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Good Food and Drink

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Mussi’s Café Bar & Restaurant – We’re Back! It seems incredible that it is nearly six years since we finally closed the doors on Toto's after twenty-two years of Pizza and Pasta - and began what has become an exciting, educating and at times frustrating journey ... Even before the pizzeria, the family had been serving food from this monumental corner since 1963 and we knew that it was important to carry on and bring something new and fresh to Colchester. So, with the help of some incredibly talented people, we embarked on a refurbishment that we hoped would complement the area and bring a mix of old and new - so MUSSI’S was born. Aesthetics are always important in a new restaurant as we all know that first impressions count, but when it comes down to sustainability, good food is the recipe to success. We are indeed lucky to have one of the most talented chefs in the area in our family and we can all vouch that even as a child aged twelve, Matthew’s passion and desire for good food and a natural ability to cook were evident. During his travels both locally and internationally, Matt has banked an amazing knowledge of food and its origins, which he is now sharing with anyone who visits this new and exciting Cafe, Bar and Restaurant. All the dishes served from the kitchen are freshly prepared with locally sourced produce and everything possible is made on site, from the mouth watering marshmallows on the crème brulée to the biscotti with your coffee. Mussi’s Cafe Bar and Restaurant aims to offer something for everyone and we are open seven days a week from 8.30am to serve breakfast, then a bar and snack menu is available from 11am to 4.30pm for those who want a quick bite. A selection of coffee and hot drinks is available all day at the bar and chef’s homemade cakes are always there to tempt you. Lunch is served from

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12pm to 2.30pm, when a two course menu is available from £8 or the à la carte menu is available with daily chef’s specials boards. For the evening diner the à la carte menu is available from 6pm to 9.30pm (10pm Friday and Saturday) and booking is recommended. The wine list has been compiled to suit all diners and a reserve list is available for that special occasion. Weather permitting you will be able to enjoy the private courtyard overlooking the castle and watch the world go by, while enjoying a whole new dining experience. We are also able to offer private party facilities and our Christmas menus are now available with bookings being taken for lunch and evening parties through December. We look forward to seeing you all - and bon appétit! Fulvio and Angie Mussi

Mussi's Cafe Bar & Restaurant 3-7 Museum Street, Colchester CO1 1TN Tel: 01206 762000 www.mussis.co.uk

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Not your average dinner, bed and breakfast

Nothing we do at The Starr is average. Visitors to our restaurant can choose from menus that are graced with dishes that

... BUT DON’T TAKE JUST OUR WORD ‘The Starr knows a thing or

use only the freshest, seasonal ingredients

two about fine dining! This was

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truly top drawer; right up there

as the palate.

as one of our best meals we

Then it should come as no surprise that an

have ever had, and so plentiful

overnight stay with us is anything but

that even we were unable to

average. Combining outstanding cuisine

contemplate dessert, in spite of

and an indulgent stay in one of our

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character. Much like The Starr itself!

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The Starr - Restaurant with Rooms Market Place, Great Dunmow, Essex CM6 1AX Tel: 01371 874321 Email: starrrestaurant@btinternet.com Website: www.the-starr.co.uk


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75 East Street, Colchester CO1 2TS www.theoldsiegehouse.co.uk

Christmas Bookings now being taken at The Old Siege House Full Christmas Menu from 1st December.

Lunch £21.95 Dinner £26.50 – three course plus coffee. Menu available to view at

www.theoldsiegehouse.co.uk We look forward to welcoming you to

The Old Siege House, Colchester. Register online at our website

www.theoldsiegehouse.co.uk to receive both our regular offers by email of up to 50% OFF and our latest newsletters.

Call us now to make


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w to make your booking –

75 East Street, Colchester CO1 2TS www.theoldsiegehouse.co.uk

01206 792333


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www.lacascada-restaurant.co.uk A truly authentic Spanish restaurant set in four lovely acres of Essex countryside, La Cascada is well known in the Colchester Area for fine food, excellent service and a delightful relaxed dining experience. A selection of fine wines allow special wine tasting evenings held on the first Wednesday each month and make the wine list an exciting feature for diners. A spacious Tapas garden and lounge bar make La Cascada the ideal venue for those planning a function as well as for those looking to relax with a drink after a day at the office.

......... Festive bookings now being taken .......... Festive Menus begin 14th November Lunch £15.95 Evening £22.50

Xmas Day £49.95 New Year Gourmet Meal £39.95

Special Events & Functions Catered For Join us for our regular Quiz Nights and our Halloween and November the 5th party nights

Open all day Sunday Traditional Roast From £8.50. Served till 4.30pm.

For further information, menus and special events please call 01206 864030 or visit www.lacascada-restaurant.co.uk

Tapas and A La Carte Menu available all day until 8.30pm

Menu del dia (set lunch meal 2 courses £9.50) Not available on Sundays or with any other offer. Wine Tasting and Tapas Evening First Wednesday of month 7.30pm. Booking required.

Loyalty Card For regular diners.

