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 153 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.
Featured Essex Restaurants
. Le Talbooth
British, Modern restaurant in Dedham
Gun Hill - CO7
“The perfect setting for a perfect meal” – this half-timbered building beside the River Stour was depicted in a Constable painting. The kitchen is praised for “excellent if slightly old-fashioned cuisine”, but it’s the “romantic setting” (all “cosy old beams and wood fires”) that most sets the pulse racing – although, having passed its 65th birthday, the restaurant was shocked to be described in The Times this year as the ‘fourth sexiest’ in England.
. West Mersea Oyster Bar
Fish & seafood restaurant in West Mersea
Coast Rd - CO5
“Oysters to die for (cultivated within eyesight) and wonderful fish options” mean that it’s worth braving the crowds and “very basic dining conditions” to eat at this seafront diner. It’s “consistently good value”, with “interesting specials to encourage new experiences”.
. The Magic Mushroom
British, Modern restaurant in Billericay
Barleylands Road - CM11
Darren Bennet’s bistro has long been a beacon in these parts for relaxed modern British grub in a beamed setting; given its appeal, fans may be pleased to hear that he recently applied for a license to open 24 hours a day.
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