The Bellhouse Restaurant Winter Review
A fine traditional restaurant providing exceptionally high quality food
The Bellhouse Restaurant, situated in the quaint village of Eastwood, is a fantastic restaurant, with an abundance of character, history and charm. With its exposed beams and open fireplaces, it’s easy to imagine this venue in its medieval heyday; it comes as no surprise to know that Henry VIII used to frequent the hunting lodge regularly (although we must stress that things have progressed a great deal since the 16th century!). Modern updates include a stunning and extensive heated patio area, beautifully landscaped surrounding gardens and a children’s play area. Inside, the restaurant’s highly experienced chef and staffing team are passionate about providing customers with the finest food, prepared with the freshest ingredients. Local produce arrives daily, and herbs are collected from their on-site garden. Executive Chef, John Sisto, has also implemented classic techniques in the kitchen, training his young yet mature chefs to such a high standard that The Bellhouse is currently ranked at No.3 on TripAdvisor for the top restaurants in Leigh-on-Sea. They have also built a solid reputation for delivering the freshest, locally sourced seafood and very best meat. We know where we’ll be hibernating this winter!
Given that we’ve heard a lot about The Bellhouse’s reputation for some of their meatier offerings – a friend urged us to try the half chicken with lemon, thyme and garlic marinade -perhaps the most surprising thing about this pub is that it caters extremely well for vegetarians. We counted eight different options on the menu, which is great! For the first course, I decided to go for the red onion and grilled goat’s cheese tarte, steering myself away from a usual heavy protein dish, and discovered a really lovely combination of caramelised allium and piquant cheese. Mrs Exquisite very nearly opted for the same, but was swayed by the partnership of duck and hoisin - these flavours always a firm favourite. However, Mrs Exquisite soon joined me back in the meat free saddle with a towering veggie burger; a handmade effort that was supremely filling. And I then slipped too, and ordered a traditional whack of beer battered cod, with skin on chips and a delectable offering of minted crushed peas. Still, at least it wasn’t meat. Having felt fairly saintly, we soon traversed back down the devilish path with desserts, ordering an extremely decadent brownie and moreish crème brûlée, made with naughty Baileys. Sure, one could say that we sort of see-sawed our way through the menu, but hey, what a ride!