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Focus on Mersea Island Fresh Catch

FRESH CATCH FISH – MERSEA JETTY Mersea Island is famous for Oysters, but local people know there is so much more to this muddy isle than Oysters alone …


resh Catch is a collaboration of local Mersea fishermen who fish the waters around Mersea and the East Coast. Every Tuesday and Thursday the Fishermen,

helped by Frances French, set up the Fresh Catch stall, selling fresh, sustainable, local and seasonal fish with the odd lobster and crab too! This month’s fish available includes – the last of Some weeks the catch is limited, due to poor

the Seabass, Cod, Skate, Dover Soles, Lobsters,

weather and lack of fish availability. The fishing

Turbot, Brill much more.

industry is totally dependent on the weather and of course monthly quota allocation.

One of the specialties that you can find at Fresh Catch are Skate Cheeks, which are about the

Mersea Island Fresh Catch is a sustainable

same size as scallops and are best served dusted

fishery. The fishermen do not use heavy duty gear

with seasoned flour, plus curry powder if you

that can damage the seabed.

want something more spicy, then pan fried in butter for a couple of minutes.

As summer draws to an end and the water temperature drops, the type of fish available

One of the many benefits of buying fish directly

changes. The Seabass swim off to warmer water

from the Fishermen is that they know some of

and the Cod, who prefer the cooler waters,

the best ways to cook it, or maybe their wives

come back.

do! So if you are new to fish and are unsure of how to cook it, the Fresh Catch team has lots of suggestions and regularly post recipes on their Facebook page: IslandFreshCatch You can find the Fresh Catch stall at the top of the jetty at Mersea, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2.45pm until 3.45pm in the winter months. We look forward to serving you. Telephone: 01206 385421 / 07791 628778 ELITE FOOD & DRINK


Focus on Total Catering

TOTAL CATERING THE BULL AT BLACKMORE END Total Catering is delighted to relate their good-news story at a time when the papers are full of rather gloomy reports …


here is an abundance of pubs being

but sensibly, right from our first meeting, he

sold off by the large breweries and

explained his plan to employ a management

chain retail giants, and this is good

couple to run it. They also employed Phil, local

news for a company such as ours to

heritage builder and friend, to bring this lovely

help out where some people with little or no

old pub back to life.

knowledge of the business beyond watching a few episodes of Master Chef have bought themselves

I soon realised that Phil is a real craftsman with an

into the dream of owning ‘the village pub’.

eye for detail; and when the front wall came down and the rest was stripped back to bare bricks, we

Just such a couple are Colin and Belinda who

decided to knock down a party wall and ended

have bought the freehold on the Bull, just the

up with a good-sized kitchen. Head Chef, Ben,

other side of Braintree. Colin has been running

who with his wife Donna and their young family

a company that sells combine harvesters

had just returned from living in New Zealand for


Focus on Total Catering

several years, and had an excellent background in hospitality, was quickly brought on board The Bull recently opened to a packed pub with well over a hundred guests who enjoyed a lovely evening, finding that the message written over the kitchen door “This is Where the Magic Happens!� was absolutely true! Address: Blackmore End, Braintree Essex CM7 4DD Tel: 01371 851740 Email:

Tel: 01206 795327

Fax: 01206 796689

Total Catering Equipment, Unit 21, Moorside Business Park, Eastgates, Colchester, Essex CO1 2ZF ELITE FOOD & DRINK


THE LITTLE FISH SHOP 34 HIGH STREET KELVEDON Tel: 01376 573535 Traditional Fishmongers Wholesale and Retail Specialising in seasonal locally caught fish Smoked and shellfish Try our cook-in-bags, no mess no smell, perfect results every time Seafood platters made to order

Clacton Road, Little Oakley, Essex CO12 5JH Tel: 01255 886290 Wednesday Steak Night – 2 people can enjoy two courses each with a bottle of wine for just £25!


Set on the quayside of the River Colne, Wivenhoe The Rose and Crown has a wide range of drinks including cask ale and an extensive wine list, as well as a great range of soft drinks and coffees, along with a fabulous selection of British food to accompany your drinks.

