“A community, country free house with flavour-packed food” - AA Inspector
Aged 19, Trevor Oliver, already married to Sally, became one of England's youngest licensees. In 1976 they arrived at this delightful 16th-century inn, he in the kitchen and she front-of-house and book-keeper. Two babies came too – Anna-Marie and Jamie (yes, that Jamie) so, who knows, maybe he'll be visiting his parents the day you visit, for he and his sister supply vegetables, salad leaves and herbs from their certified organic garden nearby. Food shows the now-famous Oliver's focus on flavour, with all the fish fresh from Billingsgate market, meat hung and butchered on site, and bread and pasta made every morning. Daily specials complement a menu that offers lamb shank with slow-braised root vegetables; 'Jamie's' chicken katsu curry; vegetable Wellington, and plenty to tempt children. Terrace dining is an appealing option.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Closed: 2
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About The area
Essex is full of pleasant surprises. It has the largest coastline of any county in England, with its fair share of castles, royal connections and scenic valleys. Take Colchester, for example, which was built by the Romans and is Britain’s oldest recorded town. Its castle contains the country’s largest Norman keep and yet, a stone’s throw from here, East Anglia’s newest arts centre promises to put Colchester firmly on the map as Essex’s capital of culture.
Tidal estuaries are plentiful and their mudflats offer migrating birds a winter feeding place. Essex was known as the land of the East Saxons and for centuries people from all over Europe settled here, each wave leaving its own distinctive cultural and social mark on the landscape. Walking a little off the beaten track will lead you to the rural retreats of deepest Essex, while all over the county there are ancient monuments to explore:
- the great Waltham Abbey
- Greensted, thought to be the oldest wooden church in the world
- the delightful village of Pleshey has one of the finest examples of a former motte-and-bailey castle
- Hedingham Castle, magnificently preserved and dating from the 11th century.
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