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“Excellent Lunch”
Review of The Cuckoo

The Cuckoo
Ranked #4 of 383 Restaurants in Chelmsford
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed May 15, 2013

First time visit for lunch, we enjoyed the 'Ladies Lunch' menu, one course, glass of wine and warm homemade bread for £10.50 per head. The ambience was excellent, staff friendly and the meals were first class. The decor is clean and modern but cottagey. Surrounded by countryside, it would also be pleasant to sit outside when we eventually get some summer days.
Only one tiny thing I was critical of was the cost of two small lime and sodas at £5.90 for the two. Otherwise a great experience.

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Visited on a Friday evening, joined a couple of other early diners at 6.30pm by 7.30pm the place was more or less full, lively buzz but not too noisy. Small restaurant with an excellent and varied menu. All food is freshly cooked so may mean a little wait but it is well worth it. This is a lovely location both for summer and winter, lots of nice walking around this area. Staff friendly and attentive. Well worth a visit with friends or as a couple

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Thank firsttimes
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

The Cuckoo is located in a secluded spot just off the A414. From the outside it looks like a house which has been converted to a pub and very individual. When you walk in, the furnishings are cottagey and welcoming and it is surprisingly small. Having said that, tables are well spaced.
We arrived early for our table and were seated in the window at the front of the property whilst we waited for our friends. A nice touch was the small bowl of crisps on the table which we tucked into whilst ordering some drinks.
The staff were friendly and seated us promptly at 6.45pm once our friends arrived. We were warned when we rang up to book that there would be another sitting after us at 8.45pm which I always feel is a shame when you have booked for an evening out, however we decided to give The Cuckoo a try.
The menu was appealing with a good selection of dishes for all tastes. For our mains we all opted for the steak and what a good choice that turned out to be. It melted in the mouth and was quite the best piece of steak we have had for many years.
Each course was attractively presented on the plate and we finished our meal just a few minutes later than the slot intended for the next diners.
Prices were higher than your average pub meal but as a treat we would return.
Do book your table. On the evening we were there it was full.

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Thank GailOEssex
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

We had a lovely meal here last week with family. The food was first class and the service extremely good as well. Would highly recommend the homemade bread and the homemade peanut butter ice cream is a must.

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Thank Pink_LadyII
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

5 of us had lunch for a friends birthday, although there was a ladies lunch menu 2 courses and a glass of wine for £10.50 we opted for the main menu. I could have picked everything it was so good, in fact one of the best meals I've ever eaten in a pub. The rosemary bread was yummy.
I had courgette fritters, excellent, and duck confit with mash and red cabbage. The puddings looked great but we were all too full up to try them. Will definitely go back.
It's quite a small place so you must book, we went on a Wednesday and it was packed.
Best for adults without children although outside there is a duck pond and tables and chairs . on a nice warm day and surrounded by countryside what could be nicer.

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Thank AndreaEssexengland
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