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There is nothing quite like a trip out in the car to somewhere that’s on your radar but not a must go place until a trip to the sea side ticks the box for a day out after the mayhem of Christmas, still full of turkey, sprouts and all the trimming a walk by the sea seemed like a grand idea.

We set off mid-morning from south west London taking the North Circular round to the A13. Sporting a pier of over a mile and a half with a well know chefs (Jamie’s) restaurant at the end of it. Southend On Sea was the destination for our trip after a stop off for lunch at The Peterboat a pub right on the sea front at old Leigh, The pub served a good range of locally brewed ales such as Two Trees and served sizeable portions. I chose The Peterboat clam chowder which I have to say is the best I’ve ever had, brimming with clams, smoked haddock, leeks, potatoes in a rich cream sauce, if you find yourself along this part of the Thames Estuary, Old Leigh is worth a visits, brimming with local merchants of fresh sea food.

At sunset we ended our day with a trip on the Southend Pier railway, a hurried return trip on the last train, if nothing more than to say we’ve done it. I did notice when we arrived at the end of the pier a handful of fishermen chucking out lines into the purple light as the sun set behind them. Southend for sure will be a destination for a days fishing in 2019.