Cheese of the Week


Tor-150x150Tor is made by Whitelake Cheeses in the style of a Valencay but modelled on the nearby Glastonbury Tor after which it is named. Tor’s beautiful texture strikes you immediately, then the taste of lemon with a gentle punch. It is an exquisite and top quality goat’s cheese. Tor is produced by the masters at White Lake Cheeses in Bagborough, Somerset, and a stone’s throw away from the Glastonbury festival site. The goat’s milk is thermised and suitable for vegetarians

Gold award for Green Tourism

Member of British Classic Hotels, recently refurbished to a very high standard in all public area and bedrooms.
Popular Restaurant & Banqueting facilities with over 70% of ingredients sourced within 60 mile radius for superb British and International cuisine. New World Wines have been reduced and we promote traditionally crafted light European Wines. We visit our suppliers regularly and work closely with those who are passionate about their livestock and treat it humanely. The whole ethos of the hotel is to provide the freshest and highest quality possible from local farmers and suppliers.
We actively educate staff, and hotel guests, to reduce wastage on utilities to improve our recycling policy and we are working with the Carbon Trust with the aim of reducing power consumption by 25% and emissions by 30%.


Hotel’s Green journey is paying dividends

Essex Tourism 2014 - Green Award application

Hotel’s Green journey is paying dividends

8th June 2014—Essex Chronicle

A COMPREHENSIVE and focused approach to sustainability is an integral part of the vision at County Hotel.
The independently-owned 50-room three-star hotel in Chelmsford city centre embarked on its green journey in 2007 and has achieved astonishing results.
General manager Graham McGregor said: “The staff have been involved with the whole process from the

beginning – the whole process is now embedded in the hotel culture, through their ideas and initiatives we are involved with.”
That has seen the Rainsford Road hotel slash its carbon footprint by 40 per cent, reduce the amount of

rubbish sent to landfill more than sevenfold and achieve a gold rating in its Green Tourism audit report last year.
But that has only been possible by a succession of new investments, large and small, and new practices incorporated into all the 45 staffs’ daily routines.
That has ranged from installing low energy light bulbs to recycling 95 per cent of food waste to Chelmsford Churches Homeless Emergency Support Scheme.
Being a team player in the community is also part of the hotel’s ethos.
And despite being in the running for the Essex Business Excellence Awards’

Environmental Excellence Award, Graham and his team are not resting on their

laurels. He said: “This year we are installing two biomass boilers which will provide our central heating and hot water, and will reduce CO2 emissions.”

New Head Chef – Tom Kirby

Picture1Exciting times and changes with Tom Kirby on board to take us to 2 AA Rosettes. If you haven’t been to The County Kitchen for a while then now is the time to take advantage of a 15% discount on your restaurant bill on a Friday/Saturday night in June to end of August.  ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’   a must for those who simply enjoy good food. Book on line or call 01245 455700 and mention the offer.