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Food by John Lawson

92 Leigh Road, Leigh-on Sea, Southend-on-Sea SS9 1BU, England
+44 1702 840904
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good11%
  • Average7%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“tasting menu” (9 reviews)
“venison” (2 reviews)
“chicken” (2 reviews)
Open Now
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hours
British, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
92 Leigh Road, Leigh-on Sea, Southend-on-Sea SS9 1BU, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a lovely evening in this restaurant which is just a short walk from home. It is not cheap but as a special treat it was nice. Four courses with the paired wine. You do not get to chose and we joked about what we...More

Thank Neil M
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was the second visit to Food by Lawson for us. Once again it did not disappoint - in fact even better than last time if that's even possible. ! Every course was just an explosion of flavours - the pork main course was exceptional....More

Thank Leightravelbabe
Reviewed 3 days ago

With a group of friends I visited this restaurant on a hot summer's evening (no air conditioning). It was, however, very busy. We chose the four course menu and had a starter of chopped beetroot followed by an average fish course. The meat course of...More

2  Thank junkuz57
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So firstly I have to say, despite many positive reviews from friends about this place I hadn’t booked a table for one reason and that is the “no menu” concept freaked me out...I’m a complete foodie but I like to know what I’m eating and...More

Thank Elle Jane B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Super stuff, loved the location and vibe...Jo and rest of team super service...food impressive...wine pairing spot on... will be trying Vegan and Sunday Lunch too... thoroughly recommended !

1  Thank Mayhem1959
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our experience having read all the good reviews. True it will not suit everyone. There is no menu and if you are not keen on the choices of the day then you will struggle. That said the food we had, tomato /pesto,mackerel,...More

Thank Milton W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous experience. Although not for everybody (as you don't get to choose what you eat) it is unique and we loved the first time we visited. Every dish had incredible flavours and the ingredients were fresh. Every element of the dishes was taken to a...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent. I have been here three times now and I have always enjoyed it. The food is very good as is the service. In my opinion, it’s the best restaurant in Leigh by some way.

Thank EmilFred
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

My wife wanted to go to Food by John Lawson after a few friends recommended it to her, so we booked for her birthday. It's a strange place, not what I was expecting at all, it was fine dining (food wise) but with a cafe...More

8  Thank Travelling_Carlos
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

My Husband surprised me with a trip to this little gem in Leigh Road and what a surprise it was. Both big foodies who take our food and health seriously this was the perfect choice for us. We had the Summer taster menu (changes with...More

Thank Carla E
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2 June 2018|
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Response from MadMeerkat | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure I understand the question. John Lawson is the chef and it is a privately owned restaurant working hard ti gef a Michelin star. It would be useful to know where you saw the word?
yvonne f
26 June 2017|
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Response from William C | Reviewed this property |
I had lunch here on 18th June but unfortunately that was their last lunchtime serving.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$46 - US$99
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking
Good for
Open Hours
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 92 Leigh Road, Leigh-on Sea, Southend-on-Sea SS9 1BU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Southend-on-Sea  >  Leigh-on Sea
  • Phone Number: +44 1702 840904
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Real Food, locally sourced with a focus on creativity and flavour. The menu changes daily depending on the produce from local farmers and fishermen. John can create a food experience for all, including those with dietary requirements. Chef John has worked with some of the best in the industry and this shows in every dish presented at the restaurant.
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