We’re lucky to live on the Essex/London border so as well as having all that London has to offer a short tube hop away, we can also explore some beautiful countryside right on our doorstep. Essex comes in for a lot of stick, but for every blinged-up over-priced eatery catering to the perma-tanned TOWIE crowd, there are a host of delightful regular restaurants, pubs and wine bars that cater for the rest of us regular people.
We had been off exploring (the not at all secret Secret Nuclear Bunker in Kelvedon Hatch) and fancied a late lunch and an adventure, so off we went to Thaxted where we dropped in at Parrishes for a bite to eat. We were after some plain old pub grub and, although Parrishes styles itself as more of wine bar, we were not disappointed. We ordered cheese omelettes and chips, and although I pride myself on my home cooked omelettes I was a little bit envious of these. They were light and fluffy with a gooey cheesey centre, and the chips were crisped to perfection.
Never ones to skip dessert, A. had a fruity lattice pie (not a lettuce pie as a very confused youngster told his family at the next table) and I had Eton Mess ice cream with chunks of strawberries and an indulgent creamy texture. Both were gorgeous, and fuelled us up for a wander around Thaxted village and even a climb to the top of Thaxted windmill.
PMC Rating (loos): ★★★☆☆
Parrishes, 36 Town Street, Thaxted, Essex CM6 2LA Sunday, 9th July 2017