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The Mistley Thorn

High Street, Mistley CO11 1HE England
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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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Bar / lounge
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
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Room features
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Dutch, Polish
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elinorheasman wrote a review 12 Nov
Colchester, United Kingdom27 contributions1 helpful vote
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!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Leslie S wrote a review Oct 2021
Hockley, United Kingdom9 contributions2 helpful votes
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
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Bettyhols wrote a review Oct 2021
London, United Kingdom21 contributions15 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: October 2021
Room Tip: Room 8 is a double with separate small sitting room we used to plan our cycle rides each day and...
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Carolyn W wrote a review Oct 2021
Andover, United Kingdom77 contributions39 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Room Tip: Avoid Room 8
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Bishy42 wrote a review Oct 2021
Chelmsford, United Kingdom34 contributions34 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Mistley Thorn
Which popular attractions are close to The Mistley Thorn?
Nearby attractions include The Red Lion (1.0 km), Estuary Wine Bar (1.1 km), and Winyl (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Mistley Thorn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Mistley Thorn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Mistley Thorn?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Mistley Thorn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lucca, The Mistley Thorn Restaurant, and Nirala Tandoori.
Is The Mistley Thorn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Mistley.
Are pets allowed at The Mistley Thorn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Mistley Thorn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Polish, and Dutch.
Are there any historical sites close to The Mistley Thorn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Flatford Mill (4.6 km).
Does The Mistley Thorn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.