The Best Christmas Afternoon Teas in Essex

the best christmas afternoon teas in essex

Christmas Afternoon Teas

An Afternoon tea is a wonderful tradition of enjoying delicious sandwiches, scones and delicate cakes all washed down with a pot of tea. It is the perfect to celebrate any occasion or just a treat to yourself. There are so many amazing Christmas Afternoon Teas in Essex. Festive treats with spiced scones, warmed mince pies and festive themed sandwiches. It’s one of my favourite times of the year to enjoy an afternoon tea. Many of these fantastic venues feature in our list of The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex. So without delay, here is our list of the Best Christmas Afternoon Teas in Essex.

The Ultimate guide to 30 of the Best Christmas Afternoon Teas in Essex in 2022:

Magic Mushroom Restaurant, Billericay

The Magic Mushroom is a bright modern restaurant, which offers amazing first class freshly cooked food. The Christmas afternoon tea includes a selection of festive sandwiches, broccoli and Stilton tart, cranberry and plain scones with Tiptree Strawberry jam and clotted cream, a selection of festive sweet treats, including Christmas yule log, Christmas cake and mulled wine cheesecake and a choice of tea for £32.50 per person. See our full review of their classic afternoon tea at The Magic Mushroom Restaurant.

You have the option to upgrade to the Champagne afternoon tea for £42.50. Children’s Portions, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and other dietary requirements available on request

Running from 30th November to 24th December. For more information or to book, visit The Magic Mushroom Restaurant website.

Wildflower Teas on the Bus, Wickford

Wildflower Teas on the Bus is set aboard an original Routemaster Double Decker bus. The Christmas Afternoon Tea at Wildflower Teas on the Bus is £30 per person.

It consists of freshly made sandwiches filled with: Turkey & Cranberry, Cheddar & Festive Chutney, Roast Beef & Horseradish, Ham & Honey Mustard and lastly Cream Cheese & Cucumber, served with Mini pigs and blankets. Followed by Christmas Pudding Cheesecake, Traditional Christmas Cake, Mini Mince Pies, Hazelnut & White Chocolate Torte, German Stollen, Chocolate Orange Shortbread Biscuits. Cheese, crackers & mixed grapes. Each afternoon tea is served with bottomless pots of tea, coffee or a yummy luxury hot chocolate. Read our full review of the Christmas Afternoon Teas at Wildflower Teas on the Bus.

The christmas afternoon tea at Wildflower Travelling Tea Party, Teas on the Bus

They are also running a ‘Scone Alone’ High Tea for £35 per head with lots of fun food inspired by the family favourite Christmas film Home Alone… and a Little Elves Afternoon Tea which includes a festive graze plate as well as the afternoon tea! It is so much food and really wonderful!

Running from 25th November to 31st December excluding 24th-27th. Visit Wildflower Teas website for further information.

Christmas Little Elves Afternoon Tea at Wildflower Travelling Tea Party on a Bus in Wickford Essex

Merrymeade Tea Room, Brentwood

The Christmas Afternoon Tea at Merrymeade Tea Room in Brentwood is £25pp.

It consists of a selection of finger sandwiches with festive fillings.
Followed by a Festive cupcake, a selection of cakes including Christmas cake, mince pie, bitesize brownie with biscoff drizzle, a fruit scone served with clotted cream, jam and butter. Seasonal fruit .Each afternoon is served with unlimited tea and filter coffee.

To book please call: 07526275305 or message on their facebook page. Starting Monday 21st November – Friday 16th December (Monday-Friday during opening hours).

Vegan/Gluten Free/ Dairy free options available and Children’s afternoon tea available.

Scotts of Southend

Scotts of Southend Garden Centre is a great place for Christmas Afternoon Tea in Essex. Not only do they have a lovely restaurant to enjoy your afternoon tea, but they also have heated outdoor pods. Once you have enjoyed the Christmas afternoon tea, you can then have a wander round their Festive Victorian Market for some Christmas shopping, which is indoor and weatherproof.

Their Christmas Afternoon Tea is £24.95 per person and consists of:

Savoury finger sandwiches filled with; Honey Roast Ham with English Mustard, Turkey Cranberry and Stuffing, Smoked Salmon and Chive Cream Cheese, Cucumber Creme Fraiche and Egg Mayo and Cress.

