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November/December 2011 Sponsored by

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w w w. m u s s i s . c o . u k Christmas at Mussi’s The place the town’s talking about, if you haven’t experienced us yet or just can’t stay away! Why not try one of these ...

Christmas Parties Book your Christmas party with our new and exciting restaurant and bar, extensive party menu with no requirement to pre-order - hassle free! Lunch: 2 course lunch from £16.50 3 course dinner including coffee £25

Christmas Day Traditional but contemporary 6 course dinner with Champagne reception. Just £75.

Boxing Day Forget the cold turkey, come and enjoy a 4 course family brunch with bucks fizz. Just £45.

New Year’s Eve Indulge yourself one last time in 2011 with a fabulous 6 course Gourmet dinner. Just £75. For full menus and more information please visit www.mussis.co.uk

Mussi’s Cafe Bar & Restaurant 3-7 Museum Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1TN Telephone: 01206 762000 Booking by phone Terms and conditions apply to all christmas bookings, please visit www.mussis.co.uk or call for more information.


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Winter Menu 2011 Served from 12noon – 10.00pm 75 East Street, Colchester CO1 2TS www.theoldsiegehouse.co.uk

STARTERS Soup Du Jour

£4.45

Served with crusty bread.

Seared Swordfish

£5.95

14oz T-Bone Steak

HOUSE

MAIN

£18.95

Homem

Served with hand cut chips and a mushroom sauce.

Served w

10oz Ribeye Steak

Trio of

£17.95

With curried couscous, roasted baby carrots finished with peach and basil coulis.

Served with mini jacket potatoes stuffed with cheese and dressed rocket.

A selectio

Pan Fried Sea Bass

8oz Beef Rump Steak

Seafoo

£7.95

£9.95

chips coo

On a bed of frizze lettuce and boiled duck egg topped with vierge dressing.

Served with dressed salad and hand cut chips.

A fricasse

Slow Roasted Pork Belly

King Scallops

velouté la served w

With poached pear, creamy parmesan mash wrapped with leek finished with honey and mustard glaze.

£7.95

Rested on potato rosti, black pudding and warm butter bean puree and grilled Emmental cheese.

Chicken Liver Salad

£4.95

Pan fried chicken livers and bacon cooked with garlic and shallot, served on toasted brioche and rocket dressed with a sour raspberry.

Three Way Pork Terrine

£5.45

Three types of pork set in pancetta served with spiced pineapple and apricot chutney and toasted foccacia.

Wild Mushroom & Quail Egg Tart £5.45 Fricassee of mushrooms set in parmesan pastry topped with quail egg.

Goats Cheese & Roasted Plum Salad

£5.45

Freshly roasted plum, whipped goats cheese and caramelised walnuts bound with rocket and aged balsamic reduction.

Tournedo of Pheasant

£13.95

£14.45

Pan fried pheasant stacked with red onion marmalade, smoked apple wood cheddar and prosciutto with butternut squash mash and veal jus.

Braised Lamb Shank

£13.45

Served with braised lemon and lime rice and Moroccan style ratatouille.

Salmo

Served w creamed

Aspara

Grilled as

duck egg sauce.

Mushro

Topped w

SIDE ORDERS

Spiced

Basket Of Freshly Baked Bread

£3.00

Marinated Olives

£2.50

Mixed Leaf Salad

£2.75

Chunky Chips

£2.50

Roasted New Potatoes

£2.50

Rocket & Parmesan Salad

£3.00

Spiced b of spinac gorgonzo

Smoke

Traditiona and chor

Tuna N

Fresh grille olives, eg house dre

Hallum

Sun dried mixed pe

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Register online at the website www.theoldsiegehouse.co.uk for our newsletter and receive an ‘Up to 50% OFF’ voucher

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MAINS

18.95

Homemade Pie of the Day

auce.

17.95 heese

£9.95

13.95

£10.95

Served with potatoes and vegetables.

