GASTRO EXPERIENCE

There is a reason world class food producers such as Maldon Salt, Wilkin & Sons Tiptree Jam and Maldon Oysters flourish in the Maldon District. Some attribute it to our local micro-climate and some to the passion of local farmers and food producers. Whatever the reason the Maldon District is very proud of its gastro menu. From independent restaurants on every high street and tea rooms looking over the beautiful coastline, to celebrated vineyards and micro-breweries, there is plenty to satisfy any appetite.

PLACES TO EAT

Dining out could not be easier in the Maldon District, and with good quality restaurants, brasseries and bars, there is much to choose from. Whether it's traditional dining or more cosmopolitan, you can enjoy a wide variety of local and international cuisine throughout the Maldon District.

Both Maldon and Burnham-on-Crouch have numerous establishments along their high streets for you to take a break and have a bite to eat. Heading outside of our historic maritime towns, you can find tea rooms and cafés throughout the district in numerous villages.
Swan Hotel Bar & Grill

Swan Hotel Bar & Grill

The Swan is run by Lorraine and Yan and is situated in a prime high street position. It is a grade II listed building which dates from the late 15th century.

The Jolly Sailor

The Jolly Sailor

The Jolly Sailor at Hythe Quay in Maldon, Essex, is a delightful 17th Century Pub, ideally located overlooking the River Blackwater, offering food, drink and accommodation.

The Lion Inn

The Lion Inn

An independent hotel with a continental feel, the Lion Inn has a bar, an elegant bistro-style restaurant and spacious air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs and free wired internet.

The Bull at Great Totham

The Bull at Great Totham

Located in the village of Great Totham this stylish restaurant with rooms has been tastefully restored following a complete refurbishment. Formally a 16thC coaching Inn enjoy lunch or dinner in the Gastro Pub or the award dining restaurant.

The Old Ship

The Old Ship

The Old Ship Public House is conveniently located at the end of the thirteen mile Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation Canal.

Sophie’s Kitchen

Sophie’s Kitchen

Our cakes are all freshly home made. They include chocolate, lemon, lemon and poppyseed, carrot, victoria, coffee and walnut, pecan and maple, bakewell tart, scones and a selection of home made cupcakes.

The Anchor Hotel

The Anchor Hotel

Following extensive works, the Anchor Hotel in Burnham-On-Crouch has re-opened and offers a great range of ales and lager, freshly prepared food and beautifully appointed letting rooms.

Station Arms

Station Arms

The Station Arms, Southminster is an award winning traditional local pub, which has been voted: ESSEX CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR five times.

Suzie's Gift and Tea Shop

Suzie's Gift and Tea Shop

Here at Suzie's Gift and Tea Shop we make all of our delicious food on the premises, priding ourselves on delivering fresh and tasty meals, cakes, drinks and treats.

Welcome to the Parlour Café

Parlour Café

Parlour Cafe might be slightly off the beaten track, but with great coffee, tea, milkshakes, freshly made lemonades and a bar this is the place to be! We have free parking, free wifi, a large, dog-friendly garden and a children's play area!

The Hurdlemakers Arms

The Hurdlemakers Arms

A family run pub only 3 miles from Maldon in a building dating back 400 years. Home-cooked food sourced from local produce and a great range of beer, real ales and wine.

The Round Bush Café

The Round Bush Café

The Round Bush is run by Gary Hoy and offers a warm family friendly atmosphere with its cosy open fire in lovely surroundings.

The Curry Nights

The Curry Nights

Run by Foyaj Miah for the past 15 years, The Curry Nights restaurant and take away offers an exclusive menu of the finest traditional Indian cuisine.

Intimo

Intimo-Fresco

Welcome to Intimo-Fresco, one of the most successful family owned and run Italian restaurants in Essex. Located on the High street of historic maritime town Maldon.

The Star Inn

The Star Inn, Steeple

The Star Inn is a family friendly pub serving home cooked food and a selection of real ales.

The Kings Head

The Kings Head

Serving the local community for the last 400 years, The Kings Head public house, located in Southminster, Essex, is the perfect place to meet with friends and family

Mrs Salisbury’s Famous Tea Rooms

Mrs Salisbury’s Famous Tea Rooms

Founded in 2014, Mrs Salisbury's optimises the Great British tea room. Our tea room is proudly situated in the blue plaque dwelling of the late Edward Bright, The Fat Man of Maldon.

Oakhouse

Oakhouse

A café in the mornings offering fairtrade products,lunchtime menue with daily specials. In the evening a bar serving extensive wine list, local real ales and cocktails.

Dhan Shiri

Dhan Shiri

Indian cuisine using fresh meat and fish produce, including exciting vegetarian options. Flavours including spicy, sour, sweet and hot all at the same time.

The Cake Trail features a range of venues around the Maldon District which all offer coffee and fresh, homemade cakes, as well as cream teas and afternoon teas. Many are licensed so you could even enjoy a glass of bubbly or two with your food. While some are situated in our maritime towns, others are ideally placed for exploring our gorgeous coastline and countryside. Enjoy cake at the water's edge, a cake with history and heritage, or take a walk along the Saltmarsh Coast before finishing up your day with homemade cake and a fresh cuppa.


WORLD CLASS FOOD PRODUCERS

Salt has been produced in the Maldon District for thousands of years as seen by the ancient red hills along its coastline. These hills are made up of coarse pottery vessels and soil reddened by the heat of fires that were used to evaporate seawater to produce salt. The Maldon Salt Company dates back to 1882 and their salt work is located in an area known for its red hills.

The site is also on one of the original Essex salt making sites from Saxon times. Maldon Salt utilises the Maldon District's environmental conditions which are ideal for saltmaking. With low rainfall, the concentration of salt in the rivers is much higher making the Blackwater Estuary one of the saltiest in the country. Sea salt is harvested in the traditional way, where seawater is filtered and boiled to remove impurities, and then heated until the salt crystallises.

