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Reviewed 7 December 2023 via mobile

Lovely country pub warm and welcoming, we stopped off on our way home and had 2 ploughman’s and a portion of chips. The staff were polite and friendly and told us the entertainment came for free. It was a lovely spot to stop made we...wish we had a pub like that at homeMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 20 August 2023

Lived locally for 46 years and never realised what a great place right on the doorstep. After 2 weeks on holiday spending time locally as mother over to visit from Spain. finally found a decent NORMAL pub!!!!! Serving normal food with a wide range sandwiches,...ploughman's lunch, roast dinners, salads, pies...you name it! Friendly attentive staff, superb value! Beautiful quiet garden with play area plus dog friendly 😊 Like stepping back in time before gastro pubs and huge chains where you can just be yourself and have fun. Also more formal restaurant at the back. Please support this wonderful little gem!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 6 August 2023

Popped here after meeting family at the crematorium, there were 6 of us inc a child and was met with a harsh member of staff telling us we needed to be seated in the restaurant with a child, wait a minute. Then he took over...5 mins of whispering to another lady behind the bar about moving things around which she clearly didn't want to do. At this point a lady at the bar joked with them saying there wouldn't be room for her at this rate (she clearly hadn't booked a table) and then the 2 members of staff just ignored us until we decided to leave. Our Aunt has a walking stick and cant stand for long which was more than obvious, the bar had a little area set out with tables set for dinner which were all empty. I felt it was totally rude and unhelpful when I'm certain there was room for us for an hour. We went to Bentley golf club for lunch instead which I can highly recommend and you don't need to be a member.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 22 July 2023

I visited initially to see if I wanted to hold my mother’s wake at the Eagle following her funeral at Bentleys crematorium. I found the pub cosy, clean, with a welcoming atmosphere. The function room was a good size with lots of tables and chairs,...and enough space to put up a large photo montage, flowers, battery operated candles and a large picture of Mum, Bev the manager was very friendly, professional and accommodating - having catered for many wakes she was willing to adjust things to our needs. The buffet was excellent, plenty of choices, well presented, and the vegetarian food was clearly marked. Bev kept me updated on the bar bill and we were able to keep in budget for the 3 hours we were in the function room. We were a large family group aged from 9 months to 97 years and everyone commented on how good the venue was. The staff worked very hard behind the bar, yes guests had to queue up to be served at the bar when we arrived but it wasn’t a problem. There was plenty of parking and during the wake some of the local deer and fawns appeared in the rear garden to eat carrot chunks that had been put out for them, and entertained our guests. Once the majority of guests had left my partner ordered a meal of ham egg and chips (at about 8pm) and he said it was delicious. If you’re looking for a place to hold a function I can recommend The Eagle. Thank you to Bev and her team for making my Mum’s wake such a nice event - she would have loved it. From the family of Mavis EdmundsMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Stuart Darnley, Owner at The Eagle, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2023

Thank you

Reviewed 20 July 2023

What can I say apart from stay away the welcome you get is very poor the service is very poor and the food well you might of take your wife to a cafe . We spent £40 and it was terrible I had ham egg...and chips and the wife had scampi and chips the cook must use the cheapest food on the market. It's a shame really with all the pubs that are closed and this one stays open . I hope this helps you go somewhere that deserves your money and appreciates your custom.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 27 June 2023

Please stay away how this pub is still open its amazing . The wellcome was like walking in to a funeral parlour we had lunch in the garden which I must say is very well maintained I had ham egg and chips my wife had...scampi well the ham was full of fat the chips were burnt the wife scampi was nasty and cheap the salad was dry and old and the worst thing was the bread it was cheap happy shopper bread please please spread your money on a pub that deserves your tried.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 14 June 2023

Manager needs a personality transplant, totally rude. We had booked the back room for a wake. After ordering drinks and paying for them at the bar he said (and not only to me, I heard him say a few times to different people) "you need...to go back to the room" as if we weren't welcome to stay in the bar despite the pub being open. He interrupted a short conversation (not like he was waiting for ages) to bark a question that had already been communicated. No hospitality skills whatsoever, I'm surprised they are still trading. The food at £12 per head was not the best, very sloppy coleslaw, tough chicken and sandwiches that looked like they'd been made yesterday. I won't need to visit this pub ever again.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Stuart Darnley, Owner at The Eagle, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2023

Thank you for your review, but I would like to correct you on a few points. It is not a back room it is a restaurant and booking it out to you means that our regular customers have to eat in the bar area. The...More

