“Ambitious cooking in a coach house conversion” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's View
Occupying a converted coach house on the fringes of Epping Forest, this smart restaurant looks the rustic-chic part with its high vaulted ceiling, polished wooden tables and floors and colourful artworks. Service is attentive, and the focus here is high quality food that is imaginatively composed and isn’t afraid to doff its cap to the Continent. The kitchen draws on regional ingredients to deliver a repertoire of sprightly ideas, kicking off with a deft composition of nicely caramelised scallops, black onion seeds, samphire, pearl barley and bok choi, all brought into vibrant focus by umami-laden dashi broth and blobs of oyster emulsion. Next up, venison fillet is supported by radicchio, potato and swede dauphinoise and purée, with blackberries to leaven all that richness. Dishes can be complex, but everything is there for a reason, witness a neat dessert of aerated chocolate and hazelnut mousse encased within a delicate chocolate shell, alongside salted milk ice cream and caramel.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 48
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Monday and Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12.00
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 28
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 25
- Cuisine style: Modern European
- Vegetarian menu
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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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