Updated: May 13, 2020
Often visitors to our Gallery in Finchingfield ask about where else they should visit in the surrounding area, so here are some suggestions for visitors.
For food and drink, there are many options in Finchingfield. There are three pubs (The Three Tuns, The Fox and The Lion). Then there is Winners Tearoom (which serves cooked food and lovely cake!) and then two tearooms called Picture Pot and The Greedy Duck. If you like cake and scones, then you are spoilt for choice.
Obviously in the middle of Finchingfield there is the duck pond complete with ducks to feed (no bread please, duck food can be purchased from Picture Pot). Bring a picnic and sit on the green in the summer, and keep an eye out for the famous three-legged charity race and BBQ.
Finchingfield has a windmill located around the corner from the Gallery it is often missed. It’s the oldest windmill in Essex stands on a hill overlooking Finchingfield. Its open on the third Sunday in the month April to September 2pm -5pm. Further on is Spains Hall with their famous beavers, and there are various walks that can be undertaken around the village and surrounding countryside.
Just to note that parking in Finchingfield can be difficult in the summer as the only parking is on the roads around the village. Another option is to park in Great Bardfield and walk in. Note Finchingfield also has a petrol station which can be handy. Near Finchingfield, Great Bardfield is normally quieter than Finchingfield yet has some lovely old buildings, is a pleasant town to stroll around, and offers easy parking on the local roads. Great Bardfield also boasts a Co-Op (think ice cream on a summer’s day), two pubs, a bookshop (Between the Lines) and a coffee shop (Coles). All worthy of a visit.
Just outside of Great Bardfield is Knead Food, which is another option for food and drink and more cake. Easy to parking here too.
Further on there is Great Lodge where you will find the Great Bardfield Vineyard. Check their website for open days in the summer with wine tasting (and more cake) in a beautiful setting.
Further away from Finchingfield there is Thaxted, which is a lovely picture postcard town with numerous old buildings to see, a lovely church, an old Windmill (sometimes open in the summer), more pubs, a wine bar (Parrishes), bakery and a fish and chip shop. Easy parking in a free car park behind the high street.
Further afield there is Saffron Walden, Long Melford and Sible Headingham, where you can also find Tuffon Hall Vineyard and they have cellar door open days, so check out their website for more details. All worthy of a visit and a further blog post.