What to eat and drink in essex

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Surya Hotels

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Join Surya across their Essex hotels throughout October and enjoy two courses for £15. Their chefs have put together menus full of favourites and classics, all for you to enjoy when you dine Monday-Friday. Whether you’re visiting The George, Colchester, The Mill Hotel, Sudbury or the Kingscliff, Holland on Sea, they will have a menu for everyone.


In the family

The Creek

The Creek is a family run business in the truest sense, with the owners Terence and Caroline Howard’s daughter Gabrielle, 20, having now gained 18 months experience working alongside her dad in the kitchen. Gabrielle has future ambitions to join the Essex police force, but for now is enjoying getting positive feedback from diners regarding the food she helps create.


Early present

Talbooth Restaurant


It’s never too early to prepare for Christmas… Talbooth Restaurant takes on a magical atmosphere in December for the run-up to Christmas, with special menus, rooms for private dining and a special stay at Talbooth House & Spa. Their Christmas Gourmet Menu is a delicious five-course menu, available every evening from 1-23 December (excluding Sundays), priced at £85 per person for dinner only. It can be enjoyed with an optional wine flight that is £65 per person to accompany the menu to enhance each dish.


Going swimmingly

Fish Game

Restaurateur Roberto Costa, known for his much-loved restaurant group, Macellaio RC, has now opened the doors to Fish Game, located in Canary Wharf. True to its name, Fish Game puts ultra-seasonal, sustainable British ingredients centre stage, showcased by a pared-back seasonal changing menu of the UK’s best game and fish – meticulously sourced from around the UK and surrounding waters. Monkfish from Cornwall, langoustines from Isle of Skye, game meat from Windsor Park and mutton from Yorkshire are all simply cooked over the ash and charcoal within a bank of grills.


Feeling sky high

Bōkan 37

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Elevate your weekend brunch experience at award-winning restaurant Bōkan 37 with the launch of its Sky-High Brunch Series, featuring three decadent courses, unlimited drinks and a live DJ set on the terrace, running every Saturday. With a front row seat to London’s impressive skyline coupled with stunning interiors, Bōkan’s floor-to-ceiling windows and exclusive rooftop terrace provide a panoramic view of the city like no other, and the perfect location to brunch high in the sky. Priced at £45 per perspm for three courses, delve into innovative dishes created by executive chef Robert Manea and his talented team.


Perfect brew

Three Essex hotspots to mark UK Coffee Week this week

BakeHouse Coffeeshop

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Great tasting coffee is at the heart of what they do at the Bakehouse in Maldon. In fact they love coffee so much that they have created their very own artisan ‘Bakehouse Barista’ blend – smooth, aromatic and locally roasted in Writtle.


Driink Coffee Club

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Driink was founded in 2018 by tattoo artists Jason Butcher and Lianne Moule with the mission of bringing speciality coffee to Chelmsford. In 2019 Joel Rivers, head of coffee, joined the crew. One for top notch speciality coffee and good customer service.


Gunton, Colchester

The traditional family grocers and coffee roasters in the heart of Colchester celebrated their 85th anniversary in 2021. They are still thriving in their Crouch Street store, featuring a fab deli counter plus, of course, top of the range hand roasted coffee.


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