The Swan - Great Easton: Great food and great company
A night out with Andrew Lucas and his wife Liz was just what I needed the night before I flew off to a VT meeting in Karlrsruhe in December 2006.
A typically English country pub with a restaurant at the back is about 20 minutes from Stansted airport. The food is all freshly made to order and is excellent.
A table had been booked in the restaurant but we chose to eat in the bar area in the end as it was cosy and it was quieter. (A group of ladies had just turned up and headed for the restaurant !!)
They also do accomodation here too but we did not stay and I cannot say what it is like.
Favorite Dish: I chose the smoked salmon starter and the Cajun Chicken which was scrummy.
Little Hallingbury Mill: Idyllic Setting
Little Hallingbury Mill is a hotel/restaurant near Stansted Airport. As is the custom now we met Andrew and Liz Lucas for a meal before flying out to Karlsruhe recently.
The mill itself is in a lovely setting off the main road in a private lane.
It is a Grade 2 listed building and the owner of the mill was keen to tell us that he is doing the place up slowly. We were shown some of the rooms which were ok but nothing special.
The restaurant is on the first floor pf the mill but as there was only one other table of diners the evening we visited we ate in the bar area. This was fine and it had a very relaxed feel to it.
The service was excellent and the food was also of a good quality.
Many of the original features of the mill are still on display and apparantly are still in working order.
Favorite Dish: Main course was chicken wrapped in Pancetta with a delightful Mediterranean sauce. Cheese and biscuits followed.
The Swan at Great Easton: A great country pub !
I was looking for a pub close to Stansted airport that we could take our dear VT friend Natalie (nhcram) to for a meal and an evening out, and found this pub on the internet.
It is about 20 minutes drive from the airport terminal (via Great Dunmow), so if you are staying overnight before an early flight, and have a car, it is near enough for an evening out.
There is a more comprehensive write-up on my Great Easton page.
The Cricketers, Clavering: Jamie's Dad's Place
Clavering is a small village in the north west corner of Essex, about 12 miles by car from Stansted airport. If you are staying overnight before an early morning flight out of Stansted, this pub is worth considering if you want a good meal out to start your holiday.
See my Clavering page for a full write up on The Cricketers. This pub is definitely worth a visit.
Ta Paell'ya: Delicious Tapas at Stansted Airport Radisson
Although there are several restaurants within this hotel, we knew instantly when we saw Ta Paell'ya that it would be our dining choice for the 1 night we stayed here.
If you ask to be seated overlooking the Wine Tower you will be mesmerised as you dine by the wine angels at work! As the evening gets darker, the tower gets brighter - a truly splendid sight!! The food, the service, the view, & the wine all make this a great restaurant.
Favorite Dish: The tempting array of mixed tapas was as delicious as it looked. This restaurant serves the food either as a buffet or a La Carte. We chose the buffet at around £13 per head & we were very impressed. The wine selection was also excellent & a good price.
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The Cricketers - Clavering: Superb Food in beautiful surroundings
We have now eaten here twice and I must say we have enjoyed both occassions. The first time we met with Andrew Lucas and his wife. The eveing was great. The food was so good that we decided to go again last week. We managed to get a table at the last minute but had to go early.
There is a restaurant at the rear of this quaint 16th century oak beamed pub and food is also served in the bar area. The establishment is NON SOMKING!
The menu is original in its ideas and the service is excellent.
The owners claim to fame is tat they are the parents of Jamie Oliver the chef and this is where he learnt to cook as a young boy.
Only 30 minutes drive from Stansted it makes a perfect location for a nice evening out.
Favorite Dish: The tuna steak with a crab, avocado and lime sauce was lovely. Chris had the Halibut in a butter and chervil sauce. Dessert of Panetone bread and butter pudding finished the meal of a treat.
Burger King, KFC etc....: If you need your fix of Fast food....
The main terminal (landside) is currently devoid of the main fast food chain outlets (following the demise of Burger King from a prime location). The cafes and pubs tend to be rather poor and overpriced or of the more upmarket coffee Nero / Costa Coffee type establishment.
The nearest place for the fast food staples is the service station on the M11 roundabaout (Birchanger) as you approach Stansted.
Weatherspoon's Windmill Pub: Good place for Breakfast
The Weatherspoons chain is well known all over Britain, and they are continuing to expand at quite some pace.
This is one of their airport ventures, and although the prices are not as low as in their normal pubs they are very reasonable when you consider the alternatives at the airport.
Their Breakfasts are very much on the 'Fried' side with Full English Breakfasts, various eggs and beans etc on toast and Breakfast Baps etc. Their turnaround is remarkably quick.
Favorite Dish: The Four Quid breakfast bap sets you up for that flight to somewhere in Europe. On a low cost airline (sic) a sandwich would cost you that !
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