This imposing country house hotel is set in 100 acres of mature grounds in a peaceful location…
The Fox Inn
“Village pub that's gone from strength to strength”
MATCHING TYE, ESSEX
Known to have been licensed by 1809, the Gibson family took over this 18th-century pub in 2002. In the lofty, timbered restaurant a huge open fireplace spanned by a wide bressumer beam supports a hefty brick chimney that disappears into the rafters. The menus strike all the right notes for those who like their food both simply prepared and described, thus lamb's liver, bacon, mash and onion gravy; gammon, eggs and chips; baked salmon fillet, new potatoes and mixed vegetables; and home-made vegetable lasagne. Adnams Southwold and Shepherd Neame Spitfire are among the real ales to be found in the bar, as are 12 wines by the glass.
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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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