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restaurant review: bella italia, basildon

bella italia basildon review

In the South of Essex is an area of Basildon known affectionately as Bas Vegas. Nestled among industrial estates is a retail park with cinema, bowling and various bars and eateries. It’s been a popular evening destination for the locals for nearly twenty years. I’ve seen dozens of films there and eaten there countless more times. It’s not a place […]

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restaurant review: pizza express, rayleigh

pizza express rayleigh

My home town of Rayleigh has undergone a huge transformation in the past five years. It suffered the same stagnation that ran across most of the suburban high streets of England in the 2000s as the recession bit. In 2010 restaurant after restaurant opened up and now the high street heaves with people of an evening. We’re now spoiled for choice, not only by chains […]

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chop bloc restaurant review

chop bloc steak

Steakhouses are a great thing. If you live in London you are spoiled for choice with your Goodmans, Hawksmoors, Byrons etc. Steak specialists have started to spread to Essex such as Southend’s Bourgee. Now Chelmsford can claim it’s own prime steakhouse. Chop Bloc is a new opening that looks to recreate the best elements of steakhouses from London, America and Canada. […]

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