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“Another great stay”
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The Mistley Thorn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mistley
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 April 2013

Just spend another couple of nights at this brilliant hotel and restaurant. Satyed there duri98ng the summer last year and decided to make a return visit. The staff could not have been more helpful and unexpectedly remembered us from the last visit. The room was large and very comfortable with great views over the estuary.

The food in the restaurant for both breakfast and dinner is really good. Fantastic fresh seafood choices. They make all the bread and it is wonderful.

We cannot recommend this place highly enough. We will return.

Room Tip: Pay a little more for river view
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

We spent a lovely weekend here. The room was spacious, spotless and charming. The staff was attentive and pleasant. The room fee included dinner, which in and of itself is a worthwhile reason to stop here. A very pleasant stay and we've already booked our next.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank emiana
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Reviewed 19 March 2013

What can I add that other reviewers have not already said? From stepping through the door to the last warm goodbye, our stay here was perfect.

The hotel is clean and tidy, while still maintaining a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We were shown to a jaw-droppingly huge room, with great river views and a large, spotless luxurious bathroom with good quality towels and toiletries. The bed was super comfortable, the sheets crisp, and the shower a religious experience.

The staff gave us the best table in the restaurant, tucked in by the open fire. It was their 'Moules Madness' night, so there was a little confusion over what was included in the DBB rate, but that was quickly and helpfully sorted out. Nothing was too much trouble, and we never felt hurried or ignored. When we couldn't decide on the wines, the waitress offered to bring us samples to try. I couldn't decide between the moules and the fish, so she suggested they bring me a half portion of mussels for a starter, then the fish as a main. All the food was top restaurant quality, and the fact it was busy on a weekday night suggests the local clientele agree,

Breakfast was just as good. They offer those little extras that make such a difference; good quality jams, a range of herb teas, an omlette cooked your way, a full English with just the items you want. The homemade sourdough toast is especially good.

The Mistley Thorn is a first class restaurant, with the advantage that your bed is only a staircase away. Their DBB rate is no more than I'd spend on a good meal plus a normal B&B room anywhere else. That's genuine value for money.

Room Tip: The front rooms have the best views, and there's very little road noise at night.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

We stayed here for one night as part of a half term road tour through Norfolk, Suffolk and into Kent. We booked hotels as we went along and were pleased that there was availability here as we liked the look of it from the website. We booked the inclusive DBB deal which was explained and descibed as the best value by the very pleasant lady on the phone. There was parking behind the hotel. The first impressions downstairs in the bar area were good - wooden floors and faded chic. We had a large bedroom on the first floor on the front of the hotel. The window overlooked the estuary beyond the famous and disputed fence, and the swans. Our 12 year old son was with us and the bedroom had ample room for a rollaway bed for him. The staff were very accomodating of him. The stair carpet was grubby and worn and could do with replacing, but the room and ensuite were spotless. There was a good range of toileteries and the bed was large and comfortable. Our evening meal was delicious with local fresh produce. Compliments to the chef. The service was attentive. The dining room was dressed beautifully for the evening with low lighting and elegant table settings. The clientele seemed to be a mix of locals and others who seemed to be regulars, and made for a friendly and warm atmosphere which was also good for our son, although he popped back up to the room after his meal. We had a great night's sleep despite the heat from the bathroom radiator that wouldn't cool down. The cooked breakfast was very good, freshly made to order and with additional cereals and fruit. On checking out we were surprised by the bill which was much higher than we expected. It was explained that the tariff quoted was only an allowance towards the cost of dinner. This felt very awkward and was very misleading as there was no seperate menu. In fact the bill was also calculated inaccurately and we were overcharged but we didn't notice this until we had left. This made it the most expensive stay of our trip and in comparison to our other hotels made it poor value. The friendly staff, the atmosphere and the high quality of food and accommodation meant that we had a good stay, but watch out for the cost of the a la carte menu if you are on the DBB tariff, and the dodgy carpet..

Room Tip: The front of the hotel has great views.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Mossdeeping20
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Reviewed 20 February 2013

3 days at half term without the kids? What better way than to spend it at the lovely Thorn on the banks of the Stour estuary. Initial coldness of room was more than compensated by the warmth of the staff who couldn't have done more to rectify the problem. This attitude set the tone and we were really well looked after and we particularly enjoyed the amazing food from the glorious fish stew to the hand made beef sandwiches for our picnic on the Stour. A real bargain with the Sunday/Monday deal- highly recommended. Top tip- take the train to Wrabness (5 min journey) and walk down to the beach huts - amazing location and a lovely quiet beach too.

Room Tip: Room 7 was lovely. Windows are small so not a huge view but best to get outside and see the estuary...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bart h
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

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.

Room Tip: Lovely river view from room 2
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Polly08
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

We choose this small country inn, for the Christmas holidays and were delighted by the friendly service, the well appointed rooms, good views over the Stour estuary for some rooms and warm, comfortable stay. Breakfasts were delicious and a good indication of the quality of the restaurant which has a great local following. A beautiful setting in a picturesque village with good walks along the shore line to bird watch or to browse the quaint shops in Manningtree. A good value and a lovely place for a weekend break in a calm, peaceful setting.

Room Tip: Pay a little more for a River View
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Mac1997
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Address: High Street, Mistley CO11 1HE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Mistley
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mistley
Price Range: £104 - £188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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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