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 Pig & Whistle, Chelmsford


Pig & Whistle
Chignal Rd

Tel: 01245 443186
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Excellent meal on Friday
Had a really good starter Tai Fish cakes, not too sicy but very tasty and well presented decent size starter. I had Steal and Ale pie, best steak pie I've had ina long time and lovely gravy, with fesh vegetables. My partner had a lovely grilled salmon. Service was fiendly, gave use a large jug of iced water, and the wine was reasonably priced and quality. Will return again.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Rating: rosettes

pig and whistle
me and my partnet had a lovley meal on sunday i had a roast and my partner had steak ale pie it was yummy the service was great he was a nice lad who served us thankyou
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Rating: rosettes

Nice location, but expensive and poor service
Well...I wont be coming back here thats for sure! Everything about the service was uncoordinated. Under new management apparently, but thats hardly an excuse for poor service! The waitresses looked stressed and all over the shop, maybe they couldn't handle the Bank Holiday traffic? (And even then the pub was only half full!)

I asked for a glass of coke, and the waitress brought it to my completley full to the brim thus spilling it everywhere. My two friends and partner were served their meals whilst I had to wait an extra five minutes for my meal with no apology for the wait. My friends side order of mushrooms had a hair in it, and my partner had to wait 15 minutes for this side order of CHIPS!

I ordered the Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding meal which was the board special. It was swimming in watery gravy, burned yorkshire pudding, potatoes still undercooked, chewy beef, bland and tasteless... almost like those Birds Eye microwave dinners (Most probably was!) For expensive meals costing around £8-£9 each definitely not worth coming here if your after a quality good tasting meal! I would rather go to TGI's for that price, but at least I would get good food and service.

Now last night was fun indeed. I was sick and had a very bad upset stomach. This is the first time I have ever been in a condition like that after having a pub meal!!!

However on a more positive note, the waitresses and bar lady were very polite and cheerful. But this alone wont save your pub!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Rating: rosettes

march 2011 i wouldn't ever be back at this restaurant - i think it must have changed hands again as the waitress was so rude and abrupt, the food was ok, been microwaved too long and had this pork hotpot which was gross very creamy and cheesy which was not stated on the menu but enjoyed the pud!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Rating: No rosettes

Freindly, traditional country pub.
The Pig & Whistle is a friendly pub with a good selection of ales and other drinks, all served with a smile. The menu has an eclectic mix of dishes, catering to everyone's taste. Enjoy a summertime drink with a perfect view over the Chignals, you won't be disappointed!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Rating: rosettes

this pub is now run by tina and mark from the three elms...so please ignore any reviews previous to march 17 2010. it has a great. friendly and very welcoming atmosphere. great food. two course meals tues to fri at lunch for only £5.45. child friendly. fresh home made food. and now sunday carvey 12 till 7:30pm. landlord/lady and staff are jolly. smiling and welcoming. you will not be disappointed.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Rating: rosettes

You won't be disappointed
Great countryside location & views, friendly landlord/landlady & staff, laid-back atmosphere, superb food, & great beer. Try it, you will not be disappointed.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Rating: rosettes

Under New Management
The landlord from the Three Elm's is now running the Pig & Whistle so watch this space. It should be good :-)
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Rating: rosettes

Robert Bobby
Rip off with a view!
Lovely setting in the Essex countryside with beautiful views over the surrounding fields. Unfortunately, the experience goes wrong as soon as you open the door. A rude landlord will serve you with a good pint of beer at a rather high price. However, this might seem cheap compared to the price of your health if you eat in the restaurant. A must if you like undercooked, pre-prepared, frozen chicken dishes, but otherwise it would be one to avoid! Reviewer's suggestion - enjoy a good beer in the beer garden, before embarking on a healthy walk to the 3 Elms in the next village for a hearty meal.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Rating: No rosettes

