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Butlers Retreat

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12 Ranger's Road | Chingford, London E4 7QH, England
+44 20 7998 7858
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Butlers Retreat is an old Essex barn, lovingly restored by the City of...
Butlers Retreat is an old Essex barn, lovingly restored by the City of London and reopened as The Larder at Butlers Retreat. We serve breakfast and lunch seven days a week from our stunning forest setting between Chingford and Loughton. Homemade food features heavily on our menu, whilst cakes and pastries are a favourite for those who want a quick bite. Look out for evening opening in the new year.
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  • 23
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  • 24
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Very good for a casual brunch/lunch

As far as the food goes I simply cannot fault it, I went a little left field with my order and ordered the vegetable Tagine seeing as omelettes stop being served at 11:30 along with the rest of the breakfast menu. It was lovely, even the side of cous-cous which I'm not usually a fan of was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Tom D
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London, United Kingdom
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

As far as the food goes I simply cannot fault it, I went a little left field with my order and ordered the vegetable Tagine seeing as omelettes stop being served at 11:30 along with the rest of the breakfast menu. It was lovely, even the side of cous-cous which I'm not usually a fan of was gorgeous! Tried some... More 

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London
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I am a local resident of Chingford for the last 25 years and have eaten here many times. Great location however the service is getting progressively worse to the extent that my family and I went on Sunday lunchtime and ordered a pasta dish and 2 burgers. After a 40 minute wait (and noticing that other people around us were... More 

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26 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

you can see from the photo why you would be attracted to the Butlers Retreat and not the next door Premier Inn pub. But after a great mid winter walk in Epping Forest we found we were not only not allowed in with our dog but the interior was reminiscent of youth hostel lacking any charm. Such a waste of... More 

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28 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Came here on Sunday for some breakfast with my fiancé got here at 1124 was waiting to be served as the lady in front was dithering about Was served at 1134 but then told I could not have breakfast as they don't serve it after 1130. Even tho I had been waiting for 10 min the girl was adamant The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I have visited on numerous occasions each time trying to give the cafe the benefit of the doubt and hoping it will have improved from my last experience as the service is always so slow. However I now think I have given it enough chances and will eat elsewhere. When we arrived at 1pm today the cafe was half empty... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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45 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

My girlfriend and I visited the Butlers Retreat after a lovely walk from the Epping Forest Gateway. We had two dogs so chose to sit outside in the front garden. Tea for Two (2 cups each) and a generous slice of Red Velvet Cake cost a very reasonable £8. The cake was deliciously moist and the leaf tea was a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Having had a lovely pre-Christmas evening meal in December 2013 we had another on a Saturday evening in December 2014 and it was superb. The staff were friendly and helpful. A very enjoyable evening shared with members of our family. A bonus, the turkey was free range. Hopefully we'll be able to repeat it in December this year. In the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We hired the Butlers Retreat for our wedding and it was great. All staff been so committed. The owner did everything to make sure the day went smoothly. Food was excellent. We still have family members telling us about how much they loved it. It has a cosy atmosphere, yet classy which was perfect for our informal wedding setting. We... More 

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2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I go here regularly as it's on my doorstep and I find the food and atmosphere good but it's sooo let down by the service. Every time! I regularly have a takeaway coffee for my dog walk and we have to wait about 15 mins for a takeaway ! Drives me insane. Dear Manager - takeaway is supposed to be... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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62 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

After a mid afternoon walk in the forest and round the lake we decided to stop for afternoon tea. As soon as we arrived we were treated by a waitress behind the till who seemed most unhappy that we had arrived. We were told that the Butlers Retreat closed at 4pm in 10 minutes. Both of us were shocked and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 12 Ranger's Road | Chingford, London E4 7QH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7998 7858

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 18
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Description

Butlers Retreat is an old Essex barn, lovingly restored by the City of London and reopened as The Larder at Butlers Retreat. We serve breakfast and lunch seven days a week from our stunning forest setting between Chingford and Loughton. Homemade food features heavily on our menu, whilst cakes and pastries are a favourite for those who want a quick bite. Look out for evening opening in the new year.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?