The Crown Hotel Manningtree Essex
|Address||51 High Street|
|Tel No.||01206 396 333|
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DONT pay for your meal before you have it!!!
We found this place and thought it was going to be good!
I had what was supposed to be a mixed grill..syeak was tough as old boots,gammon was like an overcooked slice of bacon,pork chop was all fat(as was most of the steak,gammon)but to cop it all the food was cold!cutlery was filthy and when the "boss" came over to see what the problem was she was more like Cruella De Ville!..She offered to cook another meal for us but what do you think may have happened to that meal?...I will leave those thoughs up tp you,I even caught her "spying" on us from behind a curtain(we were sitting outside because we have a dog)very intimidating.My partners "home cooked lasagne" was cooked ok...several times over I think!...just re-heated rubbish.We were offered free desserts as compensation but after seing what the "main meal" was like we really didn't want to take a chance on them even if they were free.£32 for that rubbish? never again...you have been warned.If you decide to have a meal here then definately DONT pay in advance.
I'm sure if the "boss" does read this she will know who we are.The place looks good but it sure isn't.
Good luck If you do visit.
We recently stumbled across this pub/restaurant during a visit to Manningtree. Drinks are very expensive, even soft drinks. Biggest mistake was eating here though. "Crown Burger" insisted of two greasy stale burgers luke warm in a pitta bread with some limp salad. My parter had soggy undercooked fish and frozen chips, so much for the food being home cooked! The decor is scruffy bordering on dirty and the staff appear disinterested and totally bored. The only amusement was to see someone who was later identified to us as the landlady/owner who appeared to be dressed like a ginger top shop dummy from the 80's barking out orders and gossiping about her staff in front of customers behind their backs. I understand this establishment is owned by Greene King and am disappointed that they allow part of their portfolio be run in such an unprofessional manner.
my daughter took me here for my 60th birthday. I really wish she hadn't, and I have since forgiven her! I will tell you why this pub should be given a wide berth. The drinks prices are astounding! I really was gob smacked and immediately insisted on going to another establishment, but as she was paying, she insisted we stay. I decided to only have a pot of tea as it was so expensive. When the food came, I felt I was being served up the food of my childhood. Colourless over boiled vegetables, bland and tasteless food with absolutely no care or consideration as to how it was put on the chipped plate! When we were asked how our meal was, I said it was very lack lustre and flavourless and noted the waiter saying something to a lady with red hair behind the bar who shot us a rather unsavoury look. I felt the staff did not care one bit about our custom except payment and did not care about our dining experience at all. Clearly they do not offer one.
I read the reviews on this website and agree with the person who says that it is quite clear the people giving the reviews with top marks all the time are clearly written by the staff of this establishment. They must be, unless they are turning up on the only days in the year when the food and service are astoundingly perfect!
Landlady take note!
I went to this pub/restarant the other weekend. It wasn't terribly busy, but the wait for food was REDICULOUS. The waiter kept getting everything wrong and did not know what he was doing. The food was mediocre, veg absolutely disgusting, drinks prices must be paid for by taking out a re-mortgage. But to top all of THAT off, we witnessed the landlady BERATING and SHOUTING at customers!! She called them rude, and some other things I care not to mention. I have never EVER witnessed such appalling behaviour by the owner of an establishment and the atmosphere went right down, it was horribly embarrassing. After visitng this 'place' I have made a point of reading EVERY review there is available about the Crown and I am absolutely amased that this place is still open for business. The only reason it is, is because of passing trade, a few loyal locals and the views, which really aren't anything special at all! I also feel that a great many of the 'good' reviews are quite obviously written by locals or staff or even the repulsive and rude landlady herself as they score 10/10 for themselves for everything, and the 'reviews' read more like advertisements... (wake up review sites!!!)
You have to be totally bonkers to visit or even freqent this place and associate yourself with such a rude woman who treats her customers like RUBBISH and surely gives her town a bad name and must be well-known for it. Shame on you. The staff must be so embarrassed as well. I feel very sorry for them and the poor customers.
Lovely meal had yet again.
I absolutely had a really lovely meal here today with my wife,and with my dad and my stepmum.We all had a very good portion of food,very good service from the staff.The portions were all very good,the dessert was lovely,the staff made a fuss of us all.By checking to see if everything was ok with our food.It was lovely and clean had a lovely atmosphere.It was good value for money.
We can't understand what is wrong with some people dissing/moaning about this place,as to us it's the best pub in Essex with stunning river views of the river Stour.And we would highly recommend that anyone passing by this glorious establishment pop in to give it a try.And if you fancy dessert,do give Julies chocolate monster a try as it is out of this world.And it's also a real treat for your tastebuds.