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Reviewing some of the Independent Restaurants
We appointed our own mystery reviewer with the brief to tell us about places to eat which are not national chains. We want to support local businesses as local residents

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No doubt some of you have heard the rumours about Billericay’s latest and long awaited fish restaurant  -  excellent food that comes at an exorbitant price! I went to investigate one lunch time.
Felix is on the site of Goodspeed’s wet fish shop in Chapel Street close to the High Street, but what a transformation. It has taken five or six years to come to fruition but the owners must be pleased with the result given the somewhat awkward shape of the building. Along one long wall is a fabulous seascape, apparently specially commissioned wallpaper. You can almost hear, smell and watch the sea’s movement! There is a lot of light coloured wood to the décor and attractive, comfortable tables and chairs, well spaced along both sides of the room.

It is not simply the food that is so good, but the staff. Nothing is too much trouble from the moment you step inside to the time you leave, and how good is it to be made welcome and served by friendly people trained in their jobs? No trying to catch somebody’s eye for they have noticed and attended to whatever in an instant.

The wine list is comprehensive but we had a glass of the House white and rose, each at £5.50, well chilled and delicious. There were two menus. The Lunchtime one had limited and cheaper  courses, i.e. £10.50 - £13.50 for the mains, and the monkfish at the cheapest price  was first rate and plentiful whilst halibut at £23 was delicious from the a la carte. The Lunch menu had a choice of four starters, three   fish one meat and one vegetarian main course. The a la carte had  five fish two meat and one vegetarian starter, and seven fish three meat and one vegetarian dish for mains. However, accompanying vegetables were sold separately at £3.50 each, but were generous enough portions to share. There is no bread or side plates so maybe a dessert at £7 might be needed and the chef was up to the task here as well. All diners were tucking into each course with relish which helped give a very satisfying atmosphere.

It helps to love fish, but this restaurant caters for anyone wanting an excellent meal  in attractive surroundings, possibly for a special occasion.  My bill came to £90, including 10% service charge, which is too much for lunch but it was so good!
Rating- 9/10