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The Riverside Inn

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Victoria Road, Chelmsford CM2 6LJ, England
+44 1245 266881
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Description: The Riverside Inn Chelmsford is the latest aquisition by The Blue...
The Riverside Inn Chelmsford is the latest aquisition by The Blue Group. We have now relaunched come in and see us and the changes we have made. Our new all day menu is available every day from 12 noon with Sunday roast served until 7pm. Over the last few months we have refurbished this 17th century mill to make this venue a must see in Chelmsford. A wonderful position on the riverside, the large courtyard garden is surrounded by water. The Riverside has five fantastic hotel rooms, restaurant, function room and spacious bar area.
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Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Won't be rushing back

Greeted by a very friendly young man and during our visit when he served us it seemed a slightly better experience. Pre starter pork cracking was tasty, patatas bravas covered in a tasteless tomato purée. Starters were forgettable and bland. Pigs in blankets microwaved and rock hard on the ends... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Chris S
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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37 reviews 37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Greeted by a very friendly young man and during our visit when he served us it seemed a slightly better experience. Pre starter pork cracking was tasty, patatas bravas covered in a tasteless tomato purée. Starters were forgettable and bland. Pigs in blankets microwaved and rock hard on the ends due to over re-heating! Mains again not up to standard.... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Whilst waiters were friendly and clearly trained well, they we're let down by the kitchen team. We visited for Sunday lunch with a child and a baby so may well be that the speed if service may suit those enjoying a bottle of wine. I guess it was really down to being attentive and whilst our son's meal came out... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Told about the newly renovated bar and restaurant so visited for dinner. Staff welcoming but served by at least 4 different people and they all seemed to be preoccupied and humourless (at least they were polite). Ordered steak medium rare and it certainly wasn't. It had a weird Teflon kind of taste. Mixed vegetables and roasted vegetables (turns out these... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The Riverside Inn has been a favourite "watering hole" for my family for over 25 years. The location next to the River is superb and the proximity to the Ice Rink was good for a pre-ice hockey match drink. The problem now is that the pub has been taken over by the "Blue Group" and refurbished as a restuarant. Just... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

It may not look like it from the outside, but the somewhat dull and grubby exterior of this restored & converted 17th century barn belies the sumptuous surroundings that lie within. There is no parking 'on site', but that is not a problem with the large public car park at the Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre less than 1 minute... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Well I am very shocked that the riverside inn is now part of the blue group I suggest if the blue group want to keep their good reputation they sort out the customer service skills and communication at the riverside Inn . My friend and I decided to visit for breakfast after seeing the advert in the edge ( which... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Although it wasn't Valentine day I thought it would be nice to take my wife out, a day earlier, to avoid the young lovers. We were early but were shown to our table where the menus awaited us, we soon selected our drinks and our main meals. Not too long await for them to be served. The main meals were... More 

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braintreeuk
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

this was the second time we visited,was the first just a fluke good time? NO WAY!! service,food yet again top notch! served by louise,and lauryn,who brightened our visit,with their can do attitude despite being rammed with customers! nice one lauryn,for that extra bit of effort,(re the whole grain mustard!) re the lunch,...i want to visit your chefs,how on earth do... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Just back from Sunday lunch. Not cheap, but excellent food. All very fresh and nice attention to detail. Good service. First time, but we will be back.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Went after work with colleagues for a bite to eat. The burgers we had were over cooked, dry and tasteless! Although the new decor is very nice, it's now just a restaurant! The cosy comfy sofas are gone so you don't feel relaxed having a drink . And now it's not the sort of pub to go to on a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Victoria Road, Chelmsford CM2 6LJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Chelmsford
  • Phone Number: +44 1245 266881

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 42

Description

The Riverside Inn Chelmsford is the latest aquisition by The Blue Group. We have now relaunched come in and see us and the changes we have made. Our new all day menu is available every day from 12 noon with Sunday roast served until 7pm. Over the last few months we have refurbished this 17th century mill to make this venue a must see in Chelmsford. A wonderful position on the riverside, the large courtyard garden is surrounded by water. The Riverside has five fantastic hotel rooms, restaurant, function room and spacious bar area.

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