The Olive Tree
40-42 Station Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA
A short walk from the beach at Westcliff-on-Sea sits The Olive Tree, a contemporary seafood restaurant and takeaway that uses fresh, quality ingredients that any fish-fanatic will adore. With seating for up to 45 diners and a bright interior, it's refreshing to discover a place with such an informal and flexible attitude to food. The wide range of fish is cooked 'free-style', meaning you can request it grilled, battered or with a matzo-meal coating (a Jewish type of breadcrumb). Cod, salmon, king prawns, plaice and cod roe are all on offer, alongside delicate mains of sea bass, infused with garlic, and skate beurre noir with capers and white wine. Precede this with a tempting starter of fresh crayfish cocktail, and finish with sweet cherry pie. Children's meals and other fish and chip favourites are on offer, and the restaurant is also able to cater for functions.