My friend and I were looking for a hotel midway between us both, somewhere with good food and modern decor as neither of us are a fan of chintz or 'tired' hotels in need of a re-furb. We found ourselves a bargain with Mistley Thorn! We actually couldn't believe the deal we got and both questioned the price as it included bed, breakfast AND dinner.
On checking in we were welcomed by the very friendly hotel staff, and made to feel completely at ease. We checked in early, as the room was available, and found clean fresh decor, in muted sage and cream, with comfortable beds furnished in crisp white cotton and Ralph Lauren blankets. Personal touches included home-made biscuits alongside the selection of teas and coffees. A small grumble was that the room was cold however on speaking with a member of staff it was soon toasty and warm.
We started our visit by taking lunch in the restaurant kicked off by one of the best bloody mary's I've had in a long time. We followed this with fresh local oysters and skate wing which was devine.
Dinner was not disappointing either, more oysters, fresh seabass fillet & salsa verde followed by a wonderful chocolate pecan tart (my only criticism would be that the tart would have been more delicious had it been warm rather than chilled).
After a decent night's sleep we strolled down to breakfast and had a wonderful full English with superb bacon and a selection of fruit, yogurt and cereals.
There really is little to fault in this hotel from the bathroom, with it's deep, double ended bath and equally wonderful power shower & large selection of fresh white towels to the fabulous food in the restaurant. We will definitely consider a return visit, perhaps in warmer weather. However the best thing is that this hotel offers absolute value for money that would be incredibly hard to beat in these credit crunch times. All staff we came across in the hotel were welcoming and friendly, chatting to us and recommending things to do and constantly checking if we were okay without being intrusive.
It did feel a little quiet at times however it was the last Tuesday in January and therefore unsurprisingly the place wasn't as full as I imagine it gets at weekends, or in the summer. However this is something to bear in mind if you are looking for somewhere really buzzy as this is more a 'restaurant with rooms' rather than a full on impersonal hotel. We felt this was a small drawback considering everything else it has going in it's favour and for us it was nice to be asked how we were when we turned up for each meal rather than not even being noticed, as is the case in larger hotels.
All in all, a real find!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mistley Thorn is located in the centre of the historic coastal village of Mistley and is two minutes walk from Mistley station, which has direct services to Colchester, Harwich and London Liverpool Street. Built as a coaching inn circa 1723, The Mistley Thorn offers award-winning dining and accommodation in tastefully designed surroundings opposite the River Stour. American born executive chef Sherri Singleton has developed a menu using the best of the area’s seasonal produce. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Mistley Thorn Hotel Mistley
- The Hotel Mistley
- The Mistley Thorn Essex