Trio of Fish & Chips

£13.95

A selection of fresh fish in cider batter with hand cut

chips cooked in duck fat and pea velouté

Seafood Lasagne

£12.95

A fricassee of fresh fish and seafood bound in a creamy

velouté layered with pasta, spinach and cream cheese served with chunky chips and dressed leaves.

apped

Salmon Supreme

14.45

creamed spinach and almond hollandaise.

rmalade, with

Asparagus Florentine

13.45

£13.95

Served with a sweet potato and orange dauphinoise,

£10.95

Grilled asparagus, spinach, toasted brioche and poached duck egg smothered with smoked apple wood cheddar sauce.

Moroccan

Mushroom and Lentil Pie

£10.95

Topped with cheesy celeriac mash

Spiced Bean Cannelloni

£11.95

£3.00

Spiced bean goulash stuffed into pasta tubes on a bed

£2.50

of spinach, topped with tomato cheese sauce gorgonzola.

£2.75

SALADS

£2.50

£2.50

£3.00

Smoked Duck Caesar Salad

£13.95

Traditional Caesar salad with warm smoked duck and chorizo.

Tuna Nicoise

£12.95

Fresh grilled tuna fillet with mixed leaves, anchovies, olives, eggs, red onions, fine beans and potatoes in our house dressing.

Hallumi Salad (Pan Fried)

£10.95

Sun dried tomato, cucumber ribbons and roasted mixed peppers on mixed lettuce and basil pesto.

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.

18. Gai Pat King

£7.50

Stir fried chicken with young ginger and spring onions.

24. Moo Gapau 1. Satay

£4.95

Thai style marinated chicken grilled served on skewer with specially prepared peanut sauce.

5. King Prawn Tempaura

£5.95

28. Nuea Pat nam Prik Pow

£7.95

Stir fried beef cooked in special Thai sweet chilli paste with onions and mushrooms.

Deep fried prawn in tempaura batter served with Thai sweet chilli sauce.

33a. Phed Lou Dang

9b. Gadook Moo Tod

36. Pla Preaw Whan

£4.95

£6.95

Pork slices fried with fresh chillies and sweet basil leaves.

£9.95

Roast duck Thai style served in red wine sauce.

£8.95

Pork spare ribs (dry), marinated in honey, brandy and soya sauces.

Sweet and sour fish wih vegetables.

Thai 1 Restaurant Tel: 01206 870011

Thai green curry with fresh basil leaves. Beef, Chicken, Pork or Prawns.

82A East Hill, Colchester, Essex CO1 2QW

46. Gaeng Khiew Whan

69. Pat Thai Jay

£7.50

£7.95

Special provincial Thai noodles with egg, bean sprouts and crushed peanuts.

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


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‘If you want to compete, advertise with elite’

North Hill Hotel, Green Room & Warehouse - Colchester Since the initial refurbishment of the North Hill Hotel and the launch of The Green Room, business has been good … The Green room has established itself as a popular lunch and evening destination and the rooms have had high booking levels, but not satisfied with what they have already achieved and somewhat restricted by space on this tight site, Rob & John have planned early this year an extension to add much-needed rooms; a meeting room facility and to enlarge the kitchen in order to keep pace with the added demand. Our part was to fit out the new kitchen area. Although pretty straightforward, it made a huge difference extending what was a cramped space in to a much-needed, flowing kitchen. The new rooms are a delight too - especially those in the roof which have been finished to a very high

standard that the guests will love. The boardroomstyle meeting room will attract many new customers locally for those wanting somewhere close to the centre of town to hold training, conferences and larger events. Lastly, new carpets have been laid throughout the lounge and dining area. This possibly has the greatest impact and one that the customers will instantly recognise and see how things have changed. But what hasn’t changed is the appeal of the Green Room with its warm friendly nature; like a well-run continental hotel, it’s not big and corporate and neither is it small and typically family-run, so offers the best of both. Food is always first class and the menu offers a nice balance.