Sweet Treats include; White Chocolate, Orange and Cranberry Blondie, Mini Festive Mince Pie, Christmas Biscuits, Chocolate Covered Strawberry, Mini Fruit Cake, Mini Black Forest Cake and Fruit Scone with Clotted Cream and Tiptree Preserve.

This comes with an unlimited amount of English Breakfast Tea or Americano coffee.

They also offer a standard tea, vegan afternoon tea or gluten free afternoon tea. (Please mention this whilst booking). Dogs are welcome in our outdoor pods. Running 24th Nov-23rd Dec.

Book on the Scotts of Southend Website.

Scotts of Southend Christmas Afternoon Tea in Essex

La Petite Petanque, Southend

La Petite Petanque in Southend, is nestled in the preserved conservation area of town. Set within a beautiful 1920’s original bowling club pavilion,  which now houses the restaurant overlooking the bowling green. A charming venue to sit back and enjoy your afternoon tea in Southend!

The Festive Afternoon Tea at La Petite Petanque is £23.95 per head and consists of turkey and cranberry sandwiches, cheddar and festive chutney, ham and pickle, mini mince pies and mini Christmas puddings along with cakes and home made scones.

Served Mon – Sat 2-5pm. Booking is min 2 people, 48 hrs in advance. For more information or to book, visit La Petite Petanque’s facebook page.

Festive afternoon tea at La Petite Petanque in Southend

Downham Hall, Downham

Downham Hall in Downham, Essex, is located in a tranquil spot between Billericay and Wickford. A boutique country house hotel and wedding venue, nestled in the Essex countryside with views across the rolling fields. Downham Hall is the perfect place for an Christmas Afternoon Tea in Essex.

Downham Hall’s festive afternoon tea is set in the tastefully decorated de Beauvoir suite with christmas touches. It consists of a selection of festive sandwiches, pork & black pudding sausage roll, classic scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserves. Followed by exquisite pastries made in-house with a festive twist.

Christmas afternoon tea is £28pp, Sparkling or G&T pairing afternoon tea £34.00pp. Served from 12pm-3pm from 1st December until Christmas Eve, each Wednesday to Saturday.

On the 3rd December, Downham Hall has a special Festive Afternoon hosted in their marquee for £35.95pp with a live singer and bottomless Prosecco available as an add on.

For more information or to book, please visit Downham Hall’s website.

Stoke by Nayland, Colchester

Stoke by Nayland Golf, Spa & Lodges Resort is a family run hotel situated in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Colchester. Guests can enjoy their Afternoon Tea either in the Lakes Restaurant or al fresco on the terraces overlooking the stunning Constable Country views.

The Festive Afternoon Tea at Stoke By Nayland in their Winter Wonderland themed venue is available from 1st December to 23rd December for £23.95 per person. It consists of:

Suffolk smoked ham, tomato, wholegrain mustard sandwich on white bread, egg mayo and mustard cress finger sandwich, smoked salmon dill and horseradish crème fraiche finger sandwich and a cucumber chive cream cheese finger sandwich.
Followed by a Boxford Farm apple and sultana scone with Tiptree jam, clotted cream, cinnamon spiced dark chocolate and pear tart, and Eliza Acton ‘1845’ Christmas loaf.

Gluten Free and Vegan alternatives are also available. If you would rather have more sandwiches than cakes, please let your server know. You can also upgrade to a Sparkling Afternoon Tea for a little extra.

For more information or to book at afternoon tea, visit Stoke By Nayland Website.

Festive afternoon tea at Stoke by Nayland in Essex

Wivenhoe House, Colchester

Wivenhoe House is a beautiful 18th Century four-star hotel near to the pretty quayside village of Wivenhoe and minutes from Britain’s oldest recorded town Colchester.

The Festive Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House is £25 per person. Add Bottomless Prosecco for £18.00pp (maximum time slot of 2 hours applies to Bottomless Prosecco).

A Children’s Festive Afternoon Tea is £12.50 per child.

it is is now served daily from 12-4pm every day. You’ll enjoy delicious sandwiches, freshly baked scones and beautifully presented cakes and pastries. Tea and coffee will be served and replenished as required.

Running from 25th November – 23rd December 2022. Priced at £22pp. Prosecco Afternoon Tea is £29.50pp and champagne afternoon tea is £34 pp. Kids afternoon tea is £12.45 per child. Vegetarian and Vegan options available upon request.

