A lot of the old carvery's are being taken over by other people and they're turning them into normal restaurants.
For anyone that doesn't know, a carvery is basically a roast dinner... roasted meats roast potatoes veggies gravy etc... it's very filling... but makes you want to sleep afterwards. Think about a christmas dinner where chicken, beef, lamb or pork replaces the turkey... that's a normal sunday british meal... oh and dont' forget the yorkshire puddings
a carvery is kind of like a buffet.... you take your plate up to the carvery and they'll carve the meat for you, then you fill the rest of your plate up with the veggies sauces and gravy... i think i should stop wriitng about this now because it's making me hungry.
The Artichoke is an exceptional carvery in the area and it always packed so either book beforehand or be prepared to wait in the bar for 45 minutes!
Favorite Dish: the yorkshire puddings! they're huge!
Although a franchise, this cafe rougue manages to pull off that european cafe feeling. Its one of the few places you can sit outside, and in the summer this is a big bonus. The restaurant is decorated nicely and the food is not bad but not great.
The service is the one thing that lets this place down... although very friendly and nice, the place is always seriously understaffed, with two servers trying to attend the whole restaurant, as a result it takes a long time to eat here.
Mix this with the smoky atmosphere and you have a recipie for disaster...
But to Chill out in the sunshine outside this place is great... just make sure you're not in a rush to get out.
Favorite Dish: baguette rouge (baguette with steak and dijon mustard)
The restaurant is set at a historic grade 2 listed coach house, that used to be a public house called The White Heart. There are a few different rooms in this place serving a mixture of thai morrocan other food. It boasts that it's the best thai restaurant in Essex.
Candles everywhere light up the inside of the restaurant and set the mood nicely. The staff are friendly and quick.
The restaurant is pretty expensive and the bar even more so. I think the main problem with this restaurant is that it seems to attract a lot of essex type wannabes from the neighbouring towns. Yes i do sound snobbish, but after seeing the 50th white or pink stretch limo pull up outside and a bunch of slappas getting out thinking they're making a scene (well they are making a scene, everyone is just thinking why why why?) it gets a little tiresome.
I have to admit it's not much better in the bar area either... certain nights are fine there's a different crowd. On the weekends though it's very much like your usual essex club, people with more show than go. I suppose it's like an upmarket bar that doesn't attract the upmarket clientelle... most of those would have gone into the city for the weekend, the rest are from romford.
On the whole even though it's supposed to be the "best thai restuarant" I have to admit the food was pretty average. Personally i would save the ?100 you'll spend on drinks here, get a more personal service and head to the family owned Thai River which is 5 minutes down the road in hornchurch. I would say that that is the best Thai restaurant in the country!
Favorite Dish: Tom Yum Gai is a personal favourite and it's not too bad here... I'd still take the Thai River Version any day
This is obviously a sick joke. There has never been a pie and mash shop in Brentwood in all the years I have lived here so I have had to venture into London to get my cockney cuisine fix.
Now, just as I am about to leave the country, one opens up. I expect I'll be dreaming of pie and mash in a couple of months time as I sit down for yet another meal of Tom Yum soup and Pad Thai.
Favorite Dish: Double pie, double mash and oodles of liquor (the green, disgusting looking stuff that Americans won't touch).
Restaurants catering for the national dish of Britain - curry - come in various forms. Some are expensive and luxurious, selling exquisitely prepared food and lavishing attention on the paying customers. Others are not, such as this one.
As Indian restaurants go, the Brentwood Balti House is pretty basic but cheap, and the food is quite reasonable. No alcohol is served on the premises but you are welcome (encouraged even) to bring your own. A great place to take a cheap date!
The White Hart is a 16th century coaching inn that has undergone several transformations even in the short space of time I've lived in Brentwood. New owners come and go as it changes from traditional pub to trendy bar and then back again to traditional pub. I don't even know what the current guise is but the building is a part of Brentwood's history.
There are a couple of bars, a restaurant and a function room that is available for hire.