Mistley Thorn Hotel

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316 reviews
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£25 and under
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Mediterranean
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  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch

About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Seafood
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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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Phone number
01206 392821
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Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Sherri Singleton
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Private Party Contact
Joanne Francis: 01206 392821
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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.
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Public Transit
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.
Additional
Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0Dined on 10 April 2016

We recently enjoyed Sunday lunch at The Thorn with friends. It was not our first visit and we were not disappointed against our expectations. Service was very attentive and our menu selections were well prepared and presented.
Seating was a bit congested and the restaurant was quite busy but overall this did not present any problem.
We will visit again!

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OT
4.0Dined on 4 April 2016

Had a very pleasant lunch with an old fried at thee Mistley Thorn. We both had excellent Shellfish and Fish starters and mains which were beyond reproach. I also pushed the boat out and on my waitresses recommendation had a divine cheesecake with Toffee Sauce. I rarely go for cheesecake but on this occasion, the recommendation was spot on.

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4.0Dined on 17 March 2016

Not my first visit and will not be my last. Excellent service, good food and the lunchtime set menu is exceptional value for money.

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OT
4.0Dined on 15 March 2016

this was excellent food, we all ate fish and couldn't fault it. good portions well cooked. good service, very friendly.

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OT
5.0Dined 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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m
5.0Dined on 26 February 2016

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

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OT
5.0Dined 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.

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OT
2.0Dined on 14 February 2016

Really disappointed - we've been several times over the years and while the food was reliably good, if not exciting, the service was terrible, many dishes on the menu were not available, staff were shouting at the back of the restaurant and spilled out into the middle of it, ignoring the customers (i.e. us), and we were basically hustled out of the restaurant at 9.45 pm. On Valentine's Day! Not very classy. Shan't be going again.

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OT
5.0Dined on 14 February 2016

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

perfect dining.

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3.0Dined on 14 February 2016

This was supposed to be a Valentine's Day treat. The restaurant is 45 minutes by car from our home so we had made a special effort to go there. We were taken to a table in a room at the back of the restaurant. The ambience, decor and appearance of the room were of a markedly inferior quality to the main restaurant. We chose the set menu as it appeared to offer good value but no fish was offered for the main course despite the fact that fish is the chief speciality of this restaurant. The starters and desserts were acceptable but for the main course we both ordered the roast beef. The beef was rough in appearance and contained quite a lot of gristle and fat. The roast potatoes were tough and had been reheated, which adversely affected the taste. The Yorkshire puddings tasted cardboardy and were of inferior quality. The waitress was very nice and service was prompt and friendly but all in all this was a disappointing Valentine's Day experience.

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2.0Dined on 14 February 2016

As a fan of their sister restaurant [Lucca at Manningtree], we were keen to try The Thorn but sadly, it didn't come up to our expectations. The lunch table I'd booked via email on 11 January had since been reserved for other diners and the staff spent a few minutes trying to re-organise another suitable table for us, despite the fact that we arrived at 12noon prompt and only one other couple were already dining. After sitting at our table with a couple of glasses of Prosseco, we ordered a main course only and it took at least 50mins for this to arrive. We both had the Plaice which was OK but not memorable, although the skin-on fries were tasty and the salad was OK. We enjoyed a couple of large glasses of number 17 [Tin Pot Hut] at £8.45 each. I then choose the Tart of the Day for dessert and my partner had a Vanilla Pot, both of which were OK. However, my pastry was so tough and I had to request a dessert fork to enable me to eat it with the dessert spoon. They clearly don't automatically set the table with both items of dessert cutlery, which should be normal for a restaurant of this standard, despite my initial pleasure at noticing very nice linen napkins at all place settings. The restaurant quickly filled up [well, it was Valentine's Day] but we were surprised that a couple who arrived at the next table to us were given only one menu with apologies from the waiter saying that he was waiting for more menus to be printed! We felt the male member of staff who appeared to be in charge was very poorly dressed in a rather tattie pair of jeans for a restaurant of this quality, although the other waiting staff were nicely dressed, very polite and helpful. All in all, an OK sort of lunch but for £80 [including tip] it was pricey and we'll undoubtedly be heading back to Lucca next time.

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OT
5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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

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2.0Dined on 4 January 2016

We have stayed at Mistley Thorn Hotel twice and this was our fourth meal, but NEVER again!
Each time we have noticed a decline in quality. Service is personel wandering around, but no one actually taking notice of the tables! The food deteriorates as you look at it. The fish and chips used to be superb, but now the batter is less crisp, and chips soggy. My last meal of sea bass wass fatty, and the cabbage noir "drowned" in water. The less said about the archichoke, the better!

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J
5.0Dined 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!

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OT
2.0Dined on 24 December 2015

Starters were really good and I enjoyed the main course too just the delivery was poor, service was very slow I would understand if the restaurant was busy but it wasn't. We had to ask twice to get our first drinks and still didn't get them till after some of the starters arrived, the food was served a plate at a time with long delays in between so some had to start so their food didn't get cold waiting for other meals to arrive. Normally the service here is good so quite disappointed.

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4.0Dined on 19 December 2015

Last time we came my wife commented it was so good she could lick the plate clean.
Well after 3years the same standard applies, the food was excellent, service very good.
The only downside was the interior begins to look a bit tired, but hey your here for the food and it is well worth it and long may it continue.
One of the few places we visit where we leave feeling satisfied we could not do the same at home.

