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Local Attractions At Marygreen Manor

Ancient ruins on Brentwood High Street

Marygreen Manor is loved for the fact that it offers fabulous accommodation and fabulous food along with its great location. Not only is it situated in one of the most famous towns in Essex but it also happens to possess a great deal of attractions close by. You’re always guaranteed to find something to do and with that in mind, we thought we’d show you just a few of the local attractions you can enjoy here at Marygreen Manor!

Brentwood Town – Brentwood town is one of the most famous towns in Essex thanks to it being one of the main settings of the now world famous The Only Way Is Essex. Just a thirty minute car ride into London, the affluent suburban town of Brentwood is known for its fantastic shopping, its amazing eateries and a nightlife that’s second to none. All this within a five minute taxi ride from Marygreen Manor; it really doesn’t get much better.

Bluewater Shopping Centre – Bluewater is located just a short drive from Brentwood itself. Being located so close to the M25 however, means you’re within a twenty minute journey to one of the most luxury shopping centres around. Bluewater covers a whopping 240 acre plot with 330 stores to peruse. From designer luxury to high street brands, Bluewater really does have everything and with Christmas coming up, we’d say a little shopping is very much needed.

Brentwood Cathedral – If you’re on the lookout for something a little more cultural then perhaps you’d like to take a peek at the amazing Brentwood Cathedral. Dating back to 1861, this parish church has been built in a gothic style and really is a stunning sight. While it is relatively small, it really does have a huge impact.

If you’d like to find out about more of our local attractions, check it out online today!

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Brentwood In The Spring!

The weather is certainly beginning to change, which means much more time outside in the open and let’s face it, that’s never a bad thing. So, for our guests here at Marygreen Manor, we thought we’d compile a list of fun and fantastic things to do in and around Brentwood for those staying with their families. Believe us when we say, you won’t run out of things to do in our famous town, that’s for sure.

Hopefield Animal Sanctuary – with a very famous friend who goes by the name of Leona Lewis, Hopefield Animal Sanctuary is possibly one of the biggest charities in Brentwood and the perfect day out for the animal lovers amongst us. Not only will you get to spend time with every animal imaginable, from horses to pigs, goats to lizards and even a lamb born only a few weeks ago, but you’ll also get to help support the charity by rummaging through their brand new on-site pet shop and enjoying a cup of tea and a bite to eat in their on-site café too.

King Georges Playing Fields – King George’s playing fields are great for kids of all ages. Having only recently under gone quite a transformation, this family park now boasts everything from a skate park to an amazing mini-golf and even a huge park too. From toddler swings to larger play sets, this place has everything you could need for a fun day out. There’s even a “café in the park” offering hot food and drink too for those chillier spring days.

Thorndon Country Park – Thorndon country park is quite simply huge! This wooded area has become famous in Brentwood for it’s fantastic Gruffalo trail and has children of all ages searching for him every weekend. You’ll even find an Easter egg hunt or two here in April so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for details on that soon. One of the best bits about this forest – you don’t actually have to get muddy if you don’t want to. There are pathways all around Thorndon offering you a clean(er) walk through the forest although we’d still advise leaving the Chanel espadrilles at home though. Here you’ll find cows and even horses grazing in surrounding fields making it the perfect spring time stroll location.

Colmar Farm Riding School – looking to take up a new sport? Maybe try something a little different? Or perhaps you’re looking to jump back in the saddle again and see if it all comes flooding back? Either way, Colmar Farm Riding School is a BHS recognised riding school that offers you the chance to enjoy riding lessons as well as hacks over the nearby park – South Weald park. There’s nothing quite like a wander through South Weald with the bluebells in full bloom.

Brentwood Karting – last but not least with the Brentwood karting centre. This is great for the speed demons amongst us. Here you’ll be able to race around the track, against the clock, competing against family and friends. What’s more, it’s just a stones throw away from Marygreen Manor.

What more could you want in the town surrounding our fabulous hotel. With so much to see and do, and a luxury room to kick back in when you’re finished for the day, Marygreen Manor and the wonderful town of Brentwood, pretty much has it all.

Prepare For The Brentwood Half Marathon With The Marygreen Manor!

Get ready for the Brentwood Half Marathon!

Get ready for the Brentwood Half Marathon!

