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The Griffin's Head Restaurant

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Bar, British, Pub
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
Updated 12/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 12/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful old building with great character. Great meal provided right at the end of service. Lovely ambience.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 8 April 2022

Really good food but service not great. Needed another waiter ,/ waitress Will probably give another go

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 1 March 2022 via mobile

What a huge disappointment. I first started coming here 30 years ago as it’s a great old traditional pub and the food was always amazing. The Sunday lunch was definitely below par . The range of choice for starters and puddings were extremely average for...the price but when my main arrived the majority of the food on it was cold being the parsnip, potatoes and meat … . Luckily the extra gravy was hot to warm it up a little. I cannot complain about the extra side of veg as they were ok.The beef had so much gristle around it there wasn’t much left to eat. We chose sticky toffee pudding for dessert with custard rather than ice cream. But the pudding was stone cold and I couldn’t understand why I had red jam underneath it . We did complain and the bill was adjusted to compensate but my meal was ruined and it was something I was looking forward to . Also just to have one visit from a waiter/ waitress to ask if our meal was ok when eating is suffice not four times .More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 28 January 2022

Friendly and efficient service. Lovely traditional old pub. New winter menu is reasonably priced and seasonal with good choice. Had a lovely homemade pie with mash, decent selection of veg, properly cooked and proper gravy. Can’t fault it. Thank you.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 8 January 2022 via mobile

What a great old pub goes back to the 12 th century went over for lunch the sausages are the best also the ham egg and chip are very good would highly recommend will go back again the only draw back is it’s a Shepard...neam pub if you like there beer ok not for me safe bet the Guinness 👍More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Brandon L, Marketing at The Griffin's Head Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2022

Thank you very much for your nice words. We are so happy that you enjoyed. We do have a range of non-local beers such as San Miguel, Peroni & Guinness as you have suggested. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Reviewed 5 January 2022

We have been eating at The Griffins Head for a number of years and am pleased to say we have always had a great experience with great food. On this occasion we choose to visit for Sunday lunch. Whilst the service was very good the...lunch, unfortunately, was not. The saddle of lamb was 2/3 fat and 1/3 meat with vegetables on the very hard side of al dente with the roast potatoes appearing to originate from an infamous auntie! The meal was not hot and the belly pork was not accompanied by any crackling. Overall disappointing.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Brandon L, Marketing at The Griffin's Head Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2022

Thank you taking the time to leave a review, We are sorry we did not live up to expectation on this occasion. We are sorry to hear about the meat, however this is not down to us, but we will take this up with our...More

Reviewed 18 November 2021

Lunch at the Griffin's Head was such a great experience in every way! The waitress/bar manager Hattie took such good care of us. We had pre-booked and she welcomed us on arrival and led us to a table that had been set up for us...in the lower bar area where she lit a blazing log fire to warm us up, as was quite a cold day. As the fire crackled away she brought 2 glasses of champagne...who could ask for more than a blazing log fire, champagne and a friendly helpful waitress? I was very impressed that this pub serves champagne by the glass, as we were both driving, so a bottle was not an option. So many pubs and restaurants are unwilling to do so, offering instead inferior prosecco by the glass. The menu was very imaginative with unusual dishes we haven't seen elsewhere. By far superior to the Duke William at Ickham which has a boring, lack-lustre menu of uninspired food. A disgrace considering it is part of the much lauded Rocksalt Group. The Griffin's Head outclasses the Duke William and is at least equal to Rocksalt, if not better and at a much more reasonable price. Hattie knew the menu inside out and advised us on vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. She was patient while we dithered over the various dishes and gave us plenty of time to choose. We ordered locally sourced fish cakes with cherry tomato relish & rocket oil, followed by calves liver & smoked bacon with creamy mashed potatoes, fine green beans & onion bacon. Plus desert of Jam Roly Poly & Apple & red berry crumble, both normally served with custard, but we had them with cream. The only negative at this charming country pub was the weak, wishy washy coffee with no flavour. Everything else was so perfect! Please Griffin's Head invest in a decent brand of coffee beans, there are many great options locally such as roasted Curve coffee! A big thank you to Hattie for making us so welcome and looking after us so well! Our compliments to the chef for his delicious & very filling food! All in all a wonderful lunch!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Brandon L, Marketing at The Griffin's Head Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2022

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, We are so glad to hear such positive words. All our food is home-created and using local, fresh ingredients from our suppliers. We have taken your coffee comments on board, and have a new local coffee supplier....More

Reviewed 17 November 2021

Visited in a large group for late Sunday lunch. General consensus of our group was that the roast dinner was excellent……super gravy…….and a word for the waitresses who were polite, cheerful and pleasant.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Brandon L, Marketing at The Griffin's Head Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2022

Thank you very much for the review; we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 5 November 2021 via mobile

Very disappointed. Sunday lunch back in the summer was marvellous. This was not. The prawn cocktail was a spoonful of iceberg lettuce with a couple of watery presents in unseasoned dressing., served with a rock hard bread roll and no butter. The ham hock terrine...tasted ok but visually , more akin to something for the dog. The beef ( we’d been told was ‘pink’) was school dinner grey and tough as old boots. Insufficient vegetables too for four people. The Griffins Head ( we’ve been going here fir over 30 years) has always served decent wines . I do not necessarily expect a pub restaurant to have a wine list but it would certainly help. We love the pub but until there is an improvement in the kitchen, we will not be returning.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Brandon L, Marketing at The Griffin's Head Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2022

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are sorry to hear about your experience. All our food is cooked freshly, using the finest local ingredients. We do apologise about the beef, this was a genuine error, during a busy service. We...More

Reviewed 12 October 2021

We went for a Sunday roast and it did not disappoint. Nice pub with great staff, who could not have been more helpful. Well worth a visit.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Brandon L, Marketing at The Griffin's Head Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2022

Thank you so much for the review, we hope we will see you soon.

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You may be need to book for food, it’s always best to give a curtesy call. That way you won’t be disappointed!
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I believe that the meet is on the first Sunday of the month.
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The Griffin's Head Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5