Just metres from the river in Burnham-on-Crouch, The Oyster Smack Inn has an on-site cocktail bar, free Wi-Fi and free parking. It dates back to the 1800s, and is known for its fantastic food. The restaurant’s chef has worked in Jamie Oliver’s first restaurant, as well as Gorden Ramsey’s 3 Michelin Starred establishment.

The diverse menu features Asian influences and British classics, with food made from seasonal produce. Rooms at The Oyster Smack Inn are individually designed, and each benefits from a flat-screen TV and an en suite bathroom with free toiletries.

Tea and coffee making facilities with fresh milk are also provided. The coast at Southend is just 16 miles away, and the centre of Chelmsford can be reached in 40 minutes’ drive. Historic Colchester can also be reached in less than an hour by car.