This Sunday will be the Brentwood Half Marathon and while the vast majority will be heading over to watch and cheer on, we know that a great deal of you, and a great deal of our guests here at the Marygreen Manor, will be taking part. It’s for this reason that we thought we’d provide you with the ultimate checklist of what to do and what not to do the day before a race to ensure you have the best run you can have. Follow these top tips and we guarantee you’ll be breaking all of your PB’s:

  1. Carb load – just as you’ve probably been doing before your longer training runs, you should ensure about 65-70% of your calories come from carbs in the days leading up to your run. This doesn’t mean stuffing your face full of potatoes for dinner the night before for the simple reason that too much “loading” can lead to a desperate need to “unload” during your big moment. Eat the same amount of food that you’d normally eat with a few more carbs than an average day.
  2. Avoid foods you aren’t used to – whatever you do, don’t try something new. You don’t want your night before a race to be the night you discover that tikka masala doesn’t agree with you. If you’re planning on eating dinner out, then we suggest you check what sort of food they serve to make sure it’s similar to your usual food. Perhaps consider what you normally eat before a long training run and if they serve it, stick with that.
  3. Keep hydrated – make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you’re properly hydrated then your urine will remain light in colour. If you’re looking for something with a little extra kick then you can try a sports drink but it’s best to avoid more than one. You should also avoid alcohol, after all, who wants to run with a hangover anyway?
  4. Don’t overdo it – stay off your feet and relax. You should also be mindful not to spend hours walking around on the day before your race as this could tire you out too early. You may find that sometimes, there are a lot of free food samples being given out. Avoid eating all of these, or any for that matter because a bloated tummy is the last thing you want when running.
  5. If you need to, go for a short run – you won’t lose any of your fitness by resting the day before and for some, this is a good tactic. For those who may suffer from pre-race anxiety, then a short run might do you good. Be sure to keep your thoughts positive and just keep telling yourself that you’re ready and raring to go. Be mindful your “short” run doesn’t turn into a significant workout that’s going to leave you feeling sore the morning of your race.
  6. Trim your toenails – this may sound silly to some, but keeping your toenails neat and short will prevent them from getting caught on the front of your running trainers. This will avoid any bloody or black toenails followed by a year of painstakingly slow regrowth.
  7. Plan your trip to the start line – you should make sure you know exactly where you’re going and how you’re going to get Luckily for guests here at the Marygreen Manor Hotel and Restaurant, the start line is just a five minute cab journey away and with the help of our wonderful reception, we can arrange for a cab to pick you up at the time you need it. Give yourself plenty of time too. This will avoid any unnecessary anxiety and stress.
  8. Don’t worry about lack of sleep – sat up all night desperately trying to sleep? Worried a lack of sleep will affect your performance? Don’t stress about it. The vast majority of people don’t sleep well the night before they run a half marathon and just one sleepless night is unlikely to do any serious harm. The adrenaline alone will be enough to help you to the finish line.

While we could continue to offer some fab advice for all you wonderful runners out there, all we’ll say is, have fun! That’s the most important thing after all. If you haven’t yet sorted accommodation for before or after your race, be sure to call us as soon as possible on 01277 225252.

Don’t forget those fantastic fathers guys!

Father's hand

In case you’ve forgotten guys, Father’s Day is just around the corner with less than two weeks to go. With the vast majority just about remembering to buy a card, why don’t you want to make this year the year to remember and spoil him rotten for once? Whether you’re a complete and utter Daddy’s girl or the son that looks up to his ‘old man’, this year’s Father’s Day is the day to make him realise just how much he means to you, and here at The Marygreen Manor, we can offer the perfect setting for an intimate and truly memorable experience.

Enjoy a Father’s Day lunch here at The Marygreen Manor

This year on Sunday 21st June we’re opening our doors for a rather special Father’s Day lunch in our Tudor Restaurant and for a deposit of just £25 per person, you can secure your place and guarantee your doting Dad a day he’ll never forget. Beginning with sumptuous starters of chicken liver pate, smoked salmon salads and even prawn and saffron risotto, this lunch starts as it means to go on. Main courses are just as exquisite with confit duck legs, roasted ribeyes of beef and potato aubergine cannellonis for the vegetarians in the family. Of course, every special occasion wouldn’t feel complete without a truly indulgent dessert and that’s exactly what’s on the menu with chocolate brownies, sticky toffee puddings and even apple parfaits. Then it’s entirely up to you whether you’d like to finish with the classic English tea and coffee or perhaps spice things up a bit with something from our award winning wine list. This isn’t just a lunch; this is somewhere to create memories and lasting ones too.

Here at The Marygreen Manor Hotel and Restaurant we want to wish every single father out there a wonderful Father’s Day and we hope to see you all enjoying the finest dining experience in Essex right here June 21st. Call now to book your place before they’re all gone.

May You Enjoy This Bank Holiday Weekend All The More Here At The Marygreen

a spooky image of Marygreen late at night

The Marygreen Manor at dusk

The bank holiday weekend might only be a few zzz’s away but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to make it one to remember.

