We've been to the Mistley Thorn for dinner a number of times and decided to go there on New Years Eve but added an overnight stay and I have to say it was a good decision.
Firstly, considering how other hotels and restaurants in the area bump up the prices over the Christmas period we thought the cost for dinner, bed and breakfast was very reasonable.
We had a warm welcome when we arrived and was immediately taken up to our room which was the first treat of the evening, it was large, beautifully decorated with views over the river. In addition there was good quality products in the bathroom and a plentiful supply of towers, added to that there was complimentary tea, coffe, water and biscuits.
There was a very good atmosphere in the restaurant and while it was very busy the staff were very capable and ensured we didn't have to wait and this attentive but not intrusive service carried on throughout the evening. The food of course was excellent with a good selection of reasonably priced wines.
The next morning we made our bleary eyed way down to breakfast, where the quality of the food and the friendly service gave us a good start to the day, I decided on the bacon sandwich, if I had one critiscm I would say it could have done with two rashers, not because I was left hungry but because the delicious thickly sliced bread rather overwhelmed the one rasher that I was given in my sandwich. I know I can be a bit picky at times so if that's the only complaint I could come up with then I think that is pretty good.
My husband and I both decided the Mistley Thorn is now on our list of favourite getaways and we will certainly be eating and staying there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mistley Thorn is located in the centre of the historic coastal village of Mistley and is two minutes walk from Mistley station, which has direct services to Colchester, Harwich and London Liverpool Street. Built as a coaching inn circa 1723, The Mistley Thorn offers award-winning dining and accommodation in tastefully designed surroundings opposite the River Stour. American born executive chef Sherri Singleton has developed a menu using the best of the area’s seasonal produce. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Mistley Thorn Hotel Mistley
- The Hotel Mistley
- The Mistley Thorn Essex