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Essence Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar

The Green | White Lion Hotel, Darwen BB3 1PW, England
+44 1254 772227
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good26%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“moussaka” (6 reviews)
“profiteroles” (3 reviews)
“greek salad” (3 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Green | White Lion Hotel, Darwen BB3 1PW, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time I have been and won’t be the last! Food was lovely. Lots to chose from. Drinks on the expensive side compared to other eating places around town, but lovely deco, lovely friendly staff and yummy food

Thank Carley M
Reviewed 1 week ago

My Wife and I visited this restaurant for the first ever time for Lunch whilst visiting Darwen for the 1940's day celebrations. The restaurant is very tastefully decorated and impeccably clean.Staff were amenable without being overbearing. Given plenty of time to choose both drinks and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

1st visit to this restaurant and I was very impressed the food the service all excellent and the price very good value. I will certainly be calling back. Thank you for a fantastic meal.

Thank Wayne L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Twelve of us went on Saturday nigh to celebrate a birthday and we were not disappointed. We had the three course set menu and the selection is fantastic. the food was excellent and everybody enjoyed the meal. Drinks were coming thick and fast and the...More

Thank Simon W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our last visit and went for the 3 course set menu. My wife had the minestrone soup and loved it and I had the prawn and avocado salad and again very tasty. My wife had chicken in a cream sauce which she...More

Thank 1969steveb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place, relaxed atmosphere, welcoming and friendly host. Varied menu covering central and eastern Mediterranean staples - always a good sign when you can't decide! Food was tasty, nicely cooked, well presented and good value. My diner guest is a vegan and was well catered...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Essence with my family for my birthday. I had the tomato mussels and king prawn sizzler. The food was lovely. The food game quickly and there was a lovely selection of gin. The staff were very attentive, polite and chatty. I would definitely...More

Thank LivG95
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I first visited this restaurant a few months ago when on holiday visiting family for a birthday celebration. The food, service and the friendliness of the staff was excellent. I have returned a couple of times since and the standard had not changed. The food...More

Thank jupus60
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

A family meal for twelve. Attentive efficient staff who couldn't have done more to ensure we all enjoyed ourselves. The food was plentiful and delicious. Lots of choice - even for the younger members of the family. Drinks and cocktails were fab too - what...More

Thank Bronya J
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

Gorgeous venue. Modern, Clean and tidy. Gorgeous food. Amazing staff. So friendly. Nothing too much for them. Thank you so much x

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5 August 2017|
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Response from Amanda M | Reviewed this property |
Just give them a call and ask as so helpful! I had the chicken with sauce and asparagus and they used cornflour to thicken sauce....
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Green | White Lion Hotel, Darwen BB3 1PW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Darwen
  • Phone Number: +44 1254 772227
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