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The Catherine Wheel

4.4
4.4
123 Reviews
£25 and under
English
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    English

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01279 260930

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Aaron Poynter

What 123 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hertfordshire

    Kid Friendly

  • Hertfordshire

    Healthy

  • Hertfordshire

    Great for Lunch

  • Hertfordshire

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Hertfordshire

    Outdoor Dining

  • Hertfordshire

    Sunday Lunch

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  1. CW

    CarolynW

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had roast beef, roast chicken and trout salad.All very nice and good portions. Staff as always were very helpful and friendly.
  2. a

    anonymous

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Service was slowed down greatly by a large walk in party arriving just before us. The staff apologised frequently and offered coffees after the meal. The food, when it eventually arrived, was ok. The roast lunches were dominated by a dispoportionately large yorkshire which was very crispy and as a result not especially appealing. Unfortunately roast chicken portion was tiny and whilst the pork was very moist and tender, the crackling was not crisped and so was inedible. The roast potatoes were also not crispy. It was also a shame that we were tucked away in a corner of the bar with half the table watching an enormous tv showing Wimbledon and the other half of the table having our backs to it which made conversation difficult.
  3. JC

    JordanC

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great atmosphere and good food. Dog friendly which is great
  4. KB

    KathrynB

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We’ve had some nice meals here but found this one disappointing
  5. M

    Mackerel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal at The Catherine Wheel- the food (smoked haddock fishcake/ prawns and smoked salmon followed by stuffed sea bass) was absolutely delicious- very fresh and lovely unusual flavours, and well presented. The staff were very friendly and the whole experience was a joy. We will be back!
  6. N

    Nana

    London

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience2
    very quiet - only 2 tables seated but food was pleasant enough and it's a smart interior
  7. D

    Dawn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not your average pub food - outstanding, delicious, great ambience & service, highly recommend
  8. d

    desa

    Hertfordshire

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Drinks order taken promptly, but service was extremely slow… Food was ok, but we won’t be rushing back!
  9. CW

    CarolynW

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Lovely helpful staff and food was good quality and interesting menu. Possibly do with a couple more vegetarian options but the ones there were looked delicious Short of staff meant we had to wait a while to gain attention but it’s a big pub with a large garden so maybe that was why.
  10. MS

    MaggieS

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Apart from a mix up over the order, which was righted very quickly we enjoyed ourexperience. Pity the steak was,off,that day.
  11. CE

    ClaireE

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service as always. Fabulous play area fir kids and great garden. Highly recommended .
  12. MR

    MarkR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met some friends there for Sunday lunch first time in 26years. We all had the roast which was just fabulous, I choose the beef which was cooked to perfection along with the massive Yorkshire pud, veg, and roast potatoes. Make a trip to the Catherine wheel, you won't be disappointed, the staff are just so welcoming. Even though I live in Devon I would defiantly book again when we visit.
  13. L

    Lakey1

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place , fantastic food . Lovely service and friendly. Dog friendly too. Will be returning highly recommend
  14. DR

    DannyR

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding Sunday Roast and really great value. The Sticky Toffee Pudding was one of the best desserts ever tasted. Wonderful and friendly service in a beautiful rural setting.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pub and lovely meal (Sunday Roast). Staff were great, attentive and friendly. We look forward to going back for a meal with some friends on a Saturday evening sometime soon. Thank you.
  16. c

    charlottet

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic Sunday family lunch. Lovely quality food. We had the whole roast chicken which was very well Cooked with fabulous side dishes. The playground and sandpit was such a hit with the kids. One of the best Sunday lunches in the area. Highly recommended. Only recommendation: more gravy please
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious fish and chips in the garden on a beautifully sunny day. Fabulous service by the lovely Louise. Thank you so much
  18. JU

    JULIANP

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    £90 inc. a tip for two people was a bit pricey for what it was... A Sunday dinner. The starter of parsnip soup was very nice and my dessert was too.
  19. S

    Steve

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Meat was tough, fatty and cutlery barely adequate to deal with it. Should have had starter and dessert
  20. CD

    CandiceD

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunchtime light bites offer a great option instead of a big meal. We chose a few of them between the two of us and thoroughly enjoyed - Camembert, chicken liver and hock ham pork pie with pickles. Also had sides of slaw and sweet potatoes - delicious. Well cooked and presented. Couple of drinks too! All for £50. Service fantastic too. We will be returning.
  21. NB

    NeilB

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Friendly and smart venue. Interesting fish night menu. Salmon and mussels were very good. Generous portion sizes £35. head for two courses with drinks so not too expensive.
  22. VM

