We have just spent a very happy couple of nights on our yacht in Heybridge Basin. We arrived late on Wednesday evening because we couldn't access the lock until high water around 8pm. I had phoned ahead to the Jolly Sailor pub to ask what time they stopped serving food, and although we were going to be officially too late, the chef stayed on so that he could cook us a meal. It was a delicious dinner, plenty of it and we received a very warm welcome from all the staff there.
Just so that we could make a bit of a comparison, we ate at The Old Ship the following evening and frankly, it was pretty awful. The tables were sticky and not cleared very quickly, the white wine was warm and the dinner was inadequate. I chose salmon fish cake with new potatoes and salad which cost £8.50. For that I got one fish cake (expected) with about 5 very small potatoes and a very small salad garnish which consisted of a bit of iceberg lettuce and one sad half of a cherry tomato. It wasn't much of a dinner for the money. The girl behind the counter was friendly but that was about the only positive I can make. Oh yes, there is a very good view from the window. Perhaps they are sitting on their laurels with their attractive position?
So The Jolly Sailor wins hands down for us and we'd also like to mention Martin, the Lock Keeper, who also gives a very warm welcome and lots of help getting in and out of the lock.
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