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Pipe of Port Southend on sea, Essex restaurant review

plaice with pea casserole pipe of port southend

plaice with pea casserole pipe of port southend

This is a candle-lit Wine Bar with mahogany tables and sawdust covered floors. It is set our like a cellar and is very cosy – an unusual find in Southend on Sea. I wouldn’t say it is over comfortable, as the wooden seating is basic, but there are booth type seats for a little more privacy and it is cosy in a way.

The wine list there is extensive and to suit all tastes, but the service was mediocre, and unfortunately the food was not fabulous.

I had a potato and leek soup to start, which was rather good, and Michael had the prawns in lemon and garlic, and he enjoyed those, although it was a small portion for the price.

For mains I had pan fried plaice with a pea casserole and new potatoes. I thoroughly enjoyed it but Michael’s pork belly and casserole was not of the same standard. The pork belly was not soft enough and the casserole lacked flavour in every way – a very bland meal that we could not recommend. However if you like fish, then the prawns and plaice were really good and I would thoroughly recommend them.

Restaurant name

Pipe of Port

Date of visit

October 2009

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Restaurant telephone

01702 614606

Restaurant address

84, High St, Southend-On-Sea, Essex SS1 1JN

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Average price per person for 3 course meal, excluding drinks

moderate (£20-£30)

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