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To take the strain out of finding somewhere fresh to eat, Essex Life has picked out some culinary highlights for you to enjoy...
1 Cassidys at The Fox Inn
The Green, Finchingfield, Braintree, Essex CM7 4JX
01371 810 151
Cassidys at The Fox Inn in Finchingfield is a beautiful 16th century coaching inn ideally situated overlooking the famous village green and duck pond. The Fox has recently undergone a full refurbishment in the capable hands of new owners Alison Larkin, Sarah Cassidy and Keith Johnson and offers both regulars and visitors to this picturesque setting a delightful menu of dishes prepared with fine, local produce.
Hearty lunches and evening meals are readily served along with a tempting snack menu accompanied by fine tea and great coffee from 10am. The range of quality produce is also offered at Cassidys Delicatessen in Great Dumnow and Cassidys even provides
2 Grahams on the Green
12-14 The Green
Writtle CM1 3DU
A LA CARTE dining at its finest or the option of a set-price menu, from Tuesday to Thursday, are the choices available at Grahams on the Green. And to add to the experience, why not dine al fresco on the veranda with unbroken views across the delightful village duck pond?
3 The Compasses at Pattiswick
SISTER pub to The Swan at Felsted, The Compasses at Pattiswick was recently awarded Great British Family Pub of the Year. Offering simple, hearty dishes, the menus are uncomplicated allowing the quality of the ingredients to shine through. You can even take a taste of it home with produce from its Great Pub Shop.
Radisson SAS Hotel
OFFERING the freshest produce sourced in Italy, Filini brings you a diverse selection of antipasti, pastas and pizzas. Individual farmers and producers in Italy who are faithful to traditional methods provide the most natural and flavoursome ingredients to bring that authentic Italian taste served straight from the stone oven.
BARTELLAS is all about great food, served professionally and in stylish surroundings. Suitable for all the family and for any occasion, Bartellas offers the fabulous taste of Italian food and great value for money.
6 The Grill Room
A NEW restaurant, The Grill Room offers a relaxed atmosphere in a contemporary setting. Classic dishes using only the best local produce include grills, fish and tasty desserts.
7 Le Talbooth
Gun Hill, Dedham
Colchester CO7 6HP
In an idyllic setting beside the River Stour, the award-winning Le Talbooth restaurant offers fine dining at its very best. Dine on the terrace under a huge architectural sail in the summer and the beamed River Room or the Old Room in the winter.
8 Grahams at the Nags Head
Church Road, Moreton,
Grahams at the Nags Head is located in the picturesque village
of Moreton and is a welcoming, traditional pub. Under new ownership, The Nags Head is now run by the same team behind Chelmsfords Grahams on The Green and Huttons Grahams at The Woodpecker. For those who havent been before, The Nags Head is everything youd expect from a village pub with a large inglebrook fireplace and exposed original wooden beams throughout. Located on the main village road with ample parking, The Nags Head is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet drink or meal.
9 The Lion and Lamb
THIS traditional country pub and restaurant specialises in fresh home-cooked food and seafood from Billingsgate. A full menu is served all day everyday until 10pm including a traditional Sunday lunch.
10 Summer House Restaurant and
Suffolk CB8 0TG
Enjoy the thrill oftop class horseracing at the sports historic home while treating yourself to a VIP, gourmet delight with a visit to one of Newmarket Racecourses fine restaurants. Offering exciting newmenus based on locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible, you will find great value for money from these two luxurious restaurants that have set a new benchmark for racecourse catering. Choose from 38 race days each year between April and October for a great day out.
11 The Crown
Stoke by Nayland
01206 262 001
Nestled in the picturesque village of Stoke by Nayland in the heart of Constable Country, the historic Crown Inn offers visitors fine dining, wonderful hospitality and, above all, matchless peace and tranquillity. The Crowns boutique hotel has eleven individually decorated and comfortably furnished rooms with views over stunning countryside. Diners can enjoy the best of fresh, locally-sourced food, including the daily catch from the fishing boats of the Blackwater estuary.
12 The Magic Mushroom
Darren BennetT and his team at The Magic Mushroom have worked hard to establish this Billericay restaurant as one of the countys most acclaimed eateries since it opened in 1996. Offering a contemporary menu with a traditional influence, Darren ensures that ingredients are sourced locally and are organic whenever possible. In short, The Magic Mushroom provides first class food, freshly cooked and served in a relaxed atmosphere.
