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Your guide to the best food & drink independents in Essex

Essex is an under-explored county with a great food and drink scene. It has more than 350 miles of coastline, and its salt marshes and oyster beds influence the menus of the many excellent pubs and restaurants that grace its historic towns and picturesque villages. With a growing number of vineyards, too, plus a strong tradition of fruit growing, Essex has lots to offer the discerning food lover. We’re just starting out in Essex but watch this space.

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  • Be guided to great independents, from street-food stalls to stylish restaurants
  • Up to 25% off with your membership card

Recommended businesses in Essex

Here are the food and drink independents we love in this region and their member offers, with more coming soon…

  • The Company Shed

    The Company Shed is exactly that – a shed at the end of the Coast Road in West Mersea, Essex. But don’t be put off by the idea of eating in a shed, you’ll be hard-pushed to find fresher seafood…

  • The Riverside Inn

    Riverside Inn head chef Andi Walker made a big impression on Master Chef: The Professionals. He is now bringing his talent to bear at this 17th century former watermill in Chelmsford…