Thames Barges – Tea rooms open Thurs to Sat on the Thames Barge Hydrogen
Maldon – historic town – home of Maldon Sea salt – visit The Hythe to see the many Thames barges with their distinctive red sails – lots of places to eat –including overlooking the barges at the Queens Head
Rubino Kitchen, Chigborough Lodge, Maldon CM9 4RE
A tiny restaurant with good lunches and excellent fine dining in the evening
15 minutes by car
Tollesbury Cruising Club, Maldon CM9 8SE – 01621 869561
The Harbour View Bistro and Bar in the club do excellent food in simple elegant surroundings
4 minutes by car or 10 minute walk
Tollesbury Sail Lofts – Tollesbury, CM9 8SE – 01621 869063
Tea by the sea!
A grade two listed building where you can get a reasonably priced, homemade lunch or tea in fun surroundings – delicious!
Tiptree Tea Rooms and Visitor Centre – Tiptree CO5 0RF – 01621 814524
Tiptree is the nearest waitress service tea room for a lovely lunch or tea with delicious Tiptree jam. There is also a small museum about the jam factory on site.
Perrywood Garden Centre – Tiptree, Inworth CO5 9SX – 01376 570777
An excellent shop as well as a café with a range of generous helpings of cake! Can get crowded at peak times.
The Company Shed – West Mersea CO5 8PA – 01206 382700
Outstanding locally caught seafood, no bookings taken and limited space – gets very busy at weekends during the summer. Take your own wine or beer and bread and butter – turn up 2 hours before lunch to get in easily or wait in a line as number 65 !
Loved by all the TV chefs
West Mersea Oyster Bar – West Mersea CO5 8LT – 01206 381600
Also very good this riverside restaurant is overlooking the creeks of Mersea Island. Specialising in shellfish with fresh local oysters and seafood platters. Its a kind of straight forward fish and chips shop but serving oysters and really good seafood – you cant go wrong !
The Kings Head, Tollesbury CM9 8RG – 01621 869203
Queen’s Head – Tolleshunt D’Arcy CM9 8TF – 01621 860262
The Chequers Inn – Goldhanger CM9 8AS – 01621 788203
The Jolly Sailor – Heybridge Basin CM9 4RS – 01621 854210
The Sun Inn, Feering CO5 9NH – 01376 570442
The Peldon Rose, Peldon CO5 7QJ – 01206 735248
Local convenience store – Fred’s store – Excellent
At the North end of Mell Road
Fred’s store, CM9 8SW
DVD rental available
Open 0830-1930 Mon-Sat and 0900-1400 Sun
Local bakery – Excellent
Just off the village square – CM9 8RG
The fresh bread sold in Fred’s store comes from the bakery
Local butcher – G Leavett – Excellent
Close to Fred’s store at the North end of Mell Road
Also sells fresh fish
Visiting fresh fruit and vegetable van
In the village square
Tuesdays and Saturdays
Post Office – in McColls (CM9 8RG, off the village square)
Birds seen by Bart and Doortje staying at Mell Farm 27 July -2nd August
Great Crested Grebe
Bar tailed Godwit
Common Sand Piper
Black Headed gull
Lesser Black Backed Gull