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Reviewed 22 January 2024

This is such a friendly place and the meals are excellent and great value I go at least four times a month

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 3 October 2023

My wife and I went for a light lunch and chose this venue because it had a good sandwich menu. We were made to feel very welcome and served straight away. We chose tuna and mayo sandwiches served with salad and a shared portion of...chips. Often one finds that bread is not fresh and salad wilting and unpleasant. Not in this case! The bread was thick sliced and fresh, and the filling tasty and generous. Salad was fresh with tasty dressing and the chips were as good as we have eaten anywhere. To add to the experience it was great for someone of my era, elderly and old school, to find a pub selling a number of high quality real ales. Quality and good value. Well done to all at The Victoria Tavern. We will be back soon. Norman and Vicki.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 1 September 2023

Have been a customer for almost 20 yrs. Visited twice in last 2 weeks and sadly both not good. Ignored at the bar, locals came in and were served 1st. No big deal really. Bar staff rude . Bar sticky as were tables. Staff outside...kept asking if our glasses were done even though we both had half a glass left. Won't be returningMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 16 August 2023

I have been frequenting this Pub for about 50 years, and regularly have Lunch on a Sunday, so I feel I'm more than qualified to give my latest view,concern and opinion. My wife and I took a very close friend in for lunch, they had...the beef, I had the Lamb shank as usual. The plates arrived fairly quick, but I we were somewhat taken back that the food was warm, and the potatoes were nuked, BLACK and soaked in oil, it was a mess, even a car crash. The Lamb dish I thought was lying around in the kitchen for ages, I did bring it to the young ladies attention,but alas nothing was said or done...I didn't want to cause a fuss and didn't want to ruin the experience albeit, dreadfull. I then asked the lady may I order some drinks please, No I mustgo to the bar myself??. After a couple of visits to the bar I asked for the bill, north of £100 PLUS £10 SERVICE !!! WHAT service there wasn't any, ?????.despite that I left the young lady £5....never again !!. For 3 days after I left messages for JAMES to call me,sent a few emails..Do you think JAMES theowner responded !!!!..No he couldn't give a FIG, shame on you.quite ignorant and poor manners I'd suggest. Your lucky to have such lovely staff,but they are not lucky to have you. I'll be back,More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 28 July 2023

The food was nice but I felt cheated as my pint was well short and the barmaid wanted to put ice in the wine to make up the measure.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 26 March 2023 via mobile

Great vibes, great beer, great pub. Not been to this pub in over 30 years. Decided to go there before eating at Quindici, glad we did. Pub was packed with a great mix of youngsters and old uns like me. The beer was superb, had...my 3 favourites, Landlord, Ghostship and Bombardier. I will come back.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 18 March 2023 via mobile

Went here as other plans fell through Have been here before Busy place on a Friday but with a good vibe. Food great, five different dishes everyone very happy Thoroughly recommend

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 4 August 2022

Great outdoor space They have made it look really pretty surrounded by carefully maintained and nurtured plants. Good menu with quality food at a good value. Friendly staff

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 28 July 2022

Had a lovely lunch but where we sat inside all we could hear was the kitchen staff shouting and swearing. The language used was awful and some would say offensive. The chef even came out shouting at his colleague. I had prawn sandwich with salad...and coleslaw. I actually had to look for the coleslaw.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 10 July 2022 via mobile

Used this place numerous times lovely unpretentious pub with a very welcoming atmosphere dog and child friendly good selection of beers and the food is excellent definitely recommend this place. Thai monkfish curry was amazing Hard working excellent staff too well done to all the...staffMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 19 November 2021

Had the best fish and chips ever very light and crisp no grease quality amazing service very friendly

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 18 August 2021

Much reduced menu, not the same as advertised on their website. Sticky tables on arrival that hadn't been wiped from previous occupants. Surly waitress who clearly didn't want to be there with her eye rolling. Both burgers (@£14 each) came with burnt and blackened brioche...buns, more eye rolling when we requested non-blackened brioche buns please. Scampi (similarly priced) way overcooked and outer casing inedible (dark brown/black.) New brioche buns came back untoasted - clearly too much trouble to toast them or chef is incapable of cooking anything without blackening it. This made burgers soggy along with the excess burger sauce inside. Son spilled a drink, we apologised, waitress said she'd clear it up. She didn't so we continued the meal with half the table even more sticky. Had got to the point where waitress' attitude and how she made us feel and general incompetence of chef to cook basics meant we felt meal was beyond repair, plus we didn't want to ruin a family meal any further. Noone bothered to ask if our meal was satisfactory until after the bill was paid. When faults were raised nothing was done to recompense, instead a vacuous and insincere "Sorreeee". Only three desserts on the menu, two of which are chocolate. Poor food, poor customer service and food way overpriced. Waste of £67, will not be returning and will spread the word.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 14 July 2021

Asianpleasure101, as one of the kitchen team at this establishment i can wholeheartedly guarantee your issue with the pub has absolutely nothing to do with your skin colour, nationality or beliefs. The fact that food was still being sent out after you were told we...had stopped serving is because they would have been food tickets put up on our rack BEFORE THE 14:30 DEADLINE and has only just been freshly cooked and sent out, and has nothing to do with who you are as a person. I would strongly suggest you step back and think about it before throwing out wild accusations that could finish a business. We have staff AND many locals of every different walk of life, and heritage who we welcome every day and provide a great service to, and you are doing them all a major disservice with your wild, jumped up accusations based on no facts whatsoever. We look forward to WELCOMING you back in the future for an enjoyable meal, between the hours of 12-2:30 & 6-9.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 13 July 2021

Went there to try to get a meal as it was the closest place to get a meal before hiking with the family to Epping forest. Got there around 14:20. Waited by the sign that said table service. 2 of the waitress ignored us. So...just sat and asked wife to go in and check if we can be accommodated. Sat down hoping to get lunch before hike. When the waitress came over we asked to see the menu. She then said that the kitchen was closed as it was 14:30. Asked if she can give us any kind of food? All she did was looked at me with a blank stare and without saying a word. Told her I will have some snack and a pint of juice she then repeated the order. Another waitress came over with a tiny bottle of apple juice and a crisp for £4.20, asked the other waiter if there was any other place to eat as we were starving, she just said that there could be restaurants by the high road. Asked what time they will be serving food was advised that they will re open the kitchen at 6pm. As we were about to leave the table next to us just had their food delivered to their table. And we were like we thought the kitchen was closed. The waitress then said that was the last food. As we were leaving for the forest another food was delivered to another table. Not sure if our attire (was we suppose to wear a shirt and slack with leather shoes to hike?) was not good enough to eat at this pub, but this experience really put me off. Not saying that we felt alienated as we are the only non white family that was sitting there. Not sure if the waitresses was having an off day. Anyway just to let anyone else coming from London who is probably not white or have the British accent, don’t waste your time. Eat at the restaurant near the station, Zizzi or other place which are more welcoming.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 6 June 2021 via mobile

Hands down the best pub in Loughton!! the food, atmosphere just everything :) always a lovely eve with the hubby and friends here !! highly recommend the thai green curry - yummy!!!

Date of visit: April 2021
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The Victoria Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5