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The Gate

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74 Thaxted Road | Saffron Walden, Saffron Walden, England
01799 522 321
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been going to this restaurant ever since Dani & Andrea opened the run down pub and converted it into a genuine Italian trattoria with food to match. By also keeping the pub itself going and adding a proper pizza oven they have covered many bases. Our last visit there this month was as good as ever and I... More 

Thank Michael M
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I cannot fault the food - very generous portions and delicious. However, due to the poor service we received I will not be rushing to visit again, the staff were very unfriendly and unwelcoming which made me find my overall experience uncomfortable.

Thank Ellie M
Tadcaster, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose this because it offered a good choice of vegetarian cuisine for some family members. The outside of the restaurant is unremarkable and the car park could do with a coating of asphalt. However, inside was a really good restaurant with an excellent menu. Some of us who had pizzas had to put what they couldn't eat into a... More 

Thank redbloodcorpuscle
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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155 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Venue was chosen as a half way house meeting up with friends and it was a pleasant surprise. Originally a pub it has been converted into an Italian style restaurant, offering a decent lunch menu with a fairly restricted choice of real ales. I chose the Tagliatelle with fresh lobster which was good although a little short on the lobster... More 

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Thank Alan L
Bath, UK
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66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were told this was a special restaurant with great food. I was sceptical as menu seemed rather extensive for any great attention to detail. We were served feather-light triangles of garlic pizza with our drinks. I had carpaccio of beef which was excellent, served with peppery Parmesan cheese and rocket leaves. I then had sirloin steak with bearnaise sauce.... More 

Thank jcpilgrims
Braintree, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I along with our 9 year old daughter visited this charming restaurant for lunch after my wife had previously been for a night out with colleagues and couldn't rave about the food highly enough. I can happily say she was right. The portions are ample, we had the avocado, smoked salmon and crayfish and a garlic pizza... More 

Thank Christopher V
Southminster, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

We have been several times at lunch time and each visit has been very enjoyable. The menu is Italian, and very well done in a simple and refreshing fashion that makes for a relaxing and sociable lunch. This time we had a starter which was delicious, and can say the main courses are good too for a leisurely meal out.

Thank 399rock
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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332 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

We visited for our 26th anniversary. The place was very busy but not in a way that spoiled the occasion. The service was good and drinks were fairly priced. Cathy started with the generously proportioned parma ham and melon, after which she struggled to manage her Sea Bass main. Both, apparently, were very nice. I had the primi piatti mixed... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

This Italian restaurant is a sheer delight. We ate there again this evening - a cold, wet Wednesday - but the restaurant was very busy by 7.30 pm, which speaks for itself. The starter was the most delicious we've ever tasted - melt in your mouth prawns and calamari on a skewer, with a generous, colourful salad accompaniment. My main... More 

Thank Judith331
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

As we were early to the restaurant when we walked in we were the only ones there. The restaurant felt a little cool, but as the evening wore on and more guests arrived it warmed up. Lovely starters as always followed a delicious pizza. Too full for pudding but I had a coffee and we were left alone to catch... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $20
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 74 Thaxted Road | Saffron Walden, Saffron Walden, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Saffron Walden
  • Phone Number: 01799 522 321

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