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Essence at Old Red Lion Court
Price range: $25 - $47
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: "Essence" is in the Old Red Lion Court, which connects Bridge Street to Sheep Street. Our team of chefs prepare all our dishes on the premises including our selection of breads, ice creams and sorbets.Essence is perfect for catching up with friends over coffee or a light lunch, business lunches, pre & post theatre meals, romantic dining, private parties in our upstairs dining room, traditional Sunday lunches and alfresco dining when the weather is suitable!Come and drop in to experience the fresh contemporary feel of our new dining and drinking environment. We look forward to welcoming you.
Reviewed October 24, 2012

You must visit this restaurant when in Stratford....great decor, fantastic food and a great host....enjoyed our visit and will definitely return

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Thank Kirstie D
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Describing itself as a Modern British Cuisine restaurant is a clever ploy, appealing to the many of us who applaud the advances in British cuisine over the last 20 years. Essence certainly responds well, with an excellent, reasonably priced menu. The food presentation was artistic and delicious. I would certainly recommend Essence to anyone visiting Stratford and will make a point of going again when we are in the area.

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Thank Wokbud2
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Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

We dined here on Sat 20th Oct for a golden wedding anniversary celebration. The service was first class throughout the evening and the waiter that served us was polite and friendly. There was a choice of a three course fixed price menu that was good value at £17.50 or a more expensive a la carte option. I had the ham hock & bacon terine, half of chicken hot pot and a sticky toffee pudding with ice cream, all from the fixed price menu. Overall the food quality was very good and reasonably priced. We would definitely recommend this place to others and will be back on our next trip to Stratford.

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1  Thank tuftythesquirrel
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

My partner and I had lunch at Essence earlier this week, whilst visiting from Oxford. We were encouraged by recent very good Trip Advisor reviews, and how right they were!! We were given a warm welcome, followed by excellent service, and a lovely two-course lunch in a very calm and enjoyable atmosphere. My partner really enjoyed the pigeon breast risotto followed by sea bream, whilst I thought that the steak and kidney pudding was superb. Total cost for two people including tip, and only tap water to drink, plus coffees at the end was about £40, but well worth it. We wanted to thank the chef on our way out but couldn't quite catch his eye. I just hope that he reads this. Well done. Highly recommended!

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3  Thank AlanAbbott48
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We ate here as a group of 50 people on a Saturday night. The staff were very attentive and friendly. The service and food was great. Would definitely recommend whether you're a big group or just a couple.

2  Thank Richard P
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