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High street, Thorpe le Soken CO16 0DY, England
+44 1255 861199
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good11%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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British, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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High street, Thorpe le Soken CO16 0DY, England
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

After checking out the the reviews for this restaurant on trip advisor we booked confident that we were going to have a good experience, sadly this was nt the case. We booked a table for two Sat 2nd Sept as it was our wedding anniversary....More

Thank eeyore1959
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

As always had a great meal with good service, I can thoroughly recommend this restaurant as the best in Thorpe Le Soken and the surrounding area. My only adverse comment is that the set price menu hasn't changed in the 3 years I have been...More

1  Thank christopher g
Reviewed 7 August 2017

The food as always was great and the whole family enjoyed the menu ,veggie and meat especially the blackboard options.. The waitress was attentive and very pleasant. Will return without doubt.

Thank lepont
Reviewed 19 July 2017

We were amazed at the diversity of the menu. The waitress was lovely, attentive and efficient. We both had a starter and a main course which were absolutely delicious (and we are very fussy).

Thank Sammysausage47
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Booked a table for 7pm and was given a warm and friendly welcome by staff. Our waitress was lovely and very friendly/happy. Was given a nice table for two and we thought the bistro was really smart and comfortable. We had Med KIng Prawns/Soft Shell...More

1  Thank LondonHappyhols
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Tired of eating at the Lifehouse Spa, just up the road, where I stay quite regularly on business, I decided to try the Olive Branch. I had been in the pub, The Bell, which is attached, a few times for drinks and had always felt...More

3  Thank Colin B
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

We booked in here for dinner whilst staying at the life house spa as the restaurant at the hotel served a limited menu. The service and staff at the bell and the olive branch were great. We first ordered a bottle of wine in the...More

1  Thank Susan M
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Efficient and friendly service, nice ambience, the lamb rump excellent and sticky toffee very scrummy. There are only two vege options and the cheese flan on a bed of broccoli my son opted for was just ok but not very big portion. Reasonably priced.

Thank Juliecu71
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Wonderful meal, great service by Sam and Rachael. Would definitely go again nothing to much trouble for the chef.

2  Thank Draperking
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Visited here lunchtime today with family. The service was outstanding and our waiter was efficient and friendly without being intrusive. He made us feel welcomed and valued. We had high chairs provided, attention to small details such as offering smaller cutlery, plates and to bring...More

Thank KNOTTDawsHeath
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31 January 2016|
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Response from Nelson500 | Reviewed this property |
Best give them a call, they will make it special for you if you have requests, or you want to put flowers on your table, they are very accommodating!
14 December 2015|
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Response from Dickodemint | Reviewed this property |
Their number is 01255861199..best to phone !!
22 August 2015|
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Response from Patricia C | Reviewed this property |
Hi - the bistro has moved room being on the corner where it was when you went there years ago .. it is now down the other end of the village in what used to be the Bell pub.. the building is the same and one half is now a... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$19 - US$46
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 16:00
18:30 - 21:30
18:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High street, Thorpe le Soken CO16 0DY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Thorpe le Soken
  • Phone Number: +44 1255 861199
  • E-mail
Stunning 16th century timber framed dining room with a magnificent inglenook fireplace.Our award winning chef has created a menu using the best seasonal and local ingredients where ever possible. We offer a fixed price menu Tues to Sat evening with 2 courses for £22 And 3 for £27. Lunch is served Wed to Sat 12 to 2.30 And sundays 12 to 4pm - 1 course £14, 2 courses £17 and 3 courses £27. Please see our Facebook page theolivebranchbistrothorpe for the latest menu's and information.
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