PUBLISHED: 12:34 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:40 30 May 2018
The Creek is a cosy restaurant, bar & lounge set in a beatiful 17th century Grade II listed building, where you can enjoy simple yet perfectly prepared cuisine using locally sourced produce within an warm inviting atmosphere. Our ethos at The Creek is to keep things simple and use classic combinations which have lasted many decades and are still popular today.
We are blessed with great produce in Essex so we do not complicate things, their really is no need, we try to let them speak for themselfs. Diners will be able to associate with our menus given Terence’s love of classical British crusine but sometimes with a Creek twist. The Creek’s name change (formally The Flag Inn) takes inspiration from the stunning Flag Creek, to which both Terence & Caroline fell in love with at first sight. There are many stunning pictures around the restaurant which pays tribute to that lovely space, feel free to take a look. The Creek caters for family and friends that want to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in nice surroundings with good service and fantastic food. Enjoy! Owner and Head Chef Terence Howard has experience in kitchens of some of the countrys most iconic landmarks. He completed his formal training at Waltham Forest College and then went on to learn his trade under Anton Edelman at london’s Five star hotel, the Savoy. His initial training then led him to places such as celebrity haut The Groucho club in London’s Soho, The Avenue in St James, Home House in Portman Square & The Washington hotel in Mayfair. Terence most recent post was as Executive Head Chef of iconic landmark The Reform Club on Londons Pall Mall. Terence held this position for over 10 years whilst becoming the youngest Head Chef in clubland at 26 years of age.
Terence has catered for many VIP’s in the past, including Members of Parliament and Royalty. Terence has had a few TV appearances alongside Gary Rhodes on BBC’s Inside out programme and on the Sky food’s Market Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay’s wife Tanya and Ruth Cowan, as well as starring on “The Hairy Bikers” everday gourmet series which was filmed at The Reform club, Pall Mall London.
In October 2017 The Creek was named “Restaurant Of The Year” by Essex Life Magazine which followed on from Terence being named “Essex Top Chef” in September 2016. This is a fantastic achievement for him & his team. Terence is extremely proud to have put himself & The Creek on the Essex map, especially as this has been achieved within two years of opening. Terence was also asked to judge the “2017 Chef Of The Year” event, the first time anyone has been asked to do so. This has also led to Terence creating his own 10 page chapter in the Essex Feast cook book; One County, 20 Chef’s which is available to purchase here at The Creek. It really has been and continues to be exciting times.
Terence will be in the kitchen manning the stoves, doing what he loves to ensure that your dining experience is as good as he expects. Terence also likes to interact with diners as much as possible, when he can he will say hello. Don’t be afraid lol.
Flag Hill, Great Bentley, Colchester, Essex CO7 8RE