35 Dining Delights in Essex
PUBLISHED: 13:38 07 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:10 20 February 2013
Why not enjoy these fresh ideas for dining out in Essex and beyond?
1 The Pheasant Restaurant Church Street
Gestingthorpe C09 3AU 01787 461196
Winner of the Best Newcomer Restaurant in Essex award in 2008, The Pheasant is located amid beautiful rolling countryside on the Essex/Suffolk border. Its strong reputation for serving excellent, freshly-prepared food is growing all the time and there is a great opportunity to sample produce from its own smokehouse, the Borley Smokery.
2 The Swan at Felsted
Station Road, Felsted CM6 3DG 01371 820245
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.
3 The Pier at Harwich
The Quay, Harwich CO12 3HH 01255 241212
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, and a full a la carte menu is available all day from noon until 9.30pm.
4 The Compasses at Pattiswick
Compasses Road, Pattiswick CM77 8BG 01376 561322
Sister pub to The Swan at Felsted, The Compasses at Pattiswick was recently voted the Great British 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.
5 Scutchers Restaurant
Long Melford Suffolk CO10 9DP 01787 310200
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.
6 Barda Restaurant & Bar
30-32 Broomfield Road Chelmsford CM1 1SW
IN THE heart of Chelmsford, Barda Restaurant & Bar has all the hallmarks of fine dining providing you with a place to sit back, relax and sample the finer things in life. As Chelmsford's only restaurant to be listed in both the Good Food Guide 2009 and the Michelin Guide 2009, Barda delivers the highest standards and is only two minutes from the train and bus station. Try the pre-theatre menu starting from just £9.
7 The White Lion Hotel
Market Cross Place Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5BJ
Dining at The White Lion in Aldeburgh continues to be a tradition not only for local foodies, but also for those from further afield. The oak-panelled restaurant has recently been given a complete face lift to create a light and airy ambiance. Head chef, Patrick Neal, has also launched new Take the Bait menus, offering two-course lunches from £9.95 from Monday to Saturday and two-course dinners from £11.95 from Sunday to Friday.
8 Square 1
15 High Street Great Dunmow CM6 1AB 01371 859922
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. Don't miss Monday Night Madness when three courses are available for £14.50.
9 The Coast Inn
West Mersea CO5 8NA 01206 383568
Traditional home-cooked foods are served at The Coast Inn seven-days-a-week. Fabulous dining is partnered with the finest views from the garden, which overlooks the River Blackwater. Fresh fish and chips are a real speciality here, along with a wide selection of seafood and locally-sourced meats - all freshly prepared.
10 The County Kitchen
Rainsford Road CM1 2PZ 01245 455 700
The double AA Rosette County Kitchen is not just a hotel restaurant, but more a destination venue. The County Kitchen is the very heart of The County Hotel and welcomes guests from across the Essex to eat here. Unpretentious and offering great value, this is a location that cares about locally-sourced produce, great food and, most of all, its customers.
11 The Square & Compasses
Fuller Street Fairstead CM3 2BB 01245 361477
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.
12 The Food Company
86 London Road Marks Tey CO6 1ED 01206 214 000
The Food Company restaurant provides a relaxed informal atmosphere for customers to enjoy simple, quick dishes featuring seasonal ingredients from the shop's counters. Fantastic local produce provides inspiration for its seasonally-changing menu which currently includes light salads, sandwiches and paninis as well as daily-changing hot specials.
13 The Du Cane
Tiptree Road Great Braxted CM8 3EJ 01621 891697
Situated at the heart of Great Braxted village, the Du Cane offers a great new place to eat and drink. Fresh seasonal local ingredients together with friendly service and an informal atmosphere have made this one of the county's favourite dining destinations. Guests are also assured of good, hearty food and great value
Radisson SAS Hotel Stansted Airport 01279 661012
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 - chargrilled to satisfying succulence and served with heaps of chips and simple, healthy salads. All that is left is to enjoy it.
15 The White Hart Inn
Church Road, Moreton Ongar CM5 0LH 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.
16 Le Talbooth
Gun Hill, Dedham Colchester CO7 6HP 01206 323150
Found in the heart of Constable Country, this family-run, country house hotel incorporates luxury accommodation and an award-winning restaurant. Enjoy
a warm welcome as well as high quality food and wine all within this stunning countryside setting.
