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“Disorganised but cute and tasty”
Review of On the Corner - CLOSED

On the Corner
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 18 July 2014 via mobile

Ate here last night with my partner. Being locals to the village, we were pleasantly surprised to find it open (is often closed) so we booked at 8, for a table at 9 which was accepted by the staff quite happily; impressive as they close at 10.
We returned for out table and were taken upstairs to the really cute dining room. Small cosy tables and big group tables, it was a nice mix. The bench I was sitting on wasn't brilliantly comfortable and we had to move the table over slightly to distance ourselves from the other couple we were sitting near. Dim lighting and soothing music a plus, we settled down to the menus.
Huge expanse of drinks available; cocktails, wine, lots of varieties of beer... But as cider drinkers we were pleased to discover (at the last second) that cider is an option. If you're a beer connoisseur you'll love it here; if you want a peroni you're out of luck. Cider was nice, and very glad we found it.

Food took a little while to be ordered and a long time to come. I say disorganised because we ordered 3 dishes each, and they neither arrived all together or arrived in pairs (ie one for each of us). This resulted in one of us choosing to eat alone or have our food go cold, and then the same at the other end of the meal.
All that aside, the food itself was amazing. I had the calamari, the prawns and the chorizo. Partner had Cod & potato croquets, beef empanadas, and rolled chicken tacos. All the food was really nice, and I can't fault it for flavour or presentation.
One thing to note; the toilet is one of the quirks that adds to the charm of this place; you need to collect the key from the bar, and walk round the front of the building down an alley to a little separate toilet room. Cutest thing ever and I love it!

I think with a little more practise and repetition this could be a really great little spot. Its already good; but it could be brilliant.

1  Thank hippieskirt
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revivalLondon, Owner at On the Corner, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2014

Thank you so much for giving our place a great review, we cannot ever get five stars as we don't have a kitchen, so everything is cooked to order, we loved the fact that you liked the music and vibe

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Reviewed 9 July 2014

On The Corner serves beautiful food! It has an intimate atmosphere- very sexy and the food is out of this world. Relax, drink and enjoy. Don't expect to be served in nano seconds because the food is lovingly cooked in a small kitchen in this atmospheric 16th century building; the drinks are carefully made and you should just expect to sit back, relax and have a great evening.

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revivalLondon, Owner at On the Corner, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2014

Is it normal to bring a 2-3 year old to a bar on a friday night? my sister works in social services, I'll have a word?

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Sadly my partner snd I had a very disappointing experience here. We were very excited about our evening at the restaurant, a unique setting and a great looking menu. However, from the moment we were seated at our table the nhight went down hill. The managerress who greeted us was rude and seemed stressed and flustered. Rather than highlight the positives of the restaurant she rattled off a list of negatives, the staff are new so will be slow, you can't order more than 2 dishes each, you can't have a cocktail as they take too long to make unless you have it as a dessert etc. We were served a slection of dishes, some were average but we had several meat dishes that were served cold and only partially cooked , which could prove a health risk, When this was pointed out to the staff we were met with a rude response. We eat in many restaurants all over the world and this is by far the worst i have ever eaten in. Such a shame that a restaurant with such potential is ruined by poor quality management and service, Lets hope that these negative reviews prompt positive change

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7  Thank Anita S
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revivalLondon, Owner at On the Corner, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2014

A review written by a Doctor that asked us to rush cooking the chicken and didn't know know that chorizo is cured, we delivered it rare and 100% safe

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We've dined here twice in the past and have experienced decent food and ok service, however, last night was a shocker!! Took our friends there, they're used to fine London dining so we thought we'd give them a quirky essex dining experience. Quirky turned out to be absolutely dreadful from the moment we stepped inside. The American owner was downright rude, gave us around 5 negative points before we'd even taken our seats and despite the restaurant only having a few customers in, appeared extremely flustered and agitated. Told us what we could order and when, and proceeded to make us feel like greedy fat pigs when we dared to order the tacos....erm hello it's not a crime to be hungry when you're in a restaurant!!!!! The final meat dishes were stone cold, and when we complained the waiter was extremely rude and argued food hygiene with my friend, who also happens to be a senior GP! Not a smart move. We won't be visiting again, although we did have a good laugh about it after!

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11  Thank Nicola M
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revivalLondon, Owner at On the Corner, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2014

Why the would you bring fine diners to a place that is on par with the price of Nandos?

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Reviewed 22 June 2014

We visited on the Corner some time ago, but felt compelled to write a review after just seeing an interesting advertisement on their Facebook page..
Overall can't fault the food, it was really good and a lot to choose from. I think the approach of telling you how much to order was more for the kitchens benefit so they weren't overwhelmed, but it didn't seem to be a problem adding to the order as the evening went on. The atmosphere was really nice, but the service could be improved.. It seems even after a few months this is something that people are still commenting on.
P.s just a tip regarding your add for staff on the Facebook page.. Not sure how familiar you are with employment laws in the UK but explicitly telling 'mums looking for jobs' not to apply might end you up in a bit of trouble.. I've worked with some fantastic waiting staff who just happen to also have children. That post alone makes me not want to return!

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7  Thank Emilyd1987
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revivalLondon, Owner at On the Corner, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2014

the advert asked for on Mums looking for jobs for sons, have a look

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