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Fish On The Quay, Maldon, Essex

Fish On The Quay

3.3
3.3
68 reviews
£25 and under
British
Based at Hythe Quay in Maldon, Fish On The Quay is a 17th century building. Guests can lap up views of the River Blackwater as they feast on a menu with a strong emphasis on local fish & seafood.

Fish on the Quay also provides offers accommodation with a range of ensuite double rooms, and is a suitable base for travellers wishing to explore East Anglia.

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2 people

19:00


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:30 am–12:00 am Sun 9:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01621 853463

  • Payment Options

    Contactless Payment

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

What 68 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.3
3.3 based on recent ratings
  • 3.4Food
  • 3.4Service
  • 3.1Ambience
  • 3.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Essex

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  1. GY

    GoldenYears

    Essex

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    The marquee was closed. The menu was limited, not as the web site menu. The cod was not fresh (cod is white) the chips were in abundance but *floury" and tasteless. £16.95 ! The waitress being informed we were disappointed, said nothing and walked away. The ambiance was spoilt by loud drinkers and gave the impression of a Friday night drinking hole. We left depressed and disappointed.
  2. KB

    KimB

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    A nice riverside restaraunt. Tables were not as clean as could be and some tables lacked cutlery. Chunky chips were great. It was nearly there has potential to be great x
  3. M

    Maisieboo

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Offering an extremely limited menu - extremely disappointing so we didn’t stay
  4. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Very poor standard of food. Starters where present with a plastic pot and filled with wholesale chilli sauce, my calamari looked quite lonely and grey. Chips where awful tatsed like the fat was old and burnt. Burger average.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent - bar person was very friendly - overall a teslly good and enjoyable experience
  6. SJ

    SusanaJose

    London

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    There are only two pubs by the water in Maldon. Not a lot of choice. Fish On The Quay has a great history and has great service, other than that it really needs a lot of work. Food was below average in quality and taste. Do not order the paella, it’s not paella and it has a very strange taste and consistency. Cocktails weren’t great. Margaritas did not taste like Margaritas. The inside of pub could do with a refresh, the outside needs a lot of work, currently a tarmac with tables or dirty turf and lacks personality. Also heard staff whinging about other staff. It feels like a place that is owned by someone that is never there and has been left to run by group of youngsters and couple of older staff that couldn’t care less. It’s a shame as it’s in gorgeous Maldon, prime position and has a wonderful history. The other pub was super busy whereas this one wasn’t even half filled. That says it all!
  7. S

    Shoes

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    All starters were good, the mains were fine and were expecting a bit more of a fish choice on the menu. The staff were all pleasant and polite. First time visiting Fish On The Quay and it was all just ok.
  8. MH

    MarkH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was very nice and well presented, the only thing I would say is the Lobster tail was a bit tasteless the rest was excellent.
  9. JB

    JoanneB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We were eating with children for Father's Day and sitting in the marquee. It was quite cold and we asked the waitress to turn on the outdoor heater, which she said she would go and ask about but never came back. We had to move to another more sheltered table and cleared the table ourselves as it had been left uncleared from another group. The dirty glasses remained on the spare table for the rest of our meal. We waited an hour for our food with no apology for the wait. Children's meals very basic with no veggies.
  10. BE

    BadExperience

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience1
    The food was good but unfortunately the service from the staff was poor. No wine glasses as tables had not been cleared. One customer fed up with waiting cleared the table themselves.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The seafood platter was partially frozen, served with no water/lemon or any cutlery or napkins! Drinks were warm and servicing was shocking
  12. J

    Jools

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Nice quiet lunch on patio, had the full seafood platter for 2 which was a generous portion of crab, lobster, shrimps, mackerel calamari snd salmon with warm bread. Served on a slightly grubby looking wooden board but otherwise very enjoyable. Service was prompt but watching others was a bit chaotic at times, some customers getting half their meal due planning errors. Would be interesting if full !! Good value and nice location.
  13. n

    nigelmansem

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    We order a plate with some seafood including lobster tail but they serve us some cromer crab claws. I feel it was a bit of scam as they are quite cheaper than the lobster tail and it was the reason why we order that plate.
  14. M

