Here are Southend’s Top 10 pubs for grub (according to TripAdvisor).
In reverse order…

#10 The Old Garrison

The Old Garrison Pub

Image source: The Old Garrison Facebook

Located in Shoeburyness near the site of Shoebury Garrison, The Old Garrison pub has recently been refurbished and is under new management. TripAdvisor reviews mention the outdoor garden, with wooden climbing apparatus and seating for alfresco dining. The food seems to go down well at this pub with many reviews commenting on how delicious the carvery is here. There is a quiz night held on Wednesday and the atmosphere is perfect for families. Plenty of parking is available at The Old Garrison.

Address: Campfield Road, Shoeburyness, Southend-on-Sea.

TripAdvisor Rating: 4/5 based on 87 reviews. #178 of 494 Restaurants in Southend-on-Sea.


#9 The Peterboat

The Peterboat pub

Image source: The Peterboat Facebook

The Peterboat is always a popular choice, particularly in summer months, due to its prime position on the coast at Old Leigh in Southend, a small fishing village with an “olde world” charm. Many reviews on TripAdvisor talk about views of the estuary whilst drinking or dining and this has to be one of the biggest pulls for The Peterboat. You may experience a wait for food during busy hours at this pub, but it’s well worth it. Good selection of ales and plenty of parking available in and around Old Leigh.

Address: 27 High Street, Leigh-on Sea, Southend-on-Sea.

TripAdvisor Rating: 3.5/5 based on 273 reviews. #172 of 494 Restaurants in Southend-on-Sea.


#8 The Oakwood

The Oakwood Pub

Image source: The Oakwood Facebook

The Oakwood is located in Leigh-on-Sea and is a spacious, traditional pub. Highly recommended by reviewers on TripAdvisor for cleanliness and great food, the pub opens from 9am serving breakfast. Portions are generous and children’s menus are available. There is always a range of entertainment at The Oakwood including live music, tribute acts and Sky TV.

Address: 564 Rayleigh Road, Leigh-on Sea, Southend-on-Sea.

TripAdvisor Rating: 4/5 based on 33 reviews. #159 of 494 Restaurants in Southend-on-Sea.


#7 The Hamlet Court

The Hamlet Court

Image source: The Hamlet Court Facebook

7th on our list is The Hamlet Court, a pub situated in Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea. This pub gets quite busy during the evenings, which can lead to a bit of a wait for food, but the menu has been recently updated and almost all TripAdvisor reviewers comment on how great the food is, calling it “decent value pub grub”. There is a choice of real ales available at The Hamlet Court.

Address: 54 Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea.

TripAdvisor Rating: 4/5 based on 53 reviews. #137 of 494 Restaurants in Southend-on-Sea.


#6 The Bellhouse

The Bellhouse Pub

Image source: The Bellhouse Facebook

The Bellhouse, in Leigh-on-Sea, is the perfect place to relax and unwind with family and friends. Featuring it’s very own on-site herb garden, with other fresh produce being delivered daily, some of their most exciting seasonal produce can be experienced on the daily specials board. The Bellhouse has hundreds of reviews positively discussing the quality of the food served on the pubs premises.

Address: 321 Rayleigh Road, Eastwood, Leigh-on Sea, Southend-on-Sea.

TripAdvisor Rating: 4/5 based on 311 reviews. #113 of 496 Restaurants in Southend-on-Sea.


#5 The Esplanade

The Esplanade

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Situated on Southend seafront, on the site of a well-known nineties nightclub, The Esplanade has recently upgraded to something akin to a gastropub and carvery. With plans to renovate the property seemingly on hold (possibly due to the relentless cliff slippage in that area), the Esplanade benefits from serving meals to patrons overlooking the Thames Estuary. The fantastic views whilst dining are what most TripAdvisor reviewers seem to comment about upon visiting this Southend pub.

Address: Western esplanade, Southend-on-Sea.

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5/5 based on 37 reviews. #99 of 496 Restaurants in Southend-on-Sea.


#4 The Exchange

The Exchange

Image source: The Exchange Facebook

The Exchange is located in Southchurch village on the site of an old Barclay’s Bank. Renovated since 2002, this pub is described as the perfect location for any occasion. Offering complimentary buffets for parties of fifteen or more, the food is outstanding and the Sunday roasts are cooked to perfection. Customer service is also of a high quality at The Exchange, the service is quick and the atmosphere calming.

Address: 659 Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea.
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5/5 based on 55 reviews. #76 of 496 Restaurants in Southend-on-Sea.


#3 The Trading Rooms

The Trading Rooms Pub

Image source: The Trading Rooms Facebook

Located on the corner of London road and Crowthorne road in Westcliff, The Trading Rooms is another Southend pub built on the site of an old bank, this time a Natwest. The Trading Room offers a great range of ‘real ales’ including the award winning local Maldon ‘Brewers Gold’. Fresh food is freshly prepared everyday here and the menu offers fantastic traditional and modern pub dishes at an excellent value for money.

Address: 522 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea.
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5/5 based on 50 reviews. #72 of 496 Restaurants in Southend-on-Sea.


#2 The Railway Hotel

The Railway Hotel Pub

Image source: The Railway Hotel Website

I was surprised to see The Railway Hotel at number 2 in this list. Not because I doubted their ability to produce amazing pub grub, but because The Railway Hotel’s main purpose is to be an open house for the constantly evolving music scene in Southend. It’s not the first place you’d think of for popping to for a bit of pub grub, but there you have it! So to the people of Southend – looks can be deceptive! The Railway Hotel offers lovely food at reasonable prices in casual surroundings and an extensive vegetarian/vegan menu is available. Live music is also played regularly at this venue.

Address: 32 Clifftown Rd, Southend-on-Sea.
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5/5 based on 43 reviews. #65 of 496 Restaurants in Southend-on-Sea.


#1 The Castle Inn

The Castle Inn Pub

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Set in the heart of Little Wakering, The Castle Inn is a lovely village pub in a peaceful location offering a wide selection of drinks and real ales. This pub offers locally sourced, home cooked food from and traditional roast dinners. Having dined there myself at a family party, I can confirm that the food is delicious. Reviews on TripAdvisor talk about this pub being a hidden gem serving amazing food. The Castle Inn is dog friendly and also offers plenty of parking.

Address: Little Wakering Road, Little Wakering, Southend-on-Sea.
TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5/5 based on 24 reviews. #44 of 496 Restaurants in Southend-on-Sea.

So that finishes off our list of Southend’s top ten pubs for grub. Don’t forget that this list is based off of data available on TripAdvisor and is formed on reviewers ratings. It does not reflect the author’s personal opinion. If you agree (or disagree) with our list of good pub grub in Southend, let us know why in the comments below.

Source: TripAdvisor

Top Tip for Pub Profits!

Did you know that playing pub background music can dramatically increase your profits?

According to numerous studies into the effects of music on consumers, the atmosphere within a pub impacts the purchases made, with music being a core element to this.  There is a significant difference in the time spent at a dining table when comparing slow-tempo music and fast-tempo music. Those who listen to slow-tempo music spend, on average, 56 minutes at a table, compared to a noteworthy 45 minutes for those listening to  fast-tempo.

The same research showed that during the times when slow background music was played, drinkers at the bar spent on average £19.86, compared to £14.09 during the fast paced music. The slow-tempo encouraged customers to drink an average of 3.04 drinks more per customer group.

So if you run a pub and don’t have live bands booked back-to-back, or haven’t found time to hire a pub jukebox then you should consider this tip and increase your pub profits!