To book your afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House contact them on 01206 863666, email‘ or visit Wivenhoe House Hotel website for more information.

Wood Cottage Tea Room & Patisserie, Felsted

Wood Cottage Tea Room is a pretty village tea room in a Grade II listed beamy cottage in the heart of Felsted. Owned & run by pastry chef Steven Tittle, who previously specialised in afternoon teas & desserts at London Knightsbridge hotels The Lanesborough & Mandarin Oriental. This time of year the cottage is adorned with the twinkle of fairy lights for a real Christmassy setting to enjoy a Festive Full Afternoon Teas with family & friends.

The Festive Afternoon Tea is £37.50 per person and includes: A selection of sandwiches, wraps and a mini quiche, followed by a selection of festive afternoon tea pastries including a Christmas Pudding Cheesecake and Pear & Cinnamon Frangipane to name a few. You also receive a selection of sweet tea breads to share and fruit and plain scones. Your afternoon tea includes a pot of loose leaf tea from a selection of over 20 teas and infusions or an americano coffee.

Festive afternoon tea is running from the 1st December. To book or for further information visit Wood Cottage Tea Room website.

Flamingo, Billericay

A cute and pink family-run, licenced tea room/bar in the centre of Billericay, serving morning coffee, brunch to lunch, afternoon tea, or a slice of cake from their large selection of homemade cakes.

The Christmas Afternoon Tea at Flamingo is £27.95 per person and you can upgrade to include a glass of prosecco. The afternoon tea consists of: Festive sandwiches with a mini sausage roll and mini cheddar & sun dried tomato quiche. Followed by a selection of Christmas sweet treats and a marzipan & brandy scone with clotted cream.

To book or for more information visit the Flamingo facebook page.

Sophie’s Kitchen, Maldon

Sophie’s Kitchen is a beautiful traditional Tea Room located in Maldon High Street.

Their Christmas Afternoon Tea is £19.95 per head. It includes 2 x rounds of sandwiches of your choice, Christmas special fillings; turkey stuffing, bacon and cranberry mayonnaise sandwich, Brie bacon and cranberry panini, Stilton and apple toastie. A homemade cake of your choice from the Christmas cake specials, fruit scone with Tiptree Jam and clotted cream and a drink of your choice.

To book contact Sophie’s Kitchen facebook page.

The Gilt Rooms, West Mersea

The Gilt Rooms is a pretty tea room located in West Mersea. They have an outside courtyard at both the front and rear to allow alfresco dining. The Gilt Rooms offer fabulous themed afternoon teas in Essex which change every couple of months (normally seasonally) and start from £30.00 per adult.

Festive afternoon teas; £30.00 per person. Available now until 19th January 2023. Their festive afternoon tea includes: smoked salmon and horseradish cream, egg Mayo and cress, Turkey and cranberry sandwiches, a homemade sausage roll or prawn val au vent and cakes include; Black Forest, banana creme brûlée loaf cake, baileys profiterole and mini gingerbread cheesecake. It includes a glass of bubbles or a hot mulled wine, a tea or cafetiere of coffee.

Times available from 11.30am-3.30 pm daily. 24hours notice where possible. For further information or to book, please visit The Gilt Rooms website.

The Festive Afternoon tea at The Gilt Rooms, west mersea

The County Hotel, Chelmsford

The County Hotel is an elegant and classic hotel situated in Chelmsford Town Centre. Afternoon Tea at The County Hotel is served in the award winning Samphire Restaurant.

The Festive Afternoon Tea at The County is £28 per person and includes a selection of festive sandwiches, followed by a selection of desserts which include a white chocolate yule log, meringue snow flake, dark chocolate and coffee delice and traditional Christmas cake. A festive raisin and cranberry scone is included plus a selection of loose leaf teas or cafetiere of coffee. An upgrade to mulled wine, prosecco or Champagne is available.

For further information or to book visit The County Hotel website.

Coffee at the Close, Chelmsford

Coffee at the Close are a proud family-run independent coffee shop located in Chelmsford. Their luxury coffee shop cakes are made by their sister company, an award-winning local bakers. At Coffee at the Close you’ll find freshly baked cakes, as well as locally sourced barista coffee, fresh food and afternoon teas for eat-in or takeaway.