17 Reeves of Felsted
Braintree Road Felsted CM6 3DJ 01371 820996
Summer is a true treat at Reeves restaurant in Felsted. Freshly-picked English Strawberries topped with clotted cream and a glass of chilled Champagne is an extra addition to the menu. Or try a light lunch of Reeves lavender smoked trout or tea-smoked chicken and raspberry salad - each dish served with warm home-baked flavoured breads. Don't miss this delicious English Summer menu available at lunchtimes from Thursday
18 The White Hart Hotel
Market End, Coggeshall CO6 1NH 01376 561654
Situated in one of the prettiest market towns, The White Hart Hotel in Coggeshall boasts 18 bedrooms. In the restaurant, the food has its very own classic European style with a la carte, bar and terrace menus.
Haven Road Colchester CO2 8HT 01206 795043
As one of the county's largest independent Italian restaurants, Portofino prides itself on bringing the taste of Italy to Colchester. Portofino enhances
the diner's experience of fine cuisine by using authentic Italian cooking methods with only the freshest ingredients, all locally sourced from in and around Essex. For those with special dietary requirements, Portofino can
also adapt their dishes upon request.
20 The Victory at Mersea
Mersea Island CO5 8LS 01206 382907
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.
Radisson SAS HotelStansted Airport 01279 661012
Enjoy some Spanish flair at Tapaell'ya, the perfect destination for authentic tapas and paella served in a relaxed modern atmosphere. Accompanied by a carefully selected collection of some of your favourite Spanish wines as well as some hidden gems from some smaller, newly-discovered vineyards, Tapaell'ya is a great choice.
22 The Grill Room
Hatfield Heath CM22 7AS 01279 731441
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.
23 Grahams on the Green
12-14 The Green Writtle CM1 3DU 01245 422432
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. Why not dine al fresco in the summer on the veranda overlooking the delightful village
24 The Starr
Market Place Great Dunmow 01371 874321
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.
25 The Lion and Lamb
Little Canfield CM6 1SR 01279 870257
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.
Dedham CO7 6HW 01206 322795
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. There's no rush as the full a la carte menu is available from noon until 9.30pm during the week and 10pm on a Friday and Saturday night.
27 The Fat Goose
Heath Road Tendring CO16 0BX 01255 87 00 60
This exiting new farmhouse style dining venue in north-east Essex is open every day for lunch and dinner as well as all day on Sundays. Only fresh, local ingredients are used to deliver a taste experience diners will love, delivered in a relaxed atmosphere.
28 Dish Restaurant
Saffron Walden CB10 1HE 01799 513300
Dish is a chic restaurant built in the former mint in Saffron Walden. Famous for uncomplicated dishes using locally-sourced food whenever possible, the menu changes daily offering great variety. There is even a resident ghost at the restaurant.
Furze Hill, Margaretting CM4 0EW
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.
30 The Swan Hotel
Market Place Southwold IP18 6EG 01502 722186
In 2009, The Swan Hotel is celebrating 350 years of welcoming guests and giving them a home from home. With a complete refurbishment of the 16 rooms in its gardens, The Swan Hotel can provide overnight accommodation after you've enjoyed a delightful meal in its fabulous restaurant.
Radisson SAS Hotel Stansted Airport 01279 661012
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.
32 The Green Dragon
Young's End Braintree CM77 8QN 01245 361030
The Green Dragon in Young's End is an 18th century inn that offers modern british cuisine. As well as the fast and friendly service, guests can also enjoy the cosy bar areas, an atmospheric restaurant and outside dining in the large garden.
33 Kesgrave Hall
Kesgrave, Ipswich, Suffolk IP5 2PU
Kesgrave Hall offers the chance to get away from it, relax and have a good time. Its bistro restaurant offers inventive food alongside classic dishes served with a relaxed atmosphere. Although you cannot book at Kesgrave Hall, the restaurant is open all day.
34 The George at Cavendish
The Green, Cavendish Suffolk CO10 8BA 01787 280248
A traditional inn set in the charming village of Cavendish, The George has
all the character you would expect from a 600-year-old timber-framed building. Recently refurbished to the highest standards, The George now mixes modern facilities with a touch of history as well as offering fabulous
food and drink.
35 The Three Tuns
Finchingfield Braintree CM7 4NR 01371 810165
Finchingfield is in one of the county's 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.