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“disappointing” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant 43

Restaurant 43
The Green, Great Bentley CO7 8PJ, England
01206252255
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Price range: $14 - $36
Cuisines: English, Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Colchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

We had only heard soothing about this restaurant so decided to try it for ourselves. We were greeted warmly and taken to our seats immediately. We were not given menus to view and it was sometime before we were asked if we would like any drinks. 3 of us ordered drinks with the fourth stating that she would like to choose from the wine menu. The 3 drinks came but the wine order was not taken until reminded. The menus were given to us and were explained well: soup of the day, today's specials, etc. Our orders were taken and we were then asked if we would like to place side orders of vegetables or salad or fries. Three of us made selections from the set menu of 3 courses for 15 pounds one selected from the a la carte menu. I chose whitebait and when it arrived there were about 7 fish deep fried. The Chinese style pork was excellent and a generous portion and the fromage de chevre tart was also well presented and very tasty. The catch of the day which was included on the set menu, was sea bream and served with crushed potatoes which appeared to be deep fried whole new potatoes in their skins, no crushing involved. The additional bowl of vegetables we ordered included asparagus which was delicious and also included carrots and broccoli.
For dessert I ordered the Eton Mess which was really strawberries and cream with some meringue. The creme brulee was wonderful and served with a really tasty mango ice cream - every tart and full of flavour although the plate it was served on was full of finger prints from its transit from kitchen to table.
Unfortunately one of my fellow diners had a piece hard plastic in his peanut brittle dessert. We pointed it out but we were told that the pastry chef wasn't there tonight to find out any more. We received an apology but no offer of anything else. (No charge, reduction on next visit, etc.)
The waiting staff were attentive in checking that all was ok but on occasions they were intrusive interrupting the flow of conversation.
All the food I had was tasty and well presented, however, we all left feeling that the experience did not match the reviews we had heard previously. We will not be rushing back.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
1 review
“Great restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

Live very close and drive past the restaurant all the time and have been meaning to go. We was the only people in the restaurant at the beginning but it filled up very quickly. We had a young waitress who couldn't do enough to help us but lacked a bit of experience so everything seemed a bit rehearsed. This will only come with time and everyone has to start some where so I'm not down marking for this.
Food was lovely, I had ox cheek open ravioli to start and lamb as main. My lamb was blushing just how it should be and very tender. My fiancé had a steak which she says is the best she has had. I would say the food wasn't boundary breaking but it was cooked to perfection.
The manager served us near the end of the meal. She was very friendly and welcoming.

We will definitely be going back as there are many places that have a great view and food.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

We went here to celebrate my 40th birthday, great place, great food and fab service. Looking forward to going back there.

Visited May 2013
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Essex
1 review
“Just beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Decor..... Beautiful
Service ..... Prompt
Food ...... Amazing
Wine .... Reasonable and chilled
Laughter ..... Lots
Really enjoyed my birthday thank you to rest 43
We will be regulars x

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Great bentley
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9 restaurant reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Village delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Our second visit to our local restaurant Although restaurant was very busy the food and service was again spot on and worth the wait the menu although limited was nice and the desserts we had were lovely it would be nice to have a special board as it might get boring picking from a limited menu
But love love this place....... Do try it


  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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