Samphire at The County Hotel

Afternoon tea, Modern European·

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Afternoon tea, Modern European
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Child friendly


Samphire restaurant is located within the County Hotel Chelmsford, centrally positioned on Rainsford Road.

The hotel and restaurant appear warm and inviting, with traditional, elegant furnishing throughout.

The award winning Samphire restaurant is light and airy, with plenty of seating options for both large and small gatherings. The restaurant is open daily serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. There is also a comfy lounge area for guests to enjoy.

Samphire has proudly won numerous awards for their food and service, the most recent being an AA Rosette for culinary excellence (2023). The restaurant has also won an AA award for their delicious sounding breakfast menu. Other accolades include awards from Visit England, Green Tourism and Travellers Choice.

The menus are made up of many classic seasonal British dishes and favourites, finished with a contemporary twist. Many ingredients are sourced from local producers, promoting food from the region.

Dishes on the a la carte menu may include the grilled filet of sea bass served with herb-crushed new potatoes and salsa verde, or perhaps you'll go for the pan seared Gressingham duck breast served with heritage fondant potato and a cherry port wine jus.

There is also an 'old favourites' section on the menu which includes delicious sounding gin battered haddock, house burger, and steak frites.

Desserts sound equally as tempting, with dishes such as winterberry crumble, and apple tarte tatin. You may also wish to finish your meal with coffee and petit fours.

If you are visiting with younger guests, you will also find there is a children's menu, with plenty of favourites on offer, such as chicken goujons, sausages and cheesy pasta.

Children's desserts may include chocolate brownie, ice cream or fresh fruit kebabs.

There is also a good drinks menu which can be enjoyed both in the restaurant or in the lounge area, the menu includes a wide selection of good quality beers, wines and spirits.

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29 Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2PZ

01245 455700 01245 455700



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