The Horseshoes Upshire Essex Hot

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The Horseshoes Upshire Essex
Address Horseshoe Hill
Town/City Walthan Abbey
County Essex
Postcode EN9 3SN
Tel No. 01992 712 745
Website http://www.thehorseshoes-countrypub.co.uk/
Opening Times Monday - Saturday 11.30am-11pm, Sunday 12-10.30pm

Located in Upshire near Epping Forest The Horseshoes is a friendly country pub.

All food is prepared daily using fresh ingredients including local game when available. Booking is advised for Sunday Lunch.

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Beautiful Sunday Roast

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8.3
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9.0
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9.0
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10.0
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7.0
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8.0
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6.0
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9.0
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Reviewed by Carie
January 25, 2016
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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful

We had a great roast here; all the vegetables perfectly cooked, lovely proper Yorkshires, beautiful meats..and veggie sausages- for a veggie that doesn't like nut roast it is SO nice (and a first) to have something with all those delicious 'trimmings'. Really great food. A lovely prosecco. The location is gorgeous, the staff were polite, attentive, efficient, sweet with children and even directed us a nice place to walk nearby where we did indeed see the herd of deer. Great Sunday, many thanks.

 

Super service and smashing food

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7.7
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9.0
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8.0
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10.0
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7.0
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6.0
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4.0
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10.0
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Reviewed by John Thorogood
March 17, 2012
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

Four of us went to The Horseshoes on Friday night (16/3/2012). We are not local to the area and I chose The Horseshoes from research I did on the internet. It was not too busy but a good ambience with friendly locals in the bar area who greeted us when we entered. The barmaid/waitress was extremely friendly and accommodating.
The menu is quite restricted due to the size and location of the pub but there was plenty of fresh fish on the menu for fish lovers which is quite unusual. The only drawback I found was that there was not much in the way of healthy options to choose from. My wife and I are on quite strict diets and we found difficulty choosing starters and main courses which were not accompanied by either rich sauces or dressings. Most mains came with chips except a couple that had creamy mash or one with new potatoes. There were no jacket potatoes as an alternative option.
However for starters two of us had prawn cocktail, one crispy squid and I had smoked salmon with bread and butter. I left the latter. All starters were delicious but quite calorific.
For mains my wife had a mixed meat ploughmans which arrived piled high with roast beef, roast ham and turkey meats, ample salad, various pickles, chutneys and a big baguette with a pile of butter. One friend had 5 lamb cutlets on a bed of mash with spinach. It was beautifully displayed, the meat perfectly cooked and tasted wonderfull. The other friend and I had the fish and chips which again was plentiful, a big meaty piece of cod, from which I removed the batter, (I would have loved to have eaten it but dared not to). I would have tried some of the other fish choices but they were all accompanied with rich sauces.
Overall the experience was very good. The prices may be a trifle higher than where we come from but the food was excellent as was the service. The total bill came to £87 for the four of us which included, a glass of red wine, 2 pints of beer and a tonic water.

 

A gem of a find

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8.4
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10.0
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7.0
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8.0
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9.0
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6.0
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10.0
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Reviewed by Dominic Martin
December 13, 2011
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful

I first stumbled on this place when out mountain biking in Epping Forest.
I stopped off for a sandwich and a soft-drink and was delighted to find that I was served anything other than a simple sandwich. The beef was excellent, a good cut and cooked to perfection. The accompanying salad was delightful too [I'm normally a salad dodger, but here I cleaned the plate]
I have since returned a number of times and have had nothing but excellent food everytime. The seafood is well up there with London restaurant standards.
It can sometimes be a little crowded and Sunday lunchtimes especially so, but on my experience of the food here, this is to be expected.
The beer garden at the rear is a hidden treasure, the perfect place to relax and enjoy a nice afternoon with some good food, peaceful surroundings, nice views, and a couple of pints to seal the deal.
I'd heartily recommend stopping by if you are in the area.

 

Disapppointing

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4.9
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4.0
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4.0
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6.0
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6.0
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2.0
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Most disappointing. The menu is badly written - there is no ambience, the dining room uninviting - although there some fresh flowers.
The pluses - my starter - avocado crab was nice and garnish very fresh - ditto for my skate. My husband has eaten better spare ribs at the Harvester - also chips were from the frozen kind. Usual stoggy desserts and it would been nice to have a fresh fruit salad on offer.
Service was not good - earlier on the meal my husband tipped some beer on his food and table - we had to ask for serviettes, and the rinse bowl water for the ribs, full of beer, was not replaced. The waitress lacked warmth, personality and would benefit from going to some training, she was also wearing some velours low waisted track suit bottom which was out of place in a dining room even a pub one. Against my better judgement, my husband left a £5 tip as we did not have change, and she litterally grabbed it out his hands - needless to say we will not return!

 

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5.0
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2.0
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Reviewed by Joe
April 28, 2010
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful

Have visited several times. There is little atmosphere in the dining area but we've always found the staff friendly and quite efficient; it is obviously trying to double as a local pub and a pricey restaurant.

Avoid Sundays as the cuisine is aimed at the Sunday-lunchers who rate the food by how much is piled on the plate ! Also, the staff are sometimes overwhelmed and some of the food arrives over or under cooked.

However on weekdays/evenings it is different. The menu is more varied and some of the "specials" are up to West End standard.

Pricing is OK, but I object to a service charge being slapped on the whole bill. Fair enough on the food but it's not acceptable to pay a service charge on drinks. To open a bottle of wine hardly involves much "service2 and it's not cheap to start with.

 
 
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