Harden's survey result
This veteran basement wine bar and dining room (a former Davy’s) near Southend station wins solid ratings for its traditional home-produced cooking, including classic pies, backed up by a list of 150 wines.
Billing itself as a ‘Wine Merchant & Dining Rooms, this ex-Davy’s (run independently for over 30 years) is decently rated for its eclectic international fare (with pies and steaks the highlight) but the 150-strong wine list (selected by ex-wine-buyer and owner, Martin Day) is the prime attraction.
The Pipe of Port first opened its doors in 1976 as a Davy's Wine Bar, before being taken over by sisters Janet and Sue and Sue's husband Stephen in 1981. One of the guiding philosophies of the family was that in an ever-changing world some things should always remain the same, and they reflected this ideal in the décor and general welcoming and homely atmosphere.
The restaurant was taken over by Martin Day in 2013. Martin spent many years as manager of The Pipe of Port before becoming a wine buyer for one of the UK's largest wine merchants, and has brought his boundless enthusiasm and knowledge of wine back with him.
Martin has, and continues to maintain the values that Stephen, Janet & Sue instilled, whilst putting his own stamp on it, such as employing an experienced mixologist to expand the Pipe's cocktail and spirits offering and introducing Pop Up Sundays (which we think is the best Sunday lunch you'll find outside of your Mum's house!).
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Our cellars offer a wide range of wines from around the world and we travel the globe seeking out interesting winemakers with a passion for their craft. We also work very closely with our food suppliers to ensure only the highest quality (locally sourced wherever possible) produce is supplied for our chefs to work their alchemy with.
The philosophies and ideals that have defined the restaurant continue today - to bring you homemade classic & contemporary British food and world beating wines in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
We have 2 private dining rooms available that are perfect for either business meetings or larger party bookings. 'The Office' seats up to 6 whilst the 'Charles Heidsieck Room' seats up to 20. For parties of 12 and above, we have a Set Menu available which can be found here. If you wish to order from our Main Menu, we require a pre-order at least 24 hours in advance.
Please call us or drop us an email to book for a large party or one of our private dining rooms.