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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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British and Mediterranean flavours in town-centre hotel

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

A short stroll from the railway station and city centre, the County Hotel has a cheery modern style, as typified in the Samphire restaurant, where oak floors and leather seats in summery pastel hues of mustard, mint and tangerine add colour to the neutral contemporary decor. Uncomplicated modern European cooking is the kitchen's stock-in-trade, starting with duck and ham hock terrine with pickled mushrooms, spiced apricot chutney and toasted walnut bread. Mains might bring lamb cutlets with Puy lentils, spinach and a zesty burst of gremolata. For dessert, there could be chocolate and Amaretto fondant with clotted cream ice cream.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef(s): Roy Ortega

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 25
  • Wines over £30: 9
  • Wines by the glass: 19

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 64
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 135
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

Off Chelmsford ring road close to town centre and A12 junction 18.

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