Christmas Day In Essex

When the big day arrives, it can be hard to find anywhere that's open. Pubs put their shutters down and restaurants close up for the holidays, leaving you without your yuletide feast. But luckily for you, we've compiled a list of places to eat and the best things to do on Christmas Day in Essex, from hitting the festive jackpot to tucking into a three-course lunch with all the trimmings.

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The Fatling Hornchurch

For a Christmas Day feast in a cozy boozer, head to the Fatling in Hornchurch. Nestled on the main high, enjoy a selection of refreshing real ales while tucking in the festive menu. Expect a giant pig in blanket yorkie with mash, drizzled in rich, onion gravy and a classic festive pudding to finish.

The Half Crown, Benfleet

The Half Crown in Benfleet is a comfy and cosy pub pulling out all the stops for Christmas Day dinner. On the menu is hand-carved turkey, butternut squash wellington or an 8oz rump steak, with a festive sundae to finish. Wash it down with a wide selection of craft beer and wine.

Mecca Harlow

Everyone loves Christmas entertainment which is why Mecca Bingo in Harlow is ideal for some festive fun. Head to the North Shore area of the seaside resort or to it's SouthendDagenham and Romford sisters. Play your way through the holiday with slot machines, jackpots and touchscreen tech, plus tasty food and drink.


Although home to wreath-making workshops in December and other yuletide events, this the Anchor is really upping it's game for Christmas Day lunch in Essex. Head inside this gorgeous venue, where you'll be met with chic interiors and a crackin' three-course dinner with prosecco.