The Palm Tree Leigh-on-Sea Essex

The Palm Tree, Leigh-on-Sea

Last night I went for an impromptu dinner with a friend at The Palm Tree in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. I am currently trying to eat a little better and so wanted to go somewhere that would offer meat that wasn’t covered in a cream sauce or batter.

I am a huge fan of Mediterranean and Greek food, I could eat it everyday, so as soon as I thought of The Palm Tree I was eager to get there and dig in!

We booked a table for 7pm but were the only people in the restaurant for the duration of the visit. This doesn’t bother me particularly as it means you can talk quietly rather than feel like you need to shout. The staff did say that it was a massive contrast to the previous Monday where they were fully booked! It was a hot day however and I suppose people were happy with a salad whilst sat in the garden.

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The restaurant itself is tastefully done and not overtly tacky like some Greek restaurants could be. Table accessories were silver and the tables were covered in crisp, white linen. It made for a very enjoyable setting.

For starters we decided to share the Karisik Meze Dips (£6.50) which was a selection of homemade Humus, Tzatziki and Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) served with Pitta Bread. This was absolutely delicious and I think these were one of the best Dolmades I have ever tried! They were so tasty and refreshing after spending the evening in the sun.

I would say that the portion was adequate but there wasn’t a huge amount, especially between two people. The plate included 4 quarters of pitta bread, 2 Dolmades and probably about 2 tablespoons of each of the dips.

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For main we decided to share two of my favourite Greek dishes ever – the Moroccan Lamb Tagine (£14.95) and the Cypriot Kleftico (£14.95). If you do decide to order these dishes please note that you will literally just receive the meat itself and need to order any vegetables or potatoes separately. We decided to avoid carbs and just eat the meat alone.

Both dishes were incredible, they were so tasty and the meat melted in your mouth. The flavours of the various herbs and spices used meant that you wanted to eat it all quickly but at the same time didn’t want it to end!

The size of the Kleftico was more than adequate for one person, however I think it would have been nice for the Tagine to come with some form of rice accompaniment – especially for the price.

We complimented the meal with a bottle of bubbly and it set it off perfectly.

Overall I was impressed with The Palm Tree and would visit again. It was slightly pricey and not somewhere I would necessarily go frequently, but it is definitely a great place to head to if you are looking for a special treat. Saying that, they do offer a smaller and more limited set menu during the week which is a little more reasonable.

East Coast Social Launch

Last weekend I went along to the launch of a brand new venue in Southend-on-Sea. East Coast Social has launched after a £1.5 million refit and it was most certainly worth the money!

You enter the bar on the ground level and are greeted by an array of quirky, unique objects from chest boxes used as tables to a red telephone box in the corner. The laid back atmosphere of the bar area is really nice and it feels a lot more relaxed than some other bars in the area. Come night on a Friday and Saturday this area is home to a DJ and with a late licence you can pop in for a few drinks and stay for a dance too.

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Upstairs is the East Coast Social restaurant, where they serve a wonderfully tempting menu of food. With steaks, burgers and lobster on the menu I will most definitely be trying them out soon. A few of the items are cooked on hot rocks at your table too which is another unique idea.

Overall I was really impressed with the bar and restaurant, it will certainly be somewhere I will visit again soon.

Best of luck to the team with their launch today!

Explore Southend-on-Sea

It has long been the seaside destination choice of Londoners, being just an hour’s train ride from the City, and it is not hard to see why. With beaches stretching from Leigh-on-Sea to Shoeburyness there is plenty of space for you to enjoy the seaside… and lots more to do if relaxing isn’t your thing!

I spend most of my time in Southend, primarily because I work in the centre and also because there is always something going on at the weekend. As part of the Hertz Big Travel List campaign I thought I would share with you my favourite locations, shops, restaurants and bars in Southend-on-Sea and perhaps tempt you in to coming for a day trip!

La Petite Petanque

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A touch of class just off of the high street, La Petite Petanque is located within a bowling green and is a quaint café/bistro. It is no surprise that this place has won awards with Essex Life in the past, the food is delicious (especially the cheesecake!) and the shabby chic décor makes it feel classy and luxurious. The perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Prittlewell Square Gardens

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This is one of my favourite spots to spend a lunch break; it is so peaceful and looks especially pretty in the summer months. It is actually Southend’s oldest surviving public park and it has some beautiful vintage features that make the surroundings even more enjoyable.

Market Place

IMG_3502Take a wander just off of the high street and you will stumble across Market Place, here you will find a selection of independent boutiques and restaurants. My favourite bar is located here, aptly named “The Market Place”, and you will also find Henry Burgers which serves burgers that rivals those of London chains. If vintage clothing is your thing you will find it here, or perhaps you prefer cupcakes? There’s somewhere for that too! Sometimes it really is worth venturing off the beaten track.

Bobby Jo’s Diner

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Wander along the seafront, past the iconic Kursaal building and you will find Bobby Jo’s Diner. Perhaps not what you would expect to find along Southend seafront, this cute and quirky restaurant has an American theme and the food is definitely worth making a stop for. The prices are reasonable and the menu is vast, meaning there is something to cater for any friend or family member! But one tip, make sure you save room for desert – their dessert cabinet is full of tempting treats that you will have your eye on from the moment you walk in.

Boutique 69

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This is my favourite store to visit if I need a new outfit for day or night. It features a great selection of brands, including Glamorous, Little Mistress and House of Harlow 1960. They also stock quirky things such as the retro penny skateboards they currently have in stock. The staff are friendly and the window displays are always eye catching, I would always make sure I checkout the stock here before I go elsewhere!

I hope this has given you some inspiration and perhaps enticed you in to taking a visit to Southend-on-Sea. Although it may not be your first choice I promise that you won’t be disappointed!

Have you visited Southend-on-Sea before?