Chelmsford Cabbie
Very Poor
My wife and I together with our two adult children,booked for Sunday lunch in early March 2009.
The one solitary barman (landlord?) was surly and uninterested in us. We eventually managed to get somebodys attention and was given a table in the restaurant, albeit minus one chair.
After this we were totally ingnored, the invisible family even!
They were obviously very busy but had lots of staff buzzing around serving other tables. After fifteen minutes I decided to get some drinks from the bar, as nobody had offered us any.
We then waited and waited until a couple on the next table came in about thirty minutes later and got served at once.
We then of course called somebody over and they got in a huff...the kitchen is very busy you know
We asked if there was an alternative roast, turkey perhaps as we had been told on the phone when booking. it's on the board, beef and pork, can you see?....Right, Yes.....
The food was ok but nothing special, meat rather chewy. We had one dish of veg between four, while the two people on the next table apeared to have the same dish between them. The desserts came from a frozen something purchased at the cash and carry.
I found this pub very disappointing and unfriendly, Shepherd and Neame should address this with better training.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Rating: No rosettes

A Disappointment
After stumbling upon the little treat that is the Three Elms Public House in Chignal St James purely by chance whilst out walking one day, me & my boyfriend thought we'd also give the Pig & Whistle a bash after spotting it's roadsign a coupla months ago. After reading the impressive reviews on this site we thought we were in for a bit of a treat this lunchtime. Unfortunately, however, we both found the whole experience very disappointing. On arrival the barman/landlord(?) was surly, the waiting staff had forgotten the principle of `service with a smile', and the tables & chairs had been so crowded in to their restaurant area with no windows open that it resembled a hot & crowded school canteen. Granted the pub interior is old/quaint (and someone seemed to have gone to town with arranging stuffed scarecrows and pumpkins for the harvest season!) but the gloss of these little features is somewhat tarnished when you look down to find that your cutlery has hardened congealed bits on them (and when you point this out there is no apology just the offending piece of cutlery tugged from you), the food is over-priced with any salad garnishes tired, tasteless and looking like they'd been chopped up and left ready to be used on a kitchen side hours ago, and when it comes to totting up the bill at the end neither is the total amount, nor the change given back, correct. Just one final note - dont order a Guinness. You'll only end up with half a glass of `head'. And dont bother asking what rosés they have either. It would appear there is only one brand which will be given to you in an overflowing (and rather grubby) wine glass.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Rating: rosettes

I visited the Pig and Whistle on the recommendation of an old friend. I was not disappointed. The location in the Chignals is perfect, the food is excellent, and the service was friendly and effecient
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Rating: rosettes

Lovely Traditional Pub!!!
A lovely traditional pub/restaurant with a very warm welcome from the Landlord. Despite not having booked a table, and it being a very busy Saturday night, we were seated in the bar and served quickly. The staff were all friendly, and the food and real ales were superb! Will definitely go back, but will book ahead to ensure a table! A great evening, would recommend if you enjoy a proper English pub!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Rating: rosettes

I visited the Pig and Whistle on the advice of a work colleague and i was not disappointed. We were welcomed by the friendly Landlady and enjoyed a real ale in the bar before moving into the restaurant. They had a decent variety of dishes and the food was of a very high standard. It is also worth mentioning their 'chocloate oozy puds' as these were absolutely delicious. Whoever made these deserves special praise! A thoroughly enjoyable evening out.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Rating: rosettes

Extremely disappointing!
We visited the Pig & Whistle yesterday, as we had been led to believe it had improved. How wrong that proved to be. The decor hasn't changed in years but worst of all was the service in the restaurant.Half of our party were served approx 25mins after the other half received their main course. When it arrived the beef was uncooked the gravey tasted of tomatos and the vegetables were almost raw. It wasn't cheap and although the waitress apologised, there was only one,we were not offered any discount off our bill. We will obviously not be going back and would advise anyone considering going, to think again.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Rating: rosettes

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Pig & Whistle
Chignal Rd

Tel: 01245 443186
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