This lovely tearoom is in a converted pavilion overlooking a lush bowling green fringed by trees and flowerbeds and set down in the middle of Southend’s pretty conservation area, just a step away from the seafront. It’s a popular choice, and a perfect location for lunch, even on a wet Monday in November. The delightfully refurbished and decorated interior is as appealing as the food and if staff were a bit twitchy when six diners arrived without booking it was probably because they were worried that they might not be able to offer everyone their first choice from the menu. They were right - some dishes had sold out and only two of us could have the rather yummy looking quiche and salad. The rest of us chose from the well priced and equally delicious menu. My chicken and mushroom pie was lovely with a tender, generous filling topped with a flaky pastry lid and a hefty serving of potato, though the green beans were frankly hard rather than al dente . The sweet potato risotto looked, and apparently tasted, lovely too. But the foot-long, super-filled club sandwiches were the stars of the table, overhanging the plates by several delicious inches! Two would probably have been enough to serve everyone, but being greedy, that’s what I’m having next time.
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