What to do for Valentine's Day in Leigh-on-Sea

February 12, 2020 by Emily Mertens

Forget the likes of The Ritz, we're lucky enough to live in a town swamped with a range of delicious restaurants, some of which are perfectly romantic and can host a dreamy dinner date this Valentine's Day (without having to get out a loan to do so!)

To help you out, we've chosen some of the best events and restaurant offers taking place in and around Leigh to make this Valentine's Day the most memorable yet.

From romantic restaurants to a creative class, take a look at our top picks!


A delight and a staple of Leigh Broadway for over 30 years, Manoly's Thai restaurant is the place to book if you want to immerse yourself in some traditional Thai surroundings and feast on classic Thai dishes. This Valentine's, they've opted not to put on a set menu, so you can enjoy their regular menu, at regular prices! With an elegant and classy interior, authentically laid out with furniture all the way from Chiang Mai, friendly staff, and the smell of always freshly-cooked food – this unique restaurant is a cornerstone of the community and perfect for couples wanting to dine somewhere special this Valentine's Day.

Where: Manoly Thai Restaurant 31 Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1PA
How much:
Regular prices
01702 475513


Fancy a night out with friends this Valentines? Local businesses Create98 and Corner Club are joining together once again to provide an evening of fun crafts and cocktails on Thursday 13th February. Why not try something different this year and celebrate with your pals? Try out calligraphy on a slate heart, arrange succulents and roses in a concrete pot and do some contemporary embroidery. Contact Create98 to book your space.

Where: 98 Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1AB
How much:
01702 716157

The Royal Hotel

With glistening chandeliers and a plush decor, The Royal Hotel is a romantic choice for couples dining this weekend. The restaurant has put together a special Valentine's menu, available from Thursday 13th February until Saturday 15th from 6pm - 9:30pm. Enjoy a sumptuous three course meal with a range of delicious dishes to choose from, including crispy pork belly bao buns, tiger prawn and lobster bisque thermidor, white chocolate and raspberry creme brulee and much more. Get booking now!

Where: 1 High St, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1JE
How much:
Thursday - £35 each with cocktail, Friday & Saturday - £35 each
01702 899222


This Valentine's Day treat yourself and a loved one to a delicious three course meal at Cucina. Boasting authentic Italian dishes, this special menu has something to everyone's taste - from fresh Burrata to ravioli lobster and a range of desserts. Let your romance blossom over tasty Italian cuisine this Valentine's Day!

Where: 63 Broadway West, Leigh, SS9 2BX
How much:
£38.95 per person
01702 478590

Three's Company

The delightfully friendly Three's Company cafe will be hosting a Valentine's weekend special from 14th - 15th February. Open from 10am to 7pm on the 14th, whether you're looking for a romantic lunch or an indulgent dinner, there will be something for all couples at Three's Company. You can also enjoy a free sweet treat with every meal! What's not to love?

Where: 96 Leigh Rd, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1BU
01702 477377

The Cherry Tree at Stambridge

For some seriously good food this Valentine's Day it's worth a little trip to The Cherry Tree in Rochford. The three-course menu consists of a range of tasty treats, from Tempura King Prawns for starter to Roasted Lamb Rump for main. Make sure to pre-book to recieve your free glass of bubbles!

Stambridge Rd, Rochford SS4 2AF
01702 545960

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Miller & Carter Leigh-on-Sea

From candlelit tables to perfectly-cooked steak, Miller & Carter is the ultimate choice for romantic couples wishing to dine in elegance this Valentine's Day. The delicious set menu includes a range of foodie favourites, from scallops to burgers and steaks to seabass. Available from 10th - 15th February, book your table now!

629 Rayleigh Rd, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 5HR
How much:
3 courses from £27.95
01702 522357

Food by John Lawson

For Leigh-on-Sea locals, this unique dining hotspot is definitely one to try out. With a large focus on health and wellbeing, all of the dishes at Food by John Lawson are made from seasonal produce which is grown as locally as possible. This four course dinner starts with snacks and a welcome cocktail or glass of bubbles followed by the four courses of seasonal and organic food, all paired with the perfect wine. For those who appreciate locally-sourced food, organic dishes and expert flavours, Food by John Lawson will cook up an impressive treat for you this Valentine's Day.

Where: 92 Leigh Rd, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1BU
How much: £75 per person for four courses and wine matching
Call: 01702 840904

The Dining Room

The Dining Room offers modern British dishes with a touch of Asian and European flair and this Valentine's Day they have put together the perfect menu. From Pork Belly and Dim Sum, 8oz Fillet of Beef Wellington, Lobster and Jumbo Prawn Thermidor and so much more to choose from, it's certain there's something to everyone's taste.

Where: 1356 London Rd, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 2UH
How much: £40 per person for three courses
Call: 01702 477499


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