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“Delicious in every detail”
Review of La Petite Petanque

La Petite Petanque
Ranked #62 of 681 Restaurants in Southend-on-Sea
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$20
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: La Petite Petanque serves cosmopolitan cuisine in a relaxed vintage decor and in a unique setting on the Alexandra Bowling Green. We are open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and early supper (handy for pre performance meals before shows at the Cliffs Pavilion). We also serve a fantastic afternoon tea (booking required). Winner of the Best Tea Rooms Essex Award 2012 and runner-up 2013, you are assured of a high quality, substantial meal on every visit. Sunday Roasts are particularly popular so its best to make a reservation.
Reviewed 16 November 2013

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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Reviewed 20 October 2013 via mobile

Visited the petite Pétanque for Sunday lunch. Very welcoming staff. A credit to the owners. Served a lovely Sunday roast. Look forward to next visit to try more of extensive menu.

Thank GaryRW64
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

This is an old pavillion on a bowling green and the setting is lovely in a leafy square away from the the hustle and bustle of Southend. The interior is quite quirky and think more suited for small parties or couples. Went for breakfast and food was good but just don't understand why you have to go the counter to order and pay before when there are waitresses around who obviously bring the food out to you. Would be so much nicer for your order to be taken at the table and would also be more inclined to order another drink (and leave a tip) rather than having to queue up again. Would be more inclined to go there for breakfast or a snack rather than an evening meal. Good but could be better.

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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Wonderful Bistro in pretty surroundings. Four of us out for early dinner, and were very impressed by the ambience of the place. Food was terrific, Lamb Cutlets excellent, Burger huge and a Jacket Potato with a wonderful Waldorf salad. Followed by homemade cake, superb. Very friendly and efficient service.

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Thank BillericayEssex
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

Our travels took us to Westcliff on Sea today and the cafe/bistro La Petite Petanque, a converted bowling pavilion nestled in a quiet leafy square. First impressions were excellent. The restaurant has been painstakingly and artistically converted to portray a chic 1920's tea room complete with photographs, elegant ladies hats, gloves and handbags - the entire decor is a feast to the eyes of a bygone age. Our welcome could not have been cheerier and although tempted to sit outside, or in the conservatory, we finally plumped for inside the restaurant in order to admire the decor. The menu was extensive ranging from breakfast, brunch, light bites, afternoon teas to a varied choice for a three course lunch. The men chose the Lamb Crown Cutlets whilst one of the ladies chose the Lemon Fish Tangine & the other a Steak & Stilton Salad. Followed by Malibu & Coconut cheesecake for three and a huge slice of Coffee and Walnut cake for one. The food was freshly prepared, exquisitely presented and tasted absolutely delicious. Extremely good value for money too. The La Petite Petanque has been a wonderful find for us and we would strongly recommend this restaurant to all. We look forward to returning asap. We very happily award this venue 6 stars. http://www.lapetitepetanque.co.uk/La_Petite_Petanque_Menu_2013.pdf Above is a link to the menu from this marvellous restaurant!
Our travels took us to Westcliff on Sea today and the cafe/bistro
La Petite Petanque, a converted bowling pavilion nestled in a quiet leafy square. First impressions were excellent. The restaurant has been painstakingly and artistically converted to portray a chic 1920's tea room complete with photographs, elegant ladies hats, gloves and handbags - the entire decor is a feast to the eyes of a bygone age.

Our welcome could not have been cheerier and although tempted to sit outside, or in the conservatory, we finally plumped for inside the restaurant in order to admire the decor. The menu was extensive ranging from breakfast, brunch, light bites, afternoon teas to a varied choice for a three course lunch. The men chose the Lamb Crown Cutlets whilst one of the ladies chose the Lemon Fish Tangine & the other a Steak & Stilton Salad. Followed by Malibu & Coconut cheesecake for three and a huge slice of Coffee and Walnut cake for one. The food was freshly prepared, exquisitely presented and tasted absolutely delicious. Extremely good value for money too.

The La Petite Petanque has been a wonderful find for us and we would strongly recommend this restaurant to all. We look forward to returning asap

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Thank BettyL58
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