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The striking, fully sound-proofed 1935 Rooftop Restaurant and Bar sits at top of the five-storey Holiday Inn Southend and takes its name from the year that the airport opened as a municipal airport for the public.
Navestock Side, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5SD, Tel: 01277 375696, www.alecsrestaurant.com
Alec's Restaurant Bar & Grill sets out to provide simple, quality food cooked the way you wish. Whether it be enjoying the surrounding countryside or watching the cricketers on the green opposite, the location is superb.
This beautifully converted church showcases the work of over 40/50 creative artisans and the buying skills of specialist retailers on its top two floors while the ground floor houses a Lifestyle Living showroom and a tearoom.
The Essex Rose Tea House serves a range of sandwiches, lunch specials, hot and cold snacks, home-baked cakes and cream teas served with Tiptree Strawberry Conserve with two scones, butter and clotted cream and Tiptree tea of your choice.
The Harbour Lights is open 365 a year serving hot food from 12noon every day. This includes an all day carvery plus alternative menu of 10 English, 10 Indian & 5 Chinese meals.
Linden House is a stylish renovated 19th-century property, which is a 15-minute drive from Stansted Airport. Stansted Mountfitchet railway station is a 5-minute walk and has services to London, Stratford, Cambridge and Stansted Airport.
Good home cooked food at 16thC Marlborough Head Inn located on the High Street in the picturesque village of Dedham, which is well placed for Colchester, Harwich and Ipswich. It is a perfect base from which to explore Constable Country.
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH, Tel: 01206 713713, www.musa-firstsite.co.uk
Located within a stone's throw of the bustling High Street, find MUSA, the contemporary café restaurant based in Colchester's striking new firstsite building.
Sapori provide truly authentic Italian cuisine, focusing on quality traditional Italian dining. As well as the most stunning contemporary décor, our restaurant features one of the most technically advanced kitchens in the country.
113 The Broadway, Leigh on Sea, Essex, SS9 1PG, Tel: 01702 719969, www.stoptheworldcafe.com
We are an award winning cafe situated on a sunny corner of Leigh Broadway. Opening at 8.30 to serve cooked breakfasts, pancakes, fresh fruit sundaes and homemade granola.
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.
108 Coast Road, Mersea Island, Essex, CO5 8NA, Tel: 01206 383568
Picturesque Riverside Bar/Restaurant. Quality food served 7 days a week. Morning coffees, lunches, afternoon teas and evening meals. Seats 60.
An independent hotel, member of British Classic Hotels with an AA rosette for outstanding food. The hotel's success is based upon providing a very high standard of guest hospitality and attention to detail.
Rickling Green, Near Stansted, Essex, CB11 3YG, Tel: 01799 543210, Email
This beautiful country pub with rooms is on the doorstep of the rolling Essex countryside but just a short hop from the airport.