Best Restaurants In Essex

Essex is home to many a culinary delight, from our charming local boozers to slick cocktail haunts serving international plates, there's a never-ending choice of awesome eateries that'll cater to your cravings from breakfast to brunch, afternoon tea to dinner. Whether you're on a group night out in Southend, birthday dinner in Chelmsford or date night in Colchester, explore our guide to the best restaurants Essex has to offer and switch up your dining game.

Last updated on 2nd September 2021




Golden Fleece, Chelmsford

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Golden Fleece in Chelmsford is an all-round eatery with live music events, late night eats and a gorgeous beer garden for summer days. If you're on the hunt for classic pub grub, these guys whip up a mean Sunday roast that can be enjoyed while catching some rays on the summer.  

Slug and Lettuce is a classic top date night or group dining location, known for its well-priced cocktails and extensive menu of international dishes. Snuggle on the beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking the river and chow down with impressive views you'd struggle to find elsewhere. 

Offering affordable dishes, drinks deals and sports screenings, The Bull is a local Romford boozer with a quintessentially British feel. From grilled goodies to stacked burgers, full English brekkies to Sunday roasts, these guys have got cheap, delicious eats down to a tee. 

Church Street Tavern

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Church Street Tavern is a cosy Colchester restaurant serving a plethora of British dishes that sound too darn good to turn down. From steamed mussels with white wine to lamb chops with aubergine, there's plenty to explore on your next dining venture, including their summer-friendly terrace. 

This Billericay favourite has a friendly atmosphere throughout the week, whether you're popping in for a roast or a pint of real ale in the beer garden. Food here is simple, affordable and effective with dishes such as chicken salads, burgers and a Yorkshire pudding wrap.