The Blue Bridge Bar & Restaurant Chelmsford Hot

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The Blue Bridge Bar & Restaurant Chelmsford
The Blue Bridge Bar & Restaurant Chelmsford
Address 1 Bridge Street
Town/City Writtle, Chelmsford
County Essex
Postcode CM1 3EY
Tel No. 01245 422891
Website http://www.thebluebridgewrittle.co.uk/
Opening Times Please Contact Venue.
Facilities Bar/Lounge

The Blue Bridge Bar & Restaurant has been finely crafted to the highest standard, striving to maintain a comfortable and inviting atmosphere from the moment you walk in right up until its time to reluctantly go home.

The wonderful selection of food on the menu has been crafted to perfection by our award-winning chef, Paul Korten. Paul has had many years of experience in top restaurant and hotel kitchens across the South East, and it has earned him numerous officially recognised commendations for the consistently high standards of cuisine on offer under his brigade.

The extensive selection of fine wines are brought to you by our owner, Steve Andrews, a Champagne and wine connoisseur who regularly scours the major and independent vineyards alike for the finest varieties available in the world today.

Sit back and wash the whole lot down with a classy mix of jazz piano from talented guest artists and bands, and have yourself a night to remember.

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7.2
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7.2   (18)
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7.9   (18)
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6.9   (18)
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6.5   (18)
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6.6   (18)
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8.3   (18)
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7.0   (18)
 
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Excellent Experience

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9.6
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10.0
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9.0
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9.0
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10.0
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9.0
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10.0
Recommend:
 
10.0
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Reviewed by Lauren
June 06, 2012
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

I came here for a family birthday on Saturday 2nd June.
I would certainly recommend this restaurant to anyone, the food, drink, service and atmosphere were all spot on.
To have a bar in a restaurant to have a drink before your meal is very rare now and there was ample space at it.
We were seated near the back and our table was more than spacious for the 5 of us.
The wait staff were more than helpful when it came to the food and drinks menu.
Everyone of us had not one complaint about the food at all.
I had Lamb and had it cooked medium-well and it came out perfect!
Do not get me wrong it isn't cheap by no means, but am a firm believer in what you pay for you get and you certainly did here!!
The singer at the end of the bar I think added a lovely atmosphere and had a superb voice.

Would come back without hesitation.

 

Not as good as it used to be.

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5.0
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5.0
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7.0
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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8.0
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1.0
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Reviewed by Christopher
January 22, 2012
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful

My wife and I have lived in Writtle for 4 years and have been regulars at The Blue Bridge during this time.

Our feeling is what once was our favourite restaurant has now started to go down-hill.

The restaurant has certainly made a name for itself, which can be contributed to gaining fame from appearing on TV and also the Beckham’s having dined there.
However it seems that it has now begun to live off that name and is no longer trying as hard to impress as it used to, which unfortunately has resulted in a less fulfilling dining experience.

The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated and provides a luxurious environment to dine in, however one thing we were very disappointed by was the removal of the grand piano which used to provide pleasant background music creating a wonderful atmosphere. The Grand Piano has now been replaced by another table, obviously capitalising on the restaurant’s floor space. Live music is now provided by amateur singers, who cover acts such as Amy Winehouse backed by a CD player. The last time we encountered this “live music” it was far too loud and resembled a karaoke bar as the singer clearly could not sing. A far cry from the days of the pleasant piano music.
The name of the restaurant has now been changed from “The Blue Bridge Restaurant and Piano Bar” to “The Blue Bridge Bar & Restaurant” to reflect this.

The food itself has always been very good although some favourites which have been on the menu for years have recently been tweaked, I guess to try and make them modern and trendy, however this has spoilt what were otherwise classic dishes. For example, the pork belly used to arrive with a beautiful layer of perfectly cooked crackling on top. Now a days the pork belly has no crackling at all, instead being accompanied by a ridiculous crackling straw which is cold and overcooked at that. It doesn’t work and spoils the dish.
Other things let the meal down such as the incredibly poor coffee, which is served luke warm and bitter and usually tasting like it was made 3 hours ago.

The service is normally very poor as well. For the prices the restaurant are charging, the service really should be far better. Most of the staff are teenagers who appear to have had very little training.
On one occasion, when my meal turned up and it was not at all what I had ordered. When I informed the waitress of this, she started laughing and said “oh not again” before removing my meal with no hint of an apology. My correct order finally arrived once all others at my table had finished their meals.
Also details like serving the ladies first when pouring wine are missed and there is very little understanding of the menu or wine list. One exception to the teenagers is a middle aged woman who is always very rude and abrupt and reminds me of a school dinner lady. She seems completely out of keeping with the image the restaurant are trying to portray and would be better suited to a motorway café.

I still enjoy eating there to a point, but always leave with an ultimate feeling of disappointment, remembering how good it used to be when it was a new restaurant. Now a days The Blue Bridge has gone from being our first choice for eating out, to somewhere we go only when a friend or family member chooses it.

 

Ticked all the boxes!

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8.9
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9.0
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10.0
Service:
 
9.0
Ambience:
 
7.0
Value:
 
9.0
Toilets:
 
8.0
Recommend:
 
10.0
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Reviewed by Joe Perkins
January 14, 2012
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful

Fast, efficient in-offensive service in a relaxed, spacious, modern yet comfortable environment. Large table for two. Appropriate lighting, smart, competent service staff with good knowledge of menu and specials. Set menu was extremely good value but no sacrifice on taste, quality or presentation. Extensive wine list with a good price range. Definitely recommended, will certainly be returning.

 

The Bridge that gave me the Blues

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5.4
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5.0
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7.0
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4.0
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3.0
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5.0
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9.0
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5.0
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Reviewed by Tim Galalgher
October 12, 2011
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful

We had a family party of 6 for Sunday lunch and were put at the basck of the restaurant where there is little ventilation and no window. The service was enthusiastic but poorly trained - for example our waiter dd not know wht beers they served. Twice someone from our group had to go to find a member of staff as we were left to wait too long.
I was disappointed and will not go back.

 

Brillant Bridge

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9.3
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10.0
Food:
 
10.0
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10.0
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8.0
Value:
 
9.0
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8.0
Recommend:
 
10.0
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Reviewed by Elaine
July 26, 2011
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful

We went for a birthday meal at the Blue Bridge and it was a lovely experience from start to finish.

We were seated immeadiately by friendly and professional staff. I had the lobster to start and my partner had the cured meat platter. Both were delicious! I could not disagree more with a previous reviewer on their opinion about these dishes.

For mains my partner had steak and I had lamb which were both cooked exactly as we had ordered and were so tasty.

My dessert was the best I have every had! Raspberry Eton Mess, please try it if you go it is sublime.

Our waitress was friendly, professional and the service attentive without being intrusive.

Lovely wines added to the pleasure and our bill was in the range we expected for the standard of food and service.

I would highly recommend the Blue bridge and have not been disappointed on any of my visits there.

 
 
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