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Gourmet on the Go!

Gourmet on the Go!
When not slaving away with only Twitter and mad dog for company, I occasionally have a 'life.' This usually entails cooking for friends, trying far too many wines, and the occasional entire day out. I will post my ramblings, recipes and recommendations here on the 'Gourmet on the Go' blog. Hope you find something of interest!


June 25, 2010

Where’s Best to Eat Alfresco in Essex?

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alfresco-dining-in-essexAh, at last, the skies have cleared, the sun is shining and torsos are on display wherever you may roam.  Yes!  Summer is here at last!

Think long languorous afternoons spent in a beautiful pub garden with the family, or romantic evenings watching the sun set whilst a gentle breeze skims your body.  Right off this Mills & Boon track and onto the reason for my ramblings; I want alfresco good food and great wine in a beaut setting – Now!!  If you do too, here are some fabulous pubs and restaurants to visit in Essex, where good food, pleasant service and picturesque surroundings are assured.


The Fishmarket
A secluded Mediterranean style terrace at the side of The Fishmarket is really a lovely setting to enjoy their delicious food – you will feel a world away, and want to return again and again.


The Magic Mushroom
The small terrace at the back of the Magic Mushroom is pleasant and serene.  If you are looking for a sophisticated setting and food to match, The Magic Mushroom will not disappoint.


The County Hotel
A small terrace at the back of the County Hotel provides a chic and informal place to wine and dine the day or night away.  Whether you just want a small snack, afternoon tea, or a substantial seasonal offering, the County provides a serene haven from the bustling Town.


The Dedham Boathouse
You will be hard pressed to beat the magnificent views from the terrace at The Dedham Boathouse, this is Constable Country at its finest.  As fabulous during the day as it is spectacular at night, with great food to boot.


The Azuma
The Azuma has a small terrace to the side which provides a cool setting to enjoy their Thai and Indian cuisine.  A great place to eat well and unwind.  The adjacent children’s grassed play area makes it ideal for family lunches.

Horndon on the hill

The Bell
The small terrace at the back of the Bell is a great place to while away the hours whilst you enjoy some the fabulous food, wine and beer they have on offer.  Quaint, pretty, tranquil and pleasant.


The Plough & Sail
A proper country pub within a pretty setting, the large well tended garden will take you away from it all.  There is a play area for children and a good menu of traditional pub favourites and specials to be enjoyed.


The Fishermans Wharf
Just up high enough to enjoy views of the Estuary, The Fishermans Wharf has a small number of alfresco tables.  During hot days, they open up the front to provide a fresh informal setting.  Great fish and chips and more adventurous seafood dishes are available.  A favourite for families.


The Bear
A pleasant garden awaits at The Bear in the beautiful village of Stock.  Away from the sometimes busy main road, you can sit back, relax and enjoy excellent food and drink, whilst gazing on the pretty duck pond.  Family friendly.

Thorpe Bay

The Roslin Beach
The large terrace at the front of The Roslin Beach is a beautiful sun trap with fabulous views over the estuary.  You can enjoy a light salad, snack or full blown dinner, although get there earlier as it can get very busy.  Families welcomed and children’s menu available.


The Crowded House
There is a small alfresco area at the front of the Crowded House, the view is not up to much, although the buzzing atmosphere and superb simple food more than make up for that.

Enjoy!   From Essex Gourmet – your tried and trusted guide to the very best of local food and drink.

September 17, 2009

British Food Fortnight – 19th September to 4th October 2009

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If you need an excuse to buy local produce, now is the time.  The 8th British Food Fortnight runs from the 19th September to the 4th October, celebrating the diversity, premium quality and abundance of local, fresh seasonal produce throughout the country.

Numerous businesses, supermarkets, shops, farms, restaurants, pubs and schools are participating in this celebratory event to promote local British food at its finest.

British Food - Eat Well, Eat Local

British Food - Eat Well, Eat Local

From an Essex viewpoint, The Bell Inn, Horndon on the Hill are partaking in this national event by providing the best of local seasonal produce on their imaginative menus. 

It’s also a time to visit your local farm shops and farmers markets to indulge in the wonderful autumnal bounty that is on offer, from locally reared free range meats to delicious fresh & crisp vegetables.  For dessert, try a sumptuous tart or crumble with apples, pears or plums that are at their best right now; Lathcoats Farm Shop, Galleywood, provide over 40 varieties of their own orchard apples, as well as the best of local produce.

Marks Hall, Coggeshall hold their monthly Food Market on Saturday 26th featuring a wide array of local producers selling fresh and prepared meats, seasonal vegetables and fruit, bread and cakes, wines, beers and juices.  Try before you buy, or stock up on the ingredients to create your own local feast.

For the fervent foodie, this year’s Aldeburgh food & drink festival gets underway on the 26th of Sept for 10 days of celebrations.  The Festival takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Snape Maltings, near Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast.  A showcase of over 70 local exhibitors, cookery demonstrations, walks, talks and fine local fare will greet you in what has become renowned as one of the most significant food and drink festivals in Britain.

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Eat well, Eat Local!

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