There is no better way to celebrate Father's Day than with a hearty meal but it is easy to be spoilt for choice in south Essex.

Here are our top picks for must-visit restaurants on Father's Day.

The Enya 

A new, refreshing traditional Turkish cuisine restaurant in the heart of Basildon, Enya is sure to satisfy any diner. Based in East Mayne, Basildon, the typical price of a meal at the Enya is between £26 and £40.

The restaurants offers a bar, lounge, café, cocktails and a wine bar.

Black & Red

Offering diners delicious breakfasts, memorable dinners and an extensive cocktail and spirits menu, Black & Red is a standout restaurant in Southend.

The restaurant, in 155 High Street, Southend, specialises in Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine, with the typical meal there costing £25 and under.

A must-visit casual dining spot.


A hearty American pizzeria, Feelgoods is a relaxed spot to treat dad to a vast selection of foodie favourites. Found in Western Esplanade, meals are typically £25 and under. 

Closing at around 5pm, Feelgoods is a good option for a family meal during the day and works well as a pitstop on the way to other Southend attractions.

Kara Lounge & Grill

Based in The Kara, Grays, the Kara Lounge offers a bar, cafe and a selection of wines, beers and cocktails sure to make any dad's day.

A Turkish restaurant, the Kara is praised for its laid-back atmosphere and casual dining appeal. The restaurant boasts a freshly prepared, authentic and traditional dining experience, using the finest ingredients. 

Slug and Lettuce Southend

Boasting a massive beer garden, the Slug and Lettuce in Southchurch Road, Southend, is a great spot for dads to kick back, enjoy an ice-cold beer and enjoy their special day.

Offering pub classics and comfort foods, the Slug and Lettuce offers a straightforward solution for dads who want a pub-like atmosphere coupled with a quality dining experience.