Their Christmas Afternoon Tea is priced at £28.99 per head or £32.99 with a glass of bubbles and consists of:
A selection of festive finger sandwiches, warmed piggy roast roll followed by a homemade cranberry and white chocolate scone served with Roddas clotted cream and Tiptree Jam. Sweet treats include Santa Hat Strawberry Shortbread, Rudolph Brownie, Peppermint Candy Cane Cupcake and a luxury mince pie. It includes a barista drink or soft drink.

Served Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout December, For more information or to book, please visit the Coffee at the Close facebook page.

Christmas afternoon Tea at Coffee at the Close in Chelmsford.

Forget Me Not Tea Rooms, Tiptree

Forget Me Not Tea Rooms in Tiptree are a family run tea room that is also home to Forget Me Not cards and gifts. They serve breakfast, light lunches and homemade cakes and seasonal afternoon teas.

The Festive Afternoon Tea at Forget Me Not Tea Rooms is £25 per head Mon – Friday and £30 per head on weekends. It consists of a selection of festive finger sandwiches, a choice of savouries including brie and cranberry puff, mini charcuterie jar, pork and stuffing sausage roll and smoked salmon and cream cheese bites. Followed by Christmas pudding flavoured scones and trio of miniature festive desserts, including spiced gingerbread cake with cinnamon buttercream. It is served with a glass or prosecco, mulled wine, beer or non alcoholic soft drink, as well as unlimited tea or americano coffee.

They also offer children’s afternoon tea. To book or for further information please visit Forget Me Not’s facebook page.

Blackmore Tea Rooms, Ingatestone

Blackmore Tea Rooms in Blackmore, Ingatestone is set in a pretty village location. A traditional 15th century tea room with amazing cakes. They offer a Christmas High Tea which includes a glass of prosecco for “17.50 per head or £14.50 without prosecco.

You receive a selection of festive finger sandwiches and hot sausage rolls, followed by Christmas cake, profiteroles, mini lemon meringue pie and a hot drink of your choice.

To book visit the Blackmore Tea Rooms facebook page.

Morley Nurseries, Wakering

Morley Nurseries Tea Room in Wakering is a situated in the Garden Centre.

The Christmas Afternoon Tea is £22 per head or £19.95 per person to take away. It includes:

  • Soup of the day
  • Sausage Roll
  • Mini Quiche
  • Scone with Jam & Clotted Cream
  • Peppermint Chocolate Brownie Trees
  • Mini Christmas Cake
  • Orange Drizzle
  • Apple Baileys Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Truffle
  • A choice of 2 sandwiches per person

You can visit the Morley Nurseries website for more information, or book by calling: 01702 585668 ext. 8017 or email

Christmas Afternoon Tea at Morley Nurseries Tea Room in Wakering, Southend in Essex

Remedy Tea Rooms, Hockley

Remedy Tea Rooms in Hockley is a traditional vintage style tea room.

They offer a Christmas afternoon for two people at £34, that’s just £17 per head. It includes a festive selection of sandwiches followed by cakes with mince pies and scones. They can cater for vegans, gluten free and vegetarians.

Please visit the Remedy Tea Rooms facebook page for further information.

Tea Beside the Sea, Shoeburyness, Southend

Tea Beside the Sea is a family run tea room in Shoeburyness, just a short walk from the tranquil East Beach. They offer breakfast and lunches as well as themed afternoon teas and special seasonal events.

The Christmas afternoon tea is £24.95 per head. Included is a selection of festive finger sandwiches served on white and granary bread. A selection of mini festive desserts and freshly baked cranberry and white chocolate scones served with mincemeat and roddas clotted cream. Unlimited tea and coffee is included.

For information or to book visit the Tea Beside the Sea facebook page.

Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Leigh on Sea

The Parlour Tea Room at Mad Dogs and Englishmen are famous locally for their themed afternoon teas. They decorate the whole venue as well as theming food and costumes to match! This is why they Mad Dogs and Englishmen feature on our list of Best Afternoon Teas in Essex.

They are running The Chronicles of Narnia Afternoon Tea for Christmas. Step through the wardrobe and into the magical snow covered world of Narnia. With fairy lights and fur and an Afternoon Tea extraordinaire, the icy adventure will definitely set your festive season off to an amazing start. It is £44 per person on weekdays and £49.50 on weekends. There is very limited availability as they get booked up early in the year.

