The Oaktree

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 14 reviews )

75 Leigh Rd, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-sea, England, SS91JN

Licensed bistro, since 2013 and expanded and turned vegan in 2018. Offers afternoon tea, and a weekly tapas & live music night. Also operates The Acorn Veggie Deli. Open Mon-Sat 10:00am-10:30pm, Sun 10:00am-4:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Beer/Wine, Take-out, British, European

14 Reviews

First Review by LeighLady

Wonderful menu, delicious food - Edit

Really great menu, with breakfasts (served till 12 noon), light bites, starters, mains, desserts, coffees and alcohol, including a list of vegan wines, beers and spirits. Sandwiches, big salads, soups, burgers (£10, and you can add extra toppings), sweet potato fries, mac ‘n’ cheese, satay dippers and more. They have vegan mayo!
On my first visit I had a decaf-almond-latte and the Mushroom Garlic Burger on a ciabatta bun (there’s an optional GF bun), all burgers served with French fries and mixed-greens salad. Very satisfying. Easy-listening music in the background, pleasant service from server wearing a name tag – a nice touch. On my second visit – roses on the tables! – I had a creamy creamy butternut squash—chestnut—asparagus lasagne, served with two slices of garlic ciabatta and a green salad. I was there before noon, and the service was fast.
Other mains (£10-11) include roast vegetable tart, pesto and asparagus gnocchi in cheese sauce, Thai curry, oriental stir-fry and “fiery” sweet potato—bean chilli. All the desserts (£5-7) look enticing, and I chose the warm caramel-apple-pecan crumble which came with two scoops of vegan vanilla ice cream and was superb. (One scoop would be plenty.) I highly recommend this restaurant. It’s not completely vegan, but there are a great many vegan options.
The owners also operate Acorn Deli & Café near Old Leigh.

Pros: delicious food and great menu items, pleasant service, most items are vegan

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Awesome Food - Edit

Absolutely loved this place. First time there and four of us had starter main and dessert each and every dish was fantastic, really flavorsome and delicious. The service was also first class and it was great discussing vegan food with our waitress who was very nice and informative. Would eat here every night if we could!!

Pros: Delicious food , Great sevice, Friendly staff

Cons: None

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Excellent Quality, Choice & Atmosphere - Edit

Found this gem of a restaurant. Plenty of choice and the food is delicious. Very friendly and attentive staff. Prices reasonable - fantastic atmosphere. Clean, tidy high class feel. Went with my children but could be a ideal romantic destination. Small / 15 tables? but cosy. Felt very relaxed and comfortable. Highly recommended.

Pros: Very clear menu and lots of choice

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Oaktreebistro 07 Dec 2017 - Thanks so much for your review - so glad you enjoyed it!

Believe it or not, we actually have 25 tables - and can comfortably sit 50 people!!

We also have 20 additional garden covers in the warmer months!

Hope to see you again soon  

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Afternoon tea - Edit

We visited for a vegan afternoon tea to say goodbye to me before I went travelling. There were scones, sandwiches and champagne - it was really fancy and I loved it a lot.

Pros: nice location, nice service, amazing cream on scones

Cons: costs more to add more sandwiches, wobbly stands for food, long wait

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Oaktreebistro 07 Dec 2017 - Hello there

Thank you for your response.

I am glad you enjoyed all our homemade vegan cakes, scones and sandwiches. I am sorry for the confusion re sandwiches, it has never actually come up as an issue before.  

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Heaven is vegan deserts. - Edit

Fantastic place with delicious food and one of the best vegan deserts I've had. Finished off with friendly staff and a nice vibe.

Pros: Delicious food and friendly staff.

Cons: I'm visiting from NZ so won't be back for a while

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Non existent customer services - stay away - Edit

We had a horrible experience. The stuff is totally disorganised and borderline rude. I called asking if the place is open, which they did confirm. We turn up in 10 - 15 min with my spouse and 2 small kids. The place was half empty. Now they told us they do not take any bookings - I say but I did call 10 min ago, to which they made an excuse that I did not make a booking. What a waste of time!! Happy cow does not allow less than 2 but this should really be -2 stars!!

Pros: None

Cons: Disorganised , Cannot tell in 10m that they will not serve you, Disappointing

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Oaktreebistro 15 Aug 2017 - Hello David. I am very sorry you didn't get the chance to eat at our restaurant or try our wonderful food.

Unfortunately, the day in question, we were fully booked and simply couldn't fit anyone else in. I suspect there may be a slight breakdown in communication here.

I am sorry if that wasn't fully explained to you.  

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Great food - Edit

Took my wife and niece here. Niece is newly vegetarian, and loved it. Most of the menu was vegan. Very tasty. Thanks!

