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“A very long and horrendous evening” 1 of 5 stars
Review of La Belle Epoque

La Belle Epoque
92 Leigh Road, Leigh-on Sea, Southend-on-Sea SS9 1BU, England
01702 478477
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Ranked #12 of 113 Restaurants in Leigh-on Sea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: French, Bistro
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A very long and horrendous evening”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Unfortunately this was one of the worst restaurant experiences in memory, the waitress service was abysmal, taking almost an hour and a half to even get our starters, a similar wait was incurred for the main course, of which 3 of the 5 meals ordered were inedible, 2 were cold! The staff were somewhat rude when we complained, however they did reduce the bill after some convincing. First and last visit for us....

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Rayleigh
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“A French Evening in Leigh-on-Sea!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

Last night four of us enjoyed a lovely evening at this small but delightful restaurant. The Staff were very charming and we felt we could have been on holiday in the South of France with the ambiance, music etc. The food is cooked to order and we could fault nothing, we will definitely be back.

Visited January 2014
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Essex UK
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“First time - Saturday night visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

This was our first visit to La Belle Epoque...having walked past midweek decided it was worth a try as looked appealing. What a fabulous evening. This is a small totally authentic French restaurant.

Everything appeared to be cooked fresh to order (be prepared to wait) and was delicious...fabulous pastry, well dressed salads, the best vegetables I have seen in any restaurant for a long time...and the desserts were sublime! These guys are doing something right - as frequent holiday makers to France it was a pleasure to find our own little bit of France in Leigh on Sea! We look forward to our next visit.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Southend-on-Sea
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55 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Authentic and good French experience in Leigh!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

This is one of our favourite restaurants in Leigh. It is very different to anything else in the town and is like a little piece of France in Leigh!

Very cosy restaurant with friendly service and the owner is very attentive without being OTT. Don't get me wrong it is not silver service, but what you want from a nice local place. They play nice French music in the background and you can sometimes think you are on holiday!

Food is also very good. Wife had goats cheese and pear which was a lovely combination perfectly done. My Lyon sausage with hot potato salad and onion was equally good. Both had mains of duck with lyonnaise potato and not cherry sauce which was again very simple but very nice.

With a bottle of wine plus a beer and some bread and olives to start it came to £70 which I think is reasonable for what you get.

Would definitely recommend particularly for those looking for an authentic French restaurant. Give it a try as it is different to other restaurants out there.

Don't really have any negative comments about this place.

Visited January 2014
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Leigh On Sea
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42 restaurant reviews
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
“Accent on the delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Our first visit for a while and we weren't disappointed; this little corner of France is cosy and welcoming- owner Ben is always on hand with a greeting and with a more experienced waiter, he seems to have overcome the waiter problem. Our meals were "delices", including desserts specially made to our request, pas de problem! Ambience is French with Jacques Brel or Charles Aznavour in the background. Looking forward to going back in the New Year, when there's a new, more extensive menu. Bravo!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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