The Folly Bistro
Occupying an attractive position in the village of East Hanningfield near Chelmsford, this peaceful spot is equally suited to a family meal out as to a romantic dinner for two. Dating back to 1642, The Folly Bistro retains many of its original features, with exposed oak beams and an attractive inglenook ﬁreplace complete with cosy log burner. Elegant modern comforts and conveniences blend with these traditional touches – no trouble is spared in making visitors feel right at home. The pleasant interior is very inviting on cooler days, and when it’s warmer there’s a delightful terrace garden that’s perfect for al fresco dining.
For those planning a private event, The Folly Bistro can cater for dinners, parties and corporate events. If you’re simply looking for a casual drink, there’s a well-stocked bar boasting local and craft ale including the venue’s own Folly IPA brewed at Brentwood Brewery. If beer isn’t to your taste, why not indulge in a pre-dinner cocktail? The gin cocktail menu features an impressive selection. The bar also boasts a hand-picked wine list, with New World vintages chosen specifically to complement the menu.
The talented chefs bring together the very best locally sourced seasonal produce to create a mixture of popular favourites and innovative new dishes. To start you may find the likes of flavoursome salt-baked parsnips with a beetroot salad and honey and yoghurt dressing. For mains, discover delights like succulent slow-cooked lamb shoulder in a rich jus, paired with crisp sautéed potatoes, bacon and peas, topped with crispy leeks, or the amazing creamy seafood Thermidor – king prawns, scampi and cod paired with sliced mushrooms and new potatoes. Finish with an indulgent pudding; choices include treacle tart and apple and plum crumble, alongside innovative new dishes like peach, raspberry and meringue fool. It’s also well worth popping by for one of The Folly Bistro’s unforgettable Sunday lunches – tuck into your choice of beef, pork or lamb served alongside seasonal vegetables, stuffing and gravy. Allergies, intolerances and dietary requirements are not a problem, as the chef is happy to adapt dishes to suit.
For homemade cakes, breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, check out the brand new Bakehouse at The Folly Bistro. Their own coffee blend is made in nearby Writtle.