“British and Mediterranean flavours in town-centre hotel” - AA Inspector
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Ventilation of the restaurant as much as possible One way system for entrance and exit of the restaurant Ozone/ air purifier of the restaurant each evening or service
Our Inspector's view
The County Hotel has a cheery modern style, as typified in the smart Samphire Restaurant, where the brightly coloured, upholstered chairs brighten up the neutral, contemporary decor of sage green panelling, oak flooring and subtle lighting. Uncomplicated, modern British and European cooking is the kitchen's stock-in-trade.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 64
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 24 and 26 December
- Wines under £30: 22
- Wines over £30: 10
- Wines by the glass: 18
- Cuisine style: British, Mediterranean
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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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