Best Restaurants In Essex

From snazzy dining destinations boasting upmarket fare to local gastropubs nailing home comforts, there's a never-ending choice of awesome eateries here. Not sure where to go? Whether you're on a group night out in Romford, fancy a birthday dinner in Chelmsford or looking for slinky date options in Colchester, explore our guide to the best Essex restaurants.

Last updated on 4th October 2022

Offering affordable dishes and cracking drinks deals, The Bull is a local Romford boozer with a quintessentially British feel. From grilled goodies to stacked burgers, full English brekkies to Sunday roasts, this joint is the place to go for delicious eats.

The Linden

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Found in the stunning village of Stansted Mountfitchet, The Linden promises a tranquil location to indulge your taste buds. While in the contemporary dining room or spacious garden, scoff down things like butternut squash and goats cheese risotto, scallop linguini, plus roast rump of lamb.

Golden Fleece, Chelmsford

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On the hunt for the best Essex restaurants with entertainment? Golden Fleece is a bit of an all-rounder, showcasing live music, comedy nights and sports screenings. This Chelmsford favourite also boasts a mega beer garden that's ideal for summery sips.


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Home to a beautifully manicured garden and boasting riverside views, Anchor is ideal for alfresco eats. Venture over to this countryside haunt to chomp on charcoal-grilled steaks, home comforts and sumptuous Sunday roasts, with classic cocktails or bubbles to pair.

On the hunt for Michelin star restaurants in Essex? While nowhere in the area has achieved the accolade, The Flitch of Bacon is a hot contender. Nestled in Dunmow, this cosy dining destination slings out elevated British cuisine, made using the finest local produce.

Church Street Tavern

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If you're looking for fine dining in Essex, Church Street Tavern is serving a range of British dishes that sound too darn good to turn down. From steamed mussels with white wine to lamb chops accompanied by aubergine, there's plenty to explore at this Colchester spot.

Sark is up there as one of the most romantic restaurants in Essex. Not only is it totally gorgeous, toting plush, velvet booths, tropical trees and unique artwork, but its menu has us drooling at the thought. Think Mediterannean munch, with a focus on tantalising Turkish bites.

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.