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Smiths of Ongar

Fyfield Road | Ongar, High Ongar, Ongar CM5 0AL, England (Formerly Smiths Brasserie)
+44 1277 365578
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Ranked #1 of 11 restaurants in High Ongar
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $0 - $206
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
London
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We went to this restaurant a few days ago for lunch and the experience was fantastic! The food is delicious - you won't find a better fish restaurant in the area (or a better local restaurant full stop in my opinion). The staff are very friendly and professional. They have a wide range of fish dishes to choose from -... More

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I think our set lunch was in the region of £21 for two courses which we felt quite expensive for outside London. The food was top class. I had pickled herring (prepared by the chef and absolutely delicious) followed by skate of the day which again was well prepared, presented and delicious. My husband had whitebait followed by calves liver... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This was a recommendation after we were searching for a good seafood restaurant. Booking is recommended especially on Fridays. Plenty to choose from and staff were very attentive. Slightly on the expensive side but their seafood is sustainably sourced. Overall I would go back.

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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We dined with friends on a Saturday night at the 9.15pm sitting. Sadly our enjoyment was dampened due to our seating next to 2 birthday parties. Unfortunately there was another table with a rather boorish man who wanted to be the centre of attention. His two female companions largely took no notice of him but he frequently and loudly made... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

I go quite often, as I'm currently living in Ongar, it's convenient. Business meetings, with 4 people, or hiring half the building with 25+, and often with my wife. It's always a pleasure. It IS overrated, due to footballers etc attending etc, there's much better places in London that I'm used to, but this is still a fine restaurant, and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is the second time we have been here and it was as good as the first time some 5 years ago or more. We went mid week this time and it was less busy and therefore afforded probably a more relaxed experience as it wasn't buzzing as before. The food was absolutely delicious. I have Mussels in Tomato Sauce... More

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We often visit this restaurant and look forward to eating there. The service and food are first class.

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I have been eating here once or twice a year since it opened in its current location 20 years ago. I have never had a bad meal, the food has always been very good quality and reasonably priced. Occasionally the service was too overbearing in terms of constant wine pouring, too many inane questions from young waiters apparently wanting to... More

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Chipping Ongar, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
206 reviews 206 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Surprised to find it quite busy on a Monday in high summer ,it felt busy . Three of us opted for the 3 course meal at £26 approx each and it transpired to be very good value . Starters of king prawn in pancetta were both salty and sweet . All had fish mains , fresh fish well cooked served... More

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Baldock, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Have been meaning to try this restaurant for years and finally visited on Friday night. My fiancé made the reservation on the Monday before and they only had two slots left! We opted for the 9pm reservation and arrived about 20 minutes early and were seated immediately. The restaurant was buzzing and had a great atmosphere. The menu is fantastic... More

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