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Essex-artist Sir Alfred Munnings, a former president of the Royal Academy of Art in London, has long been regarded as one of East Anglia’s greatest artists. Renowned for his drawings and paintings of horses, he was much-associated with hunting scenes and racing, with a lot of his work being centred around Newmarket.
Chris Cork, head gardener at Beeleigh Abbey near Maldon, has been on something of a spiritual crusade in the stunning surroundings of this former monastery.
If you were to stand on Southend’s seafront, binoculars to eyes, at about noon on May 25, you would see a scene straight from the history of Southend. The billowing sails of the Atlantis, an elegant tall ship first launched at the turn of the 20th century, will herald the start of the town’s two-week Maritime Festival, charting the town’s seafaring past.
It is a fact that when the sails of Thaxted’s windmill are turning, visitors are drawn to this ancient Essex market town. Indeed, Thaxted is known for its three major landmarks – the church, the guildhall and the windmill, which can be seen from all the approach roads.
Eating fish and chips, paddling in the sea, sunbathing beside beach huts or seeking thrills on a traditional seaside pier are favourite summer activities of the British holiday maker, and along the Essex coast you will find all this in abundance. Every year, millions of visitors are drawn to Essex by the array of picture postcard coastal towns and beaches which never cease to delight.
An eclectic collection of summer events is to be held at the four-star country house hotel Wivenhoe House, Colchester, in June
Is Essex the Florida of the UK? Well, last year more than one-in-ten British retirement homebuyers chose Essex as the place to enjoy their twilight years. Nicky Adams finds out why
Find a fabulous selection of great events for all taking place in Essex during April
N interior designer’s job is a difficult one, I assume, as the old adage of not being able to please all the people probably applies here. When I heard that Le Talbooth had been given a fresh new face I was intrigued. Here’s a restaurant steeped in Milsom tradition, loved by its loyal diners, yet still needing to attract a newer and younger audience
Andy Kenney has worked at Grahams on the Green on and off for the past seven years. ‘I’ve had a couple of occasions where I’ve worked briefly elsewhere, but I’ve always come back here.’ He trained at the Colchester Institute and gained valuable experience during a stint in the USA. It’s always been food for Andy, inspired by his food hero, Tom Aikins. ‘I love the twists he puts into his dishes,’ adds Andy. ‘For me, it’s the fact I can use flair to create menus which taste good and look good on the dish too.’ Here Andy shares a recipe for pasta with pizazz.
After taking a year out to go travelling around Thailand and Australia, Adel Salah worked at The Crown at Stoke by Nayland alongside James Howland Jackson and Lucy Overbury. When the two of them moved to the Treble Tile they invited Adel to join them as their new head chef. That was three years ago and he’s been conjuring up new menus every month since. Born in Essex, Adel credits his unusual name to his parents: ‘My father’s Scottish and my mother is from Bangladesh.’ His most popular dish is beef wellington and here Adel shows us the secrets of his special rack of lamb dish.
The perfect winter recipe which you can enjoy yourself or can be given as a great homemade gift...
A very easy recipe to create a delicious fudge sauce for any desert...
Phil shows us his useful hints and tips to creating a delicious casserole dish...
The kitchen is often the first room ready for a revamp or total renovation at the beginning of a New Year. So here are three fresh new looks with timeless appeal.
Wilko Johnson, the charismatic member of the infamous Dr Feelgood band, is one of the great British eccentrics. In an emotional interview, the Canvey Island guitarist tackling terminal cancer, tells Pat Parker why he's never felt more alive
Denise Van Outen, Basildon's former Big Breakfast presenter and West End star, talks to Essex Life about her Essex childhood, family life and fighting for the Strictly title
Home comforts don't come much more homely than Epping for music legend Rod Stewart, who's back with new material and a busy festive schedule