Review on The Mistley Thorn
Built in 1723, The Mistley Thorn is chef/proprietor Sherri Singleton's abiding passion. She has transformed it from an old watering hole into a stylish contemporary gastro-pub/restaurant for the twenty-first century. It stands in the centre of the village, within sight of the Stour Estuary.
Carefully sourced East Anglian ingredients are at the heart of her culinary crusade, whether it's crab from Norfolk, other fish from the Essex day boats, locally reared chicken, Maldon beef or organically grown vegetables. Once the raw materials in the kitchen, however, they receive very distinctive, eclectic treatment. Starters could range from char-grilled globe artichoke with salsa verde to duck terrine with spiced pear chutney and crostini. Main dishes are an equally varied bunch taking in anything from 'flattened' Kettle Farm chicken with salted lemon and smoked paprika to a wild mushroom tart with walnut pastry.
A separate section of the menu is devoted entirely to fish Ė anything from whole wild sea bass with balsamic potatoes and thyme to romesco of shellfish with salted cod. There's also an oyster bar, where you can feast on molluscs, crustacea and home-cured organic salmon. To finish, Chez Panisse chocolate cake might take your fancy.
Sherri Singleton also finds time to run cookery workshops in a nearby Grade II-listed Georgian house with a purpose-built, state-of-the-art kitchen.
The Mistley Thorn is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Modern European / Gastro pub
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 7.30 - 9.30am (8.30 - 10.30am Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays)
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm (12.00 - 5.00pm Sat, Sun & BH's)
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.30pm (6.00 - 9.30pm Fri-Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card