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Zafra Pasta Bar and Grill

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$$ - $$$
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5 The Green, Finchingfield CM7 4JS, England
+44 1371 810501
13:30 - 22:30
Open now
All hours
Tue - Thu 18:30 - 21:30
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Fri 17:30 - 22:30
Sat 13:30 - 22:30
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Essex, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We bought a Groupon voucher & took my family here for my daughters birthday after coming to this restaurant before & really enjoying the meal. Unfortunately this time the meal wasn't as good & we didn't enjoy it as much. Whilst the service is good & very personal, I feel the food lets the venue down.

Thank brettstar74
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Friday 18th on a whim as I'd driven through Finchingfield during the week and saw what a beautiful village it was. We dined early(6.30) so had the place to ourselves but a few tables came in after to create a nice atmosphere. We had bread to start then I had the seafood linguine, my wife had the chicken&mushroom... More 

Thank cblowers
Great Bardfield
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Intimate atmosphere with a real buzz about the place. Rustic, lovingly prepared food. You can tell the owner is passionate about what he does. He's a real character too. This place combines personality with quality. Totally different from the mainstream, predictable, bland offerings so often seen elsewhere. A joy to visit and we will be back.

Thank BenjaminJAllen
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Fantastic spicy swordfish stew at my favourite restaurant. The only problem was what to choose as it all sounded good.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We have been here several times and every time we come out very full after a lovely meal. I don't think I've ever had so much seafood in a main meal(seafood marinara) before in my life and such a variety. Thanks Frank and the other staff, keep up the good work! Looking forward to our next visit.

Thank Chris H
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We have been to Zafra's a handful of times and Frank never fails to impress on his very unique dishes or friendly service. Excellent place to go for a romantic meal or special occasion.

Thank Gee H
Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Lovely location, however as you walk in there is a distinct smell of damp/wet dog The owner is very friendly and a very nice chap. The food however was awful. The chips were frozen cheap fries. I expected the pizzas to be home made but they were clearly shop bought as they had the small manufactured holes in the base.... More 

Thank pumpkin1612
Braintree, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We went there back in the winter and forgot to do a review. It's quirky and different. All handmade pasta. A very pleasant change to the normal pub/restaurants that surround us.

Thank Ian B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

What a little gem of a place. Had lunch there yesterday and could not fault anything about it. Frank, the owner, was charming, the food was cooked and presented well from the warm bread basket with olives and oil to the penne pasta dish with prawns and smoked salmon in a fabulous creamy sauce that I had for mains along... More 

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Sudbury, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

My son took me here as my Father's Day present, just me and him for a boys night out meal, courtesy of a Groupon offer. We both had rump steak medium rare and it was perfect. Couldn't fault the meal, service or staff. Will definitely visit again.

Thank Rockman01787

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$38
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:30
13:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 The Green, Finchingfield CM7 4JS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Finchingfield
  • Phone Number: +44 1371 810501
Hi. Zafra is a lovely, small family restaurant located in the heart of the picturesque village of Finchingfield (Essex) which specializes in fresh fish dishes, steaks and grills and pizza and pasta. Zafra is Italian at heart, but each dish is created by me, Frank Tyler.

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