“Classy creative cooking and lovely riverside setting” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
The former toll house by the River Stour dates from Tudor times, and the Milsom family have pretty impressive staying power too, having run this East Anglian stalwart for over half a century. Sitting out on the canopy-shaded terrace overlooking pretty gardens with the river running by, what’s not to like? Inside, the look is smartly formal, setting white-linened tables and neutral, contemporary shades against the period character of leaded mullioned windows and bare beams soaring to the roof. The kitchen stays abreast of culinary trends, sending out modern dishes full of precision and inspiration. Coffee caramel and Jerusalem artichoke purée support a duo of pan-seared scallops and pork belly, as a prelude to a veal dish, the sirloin butter-roasted, and sweetbreads served in open ravioli with wild garlic, pommes soufflées and peppercorn sauce. An inventive dessert teams a Black Forest soufflé with Kirsch-soaked chocolate sponge, vanilla Chantilly and black cherry sorbet.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 80
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Days Closed: Sunday evening October to June
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 46
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 19
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- 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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