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                                                          Booked the flower pod as a birthday surprise for my mum, as something a bit different to a standard restaurant. It was perfect - decorated beautifully, set apart from the other diners, and the food was delicious too. Noise level was perfect, there was enough to create an atmosphere, but not loud enough to cause any issues. Would highly recommend, and I'll be back!

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                                                                                        Valentina Pods @ The Blue Boar is rated 3.8 stars by 17 OpenTable diners

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                                                                                        • Area

                                                                                          Romford

                                                                                        • Hours of Operation

                                                                                          Mon–Sat 12:00–22:00
                                                                                          Sun 12:00–18:00

                                                                                        • Cuisines

                                                                                          British, Contemporary British, English

                                                                                        • Dining style

                                                                                          Casual Dining

                                                                                        • Dress Code

                                                                                          Casual Dress

                                                                                        • Parking Details

                                                                                          A car park is situated at the Blue Boar Pub for pub customers.

                                                                                        • Payment Options

                                                                                          AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                        • Additional

                                                                                          Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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