Pros: Reasonable prices , Great food

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Oaktreebistro 15 Aug 2017 - Thanks very much for your lovely review. We will hopefully see you again very soon!  

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Recently had a fancy make-over. - Edit

The Oaktree Market, which previously had a deli-counter, has just had a very sophisticated renovation. It now has a purely ala-carte set up, with live acoustic music in the evenings.

They provide vegan and vegetarian options. There is halloumi on the menu (which is the only thing I miss, in my 'vegan - re-birth', but daren't ever indulge in.)

The place has a lovely ambience - just perfect for sharing a really refreshing bottle of vegan prosecco and a vegan pizza with actual melting vegan mozzarella, and nattering the evening away with your mates.

Pros: Fancy redo , Melting vegan mozzarella , Great vegan wine and beer options.

Cons: Pricey - but all vegan venues appear to be.

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big fan of this place - Edit

Reasonable prices, good variety of food, good portion sizes and some outdoor seating.

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Lovely place - Edit

Really interesting dishes, beautifully made. Drinks choices are good, and the coffee is excellent!

I have ventured in to the Oak Tree with a teensy hangover on a couple of occasions, and their veggie pepperoni pizza ciabatta really hits the spot!

More substantial meals are splendid, especially recommend the Sri Lankan curry and various lasagne dishes.

Pros: Freshly-cooked delicious food, Coffee

Cons: Quite small so you may need to book

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A gem in Leigh. - Edit

So happy to find a vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurant in this area. Small and personal. Pleasant atmostphere, light and airy. Good service. Menu offers a vegan version of many traditional comfort foods..each one tried so far is excellent. Also innovative dishes,,,,I loved the Aubergine Pasta (vegan). Highly recommended!

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We love the Oak Tree ! - Edit

We are so lucky this place is round the corner from this place for breakfast..really great coffee ( they of course have soya milk), lovely breakfast sandwich options including vege sausage or bacon. Lunch options are delicious, home cooked hot food or fantastic big salads. We have also been here a couple of times for dinner..intimate, candle lit, relaxed atmosphere, and great food, we came to a Thai night once, and they definitely give the local Thai restaurants a run for their money! They do some interesting themed nights including Japanese and Sri Lankan night which we hope to try and soon. The greatest thing about this place though is that the staff are really nice, service is great AND they are dog friendly!!!!

Pros: Dog friendly

Cons: More wheat free grains on menu

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Just Lovely - Edit

Oaktree Market has recently opened close to where we live. We've been desperately missing a veggie eatery ever since the sad demise of My Kitchen a couple of years ago, so we decided to pop along with a couple of friends for their first themed evening - Lebanese food.

The bistro itself is very small, with maybe only half a dozen tables. Rather than feeling cramped, it has a nice intimate atmosphere. The staff were friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Service was very prompt. I did find the seating to be quite uncomfortable after a little while, but then I am in the late stages of pregnancy and am struggling to get comfortable anywhere at the moment! Nobody else seemed to have a problem with it.

We were served a starter of spiced lentil and chickpea soup. The flavours were fresh and the portion size was generous but manageable. This was followed by a mixed mezze. The only non-vegan item on the menu was grilled halloumi, this was replaced with stuffed vine leaves for my husband and I. All of the food was absolutely delicious, really flavoursome and hearty. There was plenty to go around, in fact we were nowhere near able to finish everything we were served!

My husband and friends still somehow found room for dessert. Husband ordered strawberry cheesecake and a chocolate chip cookie, our friends both had carrot cake. I snacked on a little of my husband's cookie, it was lovely. I must admit to being a little disappointed that the cheesecake was just a slice of a commercially available cheesecake we can buy at most health food shops, especially when much nicer vegan cheesecake is so simple to make, but since we were really there for the dinner rather than dessert it wasn't that big of an issue (husband certainly seemed very happy with it).

All in all we had a really lovely evening with delicious food and fantastic service at a very reasonable price. I'm very keen to go back again soon, they have more themed evenings on the horizon and their lunch menu looks great! Definitely a new favourite in our area.

Pros: Great food with nice vegan options, Friendly staff, Very reasonably priced

Cons: Uncomfortable seating

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Finally!! - Edit

We have been screaming out for a new Vegetarian place in Leigh for years!!

And here it is!!

It was certainly worth the wait... lovely decor, staff, food, coffee and atmosphere!

I had the "pepperoni" pizza ciabatta and it was absolutely incredible... although i do wish i got one of the salads as they were huge!

will definitely be back

Pros: Menu choice, Coffee, Friendly staff

Cons: could be bigger - but not a problem!

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