Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Essex
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Essex restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 155 restaurants in Essex and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Essex restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Smith's Brasserie British, Modern restaurant in Ongar Fyfield Rd - CM5
Priding ourselves on our motto ‘Famous for fish’ Smiths Restaurants is a name that has become synonymous with fine dining and quality, attentive service.
Our restaurants are located in Ongar Essex (just off the A414) and Wapping in central London (near Tower Bridge).
2. The Bell Inn British, Modern restaurant in Horndon on the Hill High Rd - SS17
The Bell Inn, set in the lovely historic village of Horndon on the Hill, is a 15th Century Coaching Inn run by the same family for over 75 years.
The two busy bars have the warm, friendly atmosphere of a ‘proper’ pub. There’s an open fire, numerous ales on hand pump and a top-c...
3. The Blue Strawberry International restaurant in Hatfield Peverel The Street - CM3
The Blue Strawberry Bistrot, situated just off the A12 in the village of Hatfield Peverel with its mainline railway station, is ideally located for both the busy executive wishing to enjoy a quality meal without travelling far off the beaten track as well as those who wish for...
4. The Pipe of Port British, Traditional restaurant in Southend-on-Sea 84 High St - SS1
History of the Restaurant
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 shoul...
5. Haywards Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Epping 111 Bell Common - CM16
Haywards was opened by husband and wife team, Jahdre and Amanda Hayward, in 2013. They spent many years training under some of the most influential chefs in both London and Australia before returning to Epping and undertaking the huge project of converting a lis...
6. Eat 17 British, Modern restaurant in Bishop’s Stortford 23 Potter Street - CM23
“In the heart of Walthamstow Village”, this “great neighbourhood spot” – a Spar supermarket with kitchen attached – wins praise for its “quality” cooking (“the 2019 Harden’s description of pub-type grub underplays its standard and originality”). “Very relaxed and welcoming for young children”, the venture’s best-known innovation is bacon jam, which you can buy by the jar in various flavours. Other branches have opened in Hackney and, most recently, Hammersmith (somewhat better-served areas, so these respective branches are somewhat less of a local lifeline).
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