We’ve just moved house. And as far an I’m concerned one of the VERY FIRST things you have to do when moving to a new town is to find yourself a lush local – or two.
So, having finally gotten the keys to our new place and lugged boxes inside for an unseemly amount of time, we admitted defeat and wandered off to find a watering hole.
We didn’t have to go far before we came across the Mariners Court (in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.) Now, prior to buying our place we hadn’t exactly heard good things about this pub.
But for a rather dusty pair of new-to-towners it was exactly what we needed. The sun was shining so the glass doors onto the Broadway were wide open, there were pretty hanging baskets, the barman was friendly and they did a 200ml bottle of fizz.
That’s right. Fizz basically by the glass (though it was in a mini bottle.) This is NOT to be sniffed at. The vast majority of pubs (and, believe me, I’ve been in a few!) only sell fizz by the (proper sized) bottle.
Which basically means you drink something else, unless you are a) in a group or b) planning to settle in for a while. Discovered the Mariners offered Italia Prosecco DOC, Italy in both 750ml bottles (£23.95) or 200ml bottles (£7.95) seemed like a very good omen for our first night by the seaside.
The 200ml bottle, proved enough for two flutes – both for me naturally the husband stuck to Guinness (which was also very nice apparently) – and was everything that a glass of Prosecco should be.
The Mariners, sat in the shadow of the soon-to-be revamped Grand, is a bustling, no-nonsense local pub. If you want pretentious don’t go there. But we’ll certainly be back again…
For more information go to www.marinerscourt.co.uk