We were delighted to hear that Jo Fernandez had started a website celebrating all that is great about this county of ours. As we all know, Essex can get a bad press so being true ‘Essex Boys and Girls’ we heartily approve of the new site which is aptly named ‘I Love Essex’.
Jo recently visited our flagship restaurant Le Talbooth and posted a lovely review on the I Love Essex website, here’s a taster (excuse the pun)
If you are lucky enough to live within easy reach of Le Talbooth restaurant, or staying at one of the family-owned Milsoms group’s hotels in the vicinity, you will know the pleasure of turning up to eat at such a captivating place. Established in 1952, Le Talbooth serves as the dining room for Maison Talbooth, chauffeuring guests in their trusty Range Rover.
For me the setting, reached via winding lanes fringed by hedgerows and fields, is part of the charm. It was this setting, almost unchanged since he framed it in his many landscapes that so inspired painter John Constable. Driving down Gun Hill, frequently mentioned in the titles of his paintings, you spot the Tudor beamed pile set low by the banks of the River Stour among ridiculously pretty gardens.
Once inside, staff continue the serene feeling with an easy, amiable manner which I much prefer to a stuffy formality. Savvy places realise that fine dining doesn’t mean being fussed over by staff as starchy as the tablecloths. The service is pretty perfect, attention to detail blending with a thoughtfulness that extends to second-guessing our every need.
Read the whole review here and then take a look at the website and discover this beautiful and diverse county of ours.