Eating out – The Best Eateries in Essex

Alec's Restaurant in Brentwood

Alec’s Restaurant in Brentwood

Can’t decide whether to stay in or go out tonight? Well the good news for you is in Essex there’s no shortage of places to go and things to do. Whatever you’re thinking of doing, we are going to try and help you make up your mind this evening with a look at some of the finest eateries and restaurants Essex has to offer.

Vita Bella Restaurant, East Hanningfield

Not far from Chelmsford we find the immensely popular Italian restaurant Vita Bella. With a wide selection of menus to pick from, the variations of authentic Italian food on offer is staggering. From the usual array of Italian favourites, to a selection of locally sourced steaks and the irresistible, made-to-share cheesy garlic bread. There is something for everyone and it is all reasonably priced. Vita Bella is the perfect place for a romantic night out with the other half or to line the stomach before a big night out. Open seven days a week, the restaurant can be contacted on 01245 400204.

The Pig and Whistle, Chelmsford

The Pig and Whistle is a diamond in the rough; located just 10 minutes away from Chelmsford city centre, you find yourself surrounded by picturesque countryside on each side as you dine away in a warm and cosy restaurant. With its rustic, high end menu, the Pig and Whistle offers a lively mix of international cuisine and classic British pub favourites that set the standards for any special night out. With a selection of different menus and a popular carvery on Sundays, it can understandably get very busy and it is recommended you book in advance on 01245 443186.

The Magic Mushroom, Billericay

Don’t let the name fool you, The Magic Mushroom is fine dining at its best and should be high on any Essex goer’s to-do list. The restaurant’s high-ceilinged, barn like interior, relaxed atmosphere and quirky selection of menus, infusing modern and traditional foods, make for an interesting eating experience indeed. A very popular venue that also caters for events, it would definitely be worthwhile calling to make a reservation in advance on 01268 289963. The Magic Mushroom is a must do.

Alec’s Restaurant, Bar & Grill, Brentwood

Formerly the Green Man Public House, Alec’s was restored to newfound glory by owner and restauranteur Alec Smith. With an attractive and classy interior and a spacious outdoor dining area, it is an ideal location come rain or shine, especially if you’re hoping to enjoy a few glasses of bubbly and take in the beautiful surroundings. With an interesting selection of seafood and fish based menus, Alec’s is a unique eatery that exasperates character and gastronomical passion that is unlike anywhere else in the area. Reservations can be made on 01277 375696.

With such a selection of fine restaurants on our doorstep, including those not even mentioned here, making a choice is sometimes no easy feat. The beauty of Essex and London is that you can experience the best it has to offer without ever even leaving your front room. With companies like Deliveroo offering food delivery in and around London, all you have to do is make a selection and they do the rest for you. It really is that simple.

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