Reviewed 26 February 2023

I am so disappointed in my visit with my daughter for a Sunday roast at what was once a brilliant venue for a British institution. This has to be one of, if not the worst roasts I’ve ever had the misfortune to consume. The only...reason this is not a 1 star is due to our waitress who was warm and accommodating to needs of a nine year old girl. I had the roast beef and my daughter has the roast pork, I even ordered the additional cauliflower cheese To run through the the elements in turn; Beef: closer to shoe leather and clearly pre- cut and sat for some time Pork: was ok but like the beef it had clearly been cut ahead of time and left to sit and dry out Port crackling: not rendered enough and our portion was burned on one corner Roast potatoes: insipid and tasteless, the work of a cook who has either homed their skills in a care home or a hospital as they’re “denture friendly” Season veg: cabbage was over cooked and watery, Broccoli was over cooked and undercooked at the same time - my daughter’s favourite vegetable and even she couldn’t stomach it, carrot we actually ok, didn’t taste the best quality but reasonably well cooked Gravy: watery and devoid of much more than the basic level of flavour Yorkshire pudding: bland and under seasoned, not sure if it was a cook from frozen. Cauliflower cheese: best that can be said is at least no Decent cheese was wasted on this anaemic white sauce and waterlogged cauliflower, over gratinated which made it worse. Devoid of any cheese flavour Dessert we both had the apple pie with custard My daughter loved it but I can’t get past the bought in pie and cheapest of the cheap instant custard, this might please 9 year olds but didn’t make up for the rest of the meal Prices were atrocious, £3.25 for a coke and £4.50 J2O is daylight robbery! This was once a local institution but now looks ripe for Gordon ramsey’s kitchen nightmaresMore

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 9 December 2022 via mobile

Had a terrific Christmas lunch for our group of 17. Food was great, fresh home cooked, delicious. Nothing was too much trouble, the staff were outstanding. For a large group to serve, all the food arrived for us all together hot and plentiful, the waiting...staff were great and the cook, we say thank you.. we all had an enjoyable lunch.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Stuart D, Owner at The Eagle, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2022

Thank you for your kind comments and the 5 stars. I have passed them on to all the staff. Merry Christmas.

Reviewed 16 October 2022

Lovely country pub beautiful home made food would highly recommend lovely friendly staff will definitely be coming back

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

Go to the black horse ongar road down the road from this awful pub the food was lovely the service was lovely and much nicer atmosphere! I have added a picture of the black horse so you can see what it looks like! When waiting...outside for the rest of our party, the manager come out to us 10 mins past 12, We booked a table for 12pm but due to traffic/crash in the high street some of the party were running late. He proceeded to rudely tell us that we only had 2 hours on our table and that we needed to come sit down and order, we was not informed we had a time limit when booking as we wouldn’t have booked this was a family get together which we would want 3 course meal chat and drinks after! Whilst I appreciate that on the day we was informed by other friends members that an additional couple of people would be attending which was unforeseen but when we asked if we could put a chair on the end of the table the rude manager stormed over saying aggressively that we can’t add anymore chairs to the table, then asked what WE was going to do about it not offering to help or come up with another solution. He wanted us to go so we did. Have to say that was the best choice as we went to the Black Horse on ongar road and had a fantastic meal much better than what was coming out the kitchen at the Eagle! My advice avoid this place like the plague and head to the black house a bit further along you won’t be disappointed like we was by the service and attitude from the manager at the Eagle!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 20 August 2022 via mobile

Had dinner at this pub with my husband and it was exceptional food really friendly staff will definitely be going back again and again

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 15 August 2022

If you want to go somewhere to be made to feel so uncomfortable because of bringing a Birthday cake then this is the place. After ordering 4 meals plus side ordered and drinks we were confronted by the owner (secretary) because we brought our own...Birthday cake, this was so confrontational to the point it made my 8 year old daughter cry and we felt we had no choice but to leave. We didn't feel the need to tell anyone of the cake as we were the only people eating on a Monday afternoon in a beer garden. The fact that when we asked if they supplied cakes and they said no had no bearing on it, we then got told if we wanted to bring a cake then we should have told them in advance and it would have been fine, this is a total contradiction to the initial unnecessary confrontation.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 13 August 2022

I would give this pub 6 stars if I could, we met friends for lunch there the other day and had a lovely afternoon, briliant staff they greet you on arrival, nothing is too much trouble for them, the food and service is perfecti, we...have been many times and will continue to do so, keep up the good work everyone, and see you again soonMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 9 August 2022 via mobile

Sunday lunch in beer garden. Food was nice, friendly & helpful staff plus good drinks selection. Reasonable prices and easy to find.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Stuart D, Owner at The Eagle, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2022

Thank you for the review and 4 stars

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We are open Christmas day. For food you will need to book. For drinks we are open from 12 noon to 3pm.
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  • Food: 4
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