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Guidebook for Brightlingsea

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Guidebook for Brightlingsea

Food Scene
Beautiful building. Somewhere special for either afternoon tea or fine dining.
GreyFriars Hotel & Restaurant
Beautiful building. Somewhere special for either afternoon tea or fine dining.
Perfect setting for a beer or glass of wine watching out over the Marina. Food is very good too!
No 1 Harbour Square. eat.drink.relax
Perfect setting for a beer or glass of wine watching out over the Marina. Food is very good too!
Lovely views from the garden over towards the creek. Have had some very good reports from previous guests regarding the food, especially fish menu.
The Rosebud Pub & Seafood Restaurant
Lovely views from the garden over towards the creek. Have had some very good reports from previous guests regarding the food, especially fish menu.
Beach cafe open all year round, apart from Christmas Day. Serves breakfast, lunch and lovely ice cream. Very popular and therefore busy!
Batemans Cafe
Beach cafe open all year round, apart from Christmas Day. Serves breakfast, lunch and lovely ice cream. Very popular and therefore busy!
Lovely setting looking out over Bentley Green. Lovely owners and excellent service.
Restaurant 43
Lovely setting looking out over Bentley Green. Lovely owners and excellent service.
The Creek
Very busy but great atmosphere! Great food!
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The Black Buoy
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Very busy but great atmosphere! Great food!
Although we haven't eaten here, we have heard positive reports about the varied menu and good food.
Bambu Vietnamese
95 Quayside Dr
Although we haven't eaten here, we have heard positive reports about the varied menu and good food.
Friendly owners and good service. We've enjoyed breakfast here and tried their Italian evening cuisine which we were impressed with.
Sorano's Italian Restaurant, Thorrington
Friendly owners and good service. We've enjoyed breakfast here and tried their Italian evening cuisine which we were impressed with.
Definitely the best fish and chips we've had! We enjoy eating in their tiny restaurant but the fish and chips definitely still travel well from shop to the Belvedere dining table!
Winkies
7 New St
Definitely the best fish and chips we've had! We enjoy eating in their tiny restaurant but the fish and chips definitely still travel well from shop to the Belvedere dining table!
Mimosa Colchester
Parks & Nature
Definitely worth a visit for plant lovers and they also have a very good cafe. It is free to visit the cafe and nursery which sells rare plants. There's an extra admission charge to visit the beautiful gardens designed by Beth Chatto who has sadly recently passed away.
The Beth Chatto Gardens
Definitely worth a visit for plant lovers and they also have a very good cafe. It is free to visit the cafe and nursery which sells rare plants. There's an extra admission charge to visit the beautiful gardens designed by Beth Chatto who has sadly recently passed away.
Essex Wildlife Trust Fingringhoe Wick
Peaceful, well-tended garden built on the site of a Roman villa with an unusual selection of plants.
Springmead Gardens, Brightlingsea
Peaceful, well-tended garden built on the site of a Roman villa with an unusual selection of plants.
Beautiful park with amazing planted gardens. Great place to take young children. There are many varied events in the park throughout the Spring/Summer and short walk into town for shopping.
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Colchester Castle Park
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Beautiful park with amazing planted gardens. Great place to take young children. There are many varied events in the park throughout the Spring/Summer and short walk into town for shopping.
Beautiful views!
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Cudmore Grove Country Park
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Beautiful views!
Entertainment & Activities
Great day out for the whole family.
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Stanway, Colchester Zoo (o/s)
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Great day out for the whole family.
Classic 1930's open air 50m unheated outdoor pool plus a smaller pool for toddlers with parents. Changing facilities, sun loungers are available. Beach cafe. Open between end May - mid September.
Brightlingsea Lido
Classic 1930's open air 50m unheated outdoor pool plus a smaller pool for toddlers with parents. Changing facilities, sun loungers are available. Beach cafe. Open between end May - mid September.
Just an old fashioned cinema, with old fashioned ticket prices - £3! There are only two screens but it is perfect for taking the whole family without breaking the bank!
Century Cinema Clacton
129 Pier Ave
Just an old fashioned cinema, with old fashioned ticket prices - £3! There are only two screens but it is perfect for taking the whole family without breaking the bank!
Everything Else
Lovely beach - Clacton is the more typical British seaside town, with amusements, beach shops, theatre, cinema etc. Excellent annual air show held each August. Very busy in high season.
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Clacton-on-Sea
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Lovely beach - Clacton is the more typical British seaside town, with amusements, beach shops, theatre, cinema etc. Excellent annual air show held each August. Very busy in high season.
Beautiful beach especially when the tide is out. Pretty beach huts and town. Lovely walking along the promenade or along the higher paths. There is usually a four-day music festival taking place at the beginning of June.
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Frinton-on-Sea
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Beautiful beach especially when the tide is out. Pretty beach huts and town. Lovely walking along the promenade or along the higher paths. There is usually a four-day music festival taking place at the beginning of June.
Lovely beaches lined with colourful beach huts. Can be very busy in high season.
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Walton-on-the-Naze
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Lovely beaches lined with colourful beach huts. Can be very busy in high season.
Sightseeing
Set by the River Stour on the Essex/Suffolk border and in the heart of Constable country.
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Dedham
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Set by the River Stour on the Essex/Suffolk border and in the heart of Constable country.
Arts & Culture
The Munnings Art Museum
See first hand the scene's painted by John Constable and maybe take out a punt and view from the river!
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Flatford Mill
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See first hand the scene's painted by John Constable and maybe take out a punt and view from the river!
UK's second busiest passenger ferry port rich in maritime history with numerous museums, lighthouses and Electric Palace Cinema. Guided walking tours offered throughout the season. The Harwich Arts Festival is celebrated annually each summer.
Harwich International Port
UK's second busiest passenger ferry port rich in maritime history with numerous museums, lighthouses and Electric Palace Cinema. Guided walking tours offered throughout the season. The Harwich Arts Festival is celebrated annually each summer.
Tudor palace and gardens.
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Layer Marney Tower
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Tudor palace and gardens.
Castle open throughout the year
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Colchester Castle
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Castle open throughout the year
Have a varied programme often including national tours of theatre companies and musicals.
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Mercury Theatre
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Have a varied programme often including national tours of theatre companies and musicals.
Shopping
Great selection of shops varying from larger department stores - Fenwicks, Debenhams, Marks and Spencer to the usual high street stores. It is worth a walk around the surrounding lanes to browse the smaller independent shops/cafes.
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Colchester Town
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Great selection of shops varying from larger department stores - Fenwicks, Debenhams, Marks and Spencer to the usual high street stores. It is worth a walk around the surrounding lanes to browse the smaller independent shops/cafes.
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Ipswich
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