The 12 Essex restaurants featured in the 2021 Michelin Guide

Essex is known for its high quality standards in food and drink.

It would come as no surprise to many that 12 county-based restaurants are on this year’s Michelin Restaurant Guide.

The iconic food guide is well known for its restaurant rating system, which awards stars to establishments with cuisine and customer service worth traveling across the country.

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This year’s guide lists 185 Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK, with celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsey, Heston Blumenthal and Marco Pierre-White all having at least one star to their name.

While these Essex restaurants don’t have a star next to their name, the guide recognized them for their food, facilities, atmosphere and customer service.


Haywards is a couple-owned restaurant based in Epping Forest and echoes the region’s forest landscape with its beamed ceiling and cherry wood tables.

The kitchens are made with fresh ingredients from their garden which provides a wide variety of edible fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers which are used in the restaurant.

In addition, their honey comes from their resident bee colonies, which contributes to the well-being of the garden.

The Michelin Guide stated that the restaurant had “attractive dishes that follow the seasons and the flavors are well balanced”.

The service is extremely welcoming.

Galvin green man

The Galvin Green Man is located in Howe Street, Great Waltham

Set in the Chelmsford countryside, this award-winning British Bib Gourmand bistro has a modern barn extension and riverside garden for visitors to soak up scenic views and exquisite scenery.

They serve classic British dishes in a 14th-century building, with some dishes cooked in a wood-fired oven.

The Michelin Guide recommended the pub restaurant because of its “rustic charm” of its barn extension and riverside garden as well as the “friendly team” who provide a “warm welcome” to the establishment. .

Food by John Lawson

This Leigh-on-Sea based restaurant offers a rich menu made from plants and organic ingredients as it proudly supports and sources from local farms.

Surrounded by other local shops, the narrow restaurant has managed to catch the attention of the Michelin Guide with its “rustic look” and “creative and eye-catching dishes”.

Chatham Green Windmill

The Chatham Green Windmill is a modernized british restaurant which already received a Michelin Bib Gourmand in its first year with new owners Mick and Lydia Binnington, becoming a popular favorite with locals and visitors alike.

In 2017, the couple transformed the historic Inn, located in the Chelmsford district, into a gourmet pub and use local ingredients for their refined versions of British classics and pubs. The establishment was further expanded in 2019 with the opening of two renovated hotel rooms.

The guide recognized the transformation of the couple, the hotel rooms and the “concise” menus which “constantly evolve with the arrival of the last seasonal products”.

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The bacon flitch

Little Dunmow’s Flitch of Bacon has been duly recognized over the years for its fine British dishes, fragrant drinks and exquisite accommodation.

Restaurant was named one of the UK’s 100 Best Restaurants by Restaurant Magazine and featured in the Top 50 Gastropubs of 2019, all fantastic accolades.

In addition, the Michelin Guide recommended it because of the layout of the establishment where an old Citroën van serves as a bar and the rooms are boldly decorated.


This pub restaurant in the rural community of Clavering has built a reputation for its longstanding service.

The previous owners have run the pub for 44 years and it has recently had a facelift, retaining all of its classic essence.

Cricketers sells British classics on its menu and guests can enjoy its exceptional family history, food and hospitality.

Rubino kitchen

Rubino kitchen is hidden away at Chigborough Farm and offers a tasty mix of English and Italian influences in a small, intimate restaurant.

The former fisherman’s lodge in Maldon offers nine ever-changing dishes from which guests can choose between 2 and 5 dishes to taste. In addition to being recommended on this list, the restaurant was also a finalist for the Essex Tourism and Hospitality Award in 2014.

White deer

This timeless Great Yeldham restaurant offers a modern and refined menu of expertly prepared dishes as well as an inn with elegant rooms.

The White deer has been recognized for its classic interior, traditional and contemporary cuisine and as an award-winning venue, it serves as a wedding venue, restaurant and hotel.

The restaurant prides itself on using local ingredients to cultivate its dishes.

Tavern in Church Street

Located in Colchester town center, this modern brasserie has been recognized by the Michelin Guide as an attractive 18th century building that offers British classics with Mediterranean influences.

Tavern in Church Street opened in 2014 and wowed customers with its ground floor bar, first floor lounge and restaurants serving simple, freshly prepared and healthy cuisine. They also use local ingredients for their dishes from a range of farmers, producers and fishmongers across Essex, Suffolk and the south coast.

This restaurant has a sister establishment nearby in Dedham, which leads to the next spot on the list.

Auberge du Soleil

Auberge du Soleil is the sister company of Church Street Tavern and has been listed for its appealing shabby-chic style in the heart of Dedham.

The Italian-inspired restaurant has been independently owned and managed since 2003 and offers a range of exquisite Italian cuisines and an extensive wine list for tasting and tasting.

The Talbooth

The Talbooth is a Dedham based restaurant on the banks of the River Stour. Guests will enjoy the sleek, rustic-chic design and subtle, classic kitchens, which the guide highly recommended.

This award-winning restaurant, which received three AA Rosettes, opened in 1952 and has its hotel nearby which welcomes guests to enjoy the picturesque surroundings of the Essex countryside.

The multi-faceted restaurant also has a marquee, wine cellar and is perfect for hosting weddings of all kinds.

The pier

This elegant brasserie on the first floor of Harwich has a stunning balcony with views over the Stour Estuary.

The guide recognizes The pier, which is owned by the same company as The Talbooth, for its impressive selection of gins and prosecco cocktails, and the all-day menu of fine and tasty dishes, which features seafood landed at the nearby wharf.

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