The Saracens Head has been at the centre of community life in Great Dunmow, of Dunmow Flitch fame, for centuries. It has recently been refurbished and very well done too. The old world charm is still there but with a modern stylish touch. Comfortable and enjoyable.
We all know that the pre-Christmas period is the busiest that restaurants experience so we venture forth with fingers crossed. Sadly for me when visiting the restaurant for a traditional
turkey dinner last Friday evening the kitchen must have been under the most severe pressure
of all. I say this because whilst my starter was an excellent soup, and whilst the turkey itself was delicious, sadly the accompanying batter pudding (with turkey?) was
dry, 'tough' and tasteless. Now I know that vegetables should not be over cooked, but there is a difference between a light steaming, or blanching, and food that is hard on the fork let alone in the mouth. So there we have it. The courteous and friendly staff were concerned at my
dilemma. My pudding was as delightful as the soup, but unsurprisingly, I remained hungry
after completing the three courses. A discreet request for some cheese and biscuits quickly brought forth a delicious selection of both and my appetite was quelled. Perhaps this is bound to happen at this time of year for a variety of reasons. But ignoring the possibility of staff sickness,
what was obvious was that there were at least four very large parties of diners in the Hotel that evening. Was this too much for the resources of the kitchen? I do not know. I do know however, that as the cost of eating out has risen tremendously over recent years, that restaurants that fail to provide nothing less that excellent food will struggle to compete with
those that do.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This grade II listed building once a traditional coaching inn, set in the historical market town of Great Dunmow, has been fully restored and re-furbished back to a beautiful bar, restaurant and hotel. Find us just off the A120 – we’re about 6 miles from both and only 12 minutes from Stansted Airport. Our menus are thoughtfully created and changed with each season.Free WIFI to all guests and visitors. Enjoy superb food prepared using the freshest local ingredients, with timeless classics and innovative specials. Everything is cooked to order using as much local produce as our head chef can buy, and served in stylish, relaxed and modern surroundings. Our Sunday roast is fast becoming legendary and is served all day. Join us any time for great food and drink and warm, friendly service.We have 31 en-suite rooms each with room service, free wifi and a delicious breakfast served in the morning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Saracens Head Hotel Great Dunmow, Essex