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Best-kept secret! What you may not be aware of is that Rob and John also operate the Warehouse Bar & Grill in Chapel Street North just off Head street and a stone’s throw from North Hill and the High Street. The Warehouse has been operating under its new stewardship for about a year now. It has been gradually building on its reputation and quietly getting on with business as it welcomes customers old and new. Just recently, we were asked to assist in installing a monster new char grill for the new menu launch. For any good grill house to survive you have to have the best in the way of a char grill. We chose an old favourite - Blue Seal - because at nearly a metre wide, this big powerful brute will cook steaks just as they should be, the locally-sourced steaks being at once sealed and caramelised to perfection by the roasting hot grill-bars. With the

addition of a resting plate to one side, the steak then sits and rests, which allows the natural fibres to relax so it becomes succulent and tender. It’s a bold step by the guys to go for the grill market as meat is still at a premium price; however my feeling is that confidence is retuning and we are beginning to eat out more regularly so if it’s a treat special occasion or you just fancy a well-priced lunch menu then give the new Warehouse a look. The building is beautiful and the restaurant area is quirky with several levels, making for great natural acoustics. So don’t just order a pizza from somewhere - order instead something special from the grill menu at the Warehouse. It’s the best-kept secret in town, but let’s not keep it to ourselves!

North Hill Hotel, Green Room & Warehouse 51 North Hill, Colchester, Essex CO1 1PY Tel: 01206 574 001 www.northhillhotel.com

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 remember to make sure we book early for Christmas. 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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BOOK EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS

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

Tel: 01206 397269 • Fax: 01206 395118


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“Pippin” through the decades - 35 years of a cherished family brand at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa The origins of the ‘Pippin’ brand name for the Peake family goes back 40 years. It was first used as a component of the Copella apple juice brand which Devora and Bill Peake invented in the family kitchen in 1969 – the “COP” part of the name was derived from the delicious apple variety “Cox’s Orange Pippin” - then the end of her youngest daughter’s name, Carmella, was added … The family then took ownership of a vegetarian wholefood restaurant, French Bistro and wholefood shop in Hampstead High Street in 1976 which at the time was the largest vegetarian restaurant as well as one of the biggest stockists of Copella in London. They named the restaurant Pippin, after the apple variety, and it was launched at a celebration party by Monty Python’s Graham Chapman. Other regular clientele included Eurythmics singers Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, comedians Peter Cook and June Whitfield, and actor Alan Bates, who all lived locally in Hampstead and frequented the restaurant on a sometimes daily basis for their macrobiotic and vegetarian treats. Pippin was famous for serving delicious freshly made savoury delights, unusual salads, desserts, bread and cakes. Upstairs the Frenchstyle Bistro was open in the evenings and delighted customers with its great live music. All three of Devora and Bill’s daughters, Susanna, Tamara and Carmella, ran the restaurant for up to a year each after leaving university and it became a great hive of activity and success, often catering for up to 500 people a day. It was eventually sold in 1983 so that the family could concentrate their efforts on their businesses closer to home, and the girls became more involved with Copella, Boxford Fruit Farms and Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa. As the last four decades have seen so many contrasts and changes, so has the Pippin name. It is now

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thriving in the form of Pippin Shop at Stoke by Nayland Hotel where it offers an Aladdin’s Cave of hand-made gifts, jewellery and toys, top quality foods and wines, seasonal cards and decorations, and a myriad of delightfully quirky items. It also stocks the largest range of ladies’ designer golf and leisurewear in the region. “Pick your own” Hampers and Boxes are a speciality of the shop. They are exquisitely wrapped and packed on site and make fabulous gifts at any time of year. In season Pippin also sells all the delicious fresh fruits which are still grown on the family farm surrounding the hotel - apples, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. In times when we seem to only hear the stories of doom and gloom for businesses, it is heartening to see a familyowned and well-loved brand that not only has a great history, but continues to offer great products and friendly, personal service. If, like most of us, you dread heading into town to do your Christmas shopping, you will find the relaxed Pippin experience a breath of fresh air – especially with free parking! As an added bonus, you can enjoy a free cup of freshly-brewed tea or coffee for two by the fire in the Hotel Lounge if you spend over £10. That has to make it worth a visit! Pippin at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa is open 7 days a week from 8am – 7pm. For more information please call 01206 265823 or visit www.stokebynayland.com/pippin

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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 November 2011