Written on: 19/07/2012 by anexcustomer2 (1 review written)
Went 19/07/12. 3 items on menu not available. I ordered Taw cheddar baguette with red white onion. Was just a soft, small baguette with pre made sloppy sandwich filling not even to supermarket standard. It slopped out as I tried to eat it and was slimy. 6 hours later and I still feel nauseous at the thought of it. My friend had Thai and was very disappointed. With 2 glasses of water a very poor £22 worth. (read more)
Written on: 09/04/2012 by Hbaylis
After being invited to the Rayleigh Lodge for lunch by some friends I thought I'd check the reviews to get some idea of what to expect. After reading many negative comments I have to say I wasn't filled with confidence that the meal was going to be a success. However, following a 3 course meal served to 10 of us I have to say I have nothing but positives for the place. The service was great. The staff were attentive and friendly. The food tasted amazing. The portion sizes were great and the... (read more)
Written on: 02/11/2011
Starter Tiger Platter was OK ish. Served within a few minutes of being ordered which was not a good sign. Red Chicken Curry tasted great, but not much chicken at all, a few slices of pepper and a lot of thin sauce. The Rice serving was very small, not enough to soak up the juices. Serving sizes are smaller than other Thai / Indian restaurants. Overall, I would not rush back. (read more)
Written on: 19/08/2011 by claymore (1 review written)
Chose the Rayleigh Lodge as a wedding anniversary dinner.Reserved a table for 8.00pmon on line very efficient and took booking reference only to be told we had no booking! A good start and should have realised then. Shown to table and after a long wait having ordered the banquet set menu settled down with prawn crackers and eventually a drink. By now the place was filling up eventually we got our starter the "Tiger Platter" which was decidely average and only just hot. That was it no further... (read more)
Written on: 29/07/2011 by Biffbaffboff
I recently dined at the Rayleigh Lodge with a close friend, having not tried Thai food before I did not know what to expect. We were not disappointed. The atmosphere was lovely and relaxed and the decor was exquisite. The food melted in our mouths and was very good value for money with the table full of different dishes. The staff were very friendly and polite and had a unique charm about them. We will definitely be revisiting in the near future. (read more)
Written on: 17/07/2011 by hbaines
Me and my partner have dined at the rayleigh lodge for years! We went there thursday evening for a carvery, not realising it is now a newly refurbed Thai resturant. Having already travelled there we decided to stay. And im glad we did!! The newly done interior was sensational! The reasturant feels as though you have vistited a little bit of thailad. Service was great, drinks were lovely! The food was the best i have ever tasted. Having not tried thai food before, i was blown away! A truely... (read more)
Written on: 05/07/2011
I recently went to the Rayleigh lodge to find its now a Thai resturant. The food was sensational i would definately recommend the food to anyone as its not too spicey and was oozing with flavours. The place looks superb as the decor is truely thai. i was meeted in an authentic Thai custom and all the girls were dressed in Thai costume. i will most definately be going back, as i've already booked for the weekend. (read more)
Written on: 26/12/2010 by Denie 666 (1 review written)
Wish Id read these reviews before booking xmas dinner for 10 at the cost of £55 per adult and £27 per child. Atmosphere? What atmosphere the whole time the waitress never cracked a smile. Waited 30mins for our drinks starters came just after then waited 50mins for our mains and another 45 mins for our dessert. My husband didnt even get his dessert the waitress took it back to the kitchen saying she had brought one too many, with a face like she'd had all afternoon we didnt dare argue. We... (read more)
Written on: 07/12/2010
What a shame. The atmosphere is non-existent and the beer is far to expensive. It's always empty in the bar. They need Sky and to offer promotions on beer. (read more)
Written on: 29/10/2010
Only been here at lunch time mid-week. Food and service have been very good, but we usualy have the carvery and no starters. We like the atmosphere, but needs a makeover and toilets are a bit grim. Would use again. (read more)
Written on: 26/09/2010
Living round the corner from the lodge it should be a regular place to eat for me. Unfortunately I avoid at all costs. I have tried it on a number of occasions over the 8 years I have lived in Rayleigh thinking it may have improved. However, on the whole it is not great. The meat is either dry or undercooked and the vegetables are limited in choice and all stewed and mushy. It is quite expensive so I would expect a great quality and choice of food but you won't get it here. I have also... (read more)
Written on: 22/08/2010 by sudawn
How disappointing. This was a family celebration for Mum and Dads Golden wedding. We had not visited Rayleigh Lodge for some time but Mum and Dad live very close so decided as past experiences had been good we would take Mum and Dad for their Golden Wedding. Table was booked for 7 and we were taken straight to our table, drinks order taken, took some time for these to arrive with one drink not arriving until waitress reminded. Starter orders taken waited 45 minutes and then waitress told us... (read more)
Written on: 11/06/2010
