1. This roasted lamb dish at Haywards in Epping Facebook / Via Facebook: Haywards Haywards doesn't have the largest of menus, which means that you know all of the food they do offer is cooked to absolute perfection. Their portion sizes are the perfect amount to ensure you have enough room for your starter, main and dessert, which you'll definitely want to save room for! 2. Anything from The Magic Mushroom in Billericay Facebook: themagicmushroomrestaurant / Via Facebook There isn't a single thing on the menu at The Magic Mushroom that doesn't leave you drooling at the mere idea of it. Peanut butter & chocolate panna-cotta? 28 day aged fillet of beef? Crispy pork belly? Uhhh, get in MY belly! 3. A burger at Lunch in a Bag in Westcliff Lunch in a Bag / Via Facebook: Lunch-in-a-Bag I mean, have you SEEN that burger? Burgers at Lunch in a Bag really are something else and there really is a burger on their menu for absolutely everyone. 4. Breakfast at The Barn Brasserie in Great Tey Facebook / Via Facebook: thebarn.greattey Their entire breakfast menu is to die for (including the vegetarian version of this dish – Eggs Florentine), but we all know anything with hollandaise sauce goes straight to the top of the list! 5. The buffet at Cosmo in Romford Facebook / Via Facebook: CosmoRestaurants If you're into seafood, curries, noodles, sushi, dim sum... you see where I'm going with this, right? For all of your wildest dreams pan-Asian style, head to Cosmo in Romford for a delicious buffet with more options than you'll be able to stuff yourself with one sitting! 6. Cheesecake at The Blue Strawberry Bistrot in Hatfield Peverel View this photo on Instagram instagram.com There's a reason why Blue Strawberry are an award-winning restaurant. In fact, there is a reason why it's in the top five for most Essex folk. Their cheesecake in particular is absolutely out of this world and definitely worth saving room for after your main course! 7. Pizza breakfast at Milton Cafe & Fat Joe's Bistro in Southend Trip Advisor / Via tripadvisor.com If you're looking for some seriously good grub in a no-frills type of restaurant, Milton Cafe is the place to go. Not only can you go in your trainers and tracksuit bottoms (essential hangover wear), but you can get a breakfast ON A PIZZA. What more could you want on the seafront? 8. Afternoon tea at Le Bouchon in Heybridge Facebook / Via Facebook: lebouchonbrasserie For those typically British afternoons where you just want to eat all the sugar as well as all the cucumber sandwiches your heart desires, head to Le Bouchon in Heybridge for an unforgettable (unless you drink too much of the sparkly stuff, of course) afternoon! 9. A pie dish at The Brasserie Lower Street in Stansted Facebook / Via Facebook: TheBrasserieLowerStreet Never in your life will you feel so fancy eating a pie as you will at The Brasserie. 10. All the things at Le Talbooth in Dedham Le Talbooth / Via milsomhotels.com Le Talbooth is so good that even ex staff members recommend it when asked about the best eats in Essex, which really is saying something! The prices in Le Talbooth can seem a little steep, but if there's one place you are getting your value for money in this county, it's got to be here! 11. Dinner at The Olive Tree in Loughton Facebook / Via Facebook: The-Olive-Tree-Loughton The Olive Tree are guaranteed to serve you some of the most delicious Mediterranean food you have ever encountered. Anyone for grilled halloumi? YES! 12. Fish 'n' Chips from Hiltons Fish Bar in Basildon Trip Advisor / Via tripadvisor.com ...or pie and chips, sausage and chips, or, well, whatever your favourite dish from the chippy may be. If you find yourself in Basildon and fancy some hot chips and decently battered fish, then you know where to go! 13. Seafood dishes at Vita Bella Italian in Chelmsford Facebook / Via Facebook: VitaBellaItalianRestaurant Simply because carbs + seafood = one of the best concoctions known to man. Wear loose fit trousers to this meal, particularly around the waist! 14. Bread at Mayfield Farm Bakery in Harlow Facebook / Via Facebook: mayfieldfarmbakery Not only is this a bakery, but it's also a bakery school that teaches you how to make bread like an absolute pro (aka by hand). Mayfield Farm is definitely a case of those who CAN, teach. 15. Thai food at Thai Up At The Quay in Harwich Facebook / Via Facebook: Thai-up-at-the-Quay The reason why this place is so fantastic is because the owners actually trained to cook thai food in Asia, which means as a customer that you're as good as in Thailand. It's definitely cheaper than a flight! 16. Pub grub at The Dolphin in Braintree The Dolphin / Via hi-life.co.uk The reason why locals love The Dolphin is because it is delicious pub grub at a great value for your money. Whether you pop in for a Ploughman's or opt for a steak with homemade sauce, you won't be disappointed!