Whether you’re looking for something comforting and relaxing or somewhere a little extra special, we have the perfect options for you. Take a look at our list of the best restaurants in Billericay and start your local culinary adventure!

Here at our luxury retirement village in Essex, Santhem Residences, we love eating out on occasion. So, we’ve drawn on our own experiences and local insider knowledge to narrow down our favourite options.

There are many mouth-watering local restaurants to satisfy every craving, from delicious Thai and tasty Indian, to classic pub grub and sumptuous seafood.

Explore our list of the best restaurants in Billericay below!

The Magic Mushroom

The light and airy interior of this local restaurant in Billericay, complete with vaulted ceilings and wooden beams, makes a lovely spot to enjoy a spot of lunch, dinner, or even an indulgent cream tea.

The Magic Mushroom was established in 1996 by Darren Bennet, one of the leading chefs in the area, and offers a contemporary menu with a traditional influence. Where possible, the ingredients used in the dishes are local and organic, with freshness and quality at the forefront of their offerings.

With delectable starters such as Miso Glazed Pork Belly and curried Cromer Crab, and mains including delightful Treacle Glazed Beef and delicate Parmesan Gnocchi, this gem of a local restaurant has something for everyone – including a lovely children’s menu and several vegan options.

Don’t forget to save room for dessert! With treats such as Caramel Tart, Roasted Pineapple, and a cracking cheese board, you’re guaranteed to leave full and happy.

Location: Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD

Please note that this local restaurant is open for dinner and afternoon tea from Wednesday to Sunday.

Giggling Squid

Located on the High Street within a short walk of the train station, Giggling Squid is a chain Thai restaurant in Billericay that never fails to impress.

The bright and colourful decor is pretty and welcoming, with beautiful paintings and blooms of pink and purple flora, making this the ideal location for dinner with friends or a romantic meal for two.

There are plenty of seating options spanning two floors, from larger tables to comfortable booths where you can enjoy the feast of fresh Thai dishes available. And there is something for everyone at Giggling Squid, with every dish packed with authentic flavour and specialty ingredients.

We love the sharing platters, which are great for trying some of their most renowned offerings, as well as their selection of delicate curries, which you can have with your choice of different meats, seafood, or vegetables. There are plenty of options for vegans, as well as an excellent selection of sides and noodle dishes.

Location: 120 High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BY

Felix Seafood Grill

Established in 2017, Felix was opened to share the owner’s enthusiasm for quality food and wine in a cosy and welcoming environment.

We love wandering down from our retirement village in Essex to see the beautiful interior. Felix offers the perfect blend of fine dining and comfort, with little touches of elegant art deco, warm lighting, and imaginative wall art.

To maximise the use of fresh seasonal produce, the menus at Felix, including lunch and a la carte, vary from season to season. But you can expect delightful seafood dishes such as scallops and mussels, as well as fresh monkfish and tender beef medallions.

For those wishing to truly indulge in a seafood feast, you can enjoy dishes of whole lobster and Grilled Fruit De Mer. Or why not visit on a Sunday and treat yourself to a traditional Sunday roast, complete with all the trimmings?

Their classic desserts are also not to be missed, so save room for their Hot Chocolate Melting Cake, Sticky Toffee Pudding, or fresh Berry Pavlova.

Location: 1 Chapel Street, Billericay, CM12 9LT

Please note that the restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The King’s Head

This beautiful rustic pub in Essex dates back to 1750 and was a popular choice for travellers journeying between Rochford and Brentwood.

These days, The King’s Head is a classic British pub serving hearty favourites and pub classics, as well as fresh seasonal dishes throughout the year.

It’s the perfect place to stop and enjoy a tasty meal after a long walk. And if you’re a dog owner, you’ll be happy to hear that your four-legged friend is also very welcome, with water and treats available at the bar.

The interior has all the classic features of a beautiful British pub, with a dining area complete with a cosy fireplace in the winter and, of course, a large beer garden to enjoy the summer sunshine.

Feast on fresh dishes of pate, calamari, baked scallops, expertly aged steaks, juicy burgers, home-baked pies, beer-battered fish and chips, and so much more. There is also a Sunday roast available, as well as excellent brunch options that are sure to make this one of your favourite restaurants in Billericay.

Location: Southend Road, Billericay, CM11 2PS

Urban Fresh

Get ready to indulge your taste buds at this delightful South American restaurant in Billericay.

Urban Fresh’s interior is brimming with charm and character. It has two distinct areas: one with spray-painted walls, and the other with gentle white and blue lights creating a relaxing ambiance.

The food at this local restaurant is vibrant and fresh, and full of classic Spanish and South American flavours.

There are three menus: a la carte, Sunday, and set lunch. Each offers a large variety of authentic dishes and fresh ingredients, with plenty of meat and vegetarian options available. The steaks are the main character, served with triple-cooked chips or Chimichurri potatoes, and come with a choice of South American and classic sauces.

Location: Heath Road, Ramsden Heath, Billericay, CM11 1NA

Basil Spice

If you’re in the mood for authentic Indian food, look no further than Basil Spice!

Located just outside of Billericay, Basil Spice has its roots steeped in tradition and family, with a true love of home-style cooking. The dishes are fresh and tantalising, made with premium-quality ingredients that every curry fan will love.

As well as classics such as tandoori, bhuna, and madras, there is an amazing range of house and chef specials to try, including Indian-spiced roast chicken, pickled lamb, and a trout curry.

Service is always with a smile, and the warm and family-feel atmosphere will leave you wanting to return time and time again.

Location: Unit 2, Adams Business Centre, Cranes Farm Road, SS14 3JF

The Fable

Consider this a bonus seventh option, but we couldn’t talk about our favourite restaurants in Billericay without also giving a mention to The Fable – our very own restaurant in our luxury retirement village.

Exclusive to residents of Santhem Residences and their guests, The Fable offers the very best of fine and casual dining with fresh, local produce. From breakfast through to lunch and dinner, and even post-dinner cocktails later in the evening, there’s plenty here for food connoisseurs to love.

We’re proud to deliver this exclusive dining experience in our Essex retirement home, giving our residents all the joys of the best restaurants in Billericay while they enjoy their retirement living.

Location: Santhem Residences, 2 Rayleigh Cl, Brentwood, CM13 1FD

Delicious cooked meal at The Fable restaurant

Enjoy Local Restaurants in Billericay

One of the reasons our Santhem residents love our location so much is thanks to the wonderful array of dining options available in the local area. And now you know some of our favourite places to eat in Billericay, you can enjoy discovering them too!

Whether it’s Thai, Indian, fresh seafood, or pub classics, you’re sure to find your perfect meal.

While you’re there, why not book a visit to our luxury retirement home in Essex? We’ll be happy to show you around our fantastic retirement properties and let you catch a glimpse of what our own restaurant – The Fable – has to offer!

Are you considering moving to Santhem Residences? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to discuss this further. You can also view all our available properties online, or browse our FAQs for answers to any questions.