Since COVID-19 and the eased restrictions, I’ve been keen to go out my way to try different things to do in Essex, including going to country parks for walks and checking out local, independent businesses.
I’ve been to Leigh-on-Sea on a couple of occasions before, and always admired their highstreet that’s bustling with independently owned cafes and restaurants. On a sunny Saturday in September, we decided to head over to Leigh-on-Sea to check out one of the brunch spots I’ve always checked out on Instagram – The Brunch Co.
On first impressions, the café looks chic and clean – with a sharp black and white exterior, and trendy interior including illuminated neon signs, marble top tables and wooden cladding walls with comfy booths to sit and relax in.
The café felt safe to be in – you provided contact details for track and trace, waited to be seated either indoors or outdoors and the indoor tables were separated with clear screens. Social distancing was a little hard as it’s quite a small place, but table service helped to keep everyone at their tables. We grabbed a seat outside in the sunshine, and perused the menu.
The small but mighty menu includes breakfast dishes, pancakes, salads, sides and an all day menu, including dishes such as flatbreads, kofte wraps, loaded nachos and chicken skewers. The drink menu included lots of soft and fizzy drinks, different teas and coffees, shakes and cocktails.
For drinks, my best friend Chloe ordered the Solero shake; frozen mango, passionfruit, lime juice, pineapple and coconut milk. Not surprisingly, it tasted sweet just like a Solero, with a nice tangy lime twist. I ordered the Berry Me Up; frozen strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and banana. The shake was nice and sweet, but a little too thick for my liking. They came presented on a cool branded wooden board with a dusting of edible flowers and coconut which was a nice touch!
We checked out the brunch menu for what to order for our brunch date. I had seen their Biscoff Special pancakes all over Instagram for months, so I knew I had to go for that. The pancakes were probably the best I have had for a while – they were nice and fluffy inside, and had a lovely crispy outer coating. Fresh banana slices separated the layers, with a very generous amount of Biscoff spread on each layer of the pancake and drizzled on top. I did really enjoy the pancakes but they were incredibly sweet so I could only manage half as I felt quite sicky!
Chloe ordered the BC Bun, which looked incredible and I want to try it next time! The BC Bun came jam-packed with smoked lamb sausages, bacon, halloumi, hash browns and a gooey runny egg in a toasted brioche bun, with a side of homemade slaw. BIG thumbs up from Chloe!
Overall, we had a great experience at The Brunch Co in Leigh-on-Sea, and I’d love to go back again. We had an enjoyable and comfortable experience here, my only issue would be that the service was quite slow – perhaps because we were sat outside and they weren’t coming outside to check as much as they were inside. I’m looking forward to visiting again on a sunny weekend, especially to try their Salted Caramel Espresso Martini!