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Have visited several times since my review 29 Dec 2010 and haven't changed opinion. BUT, visited Sunday lunchtime recently and this is definitely a time to avoid.
The place seemed to be full of Pikeys with kids. Buggies everywhere, toys all over the floor and the sound of wailing. It would help if there was a designated family area, but there's not.
Still recommended, but not for Sunday lunch !

By the way, I've just re-read the review by jeanbexter and am puzzled at how she can state that the food was "high quality" and "local" when she hadn't actually tried it. And the wine was "amazing" Also the lack of command of English displayed leaves me breathless. Is she an employee of the pub ?
Jimdee - 15 Nov 2013 12:33
Visited this pub for lunch with some friends today, it has had a major make over, it is trendy yet so warm, the staff were great really empressed, the lady who runs it was friendly and welcoming, I was so empressed I booked a table for next Saturday for me and my girlfriend, we wil tell all our family and friends about this little gem.
lynfin - 7 Oct 2011 21:36
Visited today. Don't confuse with the previous Ember Inn, it's been refurbished and is now more restaurant than pub and all the better for it !
Staff are bright and enthusiastic, beers limited, but there's an extensive selection of cocktails, which is a clear indication of the market they're aiming at. Menu very imaginative and food excellent, with friendly service and good wine list.
A nice eating experience, but not cheap.

Jimdee - 29 Dec 2010 20:44
went to the revamped pub for the first time this saturday,had a lovely lunch,and was served by a lovely and friendly waitress called Kritsa,Liked it so much have booked to try a Sunday lunch,and have also booked for Boxing Day(very reasonable).Loved the atmosphere,and hopefully shall enjoy our future visits.
rachaelk - 1 Dec 2010 14:18
I visited this pub last night and was amazed what this bar has been turned into. The back bar looked upmarket and current. The staff were welcoming and friendly although I do belive some should think outside the box! I didn't eat there but would highly recommend it as what I saw come out on the plate was of high quality fresh and used local and seasonal products. All the customers were of high demographic and new what they wanted. The beer was of good taste. Shame doom bar and Fullers on at the same time! Whiskey was of good range and wine was amazing list. I fully recommend this gastro pub to any one for a quick drink, lunch with friends or an passionate meal with a love one as the candel light and mood lighting sets a great tone. Well done guys and girls. Great referband the land lady is fun and of chatty personalty, just what the pub needed.
jeanbexter - 28 Nov 2010 13:01
This is a modern Ember Inn, although not to everyones taste it had 4 decent real ales available on our last visit, all reasonably priced compared to other pubs in Epping.
tophops - 11 Mar 2010 11:35
Great improvement over the last year or two thanks to new management and refurb a yr ago.Good IPA at 2 squid a pint (at present!)
Friendly staff who try hard-keep it up!
simcolx - 3 Sep 2009 17:15
Lovely old pub with great bands on a Friday night - NO SORRY THAT WAS BEFORE! Let's go back to last Saturday evening...

These days, the truth is, you will only appreciate this pub if you enjoy warm beer (and a warm glass of white wine - try asking for ice - it confuses the young girls behind the bar) and a bottle of red that comes complete with a handy cork in situ.


Because the young girl said she didn't know how it came out. Having pointed her towards the bottle opener-shaped thingummywotsit, we watched (in pain) as she tried to fathom the device. I did it myself, poor thing.

Off outside to the tarmac: and it's sticky tables with fluid and food scattered - but nothing gave us such an appetite for staying than the vision of two USED NAPPIES on the floor. At least they were CLOSE to the bins (there are alot of bins for a pub this size!) Go there and have a great time spotting these and other quirks of what was once the third best pub in Epping. (Go to Black Lion or Forest Gate Inn)

Beer = 0; Wine = 0; Service = 0; Atmos = 0;
Used nappies = 2.
crass - 7 Jun 2007 00:22
Had a lovely bite to eat and enjoyed a nice pint of Black Sheep. 5 Real Ales on, so a lot better than the lonely one that they used to have. New manager seems to be doing well and is a lively character. Barmaids were friendly and efficient. Only downside was the amount of old blokes that seem to take over the area at the front of the pub and sit in a fog of cigarette smoke. Bring on the smoking ban!
bluetoad21 - 15 Apr 2007 19:26
Stopped for lunch while passing through Epping. This pub has a reasonable beer garden, which is a welcome thing on a sunny day. The service was prompt, friendly and helpful. However, my greatest praise is saved for the food: an extensive menu, and the dishes we tried were really good - a cut above the usual pub grub!
dawnage - 16 Jul 2006 17:29
This pub is alright. It's a bit too "new" looking for my tastes, but the staff were friendly and the atmosphere was ok. I won't be a regular though. I like The Black Lion too much. It has real character about it (and characters within it!)
TheG - 26 Sep 2005 12:03
Ember Inns pub located in Epping's High Street lovely friendly people and Reasonably priced drinks and good food.

This used to be a Firkin Pub several years ago but has now been lovingly restored and converted into an Ember Inns pub.
Patrick A Banks - 21 Mar 2004 14:24

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