Monday 11 November 2019

Merry Fiddlers Pub - Epping Essex

Saturday 9th November 2019

Went here with my was a voucher deal on groupon at £22 for sparking afternoon tea for 2. Offer is still valid if you fancy giving it a try after reading my review ?

The pub is just on the outskirts of Epping town and in a little village. There is a  large car park which is free but you have to register your car on a touch pad screen just by the bar entrance door. Upon walking in i spotted the lovely lights and warm cosy fire and was greeted by a friendly lady behind the bar. The bar itself was empty but it was early in the day  and the pub had only just opened 30 minutes ago.
I handed the voucher over and was asked if we wanted our Prosecco first ...........which was a yes please from us !!!!!
We was offered a table either in the bar area or the dinning room which was up a couple of steps.  We decided to sit in the dining room. It was very bright with a shabby chic style with  light painted wooden chairs and tables and lovely glass crystal chandeliers hanging from a low ceiling. I noticed a lovely tall glass vase of fresh flowers on the dresser which made it feel very homely. We both  felt the room was cold so a lovely young lady got a electric heater for us and it soon warmed up. 
She then brought out a pot of tea so I had to explain that we do not drink tea and could we have coffee instead....felt bit  bad as I should of informed her to start with. Few minutes later she returned with our coffee.
Then the lady behind the bar came to our table singing Happy Birthday to me whilst putting a plate with a cake and candle on our table. I told her it must be a mistake as was not my birthday and I had not informed them of any birthdays !!!!! She said it must be for me as I was the only Karen booked for 1pm afternoon tea. A confused me thanked her anyway as nice surprise birthday was a month ago !! They definitely made a mistake as about 15 minutes later they sung Happy Birthday to another lady and gave her a slice of cake with candle in too.
The afternoon tea arrived on a 3 tier silver stand and it looked very nice. We had 3 sandwiches each , tomato and cheese, cucumber one and tuna and sweetcorn . They tasted very fresh and had just the right amount of butter......I have had sandwiches in past with no butter inside which are bit dry  unlike these ones ! I think they could  of had another sandwich with different filling on the plate. There was only one raisin scone each but it was a good size with pot of jam and clotted cream. Unfortunately i thought the scone was a bit dry and hard inside like it had been frozen and defrosted. Along with the scones was a fresh fruit skewer each which i enjoyed and thought a very good idea.  Lastly we tucked into the cakes along with our  second cup of coffee. The cakes did not look or taste homemade which was a shame as you cannot beat a piece of homemade
cake ! They all did taste nice but very small slices and i think they could of been more generous in the size of them. Well that's just what we thought as we both have a  sweet tooth.... others may feel it was just the right amount. 
Overall it it was a very pleasant afternoon tea with good service for the money i paid.
By the way my Mum wants me to mention the bathroom had the most lovely smelling hand cream in it !!!!!

Nearest Station  : Probably Epping on central line but i drove.   
Best bits : Fresh sandwiches, friendly staff and nice room   
Worst bits : Slightly dry scones but still tasted OK 
Value for money : Yes for what i paid definitely     
Would I go back?  :  Possibly  

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