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“Thank you Jolly Sailor”
Review of Heybridge Basin

Heybridge Basin
Ranked #3 of 31 things to do in Maldon
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

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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Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

I love going to heybridge basin its so peaceful and beautiful, there is a lock with lots of boats where you can go rowing at a really good price, a choice of 2 pubs both with great food and a cafe on the sea wall. There is s sea wall walkway that runs in either direction so you can walk to mill beach and goldhanger both of which also have a lovely pub with great food and in the opposite direction you can walk to Maldon promenade so plenty of sights to see. There is a play area for children as well. The parking can be very difficult if you go midday onwards on a sunny weekend as its very popular so recommend going early or in the evening. Its a beautiful place when the sun sets. Highly recommended if you just want a nice peaceful place to walk. Dogs are also welcome there.

1  Thank Beth A
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

This is a charming contrast to the hustle and bustle of maldon down the road with its strip of pound shops and cheap eats. The lock is the centre of activity onto the estuary and marina and we spent a good couple of hours in the sunshine just sitting on the wall and watching the world go by. The lock tea rooms do excellent sarnies and cakes and there are two pubs, though can't vouch for the food.

2  Thank MandyLK
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Looked on internet for places to visit and this appeard on search. Nice walks views of sea plenty of boats to look at. Two pubs one serves fresh sea food. We chose to sit and eat outside with view of boats at the tea shop. Free parking too.

1  Thank Ginni P
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Well kept secret, but locals know it well...Heybridge Basin out of Maldon along the Goldhanger road has long riverside walks, great pubs, and extensive views along the river, including a working lock. Great for pets and people of all ages.

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