13 Grahams at the Woodpecker
225 Hanging Hill Lane
Hutton, Brentwood, Essex
Grahams at the Woodpecker builds on the reputation of Chelmsfords Grahams on the Green in bringing diners great food, excellent value and that little bit of extra flair. Extensively refurbished The Woodpecker in Hutton has been transformed from its previous incarnation as a pub into a modern yet comfortable restaurant. With the same attention to detail and styling as its sister venue, The Woodpecker is already proving a hit with residents of Hutton, Brentwood and the surrounding areas.
14 The Pheasant Country Bar & Restaurant
Gestingthorpe C09 3AU
The Pheasant sits between Halstead and Sudbury in beautiful rolling countryside. Al fresco dining is a must in the award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden which was designed by the owner and transferred to the restaurant after the show. Freshly-picked vegetables, salads and fruit are plucked from the kitchen garden and an excellent value fixed menu is available for lunch and dinner.
15 The Pier at Harwich
The Quay, Harwich
THERE is a choice of two restaurants and 14 bedrooms at The Pier with views over the busy harbour and the Stour and Orwell estuaries. The award-winning Harbourside restaurant specialises in the finest locally-caught seafood, much of which is landed in the harbour opposite. A full menu is available all day (from noon) in the ground floor Hapenny Brasserie and theres no need to book.
MILSOMS is an ideal venue to catch up with friends and family. Children are very welcome and there is a no booking policy, so just turn up. Theres no rush as the full menu is available from noon until 9.30pm during the week and 10pm on a Friday and Saturday night. Plus, you can sit outside on the terrace under the huge architectural sail whatever the weather.
Radisson SAS Hotel
Stansted Airport CM24 1PP
IT IS the atmosphere that makes the dining experience at the NYGB. The New York Grill Bar is reminiscent of a traditional American grill and the choice of prime cuts and meats is prepared in the best American way char-grilled to satisfying succulence and served with heaps of chips and simple, healthy salads. All that is left is to enjoy it.
18 Scutchers Restaurant
THIS summer is the perfect time to visit Scutchers as award-winning chef Nick Barrett is offering a choice of two exciting set menus at 18 or 22 to complement his superb a la carte menu. A family-run restaurant in the picturesque village of Long Melford, Scutchers is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday.
19 The White Hart Inn
01277 890 890
THE WHITE HART INN, Moreton, offers a special treat this August Bank Holiday weekend with its annual Beer Festival and live music. Unveiling a fresh new look for summer, this popular gastro pub provides great food in a variety of surroundings including the patio, beer garden, bar and restaurant. A warm welcome from the friendly team is assured.
20 The Square & Compasses
Fairstead CM3 2BB
A TRADITIONAL 17th century freehouse surrounded by picturesque countryside and on the edge of the Essex Way footpath, The Square & Compasses is an idyllic dining destination. Serving an excellent selection of cask conditioned real ales together with home-cooked food, locally sourced whenever possible, The Square & Compasses is renowned for its fresh fish and local game. Open daily for lunch and dinner, a warm welcome awaits you.
21 The Three Tuns
Braintree CM7 4NR
FINCHINGFIELD is in one of the countys prettiest villages. When Maria and Mike Stone saw The Three Tuns it became their ambition to create a pub that was worthy of the village. After ten months of extensive refurbishment The Three Tuns opened in November 2008 and now offers a popular menu including pork fillet, fresh halibut, skate and giant prawns.
22 The Victory at Mersea
VISIT The Victory at Mersea and discover the best in casual dining in the bar, restaurant or on the new al fresco dining deck, all with fantastic views over the Blackwater estuary. And, if you want to stay over, choose from superior, en suite rooms, all
with sea views.
23 Square 1
15 High Street
Great Dunmow CM6 1AB
A MODERN, chic restaurant ideally placed in the heart of Great Dunmow High Street, Square 1 is building a reputation for relaxed a la carte dining. With an open kitchen, a great wine list and dramatic artwork, the scene is set for fabulous food. Inspired and delicious dishes feature, whenever possible, local and organic ingredients. And dont miss Monday Night Madness when three courses are available for 14.50.
24 Kings Brasserie
High Ongar CM5 9NS.
01277 882 220
For those seeking great food, prepared and cooked to order, Kings
Brasserie is the place to be. Everything from the home-baked bread to the
home-churned ice cream is made on the premises and there is a set price menu from 8.95. An a la carte menu is available on Saturday evenings with al fresco dining in the peace and quiet of the countryside a delight during the summer.
