The Anne Boleyn Pub & Grill in Rochford, Essex is part of the Hungry Horse family. It sells food and alcohol beverages and is a popular 'local' for many people living close by.
My recent visit on August bank holiday Monday was surprisingly good. I was expecting it to be crowded, the service to be a little slower than usual and for the kitchen to not necessarily have all the menu items available due to the, understandably, busier times experienced by restaurants on bank holiday weekends. However, I was pleasantly surprised when my friend and I arrived for a late lunch.
Although they were busy we were able to find a table easily with no queueing involved and managed to place our orders in reasonable time. We did however have to wait around 40 minutes for our food but we were told this when we ordered and were not left wondering where our food was. I really appreciated this as it gave us the chance to consider going elsewhere if we thought the wait would mess up our afternoon plans.
I ordered the 'Burger, Chips & Pint' combo from the menu which included a portion of coleslaw on the side. For the burger I decided on the vegetarian option of 'Glamorgan Cheese, Leek and Red Onion'. I decided against the alcoholic beverage and swapped this for a large Diet Coke instead. Other drinks choices are available, too, which is great if you don't actually fancy a beer but still want the discounted price meal.
The food came out of the kitchen as soon as it had been made. By this I mean it looked fresh and was still hot when we received it which, at busier times, isn't always a guarantee in some restaurants.
As vegetarian burgers go, it was delicious and definitely not a stingy size (I couldn't finish the whole burger). The coleslaw included with the meal was also good, although it was a slightly measly portion and could have done with being a lot bigger. Luckily I was too full up from the burger to be overly bothered about this minor detail. It would be something which might have irked me more had I expected, and been looking forward to, a hearty sized side portion with the burger.
My favourite part of the meal however has to be the portion of chips which were included on the side. I prefer chips to be a mixture of crunchy on the outside and 'squishy' on the inside and these chips were just that. A portion of perfect chips with a good burger on the side. I would probably go back again just for the chips.
On its own this burger will set you back £5.39, the chips another £1.99 and the beer a few pounds further depending on your preference (likely to bring the total to around £9). But, as part of the 'Burger, Chips & Pint' option it will only cost £4.99 and you are able to choose from a range of different drinks if you don't fancy a beer.
Alternatively if you and a friend both want to go for the drink and burger meal option and happen to stumble into the pub on a weekday then you can take advantage of the various 'Big Deals'. Between Monday and Friday the different meals are two for just £8.49 which in total is a saving of around £5 each compared with buying the same items from the menu individually. Definitely a worthwhile saving as this means you can go back for another meal the following week. Genius.
Overall it was a lovely meal and I'm not entirely sure that the pictures I took do it the amount of justice it deserves.
The Anne Boleyn pub and grill also has a fair sized car park, a beer garden, children's play area, a TV for sports and a seperate pool and bar area on the other side of the pub away from the food seating area so it's a great place to go if you just fancy an alcoholic beverage or two (there's even karaoke*).
If you would like to visit their website and check out their other menu choices then click here. They also have various other deals on throughout the week which might appeal to you so it's worth a browse.
*Note: Please speak to the pub directly regarding karaoke dates and times as these are subject to change.