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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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A timbered Tudor pub goes modern British

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass

A charming hostelry with quarry-tiled floors, exposed red-brick walls and a double-height ceiling in the dining area with oak beams and the original well. Fish dishes are nicely considered and well timed, from a slate-plated starter of seared scallops and tempura squid with chorizo dressing, to mains such as sea bass with saffron potatoes in seaweed butter. There are quality meats too, like saddle and confit leg of rabbit with smoked pancetta and butter bean ragout. Veggies might opt for chickpea and bean curry on saffron pilaf, while kids get their own menu. At close of business, the vanilla pannacotta is properly fragile and comes with lime-poached strawberries.

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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: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef: Mark Allen

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 14
  • Wines over £30: 12
  • Wines by the glass: 10

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10

Getting here

From A134 onto Bear St (B1087), 2m on right in Stoke-by-Nayland

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Colchester
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