Over the years we've eaten a number of times here and never been disappointed. Although the dining area is the size of Wales (and you sometimes have to wait for a table - you can't book in advance), service has always been surprisingly quick and efficient.
Rather than have an allocated waiter/waitress for a table area, they appear to work as a team, which means you are never kept waiting too long for anything (nor rushed). The food is, varied, delicious and reasonably priced. When you pay by card, you're not asked by the payment machine if you want to add a tip for service. Although the staff probably loose out as a result, it makes the visit less of a hassle. You simply leave some money on the table to reward good service.
The so called restaurants attached to Premier Inns have a great deal to learn from this establishment.
Their partner restaurant (the Blue Strawberry) is also excellent, albeit more upmarket (ie smaller and more expensive).
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- Also Known As:
- Lion Hotel Chelmsford
- Lion Inn Chelmsford, Essex