The White Hart Inn Hotel


1350 White Hart Mersea 0337

For a bucolic getaway in the other direction, mosey over an ancient causeway to the UK’s easternmost island. The White Hart Inn has stood proud on the map of West Mersea since 1819 – and after revealing its revamped facade this summer, it’s proving a real champion of East Anglian produce.

Mersea’s prized oysters, rare breed meats, veg grown on the island and local ales on tap are served in a restaurant of elegant dark tones and playful patterns. From chickpea and rosemary panisse with winter pesto, hazelnut, burnt onion and rocket, to hake and broccoli gnocchi, and chicken with potato purée, Brussels tops, pancetta and cranberry, expect sophisticated plates. Don't miss whisky and raspberry choux buns, nor cherry and custard Bakewell with star anise ice cream.

A cosy village feel continues in six rooms, named after local people and places – stay in Little Ditch for lime hues and views over the church green, Mehalah for sloped ceilings, blush pinks and ocean-blue touches that match the seascapes beyond, or Barrow for sunny yellows and geometric motifs cooled with elegant greys. Come morning, a fry-up of the region’s best will fuel you up for bird-spotting down at Monkey Beach.

Bed and breakfast from £150. 01206 583212,

Words by Jas Matulewicz.

This review was taken from the Christmas 2022 issue of Food and Travel. To subscribe today, click here.

1350 White Hart Mersea 0337

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