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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

This 18th-century coaching inn overlooks the Stour Estuary at almost its widest point. During 2016 the back of the building underwent a major refurbishment which introduced a new exhibition kitchen and enlarged the dining area. There’s no doubt that diners comprise the majority of customers, but Adnams ales and a choice of 17 wines served by the glass can be enjoyed at the bar in the relaxed and casual ambience. Fresh and locally-sourced ingredients are the highlights of the daily-changing two-AA Rosette menu. The emphasis is on seafood, which sees the likes of Mersea rock oysters served with shallot and ginger mignonette; a smoked fish trio with mustard dill sauce; and chargrilled dayboat squid ‘a la plancha’ with chilli, garlic, lemon oil and herbs. Non-fishy alternatives include chargrilled Suffolk Red Poll beef with hand-cut, skin-on fries; and home-made potato gnocchi with spinach, hazelnut pesto and pine nuts.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 12-2.30 6.30-9.30 (Fri 6-9.30 Sat-Sun all day)
  • Lunch opening: Mon-Fri 12-2.30, Sat-Sun & BHs 12-5
  • Dinner opening: Mon-Thu 6.30-9.30, Fri-Sun 6-9.30

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: Adnams Southwold Bitter & Ghost Ship

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant

Getting here

From Ipswich A12 junct 31 onto B1070, follow signs to East Bergholt, Manningtree & Mistley. From Colchester A120 towards Harwich. Left at Horsley Cross. Mistley in 3m

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