La Petite Pétanque
Cambridge Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1EY
A real gem of a Bistro, La Petite Pétanque is set within the grounds of Alexandra Bowling Green in Southend-On-Sea. The elegant Art Deco venue invites guests to sample a superb afternoon tea offering, Friday fish nights and bumper Sunday roasts. Alongside a full breakfast menu available daily, the lunch options include a range of fresh favourites and light bites, from wild mushroom, truffle and Parmesan en croute to a range of jacket potatoes, sandwiches and burgers. At the weekend, specials include breakfast pancakes and a Bucks Fizz brunch. Desserts include homemade cheesecake of the day and tart of the week. However, the star of the sweet treats remains La Petite Pétanque’s popular afternoon tea, which includes finger sandwiches, homemade scones, cakes, and chocolate-covered strawberries. You can choose to have it with tea, coffee or Prosecco as you enjoy a leisurely afternoon looking out over a match on the bowling green. The last Friday of every month is fish night, with a live acoustic or jazz set to entertain diners. The delightful set menu showcases seafood delights; choose from the likes of pan-fried scallops with chorizo and peppers, and vodka-cured cod with horseradish mousse to start. For the main course, the classic fish and chips sits alongside grilled plaice, pan-fried sea bass and crab, chilli and lime risotto. The venue can accommodate small and large parties for private dining and also doubles as a great wedding venue. Why not let the in-house wedding planner take a bit of the stress off your shoulders?