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“Good Food”
Review of Essence at Old Red Lion Court - CLOSED

Essence at Old Red Lion Court
Price range: $25 - $47
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, 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.
Bristol, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Good Food”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Lovely food and you could not fault the service. Very relaxed. We went for dinner, but I would say it's more of a lunch venue.

Visited November 2012
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English first
Derby, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Premier Restaurant !”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Husband and I always go to Essence when we visit Stratford as we find the food far, far superior in taste, quality and quantity compared to their closest rival. Paul, the manager, greeted us with a friendly smile, recognised us from having seen us before (MMX CH1) and made us feel extremely welcome. We chose meals from the 'Fixed Price Dinner' as we know these are excellent value. The dishes hold an element of surprise as their descriptions on the menu are succinct yet when presented it's obvious they are more complex than the menu suggests. This makes for a wonderful dining experience and you can't help swapping bits of your meal with your partners meal so you can taste even more of those lovely dishes that Essence has to offer! Congratulations Essence. We'll definitely see you again soon! :-D

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank IMOPOZ
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We chose this place on the back of some excellent reviews on Trip Adviser, and were so glad that we did. The place itself is modern and inviting, and the staff are attentive but not overly so, such that you can enjoy your meal without feeling either rushed or abandoned.
We selected the set menu, which represents fabulous value for money. Three courses each, plus a bottle of wine, all for about £50. They also supplied nicely filtered tap water, served in a glass bottle. It is nice when restaurants don't try to push you into buying expensive mineral water, especially when in most other countries free water for the table is a given.
The food was great and we really couldn't fault it. It is a pity that we live so far away otherwise it would become a regular haunt.
Go try it out for yourselves - you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank JPHLondon
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London, England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great food and perfect location”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Great place for dinner before theatre at the RSC. Food and service were excellent and the dinner menu was great value for a touristy place.

Visited November 2012
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Thank Jean-Louis B
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazingly relaxed, fantastic service and food.”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

The Manager Paul is incredibly welcoming and great fun. We arrived to an anniversary card!! This was a lovely and unexpected touch. Food was spot on and the staff were all friendly and entertaining. They made us laugh loads and I'd love to go back.

Highly recommended.

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