I recently visited this little gem. I loved it! The service was fabulous, the decor was quirky but elegant and the atmosphere was great. The food was delicious -focussing on sea food but an impressive plant menu also. I will certainly return to this fabulous restaurant!
Booked for a two night stay for my wife’s birthday and our wedding anniversary the next day. Helle made us feel very welcome and showed us to our nice room overlooking Mistley Quay. We went down for afternoon tea and her colleague the barman was carving a Pumpkin for Halloween which looked very much like the Russian President!. He was a charming young man and with his colleagues made our stay quite special. The Chefs were talented and we enjoyed our two special dinners from a well thought out menu. The Breakfast menu gave a good selection and our choice was fresh and nicely presented with there own breads and excellent fresh juice. Enjoyed our stay
Three ladies with bikes on a three night cycling holiday in Essex. Whilst other hotels in the Colchester area showed little interest in offering secure overnight storage for our bikes. The Mistley Thorn whilst not having a dedicated storage area WERE happy for us to lock our bikes in the rear unused dining area. This meant we could be quickly ready to go in the morning. Much appreciated.
We were very puzzled when we arrived in Mistley as the hotel is not the attractive building with the Swan in the front but the drab grey building opposite. Once we did find it no-where to park and this is not a hotel but restaurant with rooms. Unfortunately we did not read the reviews regarding room 8 which we were taken to. Firstly very low sloping ceilings and but was even worse was the constant noise from the kitchen extracter fan and when you closed the small window was boiling hot. When I mentioned this the next morning I was met with a look of suprise but now realise this is a real issue with this room which the staff are well aware of. The housekeeper on our 3rd night must have turned on the heater/aircon which kept coming on in the night making the floor creak sounding as if a ghost in the room. Three sleepless nights was not what I imagined of which was supposed to be a restful break. The room was however well appointed and clean. The car park only has two spaces so you have to park in a busy road or side street which is not idea. I will say though that the food is good, particuarly the breakfast choices and the male staff were very welcoming. The restaurant was very busy which is always a good sign.…
We went for a Saturday lunch on a rainy October day whilst visiting the area. I was worried that it might be quite quiet, but there was a great atmosphere with most tables taken. Staff were very friendly and attentive. We ate from the set menu with the highlight being pork shoulder which had been slow roasted for 9 hours. Wine list was good and well priced, As it is a pub/restaurant there are good beers on offer too. Would recommend if you are in the area.