Squires is a cosy little coffee shop serving sandwiches, soups, quiches, baked potatoes and cakes. There are many different kinds of tea and coffee to choose from, though I can't comment on them as in fact I despise coffee and normally stick to juice. The food is great though. I used to lunch here after a Saturday shopping session. It can get pretty busy here, so you might have to wait for a table.
Favorite Dish: I love the home made soups, and the muffin served with bacon and scrambled eggs.
The best thing about the Paul Pry is the tasty, reasonably priced food. They serve really decent 'pub grub' here. On the downside, the noise from live televised sporting events can be overly loud - it would be nicer if they would confine this to one section of the pub, as not everyone wants to hear it.
The garden is a nice spot to sit out and enjoy a cold beer in summer - most Rayleigh pubs have only a concrete courtyard.
The Roebuck is another of those JD Wetherspoons 'chain' pubs. The place is brand new, but not particularly attractive to look at on the outside, and distinctly lacking in atmosphere in the vast interior, though the drinks are cheap. During the day it attracts a mixed crowd of shoppers, pub crawlers and lunching ladies. I found the airconditioning to be too cold for my liking, and the service a little slow. To it's credit, it is one of the few bars in Rayleigh where you can go and sit down alone with a book or newspaper and not feel uncomfortable. The food is reasonable, but a bit overpriced. This place is very popular with the young crowd at weekends, when is a smart dress code after dark.
This is my definately my favourite spot for eating and drinking in Rayleigh. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and the food is excellent. On certain nights there is live music here, and as at weekends, you'll need to arrive early to get in. Marco's isn't cheap, but the Spanish Tapas is excellent, as is their extensive wine selection.
Try the Patatas con Jamon y Queso (Spanish Potatoes sprinkled with Spanish ham & cheese then grilled) and the Champinones Con Queso (mushrooms in cheese with white wine, garlic & rosemary, covered in a cream & cheese sauce). The Cordera con Minta (minted lamb) is also another favourite, and I love the Chorizo al Vino. Order a selection of dishes (perhaps three per person) and share them all for the best experience.
Favorite thing: Rayleigh Mill dates back to the 19th centuary, and is a well known local landmark. Owned by Rochford District Council, the mill is open Wednesdays between 10am and 1pm, and Sundays between 12pm and 3pm.