The Eatery opened in South Woodham Ferrers in 2009 on Baron’s Road, then opened a sandwich bar opposite its current site, which is the site of the Town’s former police station. It’s a building that has had a chequered past, including a stint as the ‘Pearl of Asia’ Indian Restaurant. The downside to the Pearl of Asia was that while it was bright and modern, with an interesting menu, it was never busy, there’s just too much competition in South Woodham – particularly for Indian restaurants.
That’s not an accusation that can be laid at The Eatery, most time I’ve visited it’s been crowded, verging on rammed on weekend mornings.
And that’s not a result of ‘table blocking’ – I’ve been in a nearby branch of a major coffee chain to witness groups of ladies sit chatting for more than an hour after finishing their coffees.
Nor is it a lack of competition, these days South Woodham Ferrers has another English café, almost opposite, and the aforementioned coffee shop, along with the Town’s plethora of Indian, Chinese and Kebab restaurants/take aways.
I’ll admit, I’ve only every visited The Eatery for breakfast, but I’ve heard good reports of their Sunday Roasts and their traditional ‘East End’ Pie & Mash.
The breakfasts I have enjoyed have always been plentiful, freshly cooked and tasty. I tend to go for the ‘Eatery Special’ while Val goes for the ‘Eggs Benedict’.
The waitress service is always friendly, prompt and polite, and the freshly brewed coffee is both tasty and sensibly priced.
There are a couple of tables outside, which is pleasant enough when the weather is kind.
They also, to their credit, offer a ‘Meals on Wheels’ service for the Town’s older residents, and I’ve been to parties and functions that The Eatery has catered, those too have been plentiful and tasty.
Sometimes you just want ‘a full English’ and The Eatery delivers it.