A good gastro pub, specialising in local seasonal food. Expect a comfortable sitting area with leather Chesterfields, low beams and a pleasant garden.
While you can just have sandwiches at lunchtime, the full à la carte menu is also on offer the comfort level however goes down a notch with hard chairs and bare wooden tables.
Chef/proprietor Philip Hambrook-Moore offers much appreciated dishes, drawing customers in from many miles around. An autumn snapshot from 'Goats' Cheese, Walnut & Pepper Tart with Herb Mayonnaise'; 'Chicken & Ham Terrine with Shortcrust Pastry & Sweet Piccalilli'; 'Smoked Haddock & Gruyere Soufflé with a Cheese & Chive Glaze' and 'Warm Salad of Woodpigeon, Roasted Chicory, Pickled Walnuts & Cabinet Sauvigon Dressing' among the starters.
'Free-Range Chicken Breast with Sorrel, White Wine, Wild Mushrooms, Crushed Potato Cake & Curly Kale'; 'Char-Grilled Rib Eye Steak with Tomato, Mushrooms, Onion Rings & Hand-Cut Chips'; 'Roast Rump of Lamb with Damson Chuyney, Gratin Dauphinoise & Roasted Carrot with Thyme' and 'Pan-Fried Courgette Fritters with Mixed Bean Salsa, Watercress & Hand-Cut Chips' listed among the mains. Fresh fish dishes are displayed on a blackboard, while game figures prominently in darker months.
The sweet-toothed will probably be tempted by their puds, which might include 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'Warm Chocolate Fondant with a Raspberry, Lemon & Basil Millefeuille' and 'Bakewell Tart with Red Cherry & Chocolate Chip Ice Cream'.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.30, Sun 12.00-20.30; set L from £10; mains £10.50 to £18.00
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.30-21.30, Sun 12.00-20.30; mains £10.50 to £18.00
- Wine: a concise list kicks off at £12
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Mistley or Weeley Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Outside eating