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  • Robins Pie & Mash Shop, Basildon
    Robins Pie & Mash Shop, Basildon
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  • Pie & Mash
    Pie & Mash
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  • Robins Pie & Mash Shop, Basildon
    Robins Pie & Mash Shop, Basildon
    by bpwarne

Basildon Things to Do

  • Wat Tyler or Pitsea Hall park ?

    The country park to the south of Basildon is worth a visit. It has virtually nothing to recommend it in terms of scenery - as all you get are stunning views of marshes, pylons and, wait fot it ; Canvey Island.On the other hand there is a Free Powerboat museum, several restored Essex barns and house from other parts of the county, a marina, some...

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  • A steel and glass Bell tower

    Despite the wrangles over funding, I was impressed that the Church of England has managed to build a truely striking building in the midst of all the awful 60's concrete. For a town that is renowned for its secular and philistinic culture, it is certainly a turn up for the books !St Martin's itself is a fairly non-descript 60's church, although it...

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  • Mother and Baby statue - symbol of the...

    Basildon is what is known as a 'new town' created in the post-war period to relieve the housing shortages of London.This statue was commissioned in the Late 1950's and is commonly seen as the symbol of the town.The idea of giving new birth is quite clear, especially when it was unveiled it was estimated that one third of the population were in...

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Basildon Hotels

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  • Premier Inn Basildon- Rayleigh

    Arterial Road (A127), Rayleigh Weir, Basildon, SS6 7SP, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Premier Inn Basildon Festival Park

    Festival Leisure Park - Pipps Hill Road South, Basildon, Essex, SS14 3WB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Premier Inn Basildon South

    High Road - Fobbing, Stanford le Hope - Essex, Basildon, SS17 9NR, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Basildon Restaurants

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    by bpwarne Updated Dec 29, 2011

    Robins is a bit of a chain consisting of 3 or 4 shops in the London area.

    Food - Well, it's a pie with ground (minced if your English) beef filing, mashed potatoes and something they call liquor which is basically parsley and potato stock (the water the potatos were boiled in?). Rather basic, but....they do have Jellied Eels and Hot Eels & Mash. So, not sure if the English consider that basic....I don't!
    Ambiance - Rather sterile 1950's diner look
    Service - Quick, order and pick up at counter. Eat in or take out.

    Actually tastes much better than it looks.
    Pies are handmade daily, made with Free range Scottish Beef, less than 24 months old...whatever that's good for.
    Also available: Vegetarian Pie & Mash

    A Cockney dish, originally made with eels, dates back to the 19th century when Dutch ships delivered the live Eels to London, apparently along with the accompanying Parsley Liquor. One must assume that the dish is originally a Dutch recipe then? A word of advice: Eat with spoon, not fork, or you may be laughed at by your wife, brother in law and sister in law.

    Favorite Dish: Duhhh.....Pie & Mash

    Pie & Mash Pie & Mash Robins Pie & Mash Shop, Basildon Robins Pie & Mash Shop, Basildon
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Basildon Transportation

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    by sourbugger Updated Jul 23, 2008

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    Basildon was orginally built without a railway station, even though the main line to Southend went straight through the middle of town.

    It was thoughT that the residents of the new town would live and work in the same place. It Never happened. Basildon station is now awash with commuterS every morning and evening rush hour.

    If you wish to visit, then it is a straight run from Fenchurch Street Station (Nearest tube stop : Tower hill) to Basildon.

    The station itself is servicable - but a complete hole.

    Stunning high level bridge - wow !
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Basildon Local Customs

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    by sourbugger Written Jan 14, 2004

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    Many people in Essex originally come from the East End of London. They may have been seeking a better life in the green fields of Essex, but the Market trader philosophy came with them.

    Places like Pitsea Market are where you can really participate in the 'lifeforce' of local people. The market operates with about 200 stalls, 4 days a week in the centre of Pitsea's shopping area. Full details are available from the listed website.

    Even the operators have few pretensions and use a mock-up to Del and Rodney's Robin Reliant three-wheeler (from the classic British Comedy 'Only fools and Horses') with 'Pitsea Maket' on the side to help publicise the place.

    You won't find any tourists here, and thus no stalls aimed at tourists, but if you anything from DVD's to Cauliflowers, then this is your place.

    As an alternative, visit one of the vast 'boot sales' that operate at the weekend, just look out for signs on the A127, or elsewhere, directing you to some sodden field where you can purchase the contents of someone else's garage.

    Only fools & horses...

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Basildon Warnings and Dangers

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    by sourbugger Written Jan 12, 2004

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    Cacophobia is a recognised medical phobia - it is the fear of ugliness.

    You may well find you have this affliction aften about half an hour in the town centre. The Eastgate shopping centre is reasonable, but the rest of the city centre is a vast expanse of souless concrete in the worst traditions of 1960's English town planning - beware !

    Delightful winding lanes

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Basildon Off The Beaten Path

  • Become a human sundial !

    The area outside the towngate theatre used to be a bit of an eyesore when I lived in the town - except for the day they put a large crane up and offered bungy jumps.I was considering having a go until I saw their safety measure consisted of filling a bag with bricks equilvalent to the person who was to Bungee, who had just been weighed on a pair of...

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  • Modern stain glass windows

    John Nuffgens is one of the leading artists in the UK who work in the medium of stained glass.In a place that is renowned for it's lack of culture and philistinism the modern church in the centre contains a series of these stunning works of art. They look even more stunning when the sun is shining at the right angle, giving the glass gleaming...

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Basildon Sports & Outdoors

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    by sourbugger Written Jan 11, 2004

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    Wat Tyler country park, to the south of Basildon could not be called scenic by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a site of special scientific interest (a S.S.I)

    This is mainly due to the marshy land that is the ideal environment for some quite rare birds, including a rare breeding site for Bearded ***. Some uncharitable souls might wish to point out that there is already plenty of breeding by bearded *** in Basildon, but that another matter.

    Various hides are available for those known as 'twitchers'.

    Apparantly the following birds have been sited here :
    Avocet
    Black Tailed Godwit
    Bearded Tit
    Cetti's Warbler
    Common Whitethroat
    Cuckoo
    Firecrest
    Golden Plover
    Greenshank
    Grey Heron
    Grey plover
    Lapwing
    Pied Wagtail
    Reed Warbler
    Short Eared Owl
    Snipe
    Sparrowhawk
    Stonechat
    Water Rail
    Yellow Legged Gull

    Equipment: Binoculars, patience, anorak , thermos, no life, no wife.

    Stunning views of pylons
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