Written on: 15/09/2013 by Whitem64 (1 review written)
DONT GO HERE .Birthday meal ruined. Arrived at 8.00, one starter arrived 15 minutes after others. Medium steak took four attempts to get right, arrived finally at 11.00 , owner's quote' your mistake, you should have ordered fish, don't blame me I didn't cook it. Deserts poor, unrecognisable sweet mush Food bad, owners attitude disgraceful, hugely overpriced. (read more)
Written on: 10/09/2011 by TheIrvs (1 review written)
Friends booked here for their anniversary, so I thought i'd look up some reviews and I wish I hadn't bothered! I always look at the reviews for places we are going and after reading some for the Punch Bowl, I was a tad aprehensive, but oh boy, were those reviewers proved wrong! This restaurant is just brilliant, the atmosphere, food, drink and the host and Staff are all better than superb. The value for money is phenominal when you actually look at the quality of what is served and the way... (read more)
Written on: 20/06/2011
Saturday 18th June. This is an old building, very pleasant if a little cramped and dark. A nice warm welcome from staff, who seated us in fairly comfortable chairs for 15 mins while the table was made ready. We were presented with a large bowl of delicious home made crisps, olives and fresh peas in there pods. As we waited, the bow tied owner/manager greeted the many people coming through the doors as old friends, which they may well have been. We were disappointed to see that the set price... (read more)
Written on: 11/06/2011
We received a warm welcome and were immediately showed to a seat in the bar, served a drink and given some delightful home-made crisps, baby peas and olives - a very promising start. The menu contained an extensive range of dishes for the main and starter courses but the delicious descriptions were not replicated on the plates. With hindsight we should have realised that it is nigh on impossible to produce such a varied range of dishes from fresh ingredients in the time given. The fish... (read more)
Written on: 16/05/2011
We visited the Punchbowl in High Easter on 14th May 2011, the initial impression upon arrival was of a very cozy and charming restaurant. It is a pity that the experience which followed completely destroyed this impression. Food quality was poor and amateurishly prepared, wine ordered was not available but another provided on the basis 'we have opened this one instead'(but we were not asked if this was ok). Main course of belly of pork was questionable and when the manager challenged could... (read more)
Written on: 13/02/2011
Having read some of the reviews for the Punch Bowl, I don't agree with the suggestion from some that this restaurant is pricey - especially given the quantity and quality of food - not to mention the impeccable service. You get what you pay for and this restaurant is certainly well above the average. Whilst the Saturday evening menu we enjoyed, was a fixed price per head, it was certainly a feast. For example, my girlfriend's starter was a half lobster, crab and king prawns. For main course... (read more)
Written on: 06/12/2010
Although our party of 4 had a good night at the Punch Bowl I cannot help thinking that the price was extremely high for the quality of food served and service.
The home made crisps during pre-dinner drinks are a nice touch. However a single G&T at £5.50 and small larger at £3.50 I thought it was a little over priced. The menu was varied but we were not told and it wasn't clear that it was a set 3 course for I believe £45 for Fri & Sat night, as there are no prices visible on the menu.
My... (read more)
Written on: 16/05/2010
Such a surprise to find this wonderful restaurant tucked away in the countryside. The evening started in as we walked in the front door. The charming owner offered cocktails, olives, home made crisps and fresh peas in their pods as we sat in the bar to review the menu. What a feast - it is rare to find so many dishes that whet your appetite - poached asparagus, figs with dolchelatte wrapped in parma ham, fresh crab, and rather retro deep fried brie. Main courses of lobster, steak, dover... (read more)
Written on: 15/03/2010 by gastronomy (1 review written)
Restaurant perhaps becoming over complacent about its popularity.
Last visit in March 2010 slightly disappointing. Unlike previous times, gone were the complimentary champagne sorbets and little tasters from the kitchen.
Varied menu. House wine a safe bet for those daunted by the long wine list.
Quality of food- vegatables overcooked. Dishes genearally OK, but nothing special.
Value for money- Overpriced. Slightly surprising to find no prices on menus. (read more)
Written on: 15/02/2010 by vanessa24 (1 review written)
We recently had a meal for Valentines 2010 at the Punch Bowl. Buried in the Essex countryside, it seems so surprising to find such a top class restaurant. Yes you do feel as if you have been transported back to the 70's, the attire of the hosts, the old building, cellar, and fantastic dessert trolley. I espically liked the old fashioned attentive service- we were sat in the reception area and served strawberry champagne cocktails and blood orange drinks along with homemade crisps. Orchids... (read more)
Written on: 16/01/2010
It's impossible not to enjoy an evening at the Punch Bowl. It's a real favourite with us and we were there again last night. The warm reception, the lovely old building, the attentive service, the good food and the way the evening is 'hosted' is superb. (read more)
Written on: 06/05/2009
We had a meal at The Punch Bowl, High Easter in December 2008 for my Birthday what a great evening (read more)
Written on: 06/10/2008
The Punch Bowl is a quirky, warm and welcoming place with a highly interesting wines list if you're into claret.
But in my opinion the food quality and presentation are not really at the level they should be for £42.50 a head (no price on ladies menus!).
I found it to be a bit of a 70s throwback, especially the dessert trolley. (read more)
Written on: 16/08/2008
We have just had our Daughter's Wedding Breakfast at the Punch Bowl. My husband and I along with forty guests said what a wonderful Restaurant it is. They made sure that everything was perfect for our special day, masterminding the event from start to finish. The food, as everyone commented, was out of this world and we are not surprised that the Punch Bowl has such excellent reviews. We shall certainly go back soon even though we live in distant Berkshire. (read more)
Written on: 19/07/2008 by nigeldermott
Having spent our Christmas party at The Punch Bowl for the past few years I can say that you would struggle to find a better restaurant in Essex - probably even wider than that! Many homemade touches to add to your experience. Exclusively hired for our parties the personal touch makes for a special occassion. I would highly recommend this venue for the special celebration as your event will undoubtably be a memorable one. (read more)
Written on: 05/01/2008
We found all the ingredients to a near perfect dining experience. The staff and service, and the general ambiance for the evening were absolutely first class. The meal itself was without fault, and indeed the advice on the most suitable courses was really helpful. I was not absolutely certain of my choice of meal and received very honest advice for the dishes available. The courses were served with suitable intervals between, and the presentation was to be expected. You could tell that the... (read more)
Written on: 20/06/2007 by SX Eater (1 review written)
Frankly, this has to come towards the top as one of the best restaurants to eat in Essex. The Punch Bowl restaurant is the central focal point, along with The Church within High Easter, and from the outset we were greeted with tremendous hospitality. The manager takes particular pride in ensuring that all his guests are well catered for. Clearly he has a great love for wine, with their own cellar, which he is always pleased to show off! The food provided by his wife meets a very high... (read more)
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