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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.

High Street
Manningtree
Mistley, Essex CO11 1HE
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Seafood

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

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£25 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01206 392821

Website:
http://www.mistleythorn.com/

Parking Details:
There is a small residential car park for hotel guests. Restaurant guests will find ample parking in front of and around the hotel.

Public Transport:
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.

Executive Chef:
Sherri Singleton

Private Party Contact:
Joanne Francis: 01206 392821

Additional:
Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Mistley Thorn Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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4.2

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4.0

ambience

3.9

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4.0

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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 (Essex)·Dined on 12 March 2016

The food in the resturuant was excellent all four diners had fresh fish which was well cooked and fresh, which at times in even bigger establishments is not so. Would recommend. Get window table if possible

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 (London)·Dined on 26 February 2016

and a great lunch - good wine choices and the oysters were terrific.

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 (Essex)·Dined on 20 February 2016

The Mistley Thorn is my favourite place to eat - whether it be with family, including kids or with a group of friends. We get consistently great food, fab service and the most lovely ambience.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Essex)·Dined on 14 February 2016

This is a lovely establishment. Great food, great service, great clientel, great atmosphere.

perfect dining.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on 10 February 2016

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 8 January 2016

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

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 30 December 2015

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Norfolk)·Dined on 6 December 2015

Great food... great staff... lovely building... shall return...

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 (Essex)·Dined on 14 November 2015

Informal restaurant, friendly staff, serving simple food cooked really well
Breakfast was great too, but we had to wait ages to get served

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 24 October 2015

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 20 October 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 2 September 2015

Excellent venue for meeting up with friends and family. The Staff were extremely helpful and nothing seemed too much bother, great food , great service and ambience. Will definitely go again soon.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Essex)·Dined on 30 August 2015

I've been a few times to the Thorn and it has never disappointed me. The cod I had on Sunday was lovely, I enjoyed it more and more as I was eating it. Lovely atmosphere, surroundings and service.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 29 August 2015

Top quality restaurant - excellent menu - good selection and lots of fish & seafood. Great friendly service. Recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Essex)·Dined on 10 August 2015

Mistley Thorn is one of our favourite restaurants. It was my birthday and we went with my step daughter and son in law. We had an excellent meal accompanied by good wine. Very enjoyable, great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Buckinghamshire)·Dined on 17 July 2015

Spent two nights at the Mistley Thorn. Accommodation was excellent and the food was superb. Cannot fault it

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 27 June 2015

Great meal, as usual!

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 (Essex)·Dined on 16 May 2015

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 2 April 2015

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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Essex)·Dined on 1 March 2015

The food was nicely presented, and very tasty. the staff were on hand for anything you required and very polite and well presented. I would defiantly recommend this establishment for any occasion and will be dinning again very soon.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Essex)·Dined on 1 March 2015

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.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 18 January 2015

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!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 12 January 2015

My wife took me to Mistley Thorn as part of my birthday celebrations. Everything about the visit was wonderful, food, wine , service , down to the log fire. Will certainly return both as a couple and also with friends and family

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 31 December 2014

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 29 December 2014

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.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Essex)·Dined on 6 December 2014

A lovely meal - very popular restaurant with their dishes selling out like hotcakes (or rather selling out like their fishcakes!). Food was delicious. That is the main thing. And very good value for the quality of food. Happy meal.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on 5 December 2014

We had a lovely meal as always - very helpful and attentive service and delicious food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 27 November 2014

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.

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 (London)·Dined on 23 November 2014

The roast lamb was to die for, it simply melted in your mouth and was perfectly set against the crispy on the fluffy on the in roaat potatoes. The soup of the day was warm, filling and well seasoned

Tags: Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on 6 November 2014

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on 31 October 2014

Excellent sea bass dish with olive tapenade, fennel and spinach.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on 26 October 2014

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!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 18 October 2014

Have been to the Thorn several times now and have always had excellent service from friendly and attentive waiting staff. The food has been excellent and well presented. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 24 September 2014

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value
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 (Essex)·Dined on 23 August 2014

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 3 August 2014

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.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 31 July 2014

Delicious food, friendly service, good selection of wine and great value for money!

Tags: Outstanding Value
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 (London)·Dined on 25 July 2014

Found it on the web. A really quite exceptional meal.

Tags: Outstanding Value
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 (Essex)·Dined on 28 June 2014

If you want a treat, and I don't just mean for a special occasion, then go here. We loved it.

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 (London)·Dined on 23 June 2014

Another outstanding meal at the mistley thorn. Fabulous food with warm, attentive service. We'll be back

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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