Eat, Drink, Stay….

Some great places to Eat, Drink & Stay in East Anglia…

Cambs The Willow Tree (Main picture) A wonderful gastro destination in the picturesque village of Bourn, serving delightful food and drink in charming surrounds, this is a hidden gem of Cambridgeshire. We love the daily food specials board, the great selection of wines by the glass, the open fires, the elegant restaurant area, the cosy sofas, the heated terrace, and the magnificent Willow Tree that takes centre stage in the pub garden set against a backdrop of rolling country hills. The dining menu changes with the seasons, written by Head Chef and Co-Owner Craig Galvin-Scott. Look our for live jazz and acoustic music twice monthly. 29 High Street, Bourn 01954 719775

Essex Alec’s Restaurant Bar & Grill Alec Smith, formerly of Smiths Brasserie, has lovingly restored the former Green Man Public House at Navestock Side with flair and passion. Spiral staircases, spacious dining rooms and stunning views from every aspect. Whether it be enjoying the surrounding countryside or watching the cricketers on the green opposite, its location is superb. Simple, quality food cooked the way you wish, where classic fried cod in beer batter and chips sits happily with steamed sea bass with an oriental twist. Navestock Side, nr Brentwood 01277 375696

Herts YUVA Breathing new life into what was once The Red Lion, Mr Khan offers a sophisticated dining experience centred on its luscious and diverse menu. The name YUVA means feminine, youth and sensuality and each individual room here accentuates a unique dimension female sensuality: classic sophistication, mystery and intrigue, emerging sensuality, innocence, and power. Enjoy a tantalizing mouthful of Asian influenced modern cuisine; drawing from regional Indian and Nepalese traditions, and an award-winning wine list. 51 Old North Road, Kneesworth, Royston 01763 244259

Cambs Plate &?Porter Divided into two restaurants to create a more intimate feel, this delightful fine dining restaurant also has a comfortable lounge area for pre-dinner drinks. Opened in 1996 by Matthew and Lisa Carroll and is still run by them today. This hands-on approach makes for an excellent menu and food of a high standard, cooked from scratch by chef Matthew, including their own bread, sweets and even the petit fours served with your coffee. Look out for themed nights once a month. Station Road, March PE15 8SQ

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Essex Salsa Family run restaurant and tapas bar offering a great combination of good food, great atmosphere and good value. Specialist ingredients are imported from Mexico, Portugal and Spain. There’s a huge selection to choose from and some fab set menus, plus you can enjoy live entertainment with your meal on Friday nights. London Road, Southend-on-Sea 01702 213000

Norfolk The Crown Hotel Hotel and restaurant sitting opposite Mundford village green in the heart of Norfolk’s Thetford Forest. The building dates back to 1652 and was once a renowned hunting inn playing host to the local magistrates court. Choose from the bar menu (there are two bars), or eat in one of two restaurant dining areas where you can choose from a menu that uses local produce where possible, including Norfolk fish and cheese and met from the local butcher. There are 40 well designed en-suite rooms. Crown Road, Mundford 01842 878233

Suffolk The Codfather Great new fish and chip takeaway and restaurant in the town centre. Top quality, award-winning fish – choose from a large, fresh selection – and perfectly fried chips. For an extra £1 you can have your fish charcoal grilled instead of fried in batter. Great American-style booths for eating in, and a good choice of pies if you’re not a fish lover. 37 King Street, Sudbury 01787 882100

Suffolk The King’s Head Laxfield Pubs don’t come any more traditional than this. The King’s Head (The Low House) is one of the very few pubs left in Britain that has no bar-counter. You go in the tap room at the back. Beer drinkers survey the array of barrels and request whatever takes their fancy, drawn straight from the barrel, non-beer drinkers just choose their usual tipple. A pub with an ancient fireplace, several small, cosy and interesting rooms, and a restaurant that serves real, traditional, home-made food, and with much of its produce sourced locally it’s always seasonal. Adnams Pub of the Year 2010. Gorams Mills Lane, Laxfield 01986 798395

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