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 plethora 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, birthday dinner or date night, explore our guide to the best restaurants Essex has to offer and switch up your dining game a little. 

Last updated on 22nd November 2019




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. 

Slug and Lettuce is a classic pres, date night or group dining location 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. 

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.  

Within the buzzing bar and nightclub of Reids Billericay is a modern restaurant serving up a variety of global dishes. From bottomless brunches to afternoon tea and Sunday roasts, there's an eclectic choice of menus to cater to everyone, with private dining options available for larger groups too. 

The Shepherd & Dog

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Nestled in the heart of Essex's Romford, this modern gastropub serves distinctively contemporary fresh, seasonal food. From daily specials to minted lamb chops and shepherd pie-inspired burgers, each dish is British through and through. 

The Spread Eagle is a cosy hideaway for pub grub munching by day, and a buzzing local with regular karaoke, DJs and live music by night. The menu is chock-full with all you'd need, from fresh fish and chips to hearty pies, perfectly paired with real ale and lager.

Church Street Tavern

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Colchester's own Church Street Tavern is a cosy 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. 

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.