    Malb

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    Thought this was a restaurant but more like a pub, table was next to the bar with passing traffic constantly as we were eating, Drunk regulars with barking dogs didn’t help.
  15. KT

    KayT

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    Booked a table for six and were seated in the marquee. Wait staff were excellent but noise from kitchen behind us was too much and were even heard to shout at ‘those f****** pigeons’. When I commented to the serving staff about the noise from the kitchen, they agreed with us but nothing changed. There was also a barking dog on the other side of the marquee. Not sure if belonged to a member of staff - they were heard going to it and the barking stopped temporarily- or left in a neighbouring garden. Either way, it wasn’t nice to hear a dog barking constantly like that. Food was OK - two didn’t eat the seafood paella as far too spicy, one left majority of their mussels as they weren’t great either. Pizzas and med platter wee OK. I did order another meal to replace one of the spicy paellas and was charged more than quoted on the menu. When raised by me they put the menu price through the till. They needed the manager’s approval for this and the price difference didn’t seem a surprise to any of them but the lower price wasn’t offered voluntarily. We had planned on staying for dessert but the noise level was too high so we wandered to the prom for ice creams instead.
  16. PW

    PeterW

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic location, great food and friendly service. Highly recommended
  17. D

    Disenchanted

    Essex

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We booked, yet our table wasn't set up, we were asked to pick up our own menus on the way in, as we sat down the ??owner asked the waitress if we were the last table eating, then when we said we wanted starters it was Oh, hmmm as if there may not be time (this was at 7pm!!) Starters on the whole were ok. Main courses, only 2 out of 5 were anywhere near satisfactory, fish and chips x2 was overcooked and oily, tasteless. Vegan burger changed from what was on the menu, tasteless. Crab ok, scampi ok, but somewhat overcooked. No one came to ask if everything was OK, not offered condiments with any course, had to ask. Guinness was off, they'd run out of my fav gin. Owner more interested in chatting to 2 rather drunk patrons, lots of noisy kids around( think they were family of owner) spoiled the place completely. WILL NOT RETURN.
  18. SS

    SundaySunday

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Popped in for Sunday Roast after a walk along Maldon prom. Service was cheerful & friendly but pretty slow overall. Our roast dinner seemed to take a very long time to arrive, but we were getting hungry which probably exacerbated it! When it arrived it was very tasty with tender lamb, crunchy roasties & plenty of veg. Hubby was disappointed that the cauliflower cheese wasn’t available though, Again waited quite a while before plates were cleared & the dessert menu was offered. We both chose the Apple strudel & ice cream. Another long wait - eventually the dessert arrived. Not at all what I expected - it was a shop bought strudel you can get in Tesco or Aldi, a very small portion and was barely warm. It hadn’t been in the oven long enough as the outside wasn’t crisp and brown as it should have been. It had a drizzle of shop bought caramel sauce over it. Not great really. Shame as the main course was nice so next time I would forego the pudding.
  19. I

    Ilaria

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and service. Authentic gastro pub food. Top quality.
  20. BP

    BeccaP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Staff swearing and shouting at each other and not very attentive. Food average.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Arrived at restaurant having booked on Open Table. Was told there was not a table for us, Open Table should not have accepted a booking and that an Open Table booking did not mean we had a booking with them. Absolutely no apology - rather indignant response suggesting it was our fault / problem. Another lady came through having checked on the system and said to the lady speaking to us they had more like us. If a restaurant uses Open Table then they have to respect that they are accepting bookings when made on this system. Mistakes happen, and we accept that, but it was the nature of the restaurant’s response that annoyed my family and I.
  22. VW

    VictorW

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Upon attending the owner or manager stated that due to it being Mother’s Day, They should not have taken breakfast bookings. But they would honour our Booking, I will say I highly recommend fish on the quay And will be returning Excellent service food and staff.
  23. ST

    SamT

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Lovely friendly team here but the FoTQ seafood platter was a little disappointing as the lobster tail was thawed and wet and not very tasty. Lovely squid and crab and mackerel and tasty crusty bread. Quiet weekday afternoon so not much ambience, with the staff constantly talking loudly from the kitchen. Would try it again but it could be a lot better.
  24. RT

