The Cork House
40 Lower Street, Stansted Mountfitchet, CM24 8LR
Housed in a stylish building in Stansted Mountfitchet, The Cork House is a superb wine bar and restaurant that has become a focal point for local foodies. Head upstairs to the bistro, where you’ll find beautifully presented food on a menu that’s constantly evolving. The lower level is dedicated to a sleek, attractive bar that’s the perfect place to unwind. If you’re visiting for a few tipples in the bar, you can also order from the small plates menu to get a taste of what the bistro offers. We recommend booking a table upstairs though, to really make the most of this foodie favourite. Start with black pudding Scotch egg with homemade piccalilli, or perhaps share an antipasti board of meat and olives with balsamic and homemade bread. Main courses are varied, with something for everyone in your dining party. The halloumi burger with sweet potato fries is always popular, as is the chicken supreme with chorizo and fennel, and the gnocchi served with ragu of mushrooms, chorizo and peas. Seafood-lovers are sure to enjoy the smoked haddock bubble and squeak, while vegetarians can warm up with a delicious veggie curry. If the hearty portions have left you with little room for something sweet, round things off with a mini dessert alongside a coffee or tea. Choose from sticky toffee pudding with brandy snap and custard, chocolate and tiramisu or strawberry Pavlova. The Sunday lunch menu is equally delicious, with a sumptuous selection of meats including pork belly and crackling, served with seasonal veg, roasties and a Yorkshire pudding.