i was rather disgusted on my return visit to the Rayleigh Lodge,the food was well presented,but was rather tasteless & bland,my wife had the carvery,which was describesd as "disgusting"we refused to pay for our meal,after watching a RAT run around the dining area,all the customers except one table of two,grabbed there plates and vacated the dining area,the rat was caught and disposed of by the staff,the appropriate health authorities have now been inform,we will not be returning again (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2010
We have dined at The Lodge Carvery for may years, but our experience on the 18th February 2010 was disastrous! The food was OK but we had to wait a considerable time before we got it. One of our guests opted for turkey, ham and leek pie but due to a shortage of staff in the kitchen, he had to wait one hour for his meal. The carving chef, who seemed to be doing everything, had to break off now and again to top up the vegetables, etc. When we were queueing for the carvery, we had to wait 15... (read more)
Written on: 30/10/2009 by Alan1916 (1 review written)
Having not been for some time we decided to go for a carvery. The beef was running in blood and had only been shown to the oven. Some of the vegetables could only be described as stodge and appeared to be bubble and squeak all mashed together. The service left a lot to be desired and when we paid and left we were not asked if we had enjoyed our meal or not. It felt as though the establishment did not want to have a restaurant. Very poor and if I could give less than one star I would. The... (read more)
Written on: 14/09/2009
Good food (Carvery) however, on this occasion they would not allow our celebration party to consume a cake brought to the premises for "Health and Safety" reasons" even though I had previously mentioned this on booking. My parents 65th Anniversary was almost ruined but for a helpful waitress who organised for us to consume the cake with our coffee in the lobby area. This is the first time I have ever come up against such a ruling. Very petty. Would not eat at Rayleigh Lodge again out of... (read more)
Written on: 26/05/2009
me and my family visted the lodge a few days ago (thurday night) and i have to say i was very impressed by the food..all the family had a carvery.but i was rather dissapointed by the service...the women was rather overwhelming and rather intimidating...i have to say it was busy and she was trying but the lack of staff was rather noticable...we had long waits for drinks and desserts..overall the food was good enough for us to come back..i just hope there is more staff on..to accommiddate... (read more)
Written on: 24/01/2009
Staff at the Rayleigh Lodge are friendly and polite. Starters and desserts good. Non -carvery main courses good but Carvery meal disappointing. Beef overcooked. Turkey seemed a bit undercooked- red near centre. Roast potatoes leathery. New potatoes hard and flavourless. Sprouts undercooked, Roast parsnips overcooked. The carvery meal has been better on previous occasions but friends we took with us as new customers were not impressed. (read more)
Written on: 19/08/2008 by JAcqlO (2 reviews written)
We stumbled upon Rayleigh Lodge by accident (we live a few miles down the road but had never seen adverts for it!). The menu suits our whole family (age 1 - 39) and the staff are great with kids. There is a kids menu and theyalso get a colouring sheet and crayons. We've only ever had the carvery and have always enjoyed it. Sometimes you need to ask the chef to restock some of the veggies but that just means you get it fresher! The mash potato is gorgeous (almost like Northern Irish champ... (read more)
Written on: 21/07/2008 by MoonMonkeyUK (1 review written)
Lived in Rayleigh for several years, but had never known about Rayleigh Lodge, as it is tucked away in a residential area of Rayleigh. I wish I had know about it earlier!
We usually go for a carvery meal at the Toby Carvery in Rettendon, and are usually frustrated at how busy and stressful it is.....so our expericence at the Lodge was a pleasant change.
Had read some negative reviews on this site before going there, but our experiences were all postive.
The building has historical interest... (read more)
Written on: 07/05/2008 by chriseast (1 review written)
This was intended to be a nostalgic return to the Lodge after an absence of 30+ years. In fact, it turned out to be our worst ever dining experience.
The main dining area is located downstairs in what resembled a cellar. Although we arrived in the very early evening, the carvery already looked exhausted and empty.
First, forget the cocktails, as a request for a pina colada was met by serving a shot of Malibu and a small bottle of pineapple juice.
The a la carte menu was somewhat basic, and... (read more)
Written on: 04/01/2008
There was no vegetarian option with the carvery - I was told that I could eat as much of the vegetables as I wanted. The vegetables on the carvery looked tired. The toast that came with one of the starters was burnt. Overall an unpleasant experience. We will never go there again. (read more)
Written on: 23/12/2007 by TrevStanb (1 review written)
I have been a frequent visitor to The Rayleigh Lodge for well over ten years. You can have a totally relaxed meal in quiet and comfortable surroundings that have just been modernised to an excellent standard, whilst maintaining it's unique fixtures and fittings. The exterior gardens are always well maintained throughout the year, and there is ample parking in the grounds too.
Each visit makes you feel you have been well treated, with very pleasant staff always available to provide you with... (read more)