The Good Food Guide 2020

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Food by John Lawson, Leigh-on-Sea

“What a find!” declared our inspector, acting on a reader tip-off about this ‘no-menu’ restaurant deep in the commuter belt. Now the word is out on the relaxed neighbourhood spot, squashed between a café-cum-deli and a gift shop, where great things are happening. John Lawson (below) earned his stripes in the kitchens of Raymond Blanc and Gordon Ramsay before setting up on his own in Melbourne. When he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015, he used food to support his ongoing recovery and it’s this healthy-eating ethos that underpins the cooking here. But there is nothing holier-than-thou about the organic or foraged produce, the vegan or free-from dishes, or the grass-fed meat: they are quite simply delicious.

“Worth every penny” was how one enthusiastic diner, now a loyal regular, summed up Lawson’s £48 four-course no-choice menu. Our inspector heaped praise on memorable Aberdeen Angus featherblade paired with roasted cauliflower and a cauliflower and cashew purée, as well as the first-rate front of house. But don’t just take their word for it: get yourself a day return to the Essex seaside pronto.

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Jaime Lawson