    RichardT

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    We had the cromer crab salad. The salad was very tired and there were clumps of sweetcorn in the salad that looked as if they come straight out of the freezer. The crab looked a bit anaemic and did not taste as good as we expected. We complained about the salad and got a sort of apology and it would be reported to the kitchen. After we left we both commented that there was a bitter taste to the crab and it really did not look fresh. I felt a bit queasy for a couple of hours after. A most disappointing experience and certainly not a place we would want to visit again or recommend to anyone else. I suspect the crab also came out of the freezer..certainly not fresh.
  25. AW

    AndrewW

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food great service can't wait to come back
  26. w

    woodhill63

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Typical pub fare masquerading as an upmarket seafood restaurant. Freezing cold, no heating on, training course being conducted loudly in the background by an angry manager, accompanied by children shrieking. The tone was not set for a pleasant meal. The food was fine but nothing special and certainly not worth the prices, which were different to those stated on the menu online. All three of the vegetarian items got crossed out before our eyes by our waiter, who was trying his best. They did all say goodbye to us when we left at the end.
  27. SB

    SarahB

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2022

    overall1food5service2ambience1
    If you fancy a fight with your meal then this is the place to go. The food I must say is outstanding but the locals fighting and then the manager serving your food with a baseball bat tucked in her hoodie is certainly an experience.
  28. HL

    HevLucas

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was my second visit in recent weeks, the first time I had the posh lobster salad and this time I had the Paprika chicken salad with skinny fries and Quay Lime Pie for dessert. I have Coeliac disease so need to eat gluten free, there are quite a few dishes to choose from on the menu, and as the fries are cooked separately I could have them. It was nice to be able to have a dessert too with a gluten free biscuit base. The staff are friendly and helpful and if you can sit at a table at the front of the pub there’s a great view of the Thames barges and the river Blackwater. Plenty of choice in drinks too.
  29. B

    Babafad

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food ok(ish). However.......the service was ridiculously very very slow. One could be forgiven for thinking they'd gone out to buy the relating ingredients used in cooking the meal we ate. The bill was brought over......pretty quickly though.......🙄
  30. LS

    LewisS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Lovely food and staff. I didn’t enjoy my beer so they changed it free of charge. Food was really tasty and really good value for money. Lovely evening. Will definitely recommend and definitely return!
  31. R

    Ronnie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    My seafood platter was excellent and the red Wine too. My partners steak was very disappointing and he didnt like the accompanying veg either. he said that the chips however were excellent and so too was the Guinness.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Booked a table for 2 at 7pm via open table , restaurant called and stated that the chefs finished at 7 rebooked for 6:30 instead . Food was great and service second to none a little disappointing that there was no dessert menu available due to chefs finishing at 7 . Still would highly recommend.
  33. LL

    LizziL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food portions were generous and food was excellent - we had mussels, prawns for starters and mains were fish and chips, roast chicken dinner and roast beef dinner. All were excellent - only very tiny comment was there was no stuffing or chipolotas with the roast chicken dinner.
  34. H

    barryH

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    On arrival we waited 10 minutes before staff asked for drinks order, and was told due to staff shortage, food would be 30-40 mins. it took 1 1/2 hours and several requests before our main meal appeared. The food was plentiful and EXCELLENT. The staff were apologetic, however the amount of time taken to be fully served was very annoying and disappointing.
  35. SL

    SarahL

    Essex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    busy evening, lots of families a little noisy but great to see it busy Good order not correct but put right with good customer service
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, great menu, great food and a great experience. Thx
  37. d

    davebeer

    Essex

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A true surprise, excellent food and very friendly and professional service. This was our first visit but will not be our last.
  38. MR

    MishaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful fresh seafood and lovely staff, will be back soon!
  39. a

    abbyr

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really wonderful New Year’s Day meal. Couldn’t do enough to make us feel welcome :)
  40. MG

    MikeG

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Detailed review of lunch already submitted on TripAdvisor

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Fish On The Quay offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01621 853463.

Fish On The Quay is rated 3.3 stars by 68 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Google Map for Fish On The Quay

Church Street, Hythe Quay, Maldon, Essex CM9 5HP

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Maldon

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:30 am–12:00 am Sun 9:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Parking available on the quay side

  • Payment Options

    Contactless Payment

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

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