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10 best restaurants in Clacton-on-Sea

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Sea air, vibrant amusement lights, and fantastic food - Clacton-on-Sea has it all. Essex's largest seaside resort is home to some of the county's best eateries, with a variety of cuisines and atmospheres.

Here's a list of our top ten restaurants you can visit when you're finished exploring the beach. Each are within an 8 mile journey of our park at The Orchards which making guests tantalisingly close to some incredibly tasty spots.

1. Davey's

1. Davey's

6 miles from The Orchards

After you've worked up an appetite from trekking around the amusements and along the beach, drop by one of Clacton's longest-running eateries.

Davey's is full of English charm, from the clean, cosy interior to the hearty English meals. Grab a cuppa with your full English breakfast or treat the kids to a sundae after fish and chips.

Davey's will fill your family's bellies for an affordable price, and the outstanding service will have you leaving with a smile on your face. Tuck in!

2. Armstrong's At The Pavilion

2. Armstrong's At The Pavilion

7 miles from The Orchards

Take full advantage of the breathtaking sea views at Armstrong's. Soak up the sun on the terrace, or grab a table inside the bright and airy restaurant.

Boasting fresh English cuisine and a relaxing atmosphere, come for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. There's a selection of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options to enjoy, too. And while you're taking in the picturesque surroundings, enjoy live music and an inviting bar area.

3. Franco's

3. Franco's

7 miles from The Orchards

Craving a relaxed atmosphere to go with your food? Look to Franco's. Serving up deliciously simple Italian meals in an elegant setting full of warm lighting, rustic wood, and crisp white tablecloths.

Choose from a wide variety of soups, pasta, pizzas, and seafood a la carte, made from scratch in their kitchen. Have special dietary requirements? Franco's are more than happy to cater to vegetarian and gluten-free diets, too.

Fancy something sweet? They have a sumptuous dessert menu with classic Italian sweets such as tiramisu. An ideal venue whether you're enjoying an intimate couple's meal or have the kids in tow.

4. Aroy Thai

4. Aroy Thai

6.5 miles from The Orchards

One of Clacton's best culinary gems can be found in the authentic Thai cuisine and cosy atmosphere at Aroy Thai. From the traditional decor to stunningly presented meals, you and your family can delight in your very own slice of southeast Asia, just off the Clacton High Street.

Bring the children along—dining is just right for families. Dishes include Thai favourites and more unusual meals for the adventurous palate, all at affordable prices. Booking is advisable, especially if you're dropping in for lunch after a day of shopping. Thankfully, there's ample street parking.

5. El Guaca

5. El Guaca

7 miles from The Orchards

Add a dash of excitement to your dining experience - eat at El Guaca!

Known for its vibrant Mexican cuisine with decor and customer service to match, this restaurant features a family-friendly atmosphere with a wide range of delicious Mexican dishes, including street food and a kid's menu.

Vegans and gluten-intolerant guests rejoice - many of the meals on offer are suitable for various special diets. Put a pep in your step with a variety of enticing cocktails, mocktails, and alcoholic beverages to wash it all down with - as you take in the lively Clacton beach views, of course.

6. Duke's Bistro

6. Duke's Bistro

2.5 miles from The Orchards

Nested in the quaint village of St Osyth is Duke's Bistro. It's only a five-mile drive from Clacton, but well worth the visit if traditional English food's up your street. Even better if you're staying in St Osyth. Part tea room, part evening bistro, Duke's serves up afternoon tea, fish and chips, roasts, and a selection of lighter bites. Brace the English weather and sit out in the patio garden, or cosy up in the relaxed indoor eating area.

For sweet-toothed guests, Duke's boast their own patisserie with homemade cakes and baked goods. Delicious!

7. Charnallies

7. Charnallies

7.5 miles from The Orchards

Expect warmth and comfort from Charnallies' food and service. Good old American cuisine, with traditional American breakfast, lunch and dinner for an authentic taste of the States. Choose from mouthwatering pasta, steak, and salad dishes, plus an impressive burger menu! Bring the whole family - this independent restaurant welcomes guests of all ages with open arms.

Dine in a cosy, homely atmosphere and even bring your four-legged friend to the bar area. It's a short walk from the beach - perfect for satisfying rumbling tummies after a day at the seaside.

8. The Robin Hood

8. The Robin Hood

6 miles from The Orchards

Good food, a warm welcome, and the roar of a crackling log fire. You'll find all of these inside the 300-year old inn. Built on old farmland, The Robin Hood kept its rustic interior and has a beautiful pub garden for those milder days.

Country favourites and traditional pub grub are served all week long, with special seasonal dishes and a kid's menu. The Robin Hood provides customer service as feel-good as their food and drinks, so book in advance to avoid disappointment!

9. Geo's Fish Bar

9. Geo's Fish Bar

7 miles from The Orchards

For traditional fish and chips, you can't go wrong with Geo's Fish Bar; a family-friendly establishment with old-fashioned charm. Guests can enjoy a sit-down meal with British staples like bread and butter and a proper cup of tea, all for an affordable price. If you prefer simple, fantastically-cooked fare, this fish bar will be right up your street!

After a day of shopping in Clacton, just pop in for fast and friendly service, right in the heart of the town centre.

10. Black Rock

10. Black Rock

7 miles from The Orchards

This award-winning steakhouse oozes rustic, stylish charm. The interior looks rather grown-up, but the atmosphere is perfect for families, too. They offer a la carte and kid's menus, with simple steak, burger, and pasta dishes. For a show-stopping main, try sizzling your own steak on a lava rock at your table!

You're better off booking a table to avoid disappointment - but this high-quality fare and warm welcome are perfect for ending a day on the beach.

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