25 The Swan
Long Melford, Suffolk
Celebrate summer in style at The Swan in Long Melford, which has recently re-opened following a stylish and contemporary refurbishment.This family-run business, offering modern European food is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Chef Ian Kropidlowski has created a delightful summer menu with inspirational light dishes, traditional favourites and something for the more adventurous diner. Lunch or dinner can be enjoyed al fresco in the large, relaxing gardens and patio areas, complemented by an interesting and carefully-chosen wine list.
26 Juniper Restaurant
Clarice House Colchester
Kingsford Park, Layer, Colchester,
As the Essex Restaurant of the Year for 2009, the Juniper Restaurant at Clarice House Colchester offers a sumptuous dining experience. Open from Thursday to Saturday, this AA Rosette restaurant offers an innovative menu of modern British cuisine under the guidance of one of the countys most celebrated chefs, Paul Boorman. An elegant conservatory dining area, makes this an ideal summer dining destination.
27 Salthouse Eaterie
Salthouse Harbour Hotel
1 Neptune Quay,
01473 226 789
This luxury 4 star hotel is situated in an enviable waterfront location and has been converted from a warehouse into a striking contemporary space. Salthouse Eaterie is the hotels boutique restaurant where Simon Barker and his staff prepare modern and Mediterrean meals, 80% of which are sourced locally, while al fresco dining in the summer allows you to watch the harbour from the courtyard.
Great Dunmow CM6 1AX
AN attractive, beamed dining room and spacious conservatory serving English food with a distinct French accent awaits diners at The Starr. This delightful family-run restaurant is set in the heart of Dunmow, making it a great destination as part of a day trip.
29 Dengie Garden
Mill Road, Mayland,
Dengie Garden Centre Restaurant offers a different dining experience compared to that which you might usually find while buying your plants. The contemporary licensed restaurant offers home-cooked food at excellent prices with full waitress service. Oak tables and chairs in a delightful courtyard make it easy to relax and enjoy your stay whether you are looking for a full English breakfast, lunch or an afternoon tea.
30The Swan at Lavenham
High Street, Lavenham,
01787 247 477
The Swan hotel is one of Englands most iconic hotels dating back to the 15th century. During the summer months, the French doors are thrown open with views onto the hidden gardens and Cloister Courtyard, a perfect setting for al fresco dining. To dine, choose from the informal Brasserie and historic Airmens Bar or fine dining in the elegant double AA Rosette Gallery Restaurant where head chef Nick Wilson and his brigade of chefs will share with you their passions for excellent food and creative flavours.
31 The Hoop
21 Hgh Street, Stock
The Hoop public house is a freehouse dating back more than 450 years. Youll find a varied and vibrant menu courtesy of head chef, Phil Utz, who bases his selections on the availability of fresh, local ingredients with a series of home-cooked dishes based on traditional culinary values. Alongside the food, a home-brewed Hoop beer changes seasonally and is available on tap at the bar.
32 The Swan at Felsted
Station Road, Felsted
HEAD CHEF Alec Maxfield has brought the discerning taste of top London dining to the Essex countryside with his diverse menus at The Swan at Felsted. Packed with local produce, the food on offer at this award-winning gastro pub makes it the ideal venue for business lunches, special celebrations or a great night out.
33 The Warehouse Brasserie
12 Chapel Street North
THE Warehouse Brasserie was once a Methodist chapel and still features some of the original pews. The award-winning team of Phil and Sue Hirst, known for their success at The Bake House at Wivenhoe, are committed to offering a warm, friendly and efficient service to their customers. There is a constantly changing menu with the emphasis on modern British cuisine using the best of local seasonal produce all sourced within East Anglia.
34 The Bear
16 The Square
The Bear Inn at Stock is now under new ownership but aims to continue providing great food which has in the last few years won The Bear accolades including an AA Rosette and two Michelin Knife and Fork awards. Following a recent refurbishment, The Bear now has a warm and cosy feel to it as soon as you enter, with an emphasis on comfort within a traditional environment. As well as a separate function and dining suite, there is a large beer garden which is perfect for al fresco dining in the summer.
35 Fishmarket Restaurant
42 High Street
After just two years, the Fishmarket Restaurant in Benfleet has established itself as a favourite destination for superb seafood. All the fish is hand-picked at Billingsgate fish market by the Fishmarket team on a daily basis and other ingredients are sourced from local suppliers providing the finest quality produce. The restaurant even has its own shellfish stall for those in a rush offering a cup of cockles, a cooked lobster for tea or a fish platter for a dinner party.