Where are the Best Afternoon Teas in Essex 2021?
Anyone that knows me will know I love Afternoon Teas! Whether it’s to celebrate a birthday, a baby shower, to catch up with friends or spend time with my family. I enjoy the whole experience. I’ve visited many great Afternoon Tea venues in my time and after writing about some of my favourite afternoon teas, I thought it was time to review some of The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex. With the current Covid restrictions, I have also added if they have outdoor dining available so you can enjoy your afternoon tea outside! If you are looking for delivery afternoon tea rather than at a venue then please check out my post ‘Afternoon tea delivery in Essex‘. So without hesitation and in no particular order, here they are The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex for 2021:
Roslin Beach Hotel, Southend
What an utter delight it was to visit The Roslin Beach Hotel in Southend today for afternoon tea. Set in absolutely beautiful surroundings, with attentive staff and some of most delicious sandwiches I’ve tasted!
The Roslin Beach Hotel in Southend Essex, is a stylish and luxurious hotel in a quiet location overlooking the sea. From the moment I arrived at The Roslin, I was excited. Greeted by a most beautiful floral display at the entrance, as soon as you step inside the Roslin Beach Hotel, you know it is going to be a good experience. The doorways are decorated with gorgeous floral displays and the venue decor is modern and classy. I felt that everything had a luxurious feel to it. The staff couldn’t be more helpful and the Afternoon Tea certainly lived up to my expectations.
Afternoon Tea at The Roslin Beach Hotel was enjoyable from start to finish. The sandwiches had a great selection of fillings, from roast beef and horseradish to coronation chicken, they were generously filled and extremely fresh. A quiche is served alongside the savouries. The Roslin Hotel invites you to replenish your sandwiches at no extra cost which is always a nice touch.
The selection of cakes were some of the best I have tried during my tour of the Best Afternoon Teas in Essex. We were served a delicious array of mini sweet treats and the creme brûlée was simply to die for!
I felt The Roslin Beach Hotel was an amazing experience, from start to finish. I really enjoyed my luxurious experience, I’m sure you wouldn’t be disappointed! Afternoon Teas at The Roslin Beach Hotel start at £21 with the option to add a glass of Prosecco. Children’s afternoon teas are also available. For more information or to book please visit Roslin Hotel website.
Stifford Hall Hotel, Thurrock
Today I’m at Stifford Hall Hotel as part of my journey reviewing the Best Afternoon Teas in Essex! Stifford Hall Hotel did not disappoint. Simply lovely nestled in a cosy fire lit library, with a feast of sandwiches and delicious cakes!!!
Stifford Hall Hotel in Thurrock is an elegant 18th century Georgian mansion set amongst pretty grounds. Our afternoon tea was set up in the library. Cosy and relaxed it had a great feel to it with a beautiful stained glass window. They also serve afternoon tea in their Garden Suite which is light and airy with pretty views over the gardens. They have now added a Pagoda in the gardens and shelter across their patios so you can enjoy your afternoon tea outside.
I was blown away by the amount of sandwiches we received with Stifford Hall Hotel’s afternoon Tea. I received a cake stand full of sandwiches with a huge selection of fillings, a tier of meat, fish and vegetarian. They were all very fresh and extremely delicious. It’s not often I am outdone by the sandwiches but this was a feast and even beat me!
The cakes were a good and varied selection and very nice. There were some amazing custard and fruit tarts and the scones came all ready topped with a huge dollop of clotted cream, jam and a strawberry. You can read a full review of the afternoon tea at Stifford Hall Hotel here.
I really enjoyed my visit to Stifford Hall Hotel, it’s a real hidden gem and absolutely deserves its place on The Best Afternoon Teas In Essex list. Afternoon Tea at Stifford Hall Hotel is £17.95 which is excellent value for money. For further information or to book please call them on 01708 719988 or visit their Stifford Hall Hotel’s website.
Tiptree Tea Rooms, Essex
Tiptree Tea Rooms have 9 great tea rooms across Essex where you can enjoy their afternoon Teas. They are: Tiptree, Dedham, Heybridge Basin, Writtle, Saffron Walden, Cressing Temple, Billericay, Osea, Chelmsford and they also have a tea room in Southwold in Suffolk.
Tiptree Tea Rooms charge £30 for an afternoon tea for two. English Afternoon Tea is served on a three tier cake stand with two freshly made sandwiches of your choice, homemade fruit scones, Tiptree Little Scarlet Strawberry preserve and Rodda’s classic Cornish cream and a selection of miniature individual patisserie items to finish. To see our full review of the Afternoon Tea at Tiptree Tea Rooms here.
To book or for further information please visit Tiptree Tea Rooms Website.
Merrymeade Tea Room, Brentwood
Enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea at Merrymeade Tea Room! Great value and you can even enjoy soaking up the rays on their terrace while the kids play in the gardens.
Merrymeade Tea Room is set within Merrymeade House in Brentwood, Essex. A quaint traditional tea room with views over the gardens and opening onto a Terrace with outdoor seating. I felt Merrymeade Tea Room deserved their place on ‘The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex’ list as they offer such brilliant value for money in a lovely traditional setting with the added bonus of outdoor dining on the terrace. It is the perfect spot to to relax and enjoy afternoon tea whilst children can play in the gardens.
The luxury afternoon tea is £18.95 with the addition of chocolate dipped strawberries, grapes and unlimited tea and coffee with an option to add a glass or bottle of prosecco.
