I can’t put my finger on the moment that it all clicked into place. One evening, you’re having dinner with friends. The next, you’ve decided to all invest in a pub together. A pub in Essex. The Long Island of England! And a place I’ve only been once before, and nowhere near Colchester at that.
But so it was and so it was meant to be. I suppose it started with Rutton getting married and Ed cooking dinner for the boys during Rutton’s stag weekend somewhere in Suffolk. Ed, formerly of Pétrus, wanted to open his own place close to where he grew up. Rutton raved about Ed’s venison. And then I had Ed’s baby lamb chops and truffled mash at that dinner, and well, the deal was sealed.
Doing what I do–as a hobby, mind you–I know perhaps better than most that most new restaurants are ill-fated. But sometimes fate has other ideas, and having gotten to know Ed over the last few months, I feel very very good about the Rose & Crown and the very beautiful part of England that it’s in. I hope to make it out to Great Horkesley for Sunday lunch sometime in June. If you’re interested in joining, drop a comment down below and I will arrange a field trip! Colchester is exactly an hour from Liverpool Street, and then it’s about a 15 minute taxi ride from there.
Ah yes, and that other bit…this is officially my 750th blog post, if you can believe that. And with my six-year blogging anniversary coming up in June, well, that’s 125 posts per year or roughly one post every three days. Not so shabby, huh?