Check out this managing director’s 5 favourite Essex things

PUBLISHED: 09:26 04 July 2016

David Robson

David Robson

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Blackmore End’s David Robson is the managing director of Dunmow Fencing Supplies. Here he picks five of his favourite things about living within the county of Essex

The Company Shed, West MerseaThe Company Shed, West Mersea

David Robson

David Robson is the managing director of Dunmow Fencing Supplies and has enjoyed a long, established career in property development and maintenance. He lives in Blackmore End, near Braintree, with his wife Lindsay.

Favourite pub

West Street Vineyard, CoggeshallWest Street Vineyard, Coggeshall

The Bull at Blackmore End

The Bull at Blackmore End is my local. It was fully refurbished a couple of years ago to a really high standard by Colin and Belinda Coleman. They have lived in the village for years and, like us, didn’t want to lose the village pub. Not only do they serve good beer, the Sunday lunch is a must and it’s all waddling distance home. Occasionally they host good music nights and special events which are always worth a visit.

Favourite Garden Nursery

Langthorne's PlanteryLangthorne's Plantery

Langthorne’s Plantery

When I am not working I enjoy my garden. Langthorne’s Plantery in Little Canfield is the place I head to for all my plants, and there is a good online shop which delivers too if I don’t have time to go. Established nearly 40 years ago, it stocks everything from many of the garden favourites to the more rare and unusual, and the staff are really knowledgeable, which shows in the quality of plants they grow.

Favourite Vineyard

West Street Vineyard, Coggeshall

You wouldn’t expect to find a working vineyard in the middle of Essex, but this is a real find. The restaurant is open for brunch, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea, and the set lunch menu is good value. I particularly like the wine tasting events hosted in the onsite wine school. The Mohans are passionate about good wine and their award-winning Rose is particularly good.

Favourite Coastal Retreat

The Company Shed, West Mersea

This family-run seafood restaurant in West Mersea is a real treat. Once we have reserved a table in person, we like to take a brisk walk along the beach and work up an appetite for a relaxing seafood lunch. It can’t get any fresher or local, with huge seafood platters crammed with lobster, crab, fish, prawns and mussels. We take our own fresh bread and a bottle of something chilled to wash it down.

Favourite place to escape to

Compasses at Littley Green

This is a charming pub situated in the hamlet of Littley Green near Hartford End, Felsted. This dog and child friendly Victorian pub, formerly known as the Ridley’s Brewery Tap, is steeped in history and tradition. It serves local food, including the famous Essex Huffer, alongside some of the best real ales in Essex, priding itself on its traditionally, well-kept cellar. The owner, Joss Ridley, has a long-established family history of brewing and knows a thing or two about good beer.

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