The Carpenters Arms is a cosy pub and elegant restaurant nestled in the heart of Essex.
We offer an outstanding and extensive menu ranging from a melt in the mouth Lamb Tagine to traditional Fish and Chips! And why not try one of our delicious desserts, luxurious Sticky Toffee Pudding or a creamy Banoffee Pie (at 2 for £10 how could you say no!).
Great choice, great service
This was the second time we have met here. The food is delicious. I'm gluten free and the chef said I could more or less order anything on the menu and he would adapt it. The waitresses were lovely, even when we accidentally knocked over a glass of wine(!) they cheerfully mopped us all up.
We're about to book again. Can't fault it.
New Years Day Family Get Together
What a fantastic afternoon we had here. There were 21 of us, we were sat at the bottom end of the restaurant which was perfect. The food was excellent and the service we received was first class.
Special thanks to Tash, Allison K & Alison B for serving us and making us so welcome. Will definitely be returning for our annual get together on New Years Day next year.
The staff were so helpful
We wanted to take my rather frail 95 year old aunt out for a lunchtime treat while we were visiting her and booked, last minute, a table here.
I have to say that all of the staff were so nice and kind to my elderly aunt, for which we were really grateful, and especiall) our waitress Caitlin, who sorted out for her a children's portion of egg and chips, which was just about the right size for her to leave room for some dessert. My wife had liver and bacon and I had lamb tagine, and both were of excellent quality (and also quite big portions!)
We shall look forward to our next visit to Aunty, if we can take her here again!
Lovely atmosphere and food. 5 star!
Ate here with the family tonight and had to leave a review. We had a lovely warm welcome from the bar staff. We were served our drinks immediately and shown to a table which we had reserved earlier in the day.
We had three different bread boards between the party and all were loaded with fresh breads with a selection of meats, camembert and dips. All delicious and well presented. Rest of the food was delicious. Nice vegetarian options too! Had the banoffee pie for dessert. One of the nicest things I've ever eaten.
Our server, Stef was very attentive and chatty. Nothing ever too much. Glasses never empty. Lovely guy! Well done team. Will return soon!
Brilliant place to dine
I literally couldn't think of a fault if I tried. Every sing le member of staff is inviting, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I am vegan and the chef is very accommodating and is happy to take any vegetarian main and turn it into an exciting vegan dish.
If you let them know dietary requirements when you book they have even more time to prepare vegan options. It is clear that they love and take pride in what they do and want to make the best food. The staff always make sure you are happy too.
Over all a warm welcoming place with lovely staff and great food at a reasonable price. I definitely recommend.
Went for dinner on a cold and very wet February night. Really warm greeting from the two front of house (Mel and Kiera). They were everything a restaurant needs to make people welcome.
We had a meat platter to share, which has some lovely meats. I had the lamb cutlets, which were luscious. Beautifully seared on the outside. Himself had fillet steak, which had a beautiful taste (or so he tells me, he certainly wasn't giving me any of it). We ordered some extra vegetables, the portions were huge, certainly each was enough for 3 or 4 people.
I would certainly go again. My only regret? That it isn't closer to where we live so we could walk here.