To celebrate keeping child, cats and house alive and standing for two weeks of house-sitting, Catherine and I went out for Supper on Friday eve. We went to Milsoms, a local favourite in Dedham, Essex.
Created within the surroundings of a grand Victorian country house, milsoms is a
stylish bar/brasserie with fifteen stylish bedrooms. Food at milsoms is created
by Chef Director Stas Anastasiades, his influences are taken from around the
world but his menus always use lots of local and seasonal produce; his
successful style and creativity were rewarded with an AA Rosette within 3 weeks
of opening. Seating in the restaurant is on 2 levels with a fabulous
terrace overlooking the extensive, manicured gardens. A huge canopy and outdoor heaters make outdoor dining a reality for much of the year.
We started with Pimms, followed by Squid with a dipping sauce to follow.
Catherine had sausages and mash for her main - a Milsoms speciality.
I went for the Gourmet Veggie Burger. Halloumi, aubergine on a burger bun with Tzatziki and Fat Chips, and veggies as a side. - Milsoms give an extra side with all mains i.e. if you eat there you have no excuse but to become obese which is never a bad thing when the food is so yum!
We were ridiculous and also had dessert (we were celebrating after all!). Snickers cheese cake with honeycomb ice cream and my god it was good!
Although we couldn't quite finish it, unsurprisingly!!
And the interior, very chilled atmosphere with the bar as the central focus and orders being placed at the pass, not taken by waitresses, adding to the informal atmosphere. I've been going to Milsoms since I was about 5 and still love it for all occasions, as do most of the locals!
I'm now back home from house-sitting and a couple of weeks of crazy-ness and its been really nice to have some chill out time - I always forget how much I miss home until I'm back!