Southend Airport used to be a regular stop-off for a meal or just coffee, etc. for a number of members and students.
Unfortunately the extensive works to the aprons in Summer 2017 meant access was not possible (or prohibitively expensive)
A recent visit showed that access to GA is now available at the regular landing fee (PA28, etc = £28 incl).
Whilst there is still a lot of work going on, this and the commercial traffic did not detract from a pleasant aviation venue.