Friday evening's traffic was moving nicely as I cruised London bound along the A12 with the top down and the shades on. Then just past Witham the gantries flashed their unwelcome message. "Severe delays M25 Dartford Crossing." Seconds later Sally Traffic interrupted Dusty Springfield - right in the middle of "Stay Awhile" - with the same terror message. Blast. My chances of an easy run to Portsmouth were shattered. But, then Dusty came back to guide me. "Stay Awhile?" Sure, why not. Here's a turnoff for Chelmsford Services. Somewhere on my journey I needed to eat and refuel. Thanks, Dusty. The Saab gulped down £70 of BP's finest and I was headed opposite towards The Thyme Restaurant at the Premier Inn. A perfect reception from the restaurant manager. "Orange and lemonade coming up, Sir. Take a look at the menu and Jackie will be with you shortly. Soup of the day is Tomato and Basil; very nice." Refreshed by the drink I studied the menu. And, looked around. Half full, good sign at 1935 hrs. But, no one was eating. 8 people waiting for their plates to be cleared. 4 other tables with no plates. Had they just arrived. Jackie wasn't around to ask. Eventually I ordered. I could live with 15 minutes for my soup as I expected the steak to follow shortly. After 20 minutes I got up and found the restaurant manager. "Oh, it's just being plated. With you directly." 5 minutes later I cut into a rare steak. I'd ordered medium. No service staff in sight. A long walk through the restaurant carrying my plate to the servery and I found them. Nattering to the chefs. A polite conversation and back to the table to wait. Some more. "Would I like a free drink?". "No thanks; water is fine." Eventually my steak arrived. Perfect. And, perfect vegetables too. So, they can serve good food. After 3 miniscule scoops of ice cream I was up again to find someone to get a bill. And, to find the large print offer of £2.00 for a dessert was only available if I had a voucher. Next time I'll read the small print. No, I won't. Next time I'll buy a sandwich at the BP garage and eat it in the queue on the M25. Much less stress and faster too. 90 seconds not 90 minutes. Yet, there was one good outcome. The queues had gone and by the time I arrived at the toll barrier it was past 2200hrs and I didn't have to pay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If a loved one is getting married at a venue nearby, or you'd just love to explore this corner of the South East, Premier Inn Hotel Chelmsford Springfield is the ideal spot. There are plenty of stunning wedding venues like Boreham House and Leez Priory nearby, and we're very well connected with good transport links too. Have an engagement with first class cricket at Essex County Cricket Ground. Or ring the changes with a fantastic weekend at the nearby V Festival. Say 'I do' to some great shopping and eating out, then come back to the hotel for a meal in our restaurant, with a lovely marriage of traditional and contemporary food, and finally a night in a comfy bed. Directions: Located on A12 J19, Chelmsford Bypass, signposted Chelmsford Service Area. Transport and local information: City Centre Shopping Essex County Cricket Ground Hylands House Historic Site & Events Chelmsford Train Station 3 miles Stansted Airport 15 miles ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Premier Inn Chelmsford (Springfield) Hotel Chelmsford
- Premier Inn Chelmsford (Springfield) Hotel Essex