A vision in pink, one look at this colourful and vibrant family-run pub’s exterior and you’ll be instantly charmed. From the flowers that romantically wrap themselves around the building’s attractive frontage and overflow from their hanging baskets to the low ceilings, cosy corners, and open log fires inside, there are few more characterful or enchanting eateries in the Colchester area than The Rosebud in beautiful Brightlingsea.

Proudly perched in its spot at the end of a row of fisherman’s cottages and overlooking Brightlingsea Creek with picturesque views of the open sea, no matter what season you visit or whether you’re stopping by for a leisurely lunch or an indulgent dinner, this inviting and traditional pub certainly won’t disappoint with it’s tempting menu of seasonal delights. But it’s the sensational seafood which really sets this eatery apart from the rest. Making the most of its enviable seaside location, enjoy the likes of fresh dressed crab, seared tuna, shellfish linguine and skate wing prepared using the finest, freshly caught seafood delivered directly from the market and let the seductive tastes and scents of the sea overwhelm your senses.

Known for its warming welcome and attentive service, this traditional English rose is the ideal place to sit back, relax, and enjoy a plate packed full of your favourite treats. If you dine here during the spring or summer, the flowery patio area and large beer garden makes for an idyllic place to knock back a pint or two of their ever-changing range of Real Ales and take in the scenic views of Brightlingsea Creek. The Rosebud Pub is also just as perfect in the autumn or winter, where the venue’s toasty log fire will keep you warm and feeling festive.

Making provenance a priority, the kitchen team are passionate about everything they put on a plate and the enticing and scrumptious seafood menu will certainly get your tastebubs all excited. Why not start with the peppered mackerel, accompanied by garlic ciabatta, spiced chilli rarebit and dressed leaves or the trio of crab and chilli ravioli with white wine velouté, garden peas, lardons, and red amaranth before moving onto a main that is guaranteed to make your mouth water!?

Salivate over the bacon-wrapped monkfish with whole grain mustard sauce, buttered mash and wilted spinach, or the skate wing accompanied by capers, blushed tomato, burnt butter sauce, and new potatoes. You’d struggle to find a seafood restaurant anywhere in Essex as excellent as this one. If seafood isn’t your thing, their menu offers an ocean full of choice and variety and includes plenty of other dishes such as gammon steak, wild boar burger, classic macaroni cheese, and ciabatta and wraps like their breaded chicken and garlic mayo option.

With its impressive sea views, warm welcome, charming pink exterior and exceptional seafood dishes, if you’re within travelling distance of Brightlingsea, you simply can’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind and incredible seafood restaurant.


For more information on The Rosebud Pub in Brightlingsea, visit their website or follow them on Facebook. Also be sure to pick up a free copy of our Essex Food & Drink Guide or read a digital version of the guide here.



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