IT is a Thursday afternoon when I pop into the Oakhouse in Maldon for a bite to eat.

Although this is my first visit to the Oakhouse, it has been reliably recommended by others and I am looking forward to the experience.

The bar and restaurant is a favourite among many with rave reviews describing their food offering as "absolutely scrumptious" and praising the "amazing service."

Situated in Maldon High Street, the offerings include a brunch menu from 8.30am to 3.30pm, a lunch menu from 12pm to 3.30pm and varied refreshments including tea, coffee and soft drinks.

As I arrive, I am almost immediately greeted by a staff member who shows me to a table that has just been vacated.

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Warm - Latté and biscuitWarm - Latté and biscuit (Image: Newsquest)

Having had a fast-paced morning and conscious of the cold weather outside, my hope is for a warm meal to fill me up.

Items on the brunch menu include a full English-style breakfast and veggie option, eggs benedict and smoke salmon and scrambled eggs. 

There are a whole range of lunch options with soup, ploughman's and a range of sandwiches. 

Browsing the menu, I opt for a burger, alongside a latté to drink.

The burger consists of a home-made beef patty, bacon, mature cheddar, lettuce, tomato, gherkin, red onion and mustard mayo.

To get the full taste experience, I decide to ‘deconstruct’ the burger to try each component individually.

I also receive coleslaw and some chips to go with the burger.

In particular, I enjoy the beef patty, mature cheddar and gherkin, although the whole meal tastes very nice.

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Filling - Burger and chipsFilling - Burger and chips (Image: Newsquest)

The latté, which also comes with a biscuit, acts as a lovely complement to the main meal and provides just the warmth needed considering the coldness outside.

Overall, I leave the Oakhouse feeling happy and satisfied, looking forward to making another visit in the future.