 

Brentwood, Essex is most certainly a town of excitement. With a bustling high street just a two minute cab ride away that’s filled to the brim with bars and restaurants, not to mention its famous countryside views and hidden gems in the form of real country pubs, it’s fast become a place to be “ticked off the list”. So why not make this bank holiday weekend the time to do it? But if Brentwood isn’t somewhere you’re looking to explore then why not jump on a train from Brentwood Station and head straight into the city for some real adventure and fun? The possibilities truly are endless when you’re exploring the wonders of the concrete jungle that is London.

 

It’s worth remembering however that the bank holiday weekend isn’t called a holiday for no reason. It’s not just time away from the grind, away from the nine to five that stops you doing so many things. It’s also a holiday from the chores that take up so much precious family time; time that could be better spent getting to know that special someone again or perhaps just enjoying some real quality family time and there really is no better place to do it than here at The Marygreen Manor Hotel and Restaurant.

 

This bank holiday weekend, we’re offering you the chance to enjoy the luxury of our ‘country house’ style deluxe rooms and suites along with the most exquisite fine dining experience in Essex here in our very own award winning Tudor Restaurant. For just £99 you could enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast here in the beautifully landscaped heaven that is Marygreen Manor.

 

So what are you waiting for? Call now to book the last few spaces left available on the 22nd and 24th May and make this bank holiday weekend exactly what it should be…fun, free and full of frolics.

Rest Up And Prepare Perfectly For The Brentwood Half Marathon

runners in a race

Give it your all after a great nights sleep and quality fuel from the kitchen

In just under two weeks on the 22nd March 2015, residents and visitors of Brentwood will be lining the streets in order to cheer on the adventurous souls taking part in the 34th annual Brentwood Half Marathon. Having raised well over £1.7 million for local, national and even international charities, it’s no wonder this has become such a popular event. It’s so popular in fact that runners from all over the UK radiate toward our lovely county of Essex in order to take part.

 

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first timer looking to make an impression, race day preparation is hugely important. One particular aspect that often gets overlooked is rest and quality accommodation. In an attempt to keep costs down and travel on the day to a minimum, many runners simply book the cheapest and closest hotel they can find. This usually results in a bad nights sleep and a much longer finish time than they first anticipated.

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re competing in the half marathon or the three mile fun run that runs alongside the main event, being fresh and ready for the strenuous exercise ahead is hugely important. This is why we think there’s no better place to rest up and prepare than our very own Marygreen Manor Hotel. Here you’ll be able to indulge the night before and the morning of the race, in high quality dining that’s guaranteed to give you the fuel you need to get around the course with energy to spare. More importantly however you’ll also be able to enjoy the creature comforts within our luxury rooms and suites that offer the best nights sleep you’ll find this side of Essex.

 

With a dream like sleep the night before and the perfect mix of carbs and protein from our award-winning kitchen, we know you’ll be pumped and ready for the challenge ahead. Located at the Becket Keys Church Of England along Sawyers Hall Lane, our stunning manor house is a mere five minute cab ride away…or a thirty minute run depending on how brave you’re feeling of course.

Want A Night At The Musicals?

musical note

Enjoy a night with all your favourite musical songs

It would seem today there are now more musicals than regular plays currently running in the city and it would appear several more are on their way too. The appetite for an evening in the company of a well told story set to memorable music shows no signs of stopping either. So what is it that’s got everyone so in love with the musical?

 

Is it the shows ability to move you emotionally (and physically when the right song comes on) that really pulls you in? Is the heartfelt story that’s always told so well through the wonderfully sung notes or is it simply the exciting and often exhilarating tempo of a musical that attracts you? Whatever it is, it’s safe to say that we all love a good musical. Today with the Top 40 clogged up with the same old dance and pop songs, not to mention the demise of popular music on mainstream TV (RIP TOTPs), what could be better than the chance to enjoy a night at a musical accompanied by fabulous food too?

 

Here at The Marygreen Manor, we’re putting on a fantastic event this coming April titled “A Night At The Musicals” where you’ll be able to relax and listen to some of the best musical tributes in Essex. To top it off, you’ll also be able to enjoy the music alongside a stunning three-course meal cooked in our award-winning kitchen. Each course will be separated by forty-five minutes of soulful music that we’re sure you’ll recognise from some of the country’s most popular musical shows.

 

This amazing night of fine dining and even finer music can be enjoyed for the small fee of just £49.50 per person. That’s an entire evening of entertainment and food for under £50 and what’s more, you won’t need to travel all the way into London for it either. For more information on our fabulous Night At The Musicals this coming April 17th just email us on info@marygreenmanor.co.uk or better still, give us a call on 01277 225252.

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