Situated inside the stunning County Hotel Chelmsford, Samphire Restaurant is a smart, sophisticated eatery known for its unique dishes and innovative flavours. From the à la carte menu, you can start with the likes of salt-baked Norfolk-grown heritage beetroot, topped with torched goat’s curd, red chard and candied walnuts – a favourite during the autumn months. For main, the succulent game pie is filled with Yorkshire venison, rabbit and partridge, served with smooth celeriac mash. This menu also includes popular favourites such as the beefburger, served with sweet onion marmalade in a brioche bun and accompanied by a side of fries. For dessert, you can choose from the classic crème brûlée or glazed lemon tart with raspberry sorbet – the perfect dessert to cleanse your palate.
With an extensive wine list, there’s plenty available to complement your meal. If you’re looking for a treat to enjoy with friends, the afternoon tea is a must. With classic and vegan versions served, this restaurant caters for everyone. The Best of British afternoon tea is a delicious twist on the classic, which includes puffed pork scratchings, free-range pork and apple Scotch egg complete with a runny yolk, and free-range coronation chicken sandwich, in addition to a selection of sweet treats to finish.
From the Sunday menu, start with the likes of ham hock with piccalilli, crispy crackling and micro herb salad with toasted sourdough. The chefs’ focus on locally sourced ingredients is reflected in the mains, including the succulent braised leg of lamb served with fondant potato, seasonal vegetables and rich lamb jus. Samphire Restaurant welcomes both residents and visitors every day of the week, catering for private events and celebrations. This restaurant is a popular spot for families, and little ones love the tasty kid’s menu. If you’re looking to stay overnight, this stylish, modern hotel boasts an array of luxurious rooms and serves a hearty full English breakfast plus a Continental breakfast, with fresh pastries. With delicious food and excellent service, Samphire Restaurant is well worth a visit.