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The Riverside Inn

Victoria Road, Chelmsford CM2 6LJ, England
+44 1245 266881
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Ranked #142 of 252 restaurants in Chelmsford
Price range: $5 - $24
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: At heart we're a friendly local pub, boasting fantastic cask ales and the best in British food. Upstairs are 5 unique bedrooms. Above all, we offer friendly, personal and unpretentious service, whether you're just in for a quiet pint, planning an intimate dinner, a stop-over for a business trip or staying for a leisurely weekend. Welcome to your local!
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: At heart we're a friendly local pub, boasting fantastic cask ales and the best in British food. Upstairs are 5 unique bedrooms. Above all, we offer friendly, personal and unpretentious service, whether you're just in for a quiet pint, planning an intimate dinner, a stop-over for a business trip or staying for a leisurely weekend. Welcome to your local!
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English first
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary at the Riverside Inn on Saturday June 14th and, with the help of Alison (the owner), and her staff we had the most memorable time. The Riverside's Chef was brilliant. He produced an amazing array of canapés for the 'reception' and cold Prosecco was on tap from the moment we said... More

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

A good all round pub have stayed there before and should have this trip ...friendly staff....good atmosphere previously eaten here and food is good value

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Visited this weekend. Positives were - Setting in the sun was lovely, Spotlessly clean, Barstaff friendly. However they let themselves down with the food. The seven of us had burgers and although the quality of the meat was more than adequate, all of our burgers had been overcooked and so were dried out./ burnt. Admittedly we did not say anything... More

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The food and drink on offer here is great. I tagged along with some friends to the quiz night on wednesday. Was a great laugh and we even won some money. Keep up the good work.

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

As a group of friends from Essex Suffolk and Hertfordshire we meet in Chelmsford regularly and try out local restaurants. The Riverside Inn location sounded great and we'd hoped to enjoy the outdoor facilities but the weather was against us so we had to go inside. The evening menu is not inspiring neither was the food when it finally arrived.... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

The quality of food at the Riverside Inn has gone progressively downhill in the last 3 years since I moved into the area. The last time I visited I ordered a roast. Chicken had a 'tang' to it - highly unpleasant. Roast potatoes were hard and luke warm. Yorkshire pud was dry and tasteless and really should have been left... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

I have eaten a couple of sunday dinners here and lunch midweek and have found each visit a pleasure. The Sunday Lunch is one of the best I have had and is very good value for money. The staff are always very helpful and accommodating and the atmosphere is very good for a leisurely visit.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

As part of the local council we have been coming to the Riverside Inn for our Xmas parties for the last few years. We always came back due to the high quality food, fun times, staff who served with a smile and a great atmosphere of a real town pub where people like to work. The contrast this year......Wow!! Never... More

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Went for a xmas do last night, staff not friendly, took ages at the bar it seems to be more important to arrange bottles than serve customers so two of the three of them were doing that while I stood there like a lemon waiting!! I think drinks are a bit pricey. I never ate but friends who I met... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

They thought it was acceptable to omit the samphire from the fishcake starter. Staff did not know what the dishes of the day were. Then no salt caramel ice cream to go with the toffee pudding. Pudding was not cooked properly, part was cold. Got the impression that the serving of food was too much trouble, staff would rather just... More

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