We were staying with long time friends in nearby Little Henham and they agree to let us take them out for dinner (we had a wonderful home cooked meal at their place the previous evening). They suggested Duke's Head and we arrived in a slight rain (our first after five days in England). It is a pub and there were quite a few watching the World Cup action, but we had viewed Andy Murray's first match as defending Champion at Wimbeldon earlier that afternoon and that had quenched our thirst for sports. A nice Talisker "neat" quenched my thirst for something to spark the appetite [One does not always find Talisker in nice restaurants, let alone pubs, so my interest was peaked]. After we were seated in a quiet room away from the bar we got one heck of a surprise. Not your ordinary pub fare! I had two starters that were anything but ordinary pub fare -- a Kofta Kabob (not on a stick) that had a very nice kick to it and a Crab Brulee that was excellent. My fellow diners very much liked their lamb rump and the Chicken Kiev. A nice bottle of Malbec (Argentinian) accompanied the meal. Deserts were "sinfull" nothing more to be said (at our ages we shouldn't be eating deserts in any event). The serive was excellent and we found the bill to be a surprise as well. If you are going to spend some time in Essex we'd recommend it. And if you are in that part of England a visit to Thaxted is well worth the trip and the time as is a visit to the Parish Church in Tilty. They are close by to one another and there is a lot of history to be explored within and around both.
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