Samphire Restaurant

“British and Mediterranean flavours in town-centre hotel” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

CHELMSFORD, ESSEX

Official Rating
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Awards
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  •   Social distancing and safety measures in place
  •   Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
  •   Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Opening status: Open
Our COVID-19 measures:
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 Samphire Restaurant, where oak floors and leather seats in summery pastel hues of mustard, mint and tangerine add colour to the neutral, contemporary decor. Uncomplicated modern British and European cooking is the kitchen's stock-in-trade.

Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes

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1 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Samphire Restaurant
County Hotel, 29 Rainsford Road, CHELMSFORD, ESSEX, CM1 2PZ
Phone : 01245 455700

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 64
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening Times
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 22
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 18
  • Cuisine style: British, Mediterranean

About The area

Discover Essex

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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