From the outside, The Magic Mushroom, situated just outside of Billericay, looks like a small set of country cottages. Yet as you wander through the door, it soon becomes apparent that a whole new world awaits.
With wooden beams running across a smart open bar and an expansive dining area, you’d be forgiven in thinking that some trickery is at play. However, surprises such as these are just one of the selling points of this firmly established restaurant.
The main show though is the food and head chef proprietor, Darren Bennett, has been working steadfastly at the stoves for some time now and throughout his tenure, his passion and imagination has continually shined through.
Having forged a close relationship with his suppliers, his menus often change, in close connection with the seasons. When something unexpected arrives at his backdoor, like a brace of pheasant for instance, Darren simply dips into his vast repertoire and conjures something out the bag.
Given that he has been doing this for over 20 years now, this is an amazing achievement and well worth celebrating. China may be the traditional gift for 20 years, but we think platinum is more fitting on this occasion.
Magic Mushroom Sample Menu
Panko breadcrumb coated goats cheese on carpaccio beetroot with truffled honey & truffle pearls – £7.95
Heritage tomato and mozzarella salad dressed with olive oil, balsamic glaze & green pesto – £7.95
Pan-fried sea bream, new potatoes with peppered samphire, roasted cherry tomatoes & almond beurre noisette – £21.50
28-day aged fillet of beet, fondant potato, baby spinach, pickled shallots, short rib bon bon & wild mushroom jus – £30.95
Iced mango parfait – £6.95
Mixed berry cheesecake – £6.95