Log in or register
close
My AA Account

Sign in to see your cover and request assistance online

Log in

Don’t have a My AA account?

You’ll need your policy or membership number

Create an account

Your Finances

Loans | Savings | Credit Cards

Your Driving Lessons

Book a lesson

At a glance

Bar menu
Garden

Contraband was once big business at this early 15th-century inn, understandably given its proximity to The Strood, which bridges the network of channels and creeks separating mainland Essex from Mersea Island. You can easily imagine the smugglers in the original-beamed bar with its leaded windows, but less so in the contemporary conservatory leading to the garden. A well-deserved reputation for good food begins with regularly changing menus offering dishes such as chicken and chorizo terrine; and beetroot-cured salmon as starters, and main courses of Thai-style vegetable linguine; Moroccan-style lamb tagine; and beer-battered fish and chips.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 Dec
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch opening: all wk 12-2.30
  • Dinner opening: all wk 6-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Adnams Southwold Bitter, Woodforde's Wherry, IPA, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu

Getting here

On B1025 Mersea Rd, just before causeway

Use the AA Route Planner
Contact the establishment
Press to call
Tell us about your visit
Tick

Thank you for your feedback