Wilkin & Sons Tiptree Jam is known across the country and continues to expand overseas. They currently have ten tea rooms in Essex, and two are located in the Maldon District, one is in Heybridge Basin and the second is at Osea Leisure Park. At both tea rooms, you can enjoy views of the Blackwater Estuary while you try various items on their menu, which includes sandwiches, lunches, drinks and specialities.

There is a wide selection of Wilkin & Sons Tiptree products at the Maldon and Burnham-on-Crouch Tourist Information Centres. You can choose from various jams, chutneys, sauces, marmalades, jellies, honeys, spreads and gift boxes. We also stock their new natural wax candles and miniature candles which have a range of scents from Little Scarlet Strawberry, Lemon Curd, Apple and more.
The Blackwater Estuary has been prized for its oysters for over a thousand years and oyster shells can be found at all archaeological sites throughout the area. Though the oyster industry has diminished over the centuries, the Maldon Oyster Company has one of the last remaining commercial beds in the estuary.

They are one of the largest producers of Pacific Oysters in the UK and now have a large area of the Blackwater Estuary under their management. Formed nearly sixty years ago in 1960, the Maldon Oyster Company has re-established a native oyster fishery and take pride in producing an oyster of premium quality with a distinctive flavour. Their oysters are sold to numerous top hotels and restaurants in London, as well as wholesale markets and exports to Europe and the Far East.

ENJOY A DRINK

Enjoy a pint overlooking the water or visit historic pubs scattered throughout the district in our villages. Many of the pubs and bars in the Maldon District serve locally produced real ales which have won national awards. The Maldon District is home to award-winning breweries and vineyards which having growing reputations for high quality products.

Explore our region's vineyards, breweries and distilleries with the Grape and Grain Trail. Enjoy a tour or a talk, where you can learn about how the products are made, and you can also give them a try yourself during a tasting session.
The Bell

The Bell at Purleigh

We are a traditional country pub with historical links to George Washington.

The Green Man

The Green Man

The Green Man is a beautiful 16th Century Freehouse located on the River Blackwater.

Swan Hotel Bar & Grill

Swan Hotel Bar & Grill

The Swan is run by Lorraine and Yan and is situated in a prime high street position. It is a grade II listed building which dates from the late 15th century.

Maltsters Arms

Maltsters Arms

The Maltsters is run by Kathy and Steve and offers a great friendly atmosphere and a good pint of beer. There is a small patio area at the back which is secluded and is partly sheltered.

The Mighty Oak Tap Room

The Mighty Oak Tap Room

Serving a selection of fine ales straight from the cask, as well as some superb wines, ciders, soft drinks, and tea & coffee. Cheese & pate boards with Tiptree relish also available.

Ferry Boat Inn

The Ferry Boat Inn

Essex weatherboard pub with accommodation, log fires, oak beams and traditional home-cooked food, next to the River Crouch. There is a separate (non-smoking) 28-seat restaurant. Large conservatory (38 seats) opening onto beer garden.

Station Arms

Station Arms

The Station Arms, Southminster is an award winning traditional local pub, which has been voted: ESSEX CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR five times.

The Bull at Great Totham

The Bull at Great Totham

Located in the village of Great Totham this stylish restaurant with rooms has been tastefully restored following a complete refurbishment. Formally a 16thC coaching Inn enjoy lunch or dinner in the Gastro Pub or the award dining restaurant.

Queens Head Inn

Queens Head Inn

This fantastic pub, with its enviable and superb river location, is run by Charlie & Vivian Little.

The Swan

The Swan

A warm welcome awaits you at this country pub, famed for it's real ales and twice winner of CAMRA's esteemed National Pub of the Year Award.

Bar 3

Bar 3

Bar 3 is a family run establishment providing hot food (including but not limited to, panini’s, baguette’s, jacket potatoes, burgers & our signature 3 for 7 pounds small dishes deal)

Black Rabbit

Black Rabbit

A local pub that offers an all day food menu that caters for everyone. From sandwiches to pizza and burgers, we have it all.

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

The Queen Victoria has been a local public house in Maldon since it opened its doors in 1845.

The Bell Inn

The Bell Inn

Andy & Rosie welcome you to The Bell Inn. A welcoming public house for everyone to visit with gardens open to relax and have a drink or perhaps some lunch.

Wibblers Brewery Taproom

Wibblers Brewery Taproom

Wibblers Brewery, Micropub & Kitchen. Serving our real ales, craft lager, ciders and home cooked food. Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Chequers Inn

The Chequers Inn

The Chequers is located in the charming village of Goldhanger on the River Blackwater in Essex.

The Lion Inn

The Lion Inn

An independent hotel with a continental feel, the Lion Inn has a bar, an elegant bistro-style restaurant and spacious air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs and free wired internet.

The Hurdlemakers Arms

The Hurdlemakers Arms

A family run pub only 3 miles from Maldon in a building dating back 400 years. Home-cooked food sourced from local produce and a great range of beer, real ales and wine.

The Anchor Hotel

The Anchor Hotel

Following extensive works, the Anchor Hotel in Burnham-On-Crouch has re-opened and offers a great range of ales and lager, freshly prepared food and beautifully appointed letting rooms.

Crouch Ridge Vineyard, Althorne

From Constable Country to the Crouch Valley, the Grape and Grain Trail will take you to award-winning vineyards, breweries and distilleries. Enjoy a tour or a talk at one of our venues, and learn about how their products are made. You can also give them a try yourself during a tasting session. Our local producers each offer something unique in taste and experience, and their numbers are growing year and year, so there's always something new to try.