The Yew Tree, Great Horkesley, Colchester Reviews

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★★★☆☆

“patience is a virtue”

Written on: 03/12/2013

Was treated to a birthday meal by my daughter in law and grandchildren. Arrived about 5.30pm on a saturday. Seated quickly and order taken promptly by very pleasant young man. Here comes the patience bit. Over 30mins before main arrived. did not order starter. Food very good but mistake made on one of children's meal. Then ordered sweets. No Creme Brulee and no strawberry ice cream! Waited 20mins for sweet to arrive. 3 of the orders were for cold puddings. Does it really take 20mins to cut up a… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“family visit new years day”

Written on: 02/01/2013 by grannyjan (1 review written)

What slow service.one waitress looked up at the ceiling and rolled her eyes when we asked for a few more drinks.the other waitress was fantastic(the one in glasses}.we didnt leave a tip as we were so dissapointed.never before in the yew tree has it been this bad.Ps lights in ladies were not working.HEALTH AND SAFETY comes to mind.as we reported this at 12 30 when we arrived we thought that by the time we left at 2 45 it had not been fixed.very unhappy with whole experience… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Eating at Yew Tree "DON'T"”

Written on: 26/11/2012 by bobpearce (1 review written)

My partner and I booked to eat at the Yew Tree last Sat evening 24th November 2012 but before we went I checked out the reviews on the Web. As you can read they are shocking but in 2011 they were better. Knowing a restaurant is only as good as it's Chef or cook in this case we decided to give it a go. Firstly can we say the staff were very polite,attentive and curtious although it was not busy? supprise. We ordered the baked Camenbert with bread to share but when it came it had been nuked in… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Terrible service and poor food”

Written on: 20/10/2012

Went to dinner with some friends to the Yew Tree, greeted at the door by a waitress who gave us the most dirty look, she then asked us to wait while she found a table for us which was expected, she then sat us at an uncleared table and didn't even return to wipe the table down. The food was served in 35 minutes which is not bad. If by a 'hearty portion' you mean seven pieces of scampi and crucified chips for £7.49, which is severally over priced for the portion and would never pay that… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Very,very slow service.”

Written on: 05/10/2012

Slow service, long delays between courses. Over 3 hours for Sunday lunch. Frozen vegetables , hard cauliflower. Poor desserts. Our first and last visit.. I would not recommend this pub… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Excellent service”

Written on: 10/08/2012 by Eleanor1976 (1 review written)

There was a problem with our starter order,that created a delay ,this was immediately rectified by the manager who went out of his way to resolve and compensate us for this delay. Food was excellent and service amazing… Read Full Review

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“Disappointing ”

Written on: 17/06/2012 by Bethany2000 (1 review written)

Went three weeks ago and service was the slowest I have ever had. Booked again for fathers day. 3 pm booking served at 430pm. Do not go here, terrible service. Last time we were served wine on our last mouthful of food. Never go here, please… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Awful!!”

Written on: 13/06/2012

Have been a few times now and food and service has got steadily worse. My food on saturday was dreadful, when i complained they didnt want to know. I will never eat there again… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“poor”

Written on: 27/11/2011

went for a family meal and we were all very disappointed with the very poor service and awful food. we wont be recommending this restaurant and wont be visiting again. avoid at all costs… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“A very, very long evening!”

Written on: 18/07/2011

We ate here tonight at a table booked for 5pm. Our party was 7 adults and one pre-schooler (hence the early teatime table). We asked someone to take a drinks order at 5.30pm and finally these arrived at 10 to 6. We then asked to order food and were told there was a one hour wait for food!!! Very disappointing but we agreed to wait as starters would be quicker and they promised to bring out the child's meal very quickly. The starters took 30 minutes to arrive (4 portions of crispy prawns). At… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Don't! Really; Don't!”

Written on: 19/06/2011

My family have been to this pub restaurant a few times recently. On one occasion, one weekday evening, everything was fine. However, I was ill for two days after but this could have been a co-incidence. My son had problems with service when he went after this and today my other son and daughter to me for a meal here. We gave up waiting for dinner after 1 hour and 15 minutes. During this time no apologies. We did ask twice where the meal was and both times they said they would go to find… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I ate at the Yew Tree in Great Horkesley for the first...”

Written on: 16/03/2011

I ate at the Yew Tree in Great Horkesley for the first time on Sunday. What a lovely pub! Very traditional and with a thatched roof, but relaxed and modern inside, also saw a lovely garden with fountain which will be brillent in the warmer weather. We had a sunday roast which was delicious and the staff were friendly and nothing was too much trouble. I reccomend trying the Yew Tree… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Sat 22 Jan 2011: - First visit ti The Yew Tree, Great...”

Written on: 24/01/2011

Sat 22 Jan 2011: - First visit ti The Yew Tree, Great Horkesley and will not go back again. They have a sign saying 'sit down and we will do the rest', far from it! The service is far from attentive and we had to keep grabbing waitresses for most things, We needed to ask for more cutlery (the table was booked), one serviette on the table for seven, we had to grab staff to take the order, to get the bill, to take the money. The wait for food was long, a table next to us tried cancelling there… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Visited The Yew Tree on Saturday 22nd January for...”

Written on: 23/01/2011

Visited The Yew Tree on Saturday 22nd January for lunch, two adults and two children. I had a chicken burger with chips - it was definately chicken but the burger had absolutely no taste to it whatsoever - how can that be?? Chips were obviously the oven, processed variety. My husband had the moroccan lamb burger, again not great. Two kids meals of fish and oven chips, not too bad. This is a classic case of a big company taking over what probably used to be quite a cute British pub. What a… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“We have had so many bad experiences of this place- we...”

Written on: 17/01/2011

We have had so many bad experiences of this place- we will not be returning again.
Terrible service… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“It was my birthday on17.10.2010. and my son and his...”

Written on: 21/10/2010

It was my birthday on17.10.2010. and my son and his wife came to visit and we had a lovely Sunday roast and a lovely sweet could not fault it… Read Full Review

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“ON SAT 17TH JULY, MYSELF AND 3 FRIENDSWENT TO THE YEW...”

Written on: 20/07/2010

ON SAT 17TH JULY, MYSELF AND 3 FRIENDSWENT TO THE YEW TREE FOR DINNER ASIT WAS MY BIRTHDAY. WHAT A MISTAKE!I FELT SORRY FOR THE STAFF AND THE MANAGER AS THEY SPENT MOST OF TE EVENING GIVING FREE DESERTS AND COFFEES BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE ALL COMPLAINING. THERE WERE TO MANY PEOPLE AND IT WAS OBVIOUS THATTHEY COULDNT COPE. MY FRIENDS CHICKEN WAS COLD,THE CHIPS WERE HARD AND HAD BEEN COOKED BEFORE. WHEN THE FREE DESERTS CAME MY PARTNER DIDNT GET HIS AND WHEN WE COMPLAINED AGAIN THEY SAID OPPS WE WILL… Read Full Review

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