    VictoriaM

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Excellent gastropub food and good service in a lovely setting
  23. D

    Dawnm

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you to the lovely staff, they were very attentive and accommodating with our doggie. Food was great, will definitely be returning!
  24. DW

    DavidW

    Birmingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Main courses were very good but unfortunately the rice pudding with plumb jam was too sweet for our taste preference and the pineapple and passion fruit cheesecake was still partly frozen.
  25. s

    stuarty

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great outdoors area for the kids, great service and good food
  26. NB

    NeilB

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great menu with plenty of choice. Very generous portions. Friendly service. Priced fairly.
  27. JB

    JessicaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very nice roast beef and a great choice of puddings. The service was great and the pub was well located and lots of parking
  28. CC

    ClaireC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb Sunday Lunch for my husband and myself , couldn’t fault anything
  29. L

    Lisab

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Visited for Sunday lunch. The roast potatoes were mostly black and wasn’t crispy on the outside at all. Gravy was already poured over the roast ( we wasn’t aware of this as never been before and my son doesn’t like gravy) perhaps should be mentioned. Sour dough bread starter consisted of 3 small slices which for £5.00 wasn’t good value.
  30. LS

    LynnS

    Munster

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Excellent. The suet pudding was delicious but arguably could have been a touch bigger. The gravy was amazing.
  31. AJ

    AlisonJ

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, good service and lovely setting Thanks for a delicious lunch with so many menu choices that we could have chosen. The relaxed atmosphere was enhanced by attentive but unobtrusive service. A delightful occasion - thanks.
  32. M

    Matrona

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very well run gastro-pub. We have been there twice and would definitely go again at the next opportunity
  33. D

    Diner

    London

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    First time visited for Mother’s Day Sunday. Waited at the table with menus for so long had to go and ask a waiter to order. One guest wanted a steak but was told only the Sunday lunch menu was available- this was not detailed on their website when booking. The food arrived with burnt chips and potatoes plus the Yorkshire pudding was dry. We did point this out to the staff and they kindly reduced the bill 20%. A shame as it’s a nice venue but seemed to be overwhelmed by the volume of people.
  34. KB

    KarlB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food will be back soon¡!!!!!!!!!!!!!(!!!
  35. CC

    ChristineC

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Mother's Day lunch at the Catherine Wheel. We had the chicken sharer which is a whole roast chicken on a large board, surrounded by delicious roast potatoes, stuffing, roast vegetables, cauliflower cheese, peas with chopped leeks, Yorkshire puddings and gravy. You carve it up yourself and help yourself to everything else. It's great value at £38 and is perfect for a family of 4 or smaller. They also do a Gammon sharer as well as other roasts and fish dishes. Great atmosphere and lovely attentive staff.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing lunch. We were there to celebrate Mother’s Day and a birthday. It was so lovely to have the side area- service was on point and the food was incredible. The 4 person roast was excellent value. The chocolate bombe was a great experience. What a lovely little touch to be given daffodils as well to each mum
  37. F

    Freckles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Easy to find and park, plenty of space Took a while once seated to be brought a menu. Very child and dog friendly, but in a nice clean environment, which was nice Service was a bit haphazard, but unorganised but they may have been short staffed. Had a side that never appeared and a coffee that didn’t either. No one came to check so didn’t ask for them, as wasn’t the end of the world, but they did remove from the bill Food was lovely, starters fresh and tasty, dessert lovely. Mains were nice, fish and chips very, very greasy, but overall wouldn’t complain at all about food. Didn’t have a drinks menu which was slightly annoying as you had to know what you wanted, but probably me being picky! Would recommend and visit again, but hope the service improves slightly for the price of the meals.
  38. AH

    AndrewH

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Had fish and chips, had to send meal back as chips were over done , nearly burnt. Chips second time around were just acceptable, not crispy. Fish was good, though batter was over cooked and just acceptable Will return again but if meal is same standard will not come back
  39. A

    Anon

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    There was a lot of noise from surrounding tables, combined with music made it very difficult to hear each across the table
  40. M

    Mocky

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Food was delicious with very generous portions. Wasn't very busy (6.30pm on a Friday) staff were very good but we were left waiting for a while with deserts menus before being served.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings

FAQs

The Catherine Wheel is rated 4.4 stars by 123 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for The Catherine Wheel

Pelham Rd, Gravesend, Albury, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire SG11 2LW

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Bishop's Stortford

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    English

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Large private car park

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Aaron Poynter

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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