As folk who read my local eating place reviews know, I like to do this whenever I eat at a new place I hadn’t previously reviewed, may be with the delusional idea I might one day compile something covering all the eating establishments in my town (Southend). As for our recent eating experience at the Anne Boleyn pub, situated at the corner of Sutton Road facing the airport, I could recall when as a child it was a place my parents liked and took us to, long before it began to focus on its restaurant business. I recall it was family friendly and as children we liked it as we were bribed to be good.
The four of us visited one early Tuesday evening, as the place was beginning to fill up, a bit on the whim and in response to the question where to eat given it was a special occasion. We were comfortably seated, noting that on sunnier days there was a nice outside facility as in those olden days. We were blown away by the extensive menu where we were spoiled for choice. We decided to go for the specials (a substantial discount on regular pricing), including one for OAPs, and were pleasantly surprised how cheap it all was. The food arrived fairly quickly, tasted good and nicely presented.
We decided to go for desserts, which we felt were rather on the disappointing side. The service was ok but no more, partly I think because it was getting busy and some of the staff was inexperienced. Being not fussed over by the staff meant that while we enjoyed our experience, Anne Boleyn did not have that important wow factor for first time visitors. But for good food, wide selection, quick service and value for money, it can’t be faulted. P.S. I noted it does a breakfast but not served until 11am, which for me is too late.