They also have The Festive Secret Garden Afternoon Tea in The Botanical Rooms. Based around the novel from the Edwardian Golden Age, discover the most magical hidden winter garden in the Botanical Rooms. Mysterious and Enchanting with hidden keys and snowy trees. The menu includes savoury muffins, followed by finger festive finger sandwiches, warm scones and a delicious cake selection. It is £44 per person on weekdays and £49.50 on weekends.

Please contact them for further information and booking via the Mad Dogs & Englishmen website.

Narnia themed christmas afternoon tea at Mad dogs and englishmen in Leigh on Sea in Essex

The Inn at Belfairs, Leigh on Sea

The Inn at Belfairs is a premium pub nestled within the green picturesque Belfairs Park in Leigh on Sea. This is a beautiful venue that is themed throughout, with flowered ceiling, flowered selfie wall and vintage bird cages. It is transformed into a winter wonderland at Christmas time. The perfect setting for a Christmas afternoon tea in Essex.

The Festive Afternoon Tea at The Inn at Belfairs includes festive crostinis, sausage roll and cheese and chive muffin and other savouries, followed by festive themed desserts and traditional fruit scone. It includes unlimited Tea & Coffee.

Available From 25th November To 24th December and is £31.95pp. A £15pp deposit is required upon booking.

For further information or to book visit The Inn at Belfairs website.

Festive afternoon tea at The In at Belfairs in Essex

Bonnies Cafe, Hutton

Bonnie’s Cafe in Hutton is based at Hunters Chase Garden Centre. A quaint and charming tea room serving breakfast, lunches and wonderful cakes with outdoor dining available. Bonnie’s are famous for their amazing home made cakes. There is always a great selection of cakes available to suit all tastes.

The Christmas afternoon tea at Bonnie’s Cafe includes a selection of festive sandwiches, prawn cocktail, home made scone with cream and jam, a selection of home made cakes including a mince pie plus a pot of tea or coffee. Afternoon tea is £17.50 per head. Read our full review of the amazing afternoon tea at Bonnie’s Cafe.

To book contact Bonnie’s Cafe facebook page or call them on 01277 659351.

Christmas afternoon tea at Bonnies Cafe in Hutton

Mulberry House, Ongar

Mulberry House is one of the finest award winning wedding and events venues, situated in the heart of the Essex countryside and set within 22 acres of beautiful grounds. Visitors can enjoy afternoon tea in the Garden Room Restaurant overlooking a beautiful lake. Read our full review of this Christmas Afternoon Tea.

The festive High Tea at Mulberry House is £25.95 per person and includes a selection of Cocktail Finger Sandwiches, warm fruit and cinnamon scone with Tiptree Strawberry Jam and Cornish clotted cream. Followed by a variety of fresh Dainty Cakes. Included is unlimited tea or coffee.

You can upgrade to the Royal High Tea at £31.95 which includes a glass of fine Prosecco. They also offer Children’s High Tea at £7.95 which includes a warm homemade scone with Tiptree strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream, half round of cocktail Sandwiches and a cake. Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate or a soft drink is also included.

For more information visit Mulberry House website.

Christmas afternoon tea at Mulberry House

The Village Tearoom, Hatfield Heath

The Village Tearoom is in the beautiful village of Hatfield Heath and overlooks the green. They pride themselves on homemade food including bread, jam, cakes and sauces are all homemade.

The Christmas afternoon tea is Adults £22 per person and Children £10.50. It consists of sandwiches, Smoked salmon & cream cheese, Roast Turkey & stuffing, three cheese pinwheel, Egg mayonnaise roll, a Brie & cranberry blini. Followed by fruit scones with clotted cream & jam, mint chocolate mousse, mince pie tart, chocolate reindeer macaron and a chocolate yule log.

For further information or to book visit The Village Tearoom facebook page.

Tiptree Tea Rooms, Essex

Tiptree Tea Rooms have 9 great tea rooms across Essex where you can enjoy their afternoon Teas. They are located at Tiptree, Dedham, Heybridge Basin, Writtle, Saffron Walden, Cressing Temple, Billericay, Osea, Chelmsford and they also have a tea room in Southwold in Suffolk.

The Christmas Afternoon Tea at Tiptree Tea Rooms is available Friday – Tuesday from 28th November to 20th December 2022.

It is great value at £32 for two people including tea or coffee or £40 for two with a glass of mulled wine and tea or coffee. It includes festive sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, and of course Tiptree jam, along with some cakes and patisseries.

To book or for further information please visit Tiptree Tea Rooms Website.

