Whilst visiting Leigh-on-Sea for the first time, we had lunch at the Leigh Bistro, located on Broadway, the main shopping street in the town.
It was relatively late when we arrived and so it wasn’t too full and we were shown to a lovely table, not on the pavement, but in front of the open window, so we had fresh air without distracting passersby and traffic noise.
We took advantage of the two-course lunch menu which offered great value at £13.50. As befits a seaside resort, there was plenty of fish on the menu although carnivores and vegetarians were also well catered for. We chose whitebait and crayfish and prawn cocktail to start with. The latter was full of prawns and absolutely delicious. For mains, we enjoyed a pan-fried sea bass with crushed new potatoes, green beans and salsa verde (which attracted a £3 supplement) and bearing in mind I was wearing a white linen shirt, I risked a beetroot and goat cheese salad. Not only was it enjoyable, but the shirt remained unstained.
We had a beer and cider with our meal and double espressos to finish.
I would definitely return to the bistro. Men beware, it was very much a “ladies who lunch” place as probably around 99.9% of the other customers were female.