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Zafra Pasta Bar and Grill

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5 The Green, Finchingfield CM7 4JS, England
+44 1371 810501
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Description: Hi. Zafra is a lovely, small family restaurant located in the heart of the...
Hi. Zafra is a lovely, small family restaurant located in the heart of the picturesque village of Finchingfield (Essex) which specializes in fresh fish dishes, steaks and grills and pizza and pasta. Zafra is Italian at heart, but each dish is created by me, Frank Tyler.
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  • 51
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great little restaurant in village location

Found Zafra on the off chance as passing through Finchingfield on a Tuesday lunchtime, the restaurant was quiet at the time so we had the undivided attention of the owner. We had very pleasant meals, my Wife had a Frittata and I had the Italian style all day breakfast both the meals were very good... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2014
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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English first
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

Found Zafra on the off chance as passing through Finchingfield on a Tuesday lunchtime, the restaurant was quiet at the time so we had the undivided attention of the owner. We had very pleasant meals, my Wife had a Frittata and I had the Italian style all day breakfast both the meals were very good and the owner was happy... More 

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We went here with a groupon voucher midweek and found the atmosphere very quiet. We also felt that even though we had a voucher, the drinks were very expensive, particularly as they were just cans of soft drink. The portions were large but the food was quite mediocre. Could be much nicer.

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

This is a small restaurant with a friendly bistro type atmosphere. The owner was there to greet us and took time to explain what was on offer and make recommendations. We had rib eye and seafood stew and both were excellent and the portions were generous. The menu was varied and we'll definitely be back to try more!

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Nottingham
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

1st visit to Zafra, in the pretty village of Finchingfield. It was reasonably busy, service was a little slow but acceptable. The food was hot and portion size was very good & exceptionally filling. Drinks were rather pricey though and this was quite disappointing. Reasonable selection on menu.

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Essex, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Nice fresh food, you can tell the chef puts lots of effort into his food - great fresh tasting Italian cuisine. The pasta here is really great! The restaurant is in the pretty village of Finchingfield, the atmosphere is warm and the hosts are friendly. I recommend! :-)

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Colchester
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough. We were the only people booked in early for lunch on a cold December Friday but never the less a full menu plus the days specials was available and Frank made us very welcome. The food was delicious and I am not a great fan of Italian food! The servings were very generous... More 

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essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

Amazing food. Very tasty. Great chef frank who takes time to sit and talk to you. Very welcoming atmosphere. The steak is lovely and full of flavour. The desserts are good portions. I enjoyed my lunch and have been back as a most enjoyable meal. X

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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

I booked this restaurant through an offer with the Cambridge News - two courses for £10. It is near where a good friend of mine lives so having made a couple of phone calls to the most helpful Frank we turned up rather later than I had said to be made very welcome by Frank who did not seem to... More 

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

The owner/chef Frank is a very welcoming host. Always a friendly welcome and a personal chat when he gets the time. Wide menu choice at reasonable prices. If you fancy a slight change to the menu then he is always ready to accommodate or suggest alternatives to meet your desires. Good quality food, always hot and served by very friendly... More 

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Had an absolutely fabulous time, staff, food, atmosphere and fellow guests were all excellent, very sociable lunch, will be definitely making this a regular haunt... Frank, Mrs Frank and waitress were very friendly Food was plenty and gorgeous, good menu choice Atmosphere was intimate and very friendly, an all round good experience...

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5 The Green, Finchingfield CM7 4JS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Finchingfield
  • Phone Number: +44 1371 810501

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 17 - 45
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Hi. Zafra is a lovely, small family restaurant located in the heart of the picturesque village of Finchingfield (Essex) which specializes in fresh fish dishes, steaks and grills and pizza and pasta. Zafra is Italian at heart, but each dish is created by me, Frank Tyler.

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