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89 High Street, Hadleigh, Southend-on-Sea SS7 2PA, England
+44 1702 559721
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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Thought we'd try this restaurant for our annual Xmas get together, there were twelve of us and we weren't disappointed. Being the first Tuesday evening in December it wasn't busy so the service was attentive and professional. We had the three course Pre Xmas menu and found the food to be flavoursome and well presented with a plentiful selection of... More 

Thank barbara s
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I think we caught them on a bad night given their other reviews. We found the service very slow, were left standing unattended for ten minutes when we came in though our table was empty, it took 20 minutes before we were offered drinks. The food in general was 'average' in standard given the price I would have expected something... More 

Thank adam s
Benfleet, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here regularly under the previous owners/management and always loved it. The food is still of a very good standard and they've tried to modernise the decor a little, but they seem to have stopped using the guitarist who, I think added to the atmosphere. It wasn't completely full do ambience was a bit lacking but the food and prices... More 

Thank pjhobday
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Friday night at the Ancora, we were lucky to get a seat - the place was full. Pauline and I arrived with our friends Malcolm and Beryl and were made to feel very welcome. We chose the midweek set menu which was very good value for money.

Thank Bob L
Benfleet, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
139 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The restaurant is on the right on the one way system in Hadleigh, west bound. It's easy to miss. It's more or less opposite the Castle Pub car park, but also a small, free public car park immediately adjacent. The Ancona has been there for years, but has been revitalised. There's a small bar and the food is very good.... More 

Thank Stevethearchitect
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

We eat at the Ancora quite often and have to say that we never have a bad meal! The staff are always so welcoming, Dom front of house, Charlotte and newby Tia were fantastically friendly. Mel is fantastic and manages the kitchen to perfection!! I cannot recommend this place enough - fantastic value for money, especially the mid-week menu!! Give... More 

Thank Corrinne W
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We had dinner here last night. (Saturday) I must admit I was quite surprised how good it all was. It was very good, perhaps a new Chef?? The service was excellent and the fish and steak cooked perfectly. I would definitely recommend the T bone. Thanks for a nice evening Ancora.

Thank Steve J
London, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Visited recently on two occasions one for an engagement and the second a birthday. The first time the food was very average, bland tasting and very over priced. Both occasions the peroni beer has tasted vulgar. Clearly there is an issue as it wasn't better the second time! Service was good which made it less painful when parting the money... More 

Canvey Island, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Used to be our favourite restaurant, but we hadn't been for a while. Was very disappointed. Staff were polite and friendly, but not the warm welcome that you used to get when first arriving (especially when Paul was there). No nibbles at the bar, no bread on the table. Limited menu and you had to pay extra for the vegetables,... More 

3 Thank kgmurton
Benfleet, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Visited for the first time in a while, very disappointed with the food, the service was just ok, nothing special. I think it is time for a change as its had its day. Used to be great but now very poor. Don't bother going here as there are lots of better eateries in the area.

3 Thank Andy E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$24 - US$63
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 89 High Street, Hadleigh, Southend-on-Sea SS7 2PA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Southend-on-Sea  >  Hadleigh
  • Phone Number: +44 1702 559721

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?