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Harrison’s Hockley Essex Restaurant Review by Sandra M Dean

We visited Harrison’s on the 29th December 2012 and had not been for a while, so we were pretty excited about our dinner, since Harrison’s is consistent in offering great cuisine in a relaxed, quiet atmosphere.

(see also my 2011 review BY CLICKING HERE – opens in a new window)

Scrummy chocolate dessert at Harrisons Essex Hockley

Scrummy chocolate dessert at Harrisons Essex Hockley

We were not disappointed! In fact, I would go as far as to say this was our best meal at Harrison’s yet!

The whole experience of Harrison’s combines a comfortable, modern décor with a quiet, gracious, professional service – the food being the main focus – fine dining, at last in South Essex. It is not for a raucous night out.

We began with the canapés. I cannot eat most cheeses so the chef made two up for me, as many of them were cheese based. They are always willing to help in any way. They were delicious – smoked salmon, a prawn cocktail and two others.

Chateau Le Pey was our choice of red wine – it is a fabulous wine, full bodied and not too dry.

Next came the Amuse la bouche – a smoked fish veloute which was the best amuse la bouche I think I have had. We could’ve had a whole bowl of it!

For starters I had the crayfish cocktail – very nice, nothing too exciting. Michael had the prune and duck tart which was delicious! What a combination!

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For mains we had the same – pork and pork belly, with fondant potatoes, greens, cider sauce, crackling strips and celeriac puree. Well, this could have been a one Michelin star dish – the pork so tender, everything beautifully cooked and well presented. Very good indeed.

Onto dessert, we shared a chocolate cooked mousse with ice cream. YUM! If you like chocolate, then this will tick all the boxes of your chocolate needs. Very rich, mind!

We were there a few hours devouring all this food and wine and the whole evening was just wonderful.

The owners (husband and wife duo – husband (Ethan Rodgers) as chef and wife as front of house) do deserve all the awards they get. The canapés, amuse la bouche, pork main dish and dessert were, in our mind, all contenders for a Michelin star. The chef, Ethan, one day, could get a Michelin star, and if he keeps up his passion, does each dish with the same detail of flavour and style, then I am sure he will achieve it. And I tell you, I will be so proud if Essex gets its first Michelin star, particularly if Harrison’s gets that first one!

Go to Harrison’s and enjoy! 🙂

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