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.
Open all year
Open all week
Opening times: 12–2.30 6.30–9.30 (Friday 6–9.30 Saturday to Sunday all day)
Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–2.30, Saturday to Sunday and Bank holidays 12–5
Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6.30–9.30, Friday to Sunday 6–9.30
Food and drink
Set menu available
Restaurant menu available
Real ales available: Adnams Southwold Bitter, Ghost Ship and Mosaic
Credit cards accepted
Ramp access available
Allowed in bar
Allowed in restaurant
From Ipswich A12 junction 31 onto B1070, follow signs to East Bergholt, Manningtree and Mistley. From Colchester A120 towards Harwich. Left at Horsley Cross. Mistley in 3 miles.