‘We catch so many, I can only get rid of them at Colchester zoo....the sea lions can’t get enough’.
Leigh on Sea News
There’s a new kid on the block causing quite a stir. It’s made national headlines, and has divided opinions amongst my friends, let alone my chef friends. And why? How the hell can this new café serve up an edible full English brekkie for a quid?
“Often, all I ever want is some perfectly grilled fish and buttered new potatoes”. A quote from Rick Steins ‘Seafood Odyssey’.
Don’t over complicate things. Words I’m certain chef’s the world over would agree with.
Well I’ve got to say Rayleigh you’re certainly stamping your authority on our local gourmet scene.
Do you know what, whilst on the train home last week, I realised something; I’ve been writing at Leigh-on-sea.com for three years this month! Yeah 3 years! Where the hell has that time gone!
Once a rather uninteresting former old folks home, this building has been transformed in to a high-end boutique hotel, with an equally lavish restaurant.
After a little social media inspiration, it hit me, The Market Place Beigel Bar. YES, I can now get myself a Brick Lane classic locally.
What about our little corner of Essex by the sea? We saw some great new openings this year.
It goes without saying, I like food. Correction, I love it! Who doesn’t I suppose?
I’ve long been a fan of the Grove. This quaint little restaurant perched at the top of Belton Way East has surely one of the best vantage points in Leigh. With its truly enviable location, grab a seat in their garden and you’ll be spoilt with a beautiful vista across, what I like to describe as, the Thames Riviera.
This iconic building gazes down over the estuary, just as it has done for over 200 years, and looks as good as it did back in the day.
Surely this has got to be one of the most iconic fish & chip restaurants in the area? They’ve been frying up our national dish since 1967.
Have I just woken up? Have I been in some kind’a gastronomic dream? Did last week really happen? At one point I had to pinch myself to make sure I was awake.
We’ve all got a bucket list, right? All those must do things before you pop your clogs. Swim with dolphins, wing walk, fly in a hot air balloon, and all those sorts of things. Yes, I do have a bucket list but an alternative one. It’s a foodie bucket list.
So, the day was finally here. I’ve been anticipating this for weeks. Basically, I was in for an afternoon of BBQ and craft beer! Two things I love!
Oh boy, the memories of this place. It played such a big part in my life during the 90’s. A night out in Southend wasn’t complete without popping in here.
Living by the coast certainly brings alfresco dining to another level. Something as simple as a picnic on the beach, or a bit of seafood with a pint of ale in Old Leigh, are both the most charming and pleasurable foodie experiences we can enjoy right on our doorstep.
Taco Ria have brought something to Southend which is different. It's like nothing else we have. It's somewhere to go with friends and enjoy some pretty unique grub.
Think of health food and you don’t normally think of burgers? Quinoa salads, lean protein and fresh veg yes, but a burger? They couldn’t be farther away from what we consider health food.