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“A Real Surprise”
Review of The Duke's Head

The Duke's Head
Price range: US$6 - US$27
Cuisines: Gastropub
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The Duke's Head serves modern British cuisine in the heart of the quintessential Essex village. 'Village Pub & Dining' explains our concept perfectly. A warm, friendly, atmospheric pub, which happens to do excellent, locally sourced food! Along with friendly, helpful service, perfect pints and very good wine, this is somewhere that anyone would like to spend a few hours. Relaxing on our sunny patio under pretty parasols, with the children running in the garden or hiding in the quaint tree house or warming you feet in front of a roaring fire, with your dog by your side! Whatever the weather, a warm welcome is always guaranteed at The Duke's Head.
Coronado, California
Level 6 Contributor
293 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“A Real Surprise”
Reviewed 25 June 2014

We were staying with long time friends in nearby Little Henham and they agree to let us take them out for dinner (we had a wonderful home cooked meal at their place the previous evening). They suggested Duke's Head and we arrived in a slight rain (our first after five days in England). It is a pub and there were quite a few watching the World Cup action, but we had viewed Andy Murray's first match as defending Champion at Wimbeldon earlier that afternoon and that had quenched our thirst for sports. A nice Talisker "neat" quenched my thirst for something to spark the appetite [One does not always find Talisker in nice restaurants, let alone pubs, so my interest was peaked]. After we were seated in a quiet room away from the bar we got one heck of a surprise. Not your ordinary pub fare! I had two starters that were anything but ordinary pub fare -- a Kofta Kabob (not on a stick) that had a very nice kick to it and a Crab Brulee that was excellent. My fellow diners very much liked their lamb rump and the Chicken Kiev. A nice bottle of Malbec (Argentinian) accompanied the meal. Deserts were "sinfull" nothing more to be said (at our ages we shouldn't be eating deserts in any event). The serive was excellent and we found the bill to be a surprise as well. If you are going to spend some time in Essex we'd recommend it. And if you are in that part of England a visit to Thaxted is well worth the trip and the time as is a visit to the Parish Church in Tilty. They are close by to one another and there is a lot of history to be explored within and around both.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank PeterandJinx
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English first
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Lovely dinner and great atmosphere”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

We had dinner here recently after not having visited for about 10 years. What a transformation! A beautiful, light but cosy restaurant and delicious food - not to mention attentive service. We're coming back to experience weekend brunch in a couple of weeks!

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Hanrabbit
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Kent. UK
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Not As We Remembered It”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

We have used this pub/restaurant once or twice when we have had a Stansted flight and needed to stay overnight, it is only 7 minutes drive from the airport (although you would never know it) and is a whole lot better than dining in the sterile atmosphere of the Radisson
not to say cheaper. So you hang on to reality and a decent pint for a little while longer.

Our recollection was that the place was welcoming but not this time whoever was behind the bar at the entrance confirming the details and hailing a member of staff to escort us, was decidedly off hand unsmiling and made it apparent she felt harried.

The menu is decent fare and was ok and we were still pleased we went I the absence of knowing an alternative.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank JonandJudy
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Essex, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Excellent service, and the food was very good, thought it was pricey when I looked at the menu but the food was well worth the money. Will certainly go again.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Anne E
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Little dunmow
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice lunch”
Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

We went to the Dukes Head for a mid week lunch. Bread board was delicious to share as a starter. Nice selection on specials board. Tasty puddings. Lovely setting and decor. Clean toilets. Service was adequate, lacked the personal touch. Coffee order was forgotten. Good choice for a lunch/dinner at a reasonable price. Will go again.

Visited May 2014
Thank Liz B
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