Best local Indian Restaurant in Essex 2014
One of the finest Indian restaurants in Essex Caraway Indian Brasserie, in Gants Hill, has won the prestigious Best Local Indian Restaurant Award in the Restaurant Guides
The Hart Brothers
The Hart Brothers, who have made Quo Vadis and Fino into such success stories
A couple of years ago, Cheers got a tongue-lashing from a couple of well-known publications. At the time it seemed harsh: Cheers has never pretended to be anything more than a cheap and cheerful refuelling point. It might not be a place where everybody knows your name but itâs always been a place where everybody knew you could get cheap, unfussy food of the burgers and wings variety.
Somebody obviously took the words to heart though. The menu hasnât changed but the presentation and the cooking have improved greatly. And all for surprisingly little: I rolled in with two companions â both male, both hungry â and then rolled out a couple of hours later, satisfied, pleasantly buzzy and Â£60 lighter. Let me say that again. Â£60. For three. Including beers. And a steak.
Starters â well, the whole meal, basically â defined the term âcomfort eatingâ. Deep Fried Potato Skins (Â£5.95) came âfully loadedâ â i.e, oozing cheese, bacon, sour cream, spring onions, calories, jalapenos, etc., Garlic & Herb Bread (Â£2.95) oozed butter and flavour in roughly equal measure.
So far, so dependable. âIâm having a steak,â announced one of the party. âIf they canât get a steak right, then they have no right to be in the restaurant business.â Happily, the tender and tasty Grilled Scotch Rib Eye (Â£12.95) allayed any doubts as to Cheersâ right to exist. Herb Grilled Chicken (Â£9.95) and Bangers and Mash (Â£7.95) were of similar solid quality, vast but surprisingly well presented â think nouvelle design with American portions.
So, hardly the stuff of Le Manoir Aux Quatâ Saisons but as unpretentious, cheap and cheerful goes, you could do much, much worse.