Over the past few years, since having children, my definition of a ‘good restaurant’ has definitely changed somewhat. Long gone are the days of supping a good wine and enjoying the background music provided but he pianist by the bar. These days, the eateries we frequent do not scowl upon noticing any dropped food, do not roll their eyes at excitable children but are enthusiastic about, or at least tolerant of, family mealtimes. So want to know if there’s a Leigh-on-Sea restaurant or cafe that has been tried and tested by many local parents? Then check this list and don’t forget to reserve your table too where possible!
Relish. They always welcome children and buggies. There are lovely clean baby change facilities (that are sanitised daily) and a great children’s menu (just £4.95 for a main course, dessert and drink). Situated in the heart of Leigh-on-Sea, it’s the perfect place for grabbing something to eat mid-shop and having a light bite to eat.
The Crooked Billet in Old Leigh is just a short walk from the sandy beach and well known for its British pub classics. It’s a very traditional setting and although we ate there without children I’m quite keen to return with them in tow, so they can sample some of the fish that’s on offer. A friend also booked a meal with a large group and had the whole restaurant to themselves, so worth thinking about for a birthday meal or other occasion!
Daleys is a lovely little coffee shop along London Road, which has a small play area and conveniently located next to the park. This would be the ideal place to stop before heading into Chalkwell Park to the playground, or for a stroll. Even thought it was busy when we were in Daleys, we never felt rushed.
But what about any chain restaurants?
Miller & Carter, although a chain, is one of my favourites for a family meal. The Leigh branch lives up to previous restaurants we’ve visited and has a large outdoor seating area, perfect for al fresco dining in warmer months! I dare you to leave Miller & Carter without having a chocolate hazelnut bomb…
Alebro also came highly recommended by friends – it has a menu that changes regularly to keep it varied and seasonal. If there’s a group of you, make sure you request the area at the front as you’ll have space to stand around with a drink or two before eating. The food has always been amazing here and we’ll definitely be going back.
Fancy something a little different?
Lemon Witch is your place! It’s a very family friendly Leigh-on-Sea restaurant, with incredible pancakes, crepes and galettes. They cater for lots of dietary needs too just let them if you need gluten free food or vegan meals, for example.
La Sirena was far from disappointing. It is the restaurant that so many people recommended and we loved it. Everyone in our party (of both adults and children) were well catered for and I couldn’t fault the authentic Italian food and the fantastic atmosphere in there.
Know another Leigh-on-Sea restaurant that should be included?
Luckily for us locals, Leigh-on-Sea is absolutely full to the brim of amazing places to day, come day or night, so I’d love to hear about any I’ve missed out. We’ve not been in the area for long so still working our way around!!