I chose the Mistley Thorn, from the Sawday guide, for a romantic weekend exploring the Essex countryside and was not disppointed. The hotel/restaurant (with a cookery school attached) is located on the River Stour - we were able to enjoy beautiful views across the estuary to Suffolk, an old sailing barge drifted into the nearby harbour and hundreds of swans lined the banks in the evening sun. We sauntered back to the hotel for a meal in the hotel's clearly popular restaurant - oysters, brill, sea bream - and retired to a tasteful, contemporary bedroom (one of only 5) for the night. Dinner and Breakfast were included in the total price, which at £175 I think was excellent value for the quality of the food and wine and the stylish venue. There is a lot of history in the area and the locations of Constable's most famous paintings are only a short drive away so there is plenty to do and we would have been happy to stay longer. Any negatives?: the rooms are above the restaurant and being an old building the ceilings relatively low and corridors narrow. At 6pm on a sunny August evening our room was rather warm and there was a little traffic noise from the road outside but don't let this put you off - it cooled off and the noise (which was not excessive or intrusive) settled down. Mistley, and neighbouring Manningtree, have some lovely buildings and there was a nice feel to the area. We would definitely return.
- 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