Traditional and modern food in a historic free house
At a glance
Open all year
Since the 14th century the Rose has faced The Strood, the approach road to Mersea Island. It was once a smugglers' hotbed; in fact, if customers today dressed in period costume and stood in the beamed bar with its leaded windows, they wouldn't look out of place. A well-deserved reputation for food begins with regularly-changing menus offering traditional pub dishes, as well as pan-fried duck on pea fricassée; and cashew Stroganoff with rice. A conservatory leads to the garden.