We were invited down to try the Revolution Southend menu free of charge, in return for a review.
Southend-on-Sea, one of the most popular seaside towns in Essex. Well, I say seaside, but it’s actually sat on the edge of the Thames Estuary with a distant view of Kent on the other side of the water.
With its commuter links into London and its well respected colleges (one of which I was a student at 16 years ago. SIXTEEN YEARS AGO. I am so old…) Southend is always brimming with people, and the evenings and weekends see it come into its own as a party destination, with pubs, clubs and bars aplenty meaning you’re never short of choice when it comes to planning a night out there.
Earlier on this year, Revolution Southend opened their doors and finally, after a few months of telling myself I’d have to get down there to check it out, our time came and we jumped on a train for an afternoon of food and drinks.
Situated just off of the main (pedestrianised) High Street, Revolution Southend is really easily accessible from local car parks, bus routes, and the two railway stations that serve the town, both of which are just a few minutes walking distance, meaning whether you’re designated driver or out-out, you shouldn’t have any bother getting there.
On arrival, we were greeted by the mega-friendly staff and shown to our table by the window. I love the décor inside, with it making me think of 70s styling and American diners all at the same time – it’s really eclectic! It’s got a great laid back vibe too and despite being fairly busy when we were there, the tables are spread a good distance apart from each other so you don’t feel overly cramped or like the people on the next table can hear you chatting.
First thing’s first – the bevvies. I’ve been to a few of the Revolution chain bars in the past so I knew they were good’uns when it comes to cocktails, but the choice on the menu took me aback a little – there are so many and they all sounded so good! After a little too long reading and re-reading the list, we finally settled on our first drinks of the day.
Cherry Boulevardier (Bulleit Bourbon, Martini Rosso, Aperol, cherry syrup, Angostura bitters)
Sweet Dreams (Keter One vodka, Malibu rum, Blue Curacao, grenadine, pineapple and lime)
Both of these were absolutely delicious and the added sweets threaded on to the umbrella in mine made it feel a little more special and playful. A real cocktail for sipping in the sunshine, the Sweet Dreams was my favourite of the day.
Next up was the main event – the food!
No matter where we go, you can usually put a bet on Ben ordering a burger, and this was no exception with him ordering The Mother Clucker. An absolute beast of a meal, the bun was filled with a beef burger, corn battered chicken, smoked cheddar cheese, streaky bacon, spicy chorizo sauce, sweet potato fries, crispy onions and smokinnaise! All served with coleslaw and chips on the side. I’m a big fan of a multi-carb situation like this.
I went for something a little lighter in the form of their beer battered halloumi with sides of fat chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce, but I hadn’t prepared myself for the size of the Revolution servings – they’re pretty big!
Taste-wise, we were both very happy with our orders. Ben didn’t quite manage to take down the whole burger (not that I’m surprised, it was massive!) and I only managed one of the halloumi blocks, but both meals were absolutely delicious. Halloumi is something I find very hit-and-miss when I order it, with it quite often being a bit rubbery and squeaky due to not being cooked quite right, but this one was absolutely spot-on and I could quite happily eat it again right now.
Despite both feeling over-fed, we ordered dessert and treated ourselves to another cocktail while we waited for it to be prepared.
It’s A Rum Ting (Sailor Jerry and Wray & Nephew rums, Cointreau, passion fruit puree, lime, Ting)
Blue Movie (Absolut Berri Acai vodka, Blue Curacao, lemon, apple juice, lemonade)
For me, the Blue Movie was a bit of a miss as I found it much too lemony and acidic (although Ben thought it was nice) so It’s A Rum Ting was the definite winner of this round being an easy-drinker and giving me all the holiday notions.
Then it happened. Our desserts were brought out and once again I remembered that my eyes are bigger than my belly and I need to stop being so greedy.
Let’s start with Ben’s – he ordered The Chocoberry Sundae, an incredibly decadent mix of warm chocolate brownie, salted caramel chocolate, vanilla ice cream, blackberry sauce, crème fraiche and fresh blackberries. His little face when he was eating this was a picture – he was so chuffed with himself! He’s a sucker for anything salted caramel, but I think the real winning factor in this dish was the chunks of chocolate brownie that he kept discovering as he dug his way through it.
My dessert, the Salted Caramel Fondue, was, in true Revolution style, huge. I definitely wasn’t expecting it to be such a generous portion, but I valiantly worked my way through it and managed to demolish almost everything. Plus it had fruit in it, so it’s healthy, right?
Both of us absolutely loved our visit in terms of the atmosphere, the food, the drinks and the service we received and have already made plans to return there later this month for a few cheeky tipples on a Saturday afternoon/evening as we want to see what it’s like after night falls, the lunchtime trade leaves and the party seekers arrive.
If you’re local to Essex, or visiting the area, I 100% recommend popping down to Revolution. Well-priced, great service, and with such good food and drinks on the menu, you really can’t go wrong!
(If you’re not local to Essex, don’t worry, use this link to find your local Revolution)
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