Christmas Afternoon Tea at Tiptree Tea Rooms in Essex

Orsett Hall, Orsett

Orsett Hall Hotel is a very pretty venue, a stylish boutique hotel and wedding venue with Spa. They serve their afternoon teas in the beautiful Garden Brasserie with floral-inspired décor and lovely views of the hotel grounds. Its really is a spectacular room with the most stunning multi-coloured chandeliers, definitely a luxury affair, gorgeous surroundings and attentive staff. 

The Christmas afternoon tea at Orsett Hall is served Tue to Fri and is £27.50 per head and Sat – Sun is £30.95 per person. You can upgrade to a Champagne afternoon tea. The Children’s Christmas Afternoon Tea is £17.00 per head (12yrs & under).

The Christmas Afternoon Tea includes a shot of mulled wine, a selection of festive finger sandwiches, pigs in blankets and sage & onion stuffing. Followed by homemade scones with cream & jam and then a top tier of delicious festive fancies.

They also offer Jingle Afternoon Tea with a live Christmas singer for £35.95 per head.

To book or for more information, visit Orsett Hall’s website.

Tea Island, Hornchurch

Tea Island is a Vintage Tea Room situated in Hornchurch in Essex. The Christmas Afternoon Tea starts from 17th of November and is £24.95per person. It includes refillable English tea, Earl Grey, coffee or squash.
You receive 2 sandwiches per person, from a choice of traditional Christmas fillings along with some special Christmassy pickles. You also receive mince pies with double or clotted cream, traditional Christmas pudding or you can choose a scone instead with double or clotted cream. Also includes a drink of your choice from Sherry, port, Prosecco, our beautiful selection of wines and beers and of course a Christmas Cracker adding a little surprise too.

For more information visit Tea Island’s facebook page.

Sconch Tea Rooms, Braintree

Sconch Tea Rooms is set in a beautiful Grade II listed Barn at Blake House Craft Centre in Braintree.

The Festive Afternoon Tea at Sconch Tea Rooms is £22 per person and includes a selection of mini festive sandwiches, mini sausage roll with festive chutney, gorgeous cakes and a homemade mince pie, Helen’s amazing mincemeat, marzipans and brandy scone served with Rodda’s clotted cream & Tiptree jam. The afternoon tea comes with unlimited tea and coffee. You can upgrade to a prosecco afternoon tea. DF/GF/vegetarian/vegan all available.

To book or for more information visit Sconch Tea Rooms website.

Festive afternoon tea at Sconch Tea Rooms in Braintree Essex

Down Hall Hotel Spa & Estate, Hatfield Heath

Down Hall Hotel provides a luxury hotel experience and is an amazing venue for a luxury afternoon tea.

The Festive Afternoon Tea at Down Hall Hotel is served daily throughout December between 2:00pm – 5:30pm. Adults are £45.00 per head and Children’s is £22.50. Add a glass of Champagne for £12 per adult.

The afternoon tea includes a selection of sandwiches with festive fillings and a sausage roll, followed by buttermilk fruit scones with clotted cream and jam. The sweet treats include Christmas fruit cake, white chocolate cranberry delice, salted caramel apple mousse and winterberry macaroons. Choose from a large selection of teas.

To book or for more information, visit Down Hall Hotel’s website.

Festive afternoon tea at Down Hall Hotel and Spa in Hatfield Heath

Sara’s Tea Garden, Leigh on Sea

Sara’s Tea Garden is a family-run English Tea Garden with a homely atmosphere, traditional cream teas, home-made cakes and locally sourced food, all served by welcoming staff. It is situated on the cobbled streets of Old Leigh and a doggy friendly tea room.

The Festive High Tea at Sara’s Tea Garden is £25 per head or £28 with a glass of mulled wine. It includes festive sandwiches, pigs in blankets, mince pies, festive cakes and scones with cream and jam.

To book or for more information visit Sara’s Tea Garden facebook page or their website.

The Roslin Beach Hotel, Southend

The Roslin Beach Hotel is a luxury sea front hotel in Southend, Essex with panoramic views of the award winning beach. It has become extremely popular for serving the most delectable aftrenoon teas.

The Festive Afternoon Tea at The Roslin Beach Hotel is £35 per head Mon – Friday or £40 per head on sat and sun. You can upgrade to a sparkling afternoon tea. The afternoon tea includes Festive sandwiches and a red onion & cheese quiche. Accompanied by seasonal cakes, pastries and freshly baked scones complete with clotted cream and Tiptree jams. All served with an unlimited selection of fine teas.
Children’s afternoon tea is an addition to an adults afternoon tea, charged at £18 per child (ages 12 and under).

