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Staff christmas meal with colleagues. The pub is very clean and beautiful. Nice atmosphere, The food was absolutely delicious and well presented throughout. The staff we extremely good . We were a small table of about 8 and the restaurant was not too busy. Would definitely go back again.
paul444 - 27 Jan 2013 18:02
This once superb pub restaurant is now under new management. BEWARE...on deciding to go and try out the new menu after seeing the advertising, we booked for 7pm as we were used to this restaurant being busy and in demand. We arrived at 6.50pm and sat down. We tried to order a jacket potato for a younger member of the family and were informed that these we not done for dinner service (fair enough), but then when another member ordered the steak and ale pie they were offered a jacket potato instead of chips...this seems totally illogical and bad customer service...never the less the order went in for soup, a burger and steak and ale pie at 6.55pm, After waiting for an hour and being ignored by the waiting staff we had had more than enough especially seeing other tables that came in after us being served. On raising the issue with the manager at the bar there was no apology or any offer of recompense just a statement that they would have to tell the kitchen not to do our food.... I find it astounding that they felt it was an acceptable amount of time for such basic dishes! We will not be returning or recommending to any family and friends to go there to eat any longer....a very sad outcome for a once brilliant restaurant
BluesOne - 8 Sep 2012 23:01
Once again enjoyed a lovely lunchtime meal, ( outside in the sunshine no less!) , despite the change of management its nice to see that the staff are still the sameand that the quality of food and service hasn't changed in the slightest. Definitely worth a visit!
peterlouise30 - 22 May 2012 20:44
First let me state, I have a real problem with Greene King beer, not sure why but there is nothing inspiring about Abbott and GK IPA is not an IPA in the real sense. These two seem to be the stock house ale, so everything was down to the guest beer - Yorkshire Terrier from the York Brewery, thank the lord that this malty bitter was well kept.

That said I'd worry if the guest ale wasn't good!

So what makes this pub worth visiting? Its the food, not so much the quality as this is no Gastro Pub but the quantity and sheer good value. This probably makes this pub a super meeting point in the evening for the community of Birchanger and a favourite with travellers using Stansted Airport looking for a decent meal before departure.

Good friendly welcome, very helpful bar staff. Not much wrong with this pub that a few more real ales might sort out!
Max1905 - 3 Feb 2011 09:24
Good place to drink. Never too crowded. Would recomend.
localyokel1 - 8 Jan 2011 18:42
Traditional village pub, with a limited amount of cricket memorabilia about the walls. Three real ales on - IPA, Abbott and a decent ruby Big Red ale from the Ossett Brewery. Didn't seem particularly friendly, but worth a visit if flying to/from the nearby Stansted Airport or looking for a stop close to the M11.
rpadam - 14 Jan 2010 22:55
Came here for lunch yesterday. The food was good - they have an excellent choice of fish. The pub itself is fairly nice. It's quite big with plenty of tables and is clearly orientated towards diners at lunchtime. Beers are from Greene King - IPA, Abbot Ale and Rockin' Rudolph were the 3 cask ales on offer. Nice countryside location handy for Stansted airport.
blue_scrumpy - 23 Dec 2009 20:38
Pleasant, welcoming and very obliging staff. Food is unambitious at times, but well-presented and reasonably good value. Interior pleasantly free of braying children! Long may it continue this way!
Wharflad - 8 Oct 2008 13:29
Excellent pub with well kept ale and fantastic, reasonably priced food, well deserved of its place in the good pub guide. The fish is particularly good and very fresh. Cant understand were the coffee comment comes from, as it was in in a cup and saucer!

blueberry1 - 19 Jan 2008 19:36
It's OK as a pub, nothing special really, not certain what it's doing in a long succession of Good Pub Guides. However if it didn't shut at three on a Sunday for the rest of the day and wasn't exclusively Greene King it would be a perfect alternative to the nearby motorway services.
nickdavies - 22 Oct 2007 16:16
Good points - lovely building, real ale, good food, large beer garden.
Bad points - VERY child unfriendly, no children allowed inside, limited range of beer (all Greene King) and not open all day at weekends.
graham2 - 30 Apr 2006 09:29
My father and his girlfriend recommended this pub to us and really touted it up, saying how fantastic the food was. Our steaks were OK but the mean salad garnish and few potatoes were not what we were expecting. Disappointed when coffee was served in stupid plastic cartons that you had to try to prise open and spill prior to use! Not recommended although a lovely building that could be nice. Dining room is awful!
anonymous - 15 Feb 2006 16:12
The Three Willows is a cricket-themed pub in a small Essex village. It's mainly a food pub, and deservedly popular. However there's a pool table, a petanque team and a small group of friendly regulars.

Plenty of seating in the large garden for the Summer, and very pleasant it is too, sitting in the sun with a pint of something by Greene King.
birchanger - 21 Feb 2005 18:55

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