Lunch spot favourites in Tendring

We are spoilt for choice as far as eateries are concerned here in Clacton, Frinton, Walton, Brightlingsea and beyond.

Many of our Care Professionals take their clients out for lunch it’s a great way to connect with the local community and show our support for independent establishments.  We also encourage our team to pop along to our monthly ‘Coffee and Catch Up’ sessions held at local cafes, after all to care for others we must also care for ourselves.  We’ve picked a few of our favourites, including Parker’s Garden Company each one offers a variety of cuisines.

No 1 Harbour Square

No 1 Harbour Square in Brightlingsea overlooks the beautiful marina and Colne estuary. Run by the Firkins family, these guys have 20 years of experience.

A bright, modern restaurant that benefits from a harbourside view with seating outside to enjoy the sunshine.  There’s breakfast, lunch, coffee, cakes, cocktails and more on offer. Dishes include Tapas as well as three-course meals, with fresh locally sourced ingredients.  In the summer, on Sundays you can enjoy a drink listening to some tunes, as there’s a weekly music session.  On a lazy weekday afternoon it’s a great place to sit and enjoy a lunch with your favourite older relative or loved one.  No 1 is wheelchair accessible and has a disabled toilet.

To reach No 1 Harbour Square, head to Brightlingsea and follow the Waterside Road. Parking at Tower Street Car Park.

My Big Fat Greek Taverna

As the name suggests My Big Fat Greek Taverna in Clacton, celebrates all things Greek.

This large, bright restaurant is situated within The Royal Hotel Complex, a refined boutique hotel with cosy, elegant and comfortable rooms.  Owned and run by the Smedley family, who are passionate about hospitality and love their traditional Cypriot cuisine. They promise traditional, high-quality food with Greek favourites including halloumi cheese, keftedes (the pork and potato meatballs), dolmades (stuffed vine leaves), souvlaki, kebabs and more.

It’s a lively place and one of the Home Instead team’s favourites for get togethers but equally it’s a place to go with family or as a couple.  If you hanker after the flavours of Greece and Cyprus, give My Big Fat Greek Taverna a visit. Parts of the restaurant are wheelchair accessible but it’s best to call ahead so the team can accommodate your needs, there’s a disabled toilet. You will find the restaurant along Marine Parade East at Clacton’s seafront.

Parker's Garden Company

Parker’s Garden Company is an independent, family run garden centre featuring so much more than plants, including its very popular coffee shop and restaurant.  It’s a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike including the Home Instead team and clients.

There is an indoor and outdoor seating area, the service is fab, and the food is delicious.  You can grab a coffee and scrumptious cake, treat yourself and your senior to a splendid afternoon tea or enjoy one of the numerous handcrafted specials the chefs create daily.

During your visit, you can browse the wide selection of garden products, plants, gifts and furniture or find some goodies to take home from the extensive food hall.  Parker’s is very accessible with wide, flat paths, they have wheelchairs available for loan, disabled toilets, and a large on-site car park with drop off points directly outside. You can find Parker’s just outside of Frinton along Frinton Road.

Pop-Pins Restaurant

Pop-Pins in Frinton is a popular choice especially amongst those with a sweet tooth.  This 1950’s style ice-cream parlour is well-known for its delicious ice-cream treats but it also offers light lunches such as toasted panini’s, sandwiches, salads, and jacket potatoes.  The Home Instead team’s favourite is their delicious super seed salad!

If you like people watching this is the place to come, with seating outside or at the high bar seats situated along the large front window – it’s the perfect vantage point.  It’s a busy little restaurant and has a lively atmosphere with lots of mums and children getting together for a catch up and a sweet treat.  Pop-Pins isn’t wheelchair accessible.  You can find Pop-Pins on the main Connaught Avenue in Frinton-on-Sea.

Harry's Bar & Restaurant

Harry’s Bar and Restaurant is nestled in a little village called Thorpe-le-Soken, about 15 mins drive from Frinton and 10 mins from Clacton.

At Harry’s you can relax with a coffee, indulge in a cocktail, or enjoy a three-course meal, it’s up to you.  Their menu focuses on tasteful British favourites such as pan-fried lamb rump or seabass but with an international influence.  It’s got an outside, heated terrace too.  It’s a popular place so booking is recommended.  The entrance does have a couple of steps to tackle, but the staff would be happy to help anyone in a wheelchair, and they tell us there’s enough space for a wheelchair inside, although there’s no disabled toilet. To get to Harry’s travel along the B1033 towards Thorpe and the restaurant’s in the high street. There’s a small car park to the rear with some parking available on the main street.