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The Saracens Head Restaurant and Bar

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High Street, Great Dunmow CM6 1AG, England
01371 873901
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Today
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed - Mon 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: This historic coaching inn dates back to the 1700s and has been a...
This historic coaching inn dates back to the 1700s and has been a traveller's retreat and local favourite ever since. The Saracen's Head was newly refurbished in May 2012 and is now thriving as the heart of Great Dunmow. With cozy spots near the open fire to relax and enjoy a pint and a beautiful restaurant to enjoy fresh cooked food with friends The Saracens is the perfect place to come for all occasions. Why not spend the night in one of our 31 en-suite bedrooms and wake up to our full English breakfast.
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Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 22
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 6
    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
Fantastic pub restaurant

This little restaurant was fantastic. Very busy and atmospheric. The food - although not what you would class as the " best you have ever eaten", was very very good. It is top quality well cooked dishes. Our fillet steak was beautiful . The staff could not try harder or be more pleasant. This is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Isabel e E
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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85 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Liverpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This little restaurant was fantastic. Very busy and atmospheric. The food - although not what you would class as the " best you have ever eaten", was very very good. It is top quality well cooked dishes. Our fillet steak was beautiful . The staff could not try harder or be more pleasant. This is a very good pub restaurant... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Having recently moved to Great Dunmow, we've been trying out local places. Dinner here started badly, no-one offered to take our coats or umbrella, we weren't offered any bread, olives etc. The wine list was reasonable, and having selected the Chablis, not only was in plonked on the table in a bucket and left, but when asked if it was... More 

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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I've been eating a drinking in the Sarries Head since it was refurbished, food is well made, freshly cooked and reasonably priced, both in the bar and restaurant, Friday nights in the bar have a great atmosphere , however it can take ages to get served as the bar is quite small, staff are very pleasant and well trained. Good... More 

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Braintree, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

I had organised a meal for my girlfriends birthday recently at The Saracens. All of us left happy after what we all agreed was a great meal, which started by a prompt greeting in the bar and an offer to have a drink or go through to the table . Once in the restaurant we were looked after by very... More 

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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I've eaten at the Saracens periodically since it opened, although I won't be returning. The prices are on the top end, but the food and the service do not match. It started a lot better but has consistently and progressively declined. My most recent meal was started with duck croquettes with pickled vegetables. It was ok, not bursting with flavour... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Difficult to say more than that really. Over priced; £26.50 for a pub steak. Poor quality food: tepid slabs of under-cooked potato served in greasy mock fryer baskets Served without a smile; that only comes after you get served. It would appear the staff have been trained in avoiding eye contact. 15 minutes to get a drink at the bar... More 

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1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

I have visited the pub many times, the service is consistently poor, the staff are not friendly and are very slow and untrained. The drinks are expensive. Food can be nice some times but on other occasions it's poor. The place never has enough staff.

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London
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

We have visited this place many times before and normally had a good meal. But this time is was ruined. 1 member of staff for the whole resturant and 1 for the whole bar. The poor girl in the resturant was run off her feet. Therefore the service was very slow and very poor (not her fault she was on... More 

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 via mobile

This place looks nice but thats about it. It is one of these places that wants to be everything. It is a pub, restaurant, wine bar, cocktail bar, hotel etc. We had dinner and the food was just poor and it took ages to be served. All the waitresses are very young and they are not very well trained and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Early in September i took a client there who was disabled. We wanted a drink only. No one assisted us with her or her chair. She had to abandon the chair and try to walk in. we were made to sit on a small table by the entrance as we were not eating a full meal. I felt so embarrassed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: High Street, Great Dunmow CM6 1AG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Great Dunmow
  • Phone Number: 01371 873901

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 62
  • Cuisine: British

Description

This historic coaching inn dates back to the 1700s and has been a traveller's retreat and local favourite ever since. The Saracen's Head was newly refurbished in May 2012 and is now thriving as the heart of Great Dunmow. With cozy spots near the open fire to relax and enjoy a pint and a beautiful restaurant to enjoy fresh cooked food with friends The Saracens is the perfect place to come for all occasions. Why not spend the night in one of our 31 en-suite bedrooms and wake up to our full English breakfast.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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