Discover Essex for less with the best food, drinks and restaurants for the ultimate foodie trip!

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Giggling Squid (Chelmsford)

Thailand’s richnesss of natural ingredients from the land and sea and crafted by our expert Thai Chefs.

How to get there: Catch any services into Chelmsford City Centre.

More info: Giggling Squid - Thai Restaurant in Chelmsford for Eat-in & Takeaway


Mirra (Colchester)

A newly renovated restaurant in the heart of Colchester, Mirra boasts delicious Turkish cuisine, an exceptional variety of dishes, and artisan cocktails.

How to get there: Catch any services heading into Colchester High Street

More info: Colchester Restaurant - Mirra Restaurant (


Vita Bella (East Hanningfield)

Enjoy a spot of Italian lunch at the award-winning Vita Bella in East Hanningfield. Book ahead to avoid disappointment!

How to get there: Hop on service 3 (suitable for daytime meals, not evening meals)

More info: Italian restaurant | Vita Bella (Essex) Ltd (