Gastro gossip from Essex

PUBLISHED: 08:46 08 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:55 20 February 2013

George and Dragon

George and Dragon

Gastro gossip from our cullinary county

Exciting new beginning for The George and Dragon
A GROUP of entrepreneurs that have a serious passion for food and a
love for laying on traditional pub hospitality have set about breathing
new life into a well-known Essex pub that first opened its doors to the public in 1769.

The George and Dragon at Mountnessing near Brentwood is being
readied for an exciting new launch under the management of the Landmark Leisure group.In a bid to unearth the stone building's stunning original features, the company's award-winning design team is carefully renovating the interior and exterior of The George and Dragon to the highest possible standard. It is aiming to create a comfortable pub
and stylish dining room that fuses contemporary charm with
traditional character.

'The inspiration behind our business is giving our customers fantastic service and bringing back a dining experience that pulls people together, around a table, to enjoy wonderful food and conversation,' said
Susanne Hoffman, general manager of The George and Dragon.

Double celebration for The County Hotel
LOCAL RESIDENTS in and around Chelmsford can now treat themselves to award-winning cuisine, in an award-winning hotel. The County Hotel, home of The County Kitchen, was awarded its first AA Rosette for its food after an inspection of the hotel and its services, and if that was not enough the hotel was also presented with an award at the Hotel Excellence Awards for its excellence in business management.

Grape Passions
EAST ANGLIAN wine retailer and wholesaler, Grape Passions, is holding its Spring Tasting Weekend at its premises near Tiptree on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. The weekend will see the launch of the new 2009 brochure with many exciting new wines from around the world. Managing director, Mark Soudah, said: 'We have been very busy over the past year sourcing and selecting many new additions to our range. We believe customers are looking for interesting and memorable wines without paying high prices, and we are delighted to be able to offer some very exciting new wines at very reasonable prices. Our tasting weekends provide a great opportunity to try before you buy.' For details call 01621 892381

Work starts on Phase 2at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall
MILSOMS KESGRAVE HALL near Ipswich, the contemporary bar/brasserie and hotel, is expanding by adding a further eight bedrooms and two meeting rooms which will be available from the end of June 2009. Work is already well ahead and being undertaken by The Hills Group of Colchester, joint partners with Milsom Hotels in the hotel business at Kesgrave Hall. Paul Milsom, managing director Milsom Hotels, said: 'We always thought the restaurant at Kesgrave Hall would be busy, but we were surprised by the speed in which the hotel accommodation took off.'

Three Tuns turns over a new leaf
Finchingfield has a new 'gem' - the newly-refurbished Three Tuns pub
and restaurant. This local landmark has been a feature of this picturesque village for many years and has seen a succession of tenants and landlords. In recent years the Tuns has seen periods of closure and
had effectively fallen off the local pub radar until Maria and Mike Stone decided to take on the freehold. Their vision became reality after a
total refurbishment. 'To say the refurbishment was a labour of
love is an understatement,' said Mike.


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