Welcome to The Mistley Thorn

The Mistley Thorn is located in the centre of the historic coastal village of Mistley and is two minutes walk from Mistley station which has direct services to Colchester, Harwich and London Liverpool Street. Built as a coaching inn circa 1723, The Mistley Thorn offers award-winning dining and accommodation in tastefully designed surroundings opposite the River Stour. American born executive chef Sherri Singleton has developed a menu using the best of the area’s seasonal produce.


The experience may look a little different in this ‘new normal’, but we aim to still deliver the same service that you are used to at The Mistley Thorn. We’ve added new measures to keep you and our team safe so that you can confidently enjoy your experience with us.

We have adapted our space and practices in accordance with government guidelines, in a way that is true to who we are, so whilst the health and safety of Team Thorn and guests is our absolute top priority, we still want you to be able to relax in a space that feels familiar. We firmly believe this needs to be a joint effort, so we ask you to please play your part in keeping everyone safe. In return, we will be doing the same for you.

Maintaining a physical distance from others is absolutely essential to stop the spread of the virus, but we believe it does not mean we can’t be sociable! We prefer the term physical distancing so that it doesn’t feel like you can’t enjoy interacting with Team Thorn. We love our building being old, quirky and a bit different, like our staff, but this can make it difficult for hard and fast rules. We’ll ask our guests to please use common sense and be responsible for your own physical distancing during your stay when moving around the restaurant for the wellbeing of both you, other guests and Team Thorn. The team will do the same for you!

As a hotel and restaurant, we already operate with strict cleaning and health and safety measures, but we are now taking extra steps to ensure that all areas are thoroughly sanitised, clean and compliant with government guidelines. We’ll take all necessary measures to deliver minimum contact, ensure hygiene standards and physical distancing.

We look forward to seeing you and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email.

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