King William IV

The King William is a modern stylish pub in Essex which has recently been refurbished.  We had a 5pm reservation booked.  On arrival, there was no one to meet and greet you which was slightly disappointing.  We waited a minute however as the entrance is quite open so you feel uncomfortable.  We had to grab the attention of a member of staff behind the bar.

Once seated at the table we were given the menu, I must say I was extremely pleased with the menu choice, everything appealed to my taste.

I decided to go with the following dishes:

Starters:

Thyme-Roasted Portobello Mushrooms

in a Cropwell Bishop sauce on rustic toast (v)

• Crayfish & Crab pot

In Devon crab mayonnaise with clabatta bread

Mains:

Roast Rib of Beef

with coarse-grain mustard seasoning and roasted red onion & garlic

Trio of Roasts

Beef, pork and chicken with Bramley apple butter, crackling and lemon & thyme stuffing wrapped in bacon

Worth point out all the King William IV roast are served with goose-fat-roasted potatoes, seasonal greens, honey roasted carrots, Yorkshire pudding and gravy.

I could not fault the starters, the crayfish & crab pot had so much flavour. As our booking was a Sunday, without a doubt, we wanted to try the King William IV roast dinner.  We opted for the roast beef and the trio of roast.  The roast beef was cooked perfectly, and I would go as far as saying it is the best roast dinner in Essex!

The only negative feedback I have was the roast potatoes were not crispy enough but that’s just a personal preference.  However, the staff not greeting us in a reasonable time frame was the main disappointment.  The staff came across as not being well managed or having a lack of basic customer service skills.

The bill came to £55.00 for 2 people.

This would be an amazing summer pub as there is a lovely beer garden outside.

Overall score 8/10

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