Over the bank holiday weekend the family and I visited The Boat Yard in Leigh-on-sea.
Set along the seafront next to the cockle sheds, the restaurant enjoys seaside views.
Whilst we had lunch, we watched the tide go out to reveal the surprisingly pretty mud flats. This, teamed with upbeat (but not overbearing) live music set the perfect scene for lunch beside the sea side.
As we visited on a Sunday, we chose a meal from the set menu. The whole family enjoyed freshly prepared food, including roast beef and the 'fish of the day' salmon, served with a lobster sauce.
The 3 fish tart in particular was delicious, with a crumbly pastry case and flavoursome filling, and the cheese platter was served with a sweet rosemary chutney that we're still thinking of...
The Boat Yard is somewhere special, yet very responsibly priced - ideal for both lazy Sunday afternoons or lively Friday nights.