This is a superb all you can eat Indian restaurant in Basildon. I have only ever had dinner at this restaurant but it is worth the fourteen-ish pounds you pay. You can go up as many times as you like and there is a vast selection of food available. There are two floors, each have their own food cart and both provide the same food. The decor is modern and up to date. The staff are extremely friendly and will go out of their way to help you. We recently had a large work meal here and were possibly noisier than they were used to but they never complained and were just as helpful to us as the other customers. They let us sit there all night and at times we were not eating or drinking anything and they never once bothered us. The food is excellent and is replenished all the time. The selection is varied and they also provide labels to tell you the name of the dish and how hot it is - brilliant if you've never had Indian before!
19th July 2008 - Everything has had a recent change - They have refurbished and brightened up the whole pub / restaurant, new and improved staff. It is alot better alround. I am a Coeliac and have never been ill when i have eaten there - the staff are excellent with me and help me to see what i can and cant eat. The kitchen staff are great too as they change their menu slightly for me also. I would advise people to try The Honeypot again as the last review on here was in 2006 and im writing this in 2008 - Give it another try............
We recently visited The Honey Pot which is a Brewers Fayre chain pub and restaurant. The service was appalling the food was re-heated microwaved stale rubbish and the premises were filthy dirty. The clientele left a lot to be desired but were positively high brow compared to the staff! We will never go there again and after spending £40.00 we came home and had toast because we were hungry as we had to leave most of the inedible food.
Situated in rural(?) Basildon you will find the Festival Leisure Park. A large out of town location with ample parking and a choice of activities to fill your leisure time. If you fancy a good night out I can thoroughly recommend a visit to one of its many restaurants, which you could also combine with a club, bowling, cinema or pub session. In this Opinion I'll briefly run you through the restaurants to the best of my ability. (They are strangly listed in my order of preference) Aroma The ultimate in all you can eat Chinese. For just £11-90 (slightly more at weekends) you can work your way through the most extensive buffet menu I've ever seen. At night there are no less than 60 items on the buffet to choose from. Every Chinese starter you love is to be found here, together with soups, crispy duck (yes on a buffet) etc. There is again a wide choice of main meals, where you will find all the favourites. Even a choice of fruits, ice creams and fritters for dessert. You will eat far too much. To crown it all there is "Tapanyaki" a selection of raw ingredients which you choose and have cooked on the griddle whilst you wait. Try the rice sticks I'm mad about them! Beer is reasonably priced here with draught lagers available at about £2.40 per pint. An experience you will want to repeat (I went 3 times the week they opened!) Macaroni Grill Italian restaurant originating from America. Unlike the usual American/Italian style eateries, this one offers more authentic Italian food. Choose from a wide range of pastas and pizzas which are all yummy – very garlicky though! Before you eat you are presented with a delicious bread and shown how to eat it dipped in peppered olive oil, this is free but remember bread is a filler. Most of the starters are large enough to share so don't order too many. A large jug of red wine is given to you to drink from priced at £2-50 per glass, but they are half pint glasse
s. You just use the crayon provided to mark on the paper table cloth how many glasses you have (remembering not to mark a couple of course!). If you prefer you can ask for white wine instead or order a drink from the bar. One day I'm going to empty that jug of wine (about 3 litres!), I've been trying for a while. At some point during the night one of the staff will stand on a chair and sing very loudly and beautifully a lovely Italian Opera number, very atmospheric. The main drawback is that it does get very busy and you can't book in advance, if you phone they will however put you on the "preferred" list. If you have to wait at the bar you are given a big flashing vibrator which will go off when your table is ready. TGI Fridays Another branch of the successful American outlet. The food is great but it gets packed in here. Never order the steaks, I've yet to meet someone who has enjoyed them. For a tasty treat try some of the fish dishes they are excellent and a cut above the regular burger fare. Never order the garlic bread, its one of those silly baguettes which isn't properly sliced and the garlic butter never melts properly. Drink wise this is a very expensive option for me. The beer is lousy – either Budweiser or "Boston Beer" – a cross between lager and bitter. The cocktails are fantastic, but beware of the mounting costs. My husband and I once had a meal in here that cost £25 and a drinks bill of over £60. The HoneyPot A pub with restaurant facilities. Standard pub fare with nice pub prices on the drinks. Has a "Charlie Chalks Fun Factory" (Sort of ball pond and stuff I think – they won't let me in there) so is the best choice if you have young children tagging along. Pizza Hut No different to any other Pizza Hut found elsewhere, just happens to be one here! McDonalds Again standard chain fare – no alcohol here thou
gh! Chillies A Tex-Mex style restaurant. Similar fare to TGI Fridays I understand. I've put it down the bottom as I've not actually eaten here. Being told its burgers and chilli and stuff without the TGI atmosphere has put me off somewhat. Frankie & Benny's American/Italian fare. Lots of pizza and burgers on the menu. This is at the bottom of the list because the service is appalling and my one visit there was enough to convince me never to return. I'll tell you what happened and let you decide for yourself. Four of us wandered in here and asked for a table, we were told there were none available at present but we could wait at the bar. Whilst waiting at the bar (buying extra drinks to increase their profit!). I realised half the tables were empty, people were being called from the bar to these empty tables and we were eventually seated at a table which had been empty when we arrived. I think this is a cheap trick designed to get more money out of you for a drink. Once seated we waited 25 minutes before our order was taken then a further 20 minutes before our starters arrived – we were eating the tablecloth by then! The meal was nothing special and then disaster struck with the main course. My friend had ordered a burger, he asked for mustard, they went to their condiments storage area and brought one over. When he squeezed this bottle the top flew off covering his dinner and his lap with mustard. The rest of us were spattered with mustard. A staff member was called and allowed poor old mustard man to go to the toilet to clean himself up. No offer of compensation was made but they did ask if he wanted another burger. He declined as he was sitting their soggily (wet trousers after the clean up) and was no longer in the mood for food. When the bill arrived they hadn't even deducted the cost of his ruined meal! They did after we complained very loudly. Never been back and comes
down the bottom of the list after McDonalds! The food is nothing special and this kind of service shouldn't be tolerated! So if you want a varied night out visit the Festival Leisure park and go for a meal. You have a great choice and can always find something to suit your mood. I know people who come from all over Essex to have a night out here. There is ample parking and I've yet to see any trouble. Taxis will pick you up from the restaurants but are a bit wary of the clubs at kicking out time. Make a real night of it and you can even stay at one of two hotels situated in the park.