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Historic inn, modern food

At a glance

Bar menu

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 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: all week 12-2.30
  • Dinner: all week 6-9

Food and drink

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

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu

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On B1025 Mersea Rd, just before causeway

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