See our special offer voucher on p15

10% OFF TOTAL BILL (including drinks! À La Carte Menu Only) (Excludes celebrations and bank holidays)

Terms: This voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other voucher or offer. To take up this offer you must call 01206 864030 to reserve a table & mention elite

La Cascada Restaurant & Grill, Fox Street, Ardleigh, Colchester C07 7PP

T: 01206 864030 F: 01206 868959 e-mail: info@lacascada-restaurant.co.uk www.lacascada-restaurant.co.uk


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Visit www.thai-1.co.uk

and enter your details to recieve Thai 1 special offers, when they are available, delivered straight to your inbox!

We are the longest established Thai Restaurant in Colchester Essex, Britain’s oldest recorded town. We pride ourselves on serving only the best in truly authentic Thai dishes, all freshly prepared and cooked from locally sourced suppliers by our highly experienced Bangkok-trained Thai chefs. Thai 1 can be found just a few hundred yards on the right hand side travelling up East Hill Colchester, going towards the Town and Castle Park. We are located directly beside the pedestrian crossing and offer FREE parking to the rear of our premises, with on-road parking also available immediately in front of the building. Thai 1 restaurant is bright and modern but still retains that real feel of Thai decor, our waitresses are both informed and attentive to your needs, offering genuine Thai hospitality.

Our exceptionally good value, low priced, authentic Thai menu will make your journey very much worthwhile. Alternatively, we offer our Thai 1 take away menu for home delivery anywhere within the Colchester area, with FREE local delivery for orders over £10.00. Thai 1 restaurant is available to hire for private functions and we also offer an excellent outside catering service. Please feel free to call us on 01206 870770 and we’d be happy to discuss with you.

Weeping Tiger

£11.95

Marinated sirloin steak, flame grilled with a spicy sauce.

Gaeng Musaman Lamb Thai 1 Gung Pao (Our Speciality)

£9.95

Giant king prawns, marinated in garlic, pepper and butter then char grilled, served with hot sour sauce.

Phed Yang

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Thai 1 Gung Pao (Our Speciality)

£6.95

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Muslim lamb curry in meduim Thai spice.

£9.95

Roast duck Thai style served with honey and tamarin sauce.

£19.95

Specially prepared crispy duck pancakes served with hoi sin dip.

Giant king prawns, marinated in garlic, pepper and butter then char grilled, served with hot sour sauce.

Tom Yum Gung

Panang

£5.50

£7.95

The most popular of all Thai soups, a combination of tender king prawn sharp with lemon grass, lime juice, citrus leaves, chilli and mushrooms.

A choice of Beef, Chicken, Pork, Prawn or Fish served in rich coconut milk, panang gravy and fresh lemon grass.

Thai 1 Restaurant Tel: 01206 870011

A typical muslim curry from south of Thailand. Beef in meduim Thai spice curry.

82A East Hill, Colchester, Essex CO1 2QW

Gaeng Musaman Nuea

Gaeng Musaman Gai

£8.95

£7.95

A typical muslim curry from south of Thailand. Chicken in a meduim spicy curry sauce.

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK: MONDAY - SATURDAY 6.00pm - 11.00pm, SUNDAY 6.00pm - 10.00pm


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Changing Rooms at

The Ship Inn, Tiptree Just recently I had first-hand experience of the hit TV makeover show, ‘Changing Rooms’ - and the funny thing about it was I didn’t know what was happening until we were in full swing … We turned up early on Monday morning, knowing that Michael and staff of the Ship at Tiptree had closed Sunday at 6pm and they’d already started the ultra-quick transformation - carpets removed; skip in the car park and people and equipment turning up. Our job was to transform a rather tired-looking kitchen. The old equipment had been removed and a new vinyl floor laid, then we removed the old canopy and started the process of lining the walls with bright new stainless steel. It was at this point I realised the extent of the transformation! There was an army of friends, family and trades all doing their bit with curtains and soft furnishings, to two young ladies who started

planting and strimming the garden area. In the kitchen we shared the rather tight space with the electrician and the painter, but we all worked well together. During Tuesday I had another job to co-ordinate in Colchester, so spent a lot of time driving backwards and forwards. Also in good ‘Changing Rooms’ tradition we were waiting on parts being delivered by the couriers – but by 6pm all the equipment was installed and final wiring to the Gas safety system (GIS) was being completed. Lee, the electrician, was furiously trying to complete all the outstanding jobs so that we could fire up the equipment, but … NO GAS! The normal checks started chasing the line back

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ensuring all was turned on. Tired eyes were turning into frustrated eyes when one of the staff suddenly said, “Have you tried the little plunger?” Bingo and the gas was alight. Training over, Michael now had some great new equipment to match what I’m sure will by a very busy and totally transformed restaurant. He has had walls knocked through, furniture reupholstered, stunning new carpets throughout and fresh painted walls. When they opened for Wednesday lunch, the puzzled faces of clients who’d been there only four days before, were a sight to behold! To my mind the point that should be made here is that in the current climate, it’s great to see an independent local business taking the bold decision to invest in his business to ensure future growth. It’s this type of initiative that is going to

drag this country back up to prosperity. No government is going to help us; so well done to The Ship. So if you fancy seeing a true life transformation, then pop along for a look and enjoy a good meal. Michael and the team will make you very welcome!

