Relax In A Cosy Pub
Galvin Green Man, Chelmsford
Galvin Green Man is an impressive award-winning restaurant located in Chelmsford. Headed by Michelin-starred brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin, it’s one of the cosiest and prettiest pubs during winter. Boasting a roaring fireplace that oozes a toasty aroma, snug hot water bottles and stylish fur blankets to decorate, there really is no better pub to relax in this season.
Enjoy a warming mulled wine beside the fire or sample a delicious seasonal dish. Not only is it the perfect destination for families, with dogs more than welcome, but it also makes for a great place to host a social get-together. A range of events are held regularly, including live music nights, quizzes and book clubs.
Main Road, Howe Street, Great Waltham CM3 1BG
Dine In An Instagrammable Cafe
The Waffle Bar, Maldon
With mouth-watering authentic Belgium waffles, eye-popping freakshakes, colourful cakes, traditional Italian coffee and so much more, The Waffle Bar in Maldon is heaven for those with a sweet tooth. The perfect treat after a picturesque walk or a fun-filled day of shopping, friends and family members that visit The Waffle Bar will be overwhelmed by the choice available at this gorgeous little cafe –you’ll want to try it all!
The venue boasts stunning interiors decorated with vines, pastel pink flowers and picture-worthy food with the presentation to match, making it this season’s hotspot for taking that perfect Instagram image. Essex’s very own Mrs Hinch is also a huge fan!
144 High Street, Maldon CM9 5BX
Call: 01621 927678
Stay In Essex’s Most Unique House
A House For Essex, Manningtree
Designed by Essex born and bred contemporary artist Grayson Perry and FAT Architecture, A House For Essex is a unique find in Manningtree, sleeping up to four people. The piece of artwork explores the quirky character and special qualities of Essex. Fans of art will most certainly admire the interior, with an array of pieces dotted all around the home – there is even CCTV to make sure it’s kept safe.
Perfect for nature-lovers, the house offers views of the River Stour and is close by to a range of walking routes and nature reserves. Enter the ballot to stay there and keep your fingers crossed!
Black Boy Ln, Manningtree, CO11 2TP
Party At A New Year’s Eve Black Tie Ball
Down Hall Hotel, Bishop’s Stortford
For those wishing to welcome the New Year in style, there’s no better place than the luxurious country house hotel Down Hall. The opulent Italian-styled mansion will be hosting yet another New Year’s Eve Ball – a must-book for party-goers – with a Champagne and canape reception and succulent four-course dinner.
The evening will come to a close with the resident DJ, or guests can finish the evening with a game of roulette or Blackjack. Prices for the event begin at £165 for the ball only or £500 for the residential package.
Matching Rd, Hatfield Heath, Bishop’s Stortford CM22 7AS
Call: 01279 731441