Telephone: (01206) 826371 Monday – Saturday: 12pm to 11pm Sunday: 12pm to 10:30pm Food served everyday from 12pm to 9pm

Other regular events include: Quiz Night; Pie Night; Darts; Beer Festival, and, of course, live music When booking please quote code 81


Christmas at

at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa Select from a wide range of unique, quality gift and food ideas – there’s something for everyone! ALSO AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND:

HAMPERS, GIFT BAGS AND BASKETS Your own personal selection exquisitely presented - available for collection when order is pre-paid or prepared for you when you visit. We also stock a wide range of Ladies’ Sport and Leisurewear featuring all your favourite designer labels. Pippin is open 7 days a week from 8am - 7pm.

am gos

Enquiries and orders: 01206 265823 Email:

mexican restaurant

Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester CO6 4PZ

£5 per person non-returnable deposit is required for parties of 5 and over

All of our dishes are prepared in our kitchen where flour and nuts are commonly used. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that our dishes are free from traces of these products. Fish or poultry dishes may contain items not mentioned in our product descriptions so please notify your server if you have any particular allergy or requirement. All items are subject to availability.

Christmas Menu @

am gos mexican restaurant n nt

am gos mexican restaurant 14 - 15 North Hill, Colchester • Telephone 01206 768060


am gos

CHALUPITAS ON ARRIVAL Dried flour tortillas topped with pico gallo, guacamole, lettuce and cheese STARTERS NACHOS v Home cooked corn tortillas baked with fresh salsa, jalapeño cheese sauce, grated cheese topped with sour cream, salsa and guacamole ‘AZTEC’ SOUP v Carrots, beans, shallots, peas, tomatoes, red chillies, topped with avocado cubes CALAMARES Deep-fried squid rings in spicy flour served with tartar sauce and house garnish MAINS FAJITAS v Choose your fajita filling served on a bed of spiced onions and mixed peppers, with warm flour tortillas, shredded lettuce, cheese, fresh salsa and guacamole. Filling: Marinated chicken, turkey or roasted vegetables BURRITO v Oven baked soft tortilla packed with cheese sauce, black beans, rice, topped with more cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole and house garnish Filling: Chilli con carne or vegetable chilli SALMON Baked salmon fillet marinated with onion, jalapeños, tomatoes, garlic, coriander, bay leaves, and white wine. Served with rice and sautéed potatoes MEXICAN STYLE TURKEY Slow cooked turkey served with roasted veg, rich mole sauce and sautéed potatoes DESSERTS CHURROS v Soft dough fried until crispy, dusted with cinnamon sugar. Served with warm chocolate sauce BROWNIE v Warm brownie served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce dip BANANA ALBERTA v Whole banana split in half ‘filled’ with vanilla, chocolate ice cream, topped with whipped cream, drizzled caramel sauce and wafers

A i p t

IT’S TIME TO PARTY! Amigos only uses fresh ingredients. We are a Mexican restaurant so our food is naturally spicy. If you want non-spicy food please ask the waiting staff to point out non-spicy menu items. Should you like it extra spicy we will also try to accommodate you – just let us know. We hope you enjoy your visit to amigos.

4 courses £24.99

available from the 18th November 2013


Number in party Special requests

Our standard menu is also available during this period






Burrito V

Burrito C

Fajitas V

Fajitas T

Fajitas C






am gos mexican restaurant ÂŁ5 per person non-returnable deposit is required for parties of 5 and over All of our dishes are prepared in our kitchen where flour and nuts are commonly used. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that our dishes are free from traces of these products. Fish or poultry dishes may contain items not mentioned in our product descriptions so please notify your server if you have any particular allergy or requirement. All items are subject to availability.

Christmas Menu @

am gos An enchanting setting for your Winter Wedding

mexican restaurant

Imagine a magical countryside setting with rolling hills covered in a light dusting of frost that sparkles in the winter sunlight and the quiet seclusion of a 4-star Hotel with a roaring fire.

am gos

A Winter Wedding is an extraordinary occasion. From warming mulled wine welcome drinks to breath-taking photographic opportunities, Stoke by Nayland Hotel has everything you need under one roof.

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Request our free Wedding Brochure with more information about our Winter Weddings by calling 01206 265818 or emailing

14 - 15 North Hill, Colchester • Telephone 01206 768060

Comments from TripAdvisor “Finally, a Mexican in Colchester!” … what a lovely evening we had! Staff were polite and attentive, food was tasty with decent portions, and, like all good Mexicans – a good range of tequilas! mellyj86

“A great family restaurant” … I took my two girls for a meal in the afternoon and we had great service from the staff … The food was freshly prepared which sets the restaurant apart from the national chain restaurants … Stephen T

“Fabulous evening” … We will be back again for more! micknchris1

“Nando's Beater” … Really lovely atmosphere with brilliant Mexican food … Heidi H 14-15 North Hill, Colchester • Telephone 01206 768060


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