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The Company Shed is primarily a fishmonger, but this café is a hugely successful side-line for owners Richard and Heather Hayward, who also have an oyster farm. Located among the salt marshes and boatyards of West Mersea, most of the catch is purchased from local fishermen, who dock just 200m along the shore. Customers squeeze around rough-hewn communal tables and are expected to bring their own bread and wine, but no one cares when the prize is the freshest shellfish and crustacea imaginable: try the mighty seafood platter loaded with half a crab, prawns (peeled and shell-on), smoked mackerel, smoked salmon and a giant, juicy crevette. Lobster is often available too, along with other treats that the boats have brought in. No fuss, no frills, no bookings and cash only, but “worth the two-hour drive from London” insists a fan.

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The Company Shed

129 Coast Road, West Mersea ,Southminster CO5 8PA

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Sep 2012

There is not much one has to say about the company shed, It's delicious freshly prepared fish at its best! I would recommend arriving early if you are a group of more than 4 it does get busy and you will have to wait, but it is worth it. Get yourself on the black board and then go for a walk and enjoy the pebbly beaches, oyster beds and weather beaten fishermen that were probably catching your lunch hours before. When you do sit down I suggest having a platter and a selection of hot dishes, you can't...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 10

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The Company Shed

129 Coast Road, West Mersea ,Southminster CO5 8PA

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Jul 2009

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Editor's pick A place to try if you fancy a bit of seafood. We visited on a sunny Thursday lunch-time and got there in less than an hour and a half from London, which is less that what it takes sometimes to cross the city. Remember to take your wine, bread, butter and mayo, there are a couple of supermarkets on the way there and there is a bakery less than a mile away. Glasses are provided and you help yourself to them straight off the shelves. We sat in the sun awaiting for ‘our’ table for about 30 minutes. We...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 10

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  • Cuisine: Fish
  • Area: Essex
  • Price: £28
  • Wine: £13.95

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