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The English county of Essex borders the counties of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Kent (across the estuary of the River Thames) and London. The county town of Chelmsford, in the heart of Essex, is home to Chelmsford Cathedral and the Great Baddow Mast, as well as the Grade II listed Hydlands House, Hydlands Park, Essex County Cricket Club and Chelmsford Museum. In addition to more rural areas, the county also includes the Lakeside Shopping Centre (West Thurrock), London Stansted Airport (Stansted Mountfitchet) and the new towns of Basildon and Harlow. There are plenty of culinary delights to choose from here, whether you’re looking for fish and chips by the sea or fine dining. Highlights from the county’s diverse food scene include Le Talbooth in Dedham, which is known for its inventive modern British cuisine, the Anchor Riverside in Hullbridge, with its enviable waterfront location, and Pinchos Tapas Restaurant in Chelmsford, which brings a little slice of Spain to Essex. 

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Colchester Town & Country Fair

Expect birds of prey flying displays, terrier racing and a children’s petting pen


The Barleylands Food & Drink Festival

The Barleylands Food & Drink Festival promises to be an exceptional couple of days for everyone involved, with the chefs visiting the Food Theatre stage forming an impressive line-up.


Colchester Food and Drink Festival

Take of bite of a higher standard of food at Lower Castle Park this June.


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