MARY and I always enjoyed eating out and over the years we found numerous places
in Essex and further afield where a good meal could be had. On average we used to
eat out twice a week and each venue we visited has been given a Moth rating of between
five and one according to quality of food, value, service and surroundings. We never
really came across any "one" ratings!
Top of our list of favourite places to dine
The John Barleycorn, Threshers Bush, Nr Magdalen Laver, Harlow
Yet another great find . . . Have had several lovely Sunday lunches. . . a must visit
The White Hart, Little Waltham
Two for one fish dinners on a Tuesday . . . the plates were overflowing!
The Fox and Goose, out on the A414 towards Ongar
All refurbished, excellent meals. Celebrated my 80th Birthday there in June 2016.
The Square and Compasses, Fuller Street
Excellent food . . . Must try the meat pie!!
The Spotted Dog, near Barnston
Fantastic food served in excellent surroundings . . . well worth a visit. Special
set menus on certain days. Had our Christmas Dinner there in 2014.
The Channels Golf Club, Little Waltham
Ideal for that Sunday lunch or special occasion. Bar meals also available.
The Angel and Harp, Great Dunmow
Part of the same group ast The White Hart at Little Walham. Food just as good . .
. Tuesdays is 2 for 1 pie day!
The Ship, Tiptree
Yet another latest find . . . do a great lunch . . . steak pie and veg is my favourite
and all at a reasonable price with special rates for the oldies!!
These venues are also worth a visit
The Chequers, Wickham Bishops
Had a great Steak and Guinness Pie there with eight vegetables.
The Anchor, Danbury
A very comprehensive menu with their "sizzlers" being a speciality.
The Six Bells, Boreham
The 4-moth rating is given for lunchtime meals only as not eaten there in the evening
for quite some time.
The Old Ram (on Norwich Road north of Diss)
First-class meals served here and they also do great breakfasts so if you are on
your way to Norwich one morning you should call in. Accommodation is also available.
The William Boosey, Hatfield Peverel
First-class menu . . . do a lovely fish and chips!!
The Unico Italian Restaurant, Epping
We celebrated Mary-2's 30th birthday here in January 2005 and found it excellent
with a good choice on the menu and a really great atmosphere.
The Clockhouse Restaurant, Epping
Simon and Mary treated us to a very nice meal here to celebrate my 69th birthday.
Yet another restaurant in Epping that is well worth a visit.
We also regularly visited other chain restaurants
Vintage Inns Restaurants
Fowlers Farm, Braintree; Fox and Raven, Springfield; The Angel, Broomfield; The Running
Mare, Galleywood; The Seal, Woodbridge; The Crown, Ardleigh; The Kings Head, North
Open all day and serving excellent good value meals off of a standard menu so you
know what to expect whichever venue you visit.
The Albert, Colchester The Oyster Reach, Ipswich.
These restaurants offer a good standard of food at a reasonable price and are now
only located where there is a Premier Inn. Do a good value meal deal if you stay
at a Premier Inn.
Miller and Carter Restaurants
To be found at Epping, Harlow, Chelmsford and Lakeside.
These restaurants took over from some of the Beefeaters and are of an excellent standard
with a reasonably priced meal for the early diner.
Other venues we have visited from time to time
The New Times, Tiptree; The Old Ferry Boat Inn (near St Ives, Cambridge; The Artichoke,
Brentwood; The Toby Jug, Runwell; White Hart, Stanway; Chelmer Tavern, Chelmsford;
and a recently opened one in Braintree.
All very similar in presentation with choice of meats and plenty of vegetables (especially
as you help yourself!)
The Green Man, Howe Street: The Three Elms, Chignal St. James; The Pig and Whistle,
Chignal Smealey; The Fox, Mashbury; The Mitre, Wickham Bishops; The Woolpack, Fryerning;
The Three Horseshoes, Bannister Green; The Castle, Great Leighs; The Cock, Little
Maplestead.; The Hurdlemakers Arms, Woodham Mortimer.
We enjoyed some good meals at all the above but cannot comment on the current standards
on offer as they have not been visited on a regular basis.
Enjoy Fish and Chips? Then try these places
The Cafe on the beach at Dunwich, Suffolk Coast
Again great fresh fish and chips in a basic beach cafe setting right on the beach
with plenty of places to walk it off afterwards. Ideal if you are having a day out
on the Suffolk Coastline.
Baileys Fish Restaurant, Southend-on-Sea
Another good place for fish and chips . . . on the front at Southend just past the
Kursaal going towards Shoebury. Eat in or take away. I think it is still there!!!
The Upper Deck, High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk Coast
Great eat in fish and chips here. Same company as the one further up the street where
you buy the take-away meals.
The Green Dragon, Notley
Saved the best till last. Just up the old main road from Great Leighs this pub does
take-away fish and chips and it is really lovely! Freshly cooked from order . . .