During September we asked you to nominate your favourte places and now we are delighted to reveal the top 3 in each catagory are:


  • The Gun Pub in Pitsea
  • The Oysterfleet Hotel in Canvey Island
  • The Dickens in Southend on sea

Butchers & Delis

  • Reed’s Family Butchers in Corringham
  • Barkins Butchers in Benfleet
  • John Golds Farm Shop in Rayleigh

Fish & Chips

  • Howard's Fish & Grill in Benfleet
  • Peggottys in Hadleigh
  • Pisces Fish Bar in Wickford

Café & Coffee Shop

  • The Glasshouse Café in Southend
  • Doorsteps Café in Basildon
  • Jilly Beans Café in Canvey Island

Fine Dining

  • Kilkies in Leigh on Sea
  • Roslin Beach Hotel in Thorpe Bay
  • Magic Mushroom in Billericay


  • Gambero D'oro in Rayleigh
  • Aspera in Benfleet
  • Bogaz in Rayleigh

Indian Cuisine

  • Spice Hut in Rayleigh
  • Pink Garlic in Wickford
  • Asia Bangladeshi & Indian Restaurant in Benfleet

It is 100% readers’ choice with every business having the opportunity to share the good news and invite their customers to vote for them too.

To place your vote please see inside the newspaper everyday between now and October 22nd 2021 for a form.

Good luck to everyone and let’s celebrate our local Hospitality together!

Postal address - Food & Drink Awards Unit 1 Brunel Court, Brunel Way, Severalls Industrial Estate, Colchester, Essex CO4 9XP

Please read the terms and conditions: The top three nominated food and drink businesses will be determined by who has the most nominations. The nominations must be made by giving the full name of the establishment and the town it is located in. The top 3 places must be within the newspaper distribution area to qualify as a finalist. Voting will be done on printed newspaper vote forms only. We shall accept only original newspaper print vote forms. No photocopies or defaced forms will be accepted with each form being clearly and fully completed. Multiple vote forms can be posted together. Strictly one vote per category per form. You must be over the age of 18 years to participate. All forms must be received by the closing date of 31/10/2021 to be counted. For full terms and conditions please visit www.newsquest.co.uk/prize-competition-rules. Our privacy policy can be viewed at www.newsquest.co.uk/privacy-policy