Top 10 restaurants in Brentwood, as chosen by you

PUBLISHED: 17:09 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:59 07 September 2018

Picture: Jay Wennington

Picture: Jay Wennington

Jay Wennington

Choosing where to go for lunch for dinner is an ongoing modern dilemma that most of us become victims of on a regular basis.

But thanks to members of the Enjoy Brentwood More Facebook page, we’ve put together a list of recommended restaurants that you should try out.

So whether you’re new to the borough or just want to find somewhere different to grab a bite to eat, we’ve got you covered.

The Bull. Picture: Ken MearsThe Bull. Picture: Ken Mears

The Bull

To kick off the list, is this cosy country pub on the outskirts of Brentwood, which is a personal favourite of mine. From the super friendly staff and homely atmosphere, to the delicious food itself, there is very little that I don’t love about visiting The Bull.

They hold a quiz night every Thursday as well as live music on Saturday’s so there are plenty of reasons to give it a go. I would definitely recommend ordering The Bull burger and the honeycomb and toffee sundae!

The Brentwood Kitchen. Picture: Ken MearsThe Brentwood Kitchen. Picture: Ken Mears

The Brentwood Kitchen

The owners of The Brentwood Kitchen in Ingrave Road, has taken the best parts of a café and a restaurant and mixed them together to create this quirky business. Throughout the week, you can treat yourself to a full English or their tasty poached eggs on toast, but from Thursday to Saturday, the kitchen opens up until 11pm where guests can dine, drink fabulous cocktails and listen to live music.

A great option for both day and night.

Tarantino. Picture: Ken MearsTarantino. Picture: Ken Mears


When it comes to this Italian eatery, there are lots of reasons as to why it’s so special and it seems like I’m not the only one who thinks so.

Surrounded by beautiful wall art with soothing music playing in the background as you eat, Tarantino makes you feel just that little bit closer to the dream European destination. The profiteroles here are a must try - they are heavenly!

Thatchers Arms. Picture: Ken MearsThatchers Arms. Picture: Ken Mears

Thatchers Arms

Described as doing “great pub grub”, Thatchers Arms in Great Warley is the next recommendation to make the list. The family-run pub dates back to the 16th century and remains very popular to this day, not only for the drinks but the classic British food it serves, including bangers and mash, homemade steak and ale pie and ham, egg and chips. On Tripadvisor, customers have raved about the “great service”, saying that it is a “warm and welcoming place” with large portions so make sure you’re hungry before going!

Alec's in Navestock Side. Picture: Ken MearsAlec's in Navestock Side. Picture: Ken Mears


Deemed the perfect place for “special occasions”, it’s no surprise that Alec’s Restaurant in Navestock has come highly recommended. Having been open since 2010, Alec’s has established itself as one of the leading fish restaurants in Essex, attracting customers with its fresh ingredients and exceptional service. One to look out for on the menu is the delicious grilled monkfish.

The Leather Bottle.The Leather Bottle.

The Leather Bottle

This gastropub in the picturesque village of Blackmore is really popular and you can definitely see why. After a full-refurbishment in 2016, The Leather Bottle has only started acting as a restaurant since March this year but the food has gone down a storm with its reasonably priced and tasty menu. The team behind the “superb” gastropub prides itself on its locally sourced ingredients, award winning selection of real ales, ciders and lagers as well as its friendly staff and beautiful walled garden.

Chutney Joe. Picture: Ellie HoskinsChutney Joe. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Chutney Joe

Fancy an Indian? Then you’ve got to try the cuisine at Chutney Joe in High Street, Brentwood. The chef, who was named Chef of the Year in 2013, aims to serve up “tantalising” Asian-influenced modern dishes using fresh ingredients in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Visitors have said the food is “amazing and affordable” and the “fantastic” service makes the place stand out from the rest. So why not get your taste buds tingling with one of their delicious curries next Friday night.

Mare Blu. Picture: Ken MearsMare Blu. Picture: Ken Mears

Mare Blu

This “lovely” restaurant in South Street is seen as a great place for an evening meal for seafood and meat lovers alike. On the family-run business’ website, it says “our goal is to serve you fantastic food with a romantic and fun atmosphere” and from the sound of it, they are yet to disappoint with a 4.5 rating on Tripadvisor. The elegant décor, great atmosphere as well as its varied menu has led to this restaurant having a great reputation in the area.

Giggling Squid. Picture: Ken MearsGiggling Squid. Picture: Ken Mears

Giggling Squid

I think it’s fair to say that there is nothing quite like the Giggling Squid in the High Street. The entire restaurant is beautifully decorated with a shabby chic theme, filled with delicate white ornaments and orchids, so when you first walk in, it’s really lovely to look at. Accompanied by delicious Thai food and attentive staff, Giggling Squid is a great place to go if you want to try something new. Personal favourites would have to be to salt and pepper squid or the pork dumplings.

The Nag's Head. Picture: Ken MearsThe Nag's Head. Picture: Ken Mears

The Nag’s Head

Almost adjacent to The Bull, The Nag’s Head has become another popular gastropub among the locals. Renowned for its very enjoyable Sunday lunches, contemporary décor with real fire places and classic British menu, this is the perfect place for a cosy night of drinking and eating homely food. Guests have said it’s great for a family meal, with “lovely and friendly service” as well as “cheery atmosphere”.

Have anymore suggestions? Tell us what you think in the Enjoy Brentwood More Facebook page!

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