Stop the World…

… I want to get off. And have another of these hot chocolates!

Stop the World, in Leigh-on-Sea’s Broadway, is something of an institution. Before we’d even moved into the neighbourhood, we’d heard mention of it. Glowing mentions.

Then, having FINALLY moved into our new house (which happens to be just up the road), we were quickly struck by how busy this pretty café was. During the summer, every single seat outside was taken whenever we wandered past. And as the winter days drew in, the cosy glow it emitted (not to mention the sweet smells that seeped out) made it seem as inviting as roaring fire on a snowy day.

Stop the World cafe Katy Pearson

Hot chocolate at Stop the World

And when the husband and I eventually stopped by, my goodness was it easy to see what all the fuss was about.

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A bit of the Boatyard

The Boatyard is a restaurant which clearly rates itself.

And it does have good reason. It’s situated in probably one of the best spots in Essex, tucked down in Old Leigh, with unrivalled views of the estuary.

On a balmy summer evening, there are few places I would rather be than sat, cocktail in hand, on its long wooden deck out at sea, the sound of piano drifting out.

And, what is more, I have also discovered a new favourite cocktail.

The Boatyard’s Rosè Spritzer is basically summertime in a flute. Macerated strawberries were mixed with Pimms No.1 , Frais de Bois, Elderflower and a dash of sugar syrup, shaken and double-strained into my glass then topped with Rosè Champagne.

Katy Pearson the Boatyard

The Boatyard’s Rose Spritzer

 

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