The Ship Inn 152 Maldon Road Tiptree, Colchester CO5 0PQ Tel: 01621 817 967

Total Catering Equipment Unit 21, Moorside Business Park, Eastgates, Colchester, Essex CO1 2ZF Tel: 01206 795327 Fax: 01206 796689 Email: andrew@total-catering.co.uk Website: www.total-catering.co.uk

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Good Food and Drink

‘If you want to compete, advertise with elite’

Oriental Cuisine, Cattawade Street Established 14 years and located just off the A137 in Cattawade Street, Brantham, Oriental Cuisine is popular with both the locals and clientele who come from far and wide, lured by its fabulous selection of food ... Oriental Cuisine’s menu selection is extensive and their set dinners offer a fine choice in either a Szechuan or Peking style, however on this occasion we opted for the 4 course 'Eat As Much As You Like' buffet at £14.50 per person. We chose from a selection of starters, well presented on a large plate; crispy seaweed, szechuan ribs, prawn toast, chicken satay, breaded mushroom, won ton, chilli ribs, crispy pancake roll and samosas, along with oriental chicken, a popular new dish, shredded smoked chicken and chicken lettuce wrap, all of which were thoroughly enjoyed.

Tommy Kwok (centre), manger of Oriental Cuisine with daughter Gar, and Trot, Tommy’s long time customer and friend.

was very good. Nothing was too much trouble. Tommy has many year's experience and it really shows, he was friendly, relaxed, calm and competent. In previous years Tommy, with the help of his long-time friend Trot, have raised over £24,000 organising charity events held at the restaurant.

Then on to our main dishes; shredded chilli beef, a particular favourite of mine, singapore noodles plus ribs in kim do sauce and chicken in sambai sauce, both something we’ve never tried before. Needless to say, we were well-catered for. The staff at Oriental Cuisine are friendly, polite and efficient and Tommy Kwok the manager, is regularly on hand, walking round the tables greeting people. We found the service from Gar, Tommy’s daughter, was first class throughout the evening and attention to detail from everyone

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We found Oriental Cuisine Chinese restaurant’s food and service to be of a high quality, tasty and very reasonably priced. We thoroughly recommend the Oriental Cuisine Chinese restaurant and will certainly be visiting there again soon. Call Oriental Cuisine on 01206 397269 to book a table, or order a takeaway using their home delivery within 5 miles of the restaurant.

Oriental Cuisine Chinese Restaurant Cattawade Street, Brantham, Nr. Manningtree, Essex CO11 1RH Tel: 01206 397269 Fax: 01206 395118

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Oriental Cuisine

Chinese Restaurant & Takeaway

Peking • Szechuan • Cantonese

EAT AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE

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All buffet dishes are prepared COURSE from our freshest ingredients BUFFET MEAL and served to your table Adults (Per Head): £14.50 • Children (Under 10): £7.50

Under 3 eat for FREE • A La Carte Menu also available

Fully Licensed • Air Conditioned • Parties Welcome • Customer Parking

Mon - Sat: 12 noon - 2pm & 5pm - 11 pm Sun: 12 noon - 3pm & 5pm - 11 pm Delivery Service Available (within a 5 mile radius)

Oriental Cuisine

Oriental Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, Cattawade Street, Brantham, Nr. Manningtree, Essex CO11 1 RH

Tel: 01206 397269 • Fax: 01206 395118


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10% OFF TOTAL BILL

(including drinks! À La Carte Menu Only)

www.lacascada-restaurant.co.uk

(Excludes celebrations and bank holidays) SEE OVERLEAF FOR FULL DETAILS

✁ Go to www.theoldsiegehouse.co.uk and simply register for our newsletter to receive your 25% off voucher by email. The Old Siege House 75 East Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2TS T: 01206 792333 E: enquiries@theoldsiegehouse.co.uk Terms and Conditions apply and are printed on your voucher.

Print the voucher you receive by email and bring along to the restaurant. You will also occasionally receive advance notification of any special offers, promotions and events by email.


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10% OFF TOTAL BILL (including drinks! À La Carte Menu Only) (Excludes celebrations and bank holidays)

Valid until 30th Nov 2011 Terms: This voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other voucher or offer. To take up this offer you must call 01206 864030 to reserve a table & mention elite

Name: _____________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________ _____________________________________________ Tel: ______________ Email: ____________________

✁ Go to www.theoldsiegehouse.co.uk and simply register for our newsletter to receive your 25% off voucher by email. The Old Siege House 75 East Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2TS T: 01206 792333 E: enquiries@theoldsiegehouse.co.uk Terms and Conditions apply and are printed on your voucher.

Print the voucher you receive by email and bring along to the restaurant. You will also occasionally receive advance notification of any special offers, promotions and events by email.

Food and Drink Supplement October 2011  

A supplement of ELITE Magazine - 30,000 copies delivered monthly FREE to qualityhouseholds in north east Essex and parts of Suffolk. To adve...

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