OFFERED the opportunity to enjoy a sunny afternoon on the water following some fabulous French cuisine, I was buoyant with excitement as I drove towards Maldon. Le Bouchon has its own car park and is just off the Maldon Road and therefore very easy to locate. The lunch menu also boasts a trip along the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation (weather permitting) and it was all the excuse I needed to dine with them this lunchtime. I’d booked the day before and expressed my interest in their boat trip. I had no less than three call backs organising and confirming the trip, which was encouraging before I’d even arrived. The restaurant is elegantly decorated in creams and taupes with high-backed cloth chairs for comfort, linen cloths, cooling palms and fresh, red roses on each table.
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