A few weeks ago we popped down to Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Brentwood (Essex) to take a look at the amazing work they do and the animals they’ve given a second chance to. Despite it being fairly local to us, it’s not somewhere I had ever visited before and now I’ve been there I can’t help but wonder, what took us so long??
One of my greatest pleasures in life, other than laying on my sofa and morphing into the comfy little potato I am, is going out for something to eat. Generally, I will always favour eating in a pub to a restaurant, I’m definitely more of a low-key, comfy venue lover rather than something a bit more swanky, so when I was asked to pop along to The George and Dragon pub in Mountnessing I jumped at the chance.
It’s the first payday weekend of the year and you can hear a collective sigh country-wide as everyone finally has a bit of cash in their pockets. With most of us getting paid prior to Christmas it felt like a long old month, but all of that’s in the past now and if you’re planning to spend some dollahhhhs this weekend and treat yourself to a night on the town DO I HAVE A RECOMMENDATION FOR YOU.
Way back in 2014, Bourgee opened the doors to its very first restaurant, situated on Southend seafront, and I went along to see what they had to offer.
At the time I was majorly impressed, with the service being faultless, the décor being beautiful and the food being oh-so-good. Since then they’ve opened another branch in Chelmsford and there was talks of them opening one in Billericay, but this never came to fruition. However, little did I know until I was visiting Amsterdam a few weeks ago, they have a little Bourgee in London Southend Airport!
If you read my recent ’30 Things To Do Before 30′ post, or have read my list (link in the top bar of the blog) then you’ll have seen that one of the things I want to achieve this year is to visit 12 new places in Essex.
As with most things in life, it’s easy to take those things that are right under our nose for granted and I’ve realised recently that the County I live in is one of the things I should be making more of – there is so much to see and I want to do exactly that this year.
But what’s that got to do with The View in Osea you might ask? Well, it was visiting this little gem that made me decide to add this item to my list – I’d never been to Osea before and it’s not all that far away, which made me realise I need to start exploring a little more!
Anywho, back onto today’s subject – The View, Osea…
I was very kindly invited down by the team to see what they had to offer – never one to turn down the opportunity to put food in my face, I – of course – said yes.
K and I popped down on a lovely bright and sunny Saturday afternoon. I’d spent the morning doing housework and he’d been playing football, but with the past few months being mega hectic for us, this was a very rare opportunity for us to take a few hours out and spend some time together, just the two of us.
The View itself is a cafe situated on a leisure park that also provides camping and touring facilities. As well as providing the space for people to bring their own tents or caravans, there’s also the option to hire one of their units on site which are all very cool and I desperately want to stay in – a lodge tent, treehouse or shepherd’s hut. Like I said, very cool!
The cafe itself is located at the other side of the park to the entrance area so it has great views of the estuary, but it only takes a couple of minutes to walk there from the parking area as it’s not that far away. It’s quite a pleasant walk too as you pass through all the static caravans with their cute little gardens.
The View itself, as mentioned, overlooks the water and it’s structure is designed specifically for that, with a large glass front providing fantastic views (hence the name!) as well as a seating area with plenty of tables for those that want to sit out in the fresh air and take in their surroundings.
Inside, the decor is really interesting – it’s a perfect blend of modern, comfortable and the fashionable ‘cute cafe’ style that is really popular at the moment.
The food itself is more ‘snacky’ than a full meal, with a variety of sandwiches, toasties, cakes, crisps and drinks to choose from. It’s also licensed so if you’re looking for a slightly more adult bevvie, you can grab one of those with your lunch.
Obviously, as I was carrying out a review, it was only right that I sample what they had on offer, whether or not it’s good for my waist line. The things I do for blogging eh…? But struggle on I must…
I had a rather delicious chicken and cheese baguette while K had a chicken and bacon toastie, both of which were lovely and tasted really fresh. As you can see from the picture above, I also had a bag of crisps (gotta love a crisp) and a slice of their elderflower cake.
I’ve never tried elderflower cake before but it was so good! K doesn’t eat many sweet or naughty things, but as my eyes were bigger than my belly, he happily finished this off!
ourselves myself silly and complaining that I thought I might burst out of my jeans at any given second, K suggested we go for a wander around the site to burn it off. Good plan Mister!
The views are great and the weather was what I consider a ‘real British summer day’ – a bit on the cloudy side but lovely and warm with a cool, fresh breeze to stop you from overheating.
I really loved my visit to The View and Osea Leisure Park and definitely think I’ll be popping back at some point; especially as I want to stay in some of their fancy overnight accommodation, I think it’d make a brilliant weekend with friends!
With a gem like this going undiscovered for the past 26-years I’ve lived in Essex, I wonder what other places I’ll discover over the next year!
(I made a little YouTube video of our visit, so take a peek here to see what it’s all about!)