Fountain Harvester, Loughton - pub details
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Quite enjoy the occasional visit to a Harvester, although do find them somewhat hit and miss.
This one was a hit, with decent food, quick and friendly service and everything very reasonably priced.
Only keg Bombadier on, as per three years ago, so stuck to the bottomless soft drinks instead.
Definitely somewhere I would return to eat, although would go elsewhere were I drinking - despite the large and sunny beer garden.
duchyjim - 4 Aug 2014 13:05
|No doubt at one time this was a quaint old country inn, and whilst it still retains some of those characteristics such as whitewashed stone walls and a thatched roof, it is now part of the Harvester chain and has the rather bland corporate identity that you would expect.|
Itís a large pub divided in to several different areas. Thereís nothing really wrong with the interior, itís pleasant enough in a mass produced, identikit sort of way and there are a few retained features such as some black ceiling beams and exposed stone walling. Other than that itís very much the usual patterned carpet along with some slate floor tiling, wood tables, a few leather sofaís, etc. There are a couple of old fireplaces around though, including an extremely big one just inside the entrance door. The restaurant area was off to the right, with the pub rooms to the left, including a snug area by one of the fireplaces. There looked to be a good sized beer garden out the back.
I wished to eat in the bar, but unfortunately the menu here is very much diminished from that which is available in the restaurant for some reason. It consisted of a few basic pub grub dishes such as burger, fish & chips and a pasta for around the £6 mark. Why you canít choose from the restaurant menu and eat in the bar Iím not sure. Bar staff were pleasant enough in a rather impersonal sort of way (I ordered a drink and asked for a receipt. A few minutes later, whilst I was still the same barmaidís next customer as it was quiet, I ordered some food. I would have expected that she would have given me a receipt, or at least asked if I wanted one, but I had to ask at which point she looked somewhat surprised. Maybe Iím just being pedantic).
No real ales on tap unfortunately, just keg Bombardier. Equally unfortunately, the solitary cider was Strongbow. There was a tap for Bulmers, but this appeared to have run out.
Blackthorn - 3 Oct 2011 22:09
|This is our regular place for food, if you can go for the Early Bird deal it's an amazing price for what you get, the food is good, we've have never had a bad meal. |
The pub it's self was refurbished some time ago and it's a vast improvement, the garden is enclosed and very much family friendly.
david_mk - 27 Apr 2009 19:50
|I HAVE BEEN HERE SEVERAL TIMES, AND I HAVE TO SAY I HAVE NEVER HAD A BAD MEAL IN HERE UNLIKE OTHER HARVESTER PUBS, THIS IS THE SUPERSTAR OF HARVESTERS, MY CHOICE OF RESTAURANT, GO EARLY AND EVEN A 1/3RD OF THE BILL.|
mr_bodangleys - 22 Feb 2007 18:43
|This is probably the best Harvester you will find. No surprises where the menu and salad cart are concerned, but what they do, they do very well. The recent refurbishment has been sympathetically done and eliminating the smoking area in the restaurant is another improvement. Waiting staff are usually very good. Large enclosed beer garden with a few bits of playground equipment is good for kids.|
Recommended as a restaurant, but not as a pub - choice of beers is not great.
the.authority - 13 Jul 2006 09:13