The spectacular Essex village that’s home to the county’s most romantic restaurant

Residents of East Hanningfield have it good. The village, which has a population of just under a thousand people, is home to a number of attractions and is a short distance from the gardens of RHS Hyde Hall,

On top of that, it is right next to West Hanningfield, South Woodham Ferrers, Howe Green and Rettendon – and Chelmsford is only a short drive away. It is also home to a well known restaurant.

Vita Bella, which has been named as the “most romantic place” to eat in Essex by Tripadvisor. The restaurant is based in The Tye, East Hanningfield, offers a range of Italian food made using locally sourced ingredients.

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On its website, the restaurant wrote: “Based in the heart of East Hanningfield, close to Chelmsford in Essex, Vita Bella Italian Restaurant aims to provide guests with authentic Italian food within a friendly and inviting atmosphere. With a range of Italian dishes to choose from, from our array of menus, you are sure to find something that you will enjoy.”

But the village has more than a romantic restaurant to entice visitors. It is close to Hanningfield Reservoir, which has a discovery centre, waterside park, café, fishing lake and scenic walks, including the popular Wind in the Willows trail.

It is also home to the All Saints’ Church, which was built in the late 1800s on a site which had been home to a church since the 7th century and stood for over 1,000 years until it was finally destroyed by a fire.

House prices in the village averaged at £384,231 over the last year, according to Rightmove, with terraced properties selling for an average price of £324,600. Semi-detached properties in the village sold for an average of £395,000 and detached properties fetched £533,333.

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