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About Mistley Thorn Hotel
The Mistley Thorn offers high quality food, served in a casual environment with an emphasis on freshness and locally sourced produce. Fish and shellfish feature in abundance on the menu alongside daily changing specials. It is the first eating establishment in Essex to be awarded the Michelin guide's prestigious Bib Gourmand, which identifies restaurants that provide good food at reasonable prices. Recently the Thorn were awarded a second rosette in the AA guide. The Mistley Thorn is located in the historic village of Mistley, conveniently located a minutes walk from the train station, which has direct services to Colchester, Harwich and London Liverpool Street. The hotel and restaurant were completely refurbished and opened in 2004 by proprietors Sherri Singleton and David McKay. The accommodation consists of five well appointed rooms, some with panoramic views of the Stour Estuary.
Mistley, Essex CO11 1HE
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: residents only, Sunday: 8:30am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday & Sunday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm
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There is a small residential car park for hotel guests. Restaurant guests will find ample parking in front of and around the hotel.
We are located just a minutes walk away from Mistley train station, which has direct links to Colchester, Harwich and London Liverpool Street. Maningtree station is a 5 minute taxi journey away. A local bus route runs through Mistley with a stop outside the front of the hotel.
Private Party Contact:
Joanne Francis: 01206 392821
Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mistley Thorn Hotel Ratings and Reviews
The staff were friendly, attentive and offered a warm welcome. The service was impeccable with just the right amount of time between courses. The menu offered lots of choice to suit all palates and pockets, with the local menu bring excellent value. The wine list was extensive without being overwhelming and the staff were knowledgeable about what was on offer. The foot was superb! Nicely presented without being pretentious, hot and full of flavour. We will certainly be going back.
We eat here often. The staff are friendly and attentive and are always happy to advise a dish. The food is exceptional for the money and so far they have never failed to produce a first class meal and we have been many many times. Cannot recommend them enough. I cannot make a comment on the hotel element as I have never used that facility
On a journey to see friends, we travelled an extra 30 miles to have dinner at the Mistley Thorn on the strength of a recommendation - it didn't disappoint.
Excellent menu and wines, superb food which was perfectly prepared and brimming with excellent combinations of flavours and textures.
The staff were friendly, welcoming and efficient.
We would return from London just to eat there!
We found this restaurant on AA pub guide (which never disappoints) and it was perfect. Gorgeous fish and steak. All food is fresh. The ambience and decoration is gorgeous and very snug for an October night by the sea. The wine list looked brilliant, though neither of us were drinking. The waiting staff were helpful and friendly and made sure my fish was cooked through a bit more than normal due to my pregnancy. Really wonderful restaurant - we will be back.
Our first visit to Mistley Thorn on a Tuesdays lunchtime resulted in a lovely two course lunch for two.
Not being particularly busy the service was excellent and the food prepared quickly, but not overly so.
Presentation and flavour of both starter and main was good with sensible but filling portions.
Having selected from the A la carte menu the price was bit high for Tuesday lunch but probably would have felt fair of a evening. Other options Inc a lunch special menu was available and certainly cheaper.
Overall I would be more than happy to recommend to others and return.
Should have been offered a bottle of wine as we had 8 glasses ???..and feel the bread basket should have stayed on the table instead of being moved round the restaurant....other than these two grumps meal was lovely and service fast...not sure I would like to eat in conservatory again but would highly recommend
Superb cuisine and service as usual at this excellent restaurant. The menu is full of fresh and exciting dishes using locally sourced ingredients. The ambience is relaxed and friendly. The little members of our party. aged 3 and 1, were very well catered for too.
we ate on a sunday lunchtime from the two course set menu. There was plenty of choice, portions were decent and the food was delicious. The restaurant is light and airy with a lovely feel to it, staff were friendly and attentive. Will definitely be going again.
Our second visit proved that the Mistley Thorn is consistently very good. The fish - we had sea bream & cod respectively, were beautiful and flavoursome dishes. The scallops & pigeon starters were delicious, and the chocolate terrine was a delight.
Service was very friendly and efficient. All at very good prices.
We will be back!
Welcoming, friendly and helpful. Food of excellent quality and a reasonable choice of menu. Due to the price not a place I could visit as often as I would like but it's always busy when I do go so it can't be that bad. I had a 3 course meal for 4 with drinks and it cost me just under £150.00. (£37.50/head). Look forward to my next visit.
First time we have eaten here. We tried the set price lunch menu, it was amazing and only £15 for 3 courses. One of our group wanted a starter front the set menu and a main from the main menu and this was no problem. Food amazing. Our one moan would be that the drinks were a tad expensive but this wouldn't put us off returning.
So impressed! We eat here perhaps once a month and had booked online , not realising it was Thanksgiving. The restaurant had noticed that I often have their special 'moules madness' deal which wasn't on that evening as they were doing a special thanksgiving meal instead . Someone went to the trouble of ringing me to let me know this before we came along - really good service, I think.
Been going for years. The food is excellent, the service charming, the wine list comprehensively well chosen, the ambience good for the area. Used for business lunches and private dinners. Really excellent menu - locally sourced foods - ... Extremely competitatively priced.
Having thought about trying the Mistley Thorn many times, at last we got there, and we are glad we did. The service was friendly and efficient. The food was excellent. We really enjoyed our mushrooms and scallops starters respectively. The mains of sea bass and cod fillet were very enjoyable and good sized portions. To finish we had the panacota with spiced quince and chocolate espresso torte - delicious. All washed down by a delightful Puglian white.
We shall definitely try to go back soon!
We were travelling from London to Norwich and enjoy taking a break in the Manningtree area. We found The Mistley Thorn Hotel online and booked lunch accordingly.
The restaurant was atmospherically busy; the staff pleasant and efficient; our two course lunch was remarkably good value and absolutely delicious. We were extremely impressed with every aspect of visit.
This wasn't our first time but it had been a while since we had visited The Mistley Thorn. We had pre-warned them that three of the party are vegan and they rose to the challenge and produced a separate menu with a choice of starter, main and pudding. The vegans and the meat eaters all loved their choices - highlights the tapenade and toast pre-starter, the steak, onion rings and the cheesecake (now famous) and vegan sorbets - but all of it was really good. Great wine list and the service was spot-on. We are now thinking of an excuse to go back again as soon as possible!
Went with friends for dinner and had the table d'hôte menu which was very good value and the food was delicious. The staff are always very friendly, welcoming and attentive and the ambience in the restaurant is relaxed and buzzy. We always enjoy eating here.
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