Valentina Pods @ The Blue Boar

4
15 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.

Experiences

  • Flower Garden (Midweek)

    £7.50 per personPrepaid

    Aug 24 - Oct 24, 2021

    Our vibrant, luxurious 'all weather' flower garden private dining Pagola for up to 8 guests. The flower garden is the ultimate setting for a girls brunch, lunch or dinner. Abundant in stunning faux flowers, foliage and rustic finishes the flower garden will make you feel like you've been transported to a stunning summer garden. The Pagola is under cover for all weather dining offering a sky light and clear windows, a dining table for up to 8 guests, our signature flower bar and dancing area in your own private dining space. Perfect rain or shine. The blue boar have music playing daily and a live DJ Friday & Saturday evenings.
  • Tropical Jungle (weekdays)

    £7.50 per personPrepaid

    Aug 25 - Oct 24, 2021

    Our tropical jungle lodge all weather private dining space for up to 8 guests. The Jungle lodge is the ultimate 'rain forest' inspired get away with out leaving the country. Immerse yourself in tropical jungle vines in any weather with a private rustic pagola, jungle foliage private bar, a dining table for up to 8 guests. Your private dining experience is under shelter so you can party rain or shine in our exclusive Pagolas looking onto the main garden room at the Blue Boar. The blue boar play music daily and have a live DJ on a Friday & Saturday evening.
  • Moet beach house (weekdays)

    £7.50 per personPrepaid

    Aug 26 - Oct 24, 2021

    Our luxurious MOET CHANDON Beach House private dining experience for up to 8 guests. The Rustic wooden Pagola with Sky Light and clear windows offers an all weather dining experience, rain or shine. Our private dining Pagolas offer shelter from outdoor weather, luxury beach house inspired decor, a dining table for up to 8 guests, a private bar and dancing area facing onto the main restaurant so you're still part of the Blue Boar experience but in your own private space. The blue bar also have music playing daily and a live DJ Friday & Saturday evenings.
  • Flower Garden (Weekends)

    £10.00 per personPrepaid

    Aug 26 - Oct 24, 2021

    Our vibrant, luxurious 'all weather' flower garden private dining Pagola for up to 8 guests. The flower garden is the ultimate setting for a girls brunch, lunch or dinner. Abundant in stunning faux flowers, foliage and rustic finishes the flower garden will make you feel like you've been transported to a stunning summer garden. The Pagola is under cover for all weather dining offering a sky light and clear windows, a dining table for up to 8 guests, our signature flower bar and dancing area in your own private dining space. Perfect rain or shine. The blue boar have music playing daily and a live DJ Friday & Saturday evenings.
  • Tropical Jungle (weekends)

    £10.00 per personPrepaid

    Aug 26 - Oct 24, 2021

    Our tropical jungle lodge all weather private dining space for up to 8 guests. The Jungle lodge is the ultimate 'rain forest' inspired get away with out leaving the country. Immerse yourself in tropical jungle vines in any weather with a private rustic pagola, jungle foliage private bar, a dining table for up to 8 guests. Your private dining experience is under shelter so you can party rain or shine in our exclusive Pagolas looking onto the main garden room at the Blue Boar. The blue boar play music daily and have a live DJ on a Friday & Saturday evening.
  • Moet Beach House (weekends)

    £10.00 per personPrepaid

    Aug 26 - Oct 24, 2021

    Our luxurious MOET CHANDON Beach House private dining experience for up to 8 guests. The Rustic wooden Pagola with Sky Light and clear windows offers an all weather dining experience, rain or shine. Our private dining Pagolas offer shelter from outdoor weather, luxury beach house inspired decor, a dining table for up to 8 guests, a private bar and dancing area facing onto the main restaurant so you're still part of the Blue Boar experience but in your own private space. The blue bar also have music playing daily and a live DJ Friday & Saturday evenings.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
What 15 People Are Saying
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JanetT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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

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Jingle8
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.

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CRD33
London
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.

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Cee21
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Poor handling of query regarding pod cost my manager

Valentina Pods @ The Blue Boar
Responded 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.

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NicolaM
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 Boar
Responded 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.

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RoomyK
Dublin
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 Boar
Responded 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

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GeorgiaS
London
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 Boar
Responded 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

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NicolaH
London
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 Boar
Responded 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.

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Darren
London
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 Boar
Responded 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.

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OT
OpenTable Diner
London
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 Boar
Responded 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

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CarlyW
London
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 Boar
Responded 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

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely evening for my anniversary

Valentina Pods @ The Blue Boar
Responded on 22 August 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
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!

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LornaM
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

KM
KirstyM
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!

FAQs

Valentina Pods @ The Blue Boar is rated 4 stars by 15 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.