Located between Ongar and Chelmsford, The Cuckoo is a delightful rustic haunt nestled in an idyllic locale, providing a relaxing atmosphere in which to feast upon incredible British cuisine imbued with international flavors. The interior is equally comfortable, with accents like a wood-burning stove that give a homely yet sophisticated feel to the environment, and there is also lovely outdoor seating for when the nights are warmer. The menu is seasonal, with dishes reflecting the freshest, high-quality ingredients. Serving lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday, the culinary team create dishes such as duck confit with savoy cabbage, mash potato, red wine and shallot jus and Brendon’s salmon fishcake with homemade tartare sauce and chips. For those with a sweet tooth, dessert options abound as well, with options like the deep-fried banana spring roll with toffee pecan sauce and caramel ice cream.
The Cuckoo, Radley Green Rd, Ingatestone, Essex, UK, +44 1245 248946
If you have a craving for Indian cuisine, then Live Dosa should definitely be at the top of your dining list. Specializing in southern Indian cuisine, more specifically Keralan fare, the folks at Live Dosa take pride in this fact and serve nothing but traditional dishes to its diners. When visiting Live Dosa, start with the sambharvada, which is lentil soup with a bit of spice, followed by the Kerala fish curry cooked with cocum and spicy fish sauce or the egg roast, which is a hard boiled egg sautéed with onions, tomatoes and spices. This budget-friendly option is open for lunch and dinner every day except for Monday.
Live Dosa, 43 Duke St, Chelmsford, Essex, UK, +44 1245 697440
Situated in the countryside in Chelmsford, Pig & Whistle offers gastronomes a lovely, cosy atmosphere where they can relax while dining and not feel rushed. Serving lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday, along with a Sunday carvery that features a choice of meat (gammon, beef, pork or turkey) plus potatoes and vegetables, Pig & Whistle’s main menu offers a host of comforting dishes to tuck into. These include the suet steak and kidney pudding with red wine jus plus peas and chips, or the salt and pepper calamari atop crispy salad with sweet chili sauce and chips. Pig & Whistle is a popular place, so it’s best to make a reservation.
Pig & Whistle, Chignal Road, Chignal Smealy, Chelmsford, Essex, UK, +44 1245 443186