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OT
5.0Dined on 6 December 2015

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

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L
4.0Dined on 29 November 2015

My partner received some gift vouchers for the Thorn. We'd eaten at their sister restaurant, Lucca, on several occasions but never the Thorn so we had lunch there on Sunday.

The service was very attentive without being OTT and they were happy to chat, especially with our 12 year old. Couldn't fault the food, which looked and tasted very good. Portion sizes were spot on.

We all had three courses plus a couple of side dishes and several drinks and the bill was just over £100. You can certainly eat for less as there is a Sunday lunch menu for £19.95 for three courses but we picked whatever we wanted from the many available options.

Now we've tried the Thorn we will certainly return...regularly!

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SH
5.0Dined 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

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DJ
4.0Dined on 8 November 2015

We had a lovely meal, although the menu was a little more limited than we expected. The steak was really lovely though, and I was really rather full afterwards. My wife thoroughly enjoyed the gnocchi too. Although we were both full, we wanted something sweet to finish so we had the four salted caramel chocolates, which were delicious but probably the worst value part of the whole meal, at over £5 for four tiny chocolates. But my word, they were good.

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2.0Dined on 1 November 2015

We have been going to the Thorn for several years now. But so bored with the same menu! When booking I specifically said we did not want the table by the toilets, guess what despite the restaurant being half empty we were told to sit there. I objected and we were reluctantly offered another table. The waitress then had the hump with us for the rest of the meal. Also the beer was very warm but we didn't dare complain. Think we need to find another restaurant for future meals out.

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5.0Dined 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.

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RT
5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on 25 September 2015

One of my most memorable meals was enjoyed at the Thorn some years ago - it was a simple meal of calamari followed by steak then affogato but it was all so tasty it just stuck in my mind.

We recently visited again, this time introducing foody friends to the Thorn who had not been before. On the whole, I was very pleased, though the ice cream in my affogato was completely tasteless, but my friends were delighted and we will all definitely return.

The service was, on the whole, good but we had to ask where our desserts had got to.

Definitely a cut above the norm.

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OT
5.0Dined 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.

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M
5.0Dined 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.

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J
5.0Dined on 29 August 2015

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on 5 August 2015

Not the largest of restaurants but more than makes up for this with very good food, service & ambiance. Even though it was a Wednesday evening the place was quite busy. It being prime time we had to wait a little while B4 being seen but not overlong, and the menu was so interesting it took a little time to make up our minds. If you like fish/seafood you'll love this menu, but balanced with some interesting meat dishes. Extensive wine list at average prices. All 4 meals of 3 courses were all received well and all eaten without critisism. Staff very pleasant and attentive. Great night out.

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3.0Dined on 25 July 2015

Squid excellent, lamb steak overdone and drying: too long keeping warm under hot lamps after cooking, dressed crab poor: not fresh enough ( yesterday's?) and lots of shell in the meat, like every mouthful. Good bread and oil, not very clean glasses or plates. Overall I felt it was coasting: perhaps the owners/ head chef were away and the kitchen is coasting?

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5.0Dined on 17 July 2015

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

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OT
5.0Dined on 27 June 2015

Great meal, as usual!

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M
4.0Dined on 23 June 2015

Managed to book a table for two at short notice. The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and attentive staff. The food was very good and reasonably priced. Also a good selection of drinks.
The only minor thing that could be improved, were the chips that accompanied a beautiful steak. They were a little anaemic and could have been cooked a little longer and some of them were cooked from bruised potatoes.

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OT
4.0Dined on 20 June 2015

Perfectly cooked and well presented food in a relaxing setting.

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4.0Dined on 29 May 2015

Scallops, oysters, steak and wild bass for a Friday night treat after a long hard week. Skirt steak cooked rare. Then a panacotta with rhubarb to share. Bliss. Friendly service. Good choice of wines.

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5.0Dined 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

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4.0Dined on 10 May 2015

Excellent sunday roast,with cauliflower cheese souffle as starter and californian Pinot noir. Great service from Donna. Watch out for the new tables in the back room though,
Nowhere near as nice as the main room

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MT
2.0Dined on 3 May 2015

Looking forward to a special night for my wife's birthday (with friends) but the Mistley Thorn failed to deliver. Nice table, good atmosphere, poor service (I had to request service attendance too many times and the staff almost seemed to try avoiding eye contact when walking past!). Starters were tasty but 2 of the 4 main courses were substandard and 2 of the 4 desserts were not acceptable. I did not want to complain on the night as it was my wife's birthday but I welcome this opportunity to provide feedback. I would not recommend the Thorn at Mistley.

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J
3.0Dined on 3 May 2015

We had a booking at 18:00 and were the only people in the restaurant when we arrived. Despite only being a couple we were sat at a table for four at the back of the restaurant next to a walkway and the cellar. This had to be pretty much the worst table in the restaurant, it was far from the view at the windows and the staff were constantly brushing past and regularly going in and out of the cellar door.
I doubt that this is a point that is not obvious to the waiters and with the restaurant totally empty and plenty of other tables available I am not sure why they would have chosen to put us here. We asked if we could move to a table closer to the window and after a wait of a few minutes we were moved to a nicer table. Since this table was close to the entrance and sat the same number of people as the one we vacated, it is difficult to see why we were walked passed this table to the back of the restaurant when we could have been sat there in the first place.
I thought the food was very good and the service following the move was OK. Although not particularly friendly it wasn't bad either.
We weren't made to feel very welcome and for this reason I won't be returning but the food was good so would recommend it for others on that alone.

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