The Mistley Thorn

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It is well worth the detour to this idiosyncratic coastal inn where contemporary art & a low-key decor melds with a cooking style that is bang on. Ideas are lively & wide-ranging & dishes are not weighed down by fussy presentation. This relative simplicity exposes the quality of the buying, much of it local, & the kitchen’s skill, a combination that can turn a light lunch of day-boat squid cooked on the plancha & served with chilli, garlic, lime, coriander & a perfect omelette into such a memorable meal. Elsewhere, an appealing menu of comforts such as fishcakes or rib-eye steak with homemade chips, or sausages with mash & onion gravy, is complemented by daily changing specials (particularly fish), delicious homemade bread with quality olive oil for dipping, an interesting & well-priced wine list, & on-the-ball service. Lovely bedrooms, too.

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The Mistley Thorn

High Street ,Unknown CO11 1HE

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Wouldn't Bother

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Apr 2013

Was looking forward to meal at this restaurant a I had been on their website and food sounded lovely. I can only say that this restaurant is possibly the worse restaurant that I have eaten in for years. When we came out I was eyeing the Post Office next door to see if I could go in and get a bar of chocolate but the friends we were with walked us to our car and as one had paid for lunch it seemed a bit rude. We didn't have a starter but our friends chose a main meal off the 'meal deal menu, whereas...

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 2

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The Mistley Thorn

High Street ,Unknown CO11 1HE

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May 2010

We ate here with another couple on a quiet Tuesday in May. The decor was simple but attractive and the service pleasant if not especially expeditious for an exceptionally quiet lunchtime. We opted for the special lunch menu which seemed good value. The smoked salmon starter with pickled cucumber was tiny and served with ‘organic’ leaves which were turning to slime.The terrine with black pudding and red onion marmalade was enjoyed but the soup pronounced just so-so. We ought really to have complained...

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Glynis Y.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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Essential Details for The Mistley Thorn

  • Address: High Street, Unknown CO11 1HE
  • Telephone: 01206 392 821
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm, 6.30-9.30pm Sat & Sun 12N-9.30pm
  • Cuisine: Gastropub
  • Area: Essex
  • Price: £28.00
  • Wine: £12.35
  • Champagne: £29.95

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