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The Shepherd and Dog

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Bar, British, Pub
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Ballards Gore | Ballards Gore, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea SS4 2DA, England
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Essex, UK
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had heard about the home - made roasts and looked forward to our visit. Unfortunately, most of what could go wrong did so. We seemed to get the worst end of the food and without going on, it just wasn't right. There were plenty of people there and this would be no coincidence to be fair. You could see... More 

Thank PedroMacon
Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We popped into this gem of pub for a quick drink whilst in the area on Easter Sunday. We knew nothing of the place, just that we passed by and thought why not. On entering the bar we we greeted by a very friendly barman and warm atmosphere. We were so impressed that we decided to have a meal. Although... More 

Thank Geoff S
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in on the off chance, restaurant busy but managed to sit us. Food lovely, fantastic menu gor a country pub.

Thank theholliesEssex
Hockley, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to the S&D for lunch on a Wednesday without booking. It was not busy on arrival around 12.30pm but was fairly busy within the hour. We have been several times in the past and the last couple of times I had wanted to sample the Jacob's ladder which had been recommended by my son but unfortunately it was... More 

Thank Barry B
Christchurch, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2017 via mobile

The wife and myself were back in the area for the day, (Day trip from Dorset, Yes I know,completely bonkers). We were meeting friends and they suggested this pub. (I was last in this pub back in 1982 or thereabouts). We met up and decided or have lunch. We sat in the bar Area because we had dogs with us,... More 

Thank Mick M
Mick B, Guest Relations Manager at The Shepherd and Dog, responded to this review

thank you we look forward to seeing you again comments are allways good More 

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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2017

Visited on a Sunday to have a late lunch, ended up about 6:30-7:00 Poor food, heated up roasties, not very earm, burnt yorkshire, seriously bad apart from the forerib of beef. Would not go back Seriously guys, if you are happy to serve up offerings like that then have the fromt to ask is everything all right with your food... More 

Thank UkDean
Romsey, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

Visited here on a Friday night after wanting a change from our normal venue. We had been here before it closed and weren't that impressed, but after reopening with new custodians ... wow ! What a difference!. I looked at the recent reviews and thought lets give it a go and boy were we not disappointed. We both had starters,... More 

Thank Simon D
Mick B, Public Relations Manager at The Shepherd and Dog, responded to this review

thankyou so much we appreciate feed back to maintain our customers experience More 

Rochford, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2017

This is our local pub and we've eaten here quite a few times. As soon as you open the door, it feels like home - very olde-worlde with everything you expect from a country pub, beams and a big open fireplace which always has a fire going in the winter and friendly staff. The food is usually good although the... More 

Thank Maureen B
Mick B, Public Relations Manager at The Shepherd and Dog, responded to this review

thanks your comment have been passed on so staff are aware the need for improvement More 

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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2017

As locals we have often driven past the Shepherd and Dog - and have sometimes ventured in for a drink. But, until this evening, we'd never eaten there.......how I'm kicking myself for that. A long work day and changed plans meant that my wife and I decided (on the spur-of-the-moment) to eat out this evening. After considering our local favourite... More 

Thank Ian T
Mick B, Front Office Manager at The Shepherd and Dog, responded to this review

thankyou More 

Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 19, 2017

We have been here on many occasions and celebrated a couple of family events. The food is really good. The menu is changed frequently and there is always a such a great choice. Beautifully cooked and plenty of it. The staff are warm and friendly and always happy to chat but never intrusive. There are always local ales on draught... More 

Thank Harrison92
Mick B, Public Relations Manager at The Shepherd and Dog, responded to this review

we do try to please all comments welcome thanks More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ballards Gore | Ballards Gore, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea SS4 2DA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Southend-on-Sea  >  Rochford
  • Phone Number: 441702258658

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?