For more information or to book visit The Roslin Beach Hotel’s website.

Festive afternoon tea at The Roslin Beach Hotel in southend

Pear Tree Pantry, Chelmsford

Pear Tree Pantry is located in rural Hatfield Peverel, just outside Chelmsford. They offer delicious daily home cooked breakfast, brunch & lunch dishes, as well as afternoon tea. You can relax in their idyllic pantry by the log burner to keep you warm on a winter’s day. All food is carefully prepared using only fresh locally sourced ingredients.

The Christmas Afternoon Tea at Pear Tree Pantry is £23.95 per head and includes a selection of freshly made festive sandwiches on thick cut white & granary bread, a selection of homemade savoury items, followed by a selection of homemade baked & desserts & freshly baked scone served with Tiptree jam & clotted cream. Your afternoon tea includes unlimited tea or americano coffee. You can also upgrade to the Prosecco afternoon tea, which is £27.95 per person.

Afternoon tea at Pear Tree Pantry

Fete Lounge, Upminster

Fete Lounge in Upminster serves high tea during the day and cocktails by night. The word Fete (pronounced FET) means to Party, at the Fete Lounge where you will discover a new twist to high teas, homemade cakes and tarts and our signature cocktails.

The Christmas Afternoon Tea at Fete Lounge is £25 per head, you can also upgrade to a champagne, cocktail or bottomless afternoon tea. The afternoon tea includes:

A choice from 11 premium blends of teas, warm pastry assortments, selection of finger sandwiches, coloured mini rolls, piddy cones and multi coloured bagels. Followed by a plain scone, Clotted cream with Strawberry Jam and Christmas Pudding Cheesecake, Hazelnut & White Chocolate Torte and Chocolate Orange Bavarois.

To book or for more information, visit Fete Lounge facebook page.

Festive afternoon tea at Fete Lounge in Upminster

Aurum Restaurant, Southend

The Aurum Restaurant in Southend is a modern British fine dining restaurant situated on the seafront. The Festive Afternoon Tea at Aurum is £33 per person. It includes a selection of roasted sandwiches, followed by plain and mixed scones with clotted cream & jam and a selection of Festive cakes and Sweets.

For more information or to book, visit Aurum Restaurant’s website.

Grandma Lilly’s Tea Rooms, Clacton

Grandma Lilly’s, family owned, family run Tea Rooms in the heart of Holland on Sea. The Festive afternoon tea is £18.95 per person and consists of a selection of festive sandwiches, pigs in blankets and a sausage roll followed by a homemade scone with cream & jam and festive sweet treats. You also receive unlimited tea or coffee or a Deluxe hot chocolate.

To book visit Grandma Lilly’s facebook page.

Braintree Garden Centre, Braintree

Braintree Garden Centre is a fabulous Garden Centre in Braintree, with a great Christmas decorations and displays. They have a reaturant that hosts a number of events and even a Christmas carvery to enjoy once you’ve shopped.

The Festive Afternoon Tea at Braintree Garden Centre is £28.95 for two, served Monday – Friday 2:30-4:30. Included in the Afternoon Tea is: A selection of finger sandwiches Crispy coated Camembert served with cranberry sauce. Lemon, Cinnamon & Cranberry Scones served with Rodda’s Cream and Jam. Mini Mince Pies, Mini iced Christmas Puddings and Mini Chocolate Orange Trifle. Served with Tea or Filter Coffee.

24 hours notice is required for all bookings. For more information and for events visit Braintree Garden Centre facebook page.

Christmas afternoon tea at Braintree Garden centre

Pontlands Park, Chelmsford

Pontlands Park is a family run hotel in Chelmsford. Built in 1879 Pontlands Park features Victorian period architecture perfectly balanced with luxurious and contemporary design.

The Festive themed afternoon tea at Pontlands Park is £24 per head and is served every day from 11am to 6pm. Children’s afternoon tea is £11.50. It includes festive sandwiches, a fruit and plain scone with cream and jam and a selection of sweet treats and cakes. Your afternoon tea is served with a selection of traditional and infusion teas or Americano coffee.

To book or for more information visit Pontlands Park website.

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