You can choose 3 options from a good selection of sandwiches, we opted for coronation chicken (a favourite of mine), chicken, bacon & avocado and Brie & cranberry. The sandwiches were incredibly fresh, generously filled and very tasty.
Merrymeade Tea Room bake all of their own cakes and scones, they also offer a good selection of traditional homemade cakes. I can personally vouch for the lemon drizzle cake, it was moist and full of flavour. The chocolate strawberries were a lovely addition to the afternoon tea and tasted amazing!
Merrymeade House also offer a children’s afternoon tea which is a very generous portion. For further information or to book please visit Merrymeade Tea Room website.
Prested Hall Hotel, Colchester
Tried out Prested Hall’s Afternoon Tea today, think oak beams, comfortable surroundings with a hint of luxury and scones to die for! What a treat… a traditional afternoon tea but like they say ‘just that little bit different!’
Prested Hall in Colchester Essex is a gorgeous 15th century Manor House set at the end of a long and impressive driveway. I absolutely loved the relaxed and comfortable feeling I had when I entered Prested Hall. It’s a wedding venue, boutique hotel and spa, traditional crossed with modern, makes for a great experience.
Our afternoon tea at a Prested Hall was set within the cosy library, a lovely room where I felt as if I were ‘Lady of the Manor’. They also serve afternoon tea in The Garden Room and The Orangery.
The afternoon tea that arrived was very impressive. The sandwiches included some more unusual fillings from your regular afternoon teas which was a really nice addition. They were very fresh and generously filled.
The scones were some of the best I have tasted, lightly spiced and served warm with a choice of jams and clotted cream. They were a real delight. The cakes and sweets were all very good. A really nice selection of cheesecake and other perfectly sized sweet treats.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Prested Hall, from the sweeping driveway, traditional and classy venue to the very enjoyable afternoon tea! It’s definitely one for our list of the Best Afternoon Teas in Essex! The menus are changed regularly and available online. They are priced at £21 per head for their Traditional Afternoon Tea or £28 for the Champagne Afternoon Tea. They now also offer a ‘Gentleman’s Savoury Afternoon Tea that comprises of sandwiches with a savoury cheese scone, sausage roll, steak and mushroom parcel, minted lamb kofta and a quiche. Prested Hall also offers a children’s afternoon tea. Read my full review of Prested Hall’s Traditional and Savoury Afternoon Teas.
Prested Hall do offer outdoor dining for afternoon tea but is weather dependant. For further information or to book please visit Prested Hall’s website.
Stoke by Nayland, Colchester
Stoke by Nayland Golf, Spa & Lodges Resort is a environmentally friendly & family run hotel situated in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Colchester. Guests can enjoy their renowned Afternoon Tea either al fresco on the newly expanded terraces overlooking a lovely lake and stunning Constable Country or inside the newly refurbished Lakes Restaurant. You can read our full review of the Stoke By Nayland Afternoon Tea here.
Afternoon tea is £19.95 per person and is served 7 days a week from 12 noon until 5 pm. Their afternoon tea includes a sumptuous array of mini sandwiches, cakes, fresh homemade scones with clotted cream and Tiptree Jam, alongside freshly brewed artisan tea or coffee. They are also introducing a range of themed afternoon teas, starting with their Wimbledon themed afternoon tea featuring their home grown strawberries and of course a glass of Pimms!
For more information or to book at afternoon tea, visit Stoke By Nayland Website.
The County Hotel, Chelmsford
What a treat, enjoying not only a traditional afternoon tea but also The County Hotel’s Best of British Afternoon Tea. An excellent twist on a traditional classic!
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. You can opt for either the classic afternoon tea for £14.95 per head or their Best of British afternoon tea for £20 per head. They also serve childrens afternoon teas.
The classic afternoon tea came with a selection of freshly made finger sandwiches, not one but two warm hand made scones per head and a wonderful selection of handmade sweet treats. It was a really nice traditional afternoon tea and enjoyed it very much.
The Best of British afternoon tea was simply amazing! It consisted of roast beef and coronation chicken sandwiches and then some hot savoury delights. We enjoyed a scotch egg, chunky sausage roll, mini fish and chips, a Ham and Cheese Croque Monsieur and some pork crackling sticks. The sweet stuff didn’t disappoint either, some of my most favourites were on offer! A chocolate brownie, carrot cake and a chocolate eclair. I thought the Best of British Afternoon Tea at The County Hotel was an excellent twist on the usual afternoon tea. I would definitely recommend trying it out!
For further information or to book please visit their website.
Orsett Hall Hotel, Orsett
Lovely sunny afternoon enjoying a wonderful afternoon tea and children’s afternoon tea at Orsett Hall! The Garden Brasserie is just so pretty, even more beautiful in the sunshine! We even enjoyed a wander around the grounds!
Orsett Hall Hotel is such a 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.
Afternoon Tea at Orsett Hall feels like a luxury affair, gorgeous surroundings and attentive staff. Sandwiches are filled with the traditional afternoon tea fillings and comes with a warm mini quiche. The sweets and scones are always very good at Orsett Hall. On this occasion I had enjoyed the most delicious white chocolate and ginger cheesecake. It blew my mind, it was absolutely amazing!
Afternoon Tea at Orsett Hall Hotel starts at £22.50 midweek and £25.95 at weekends with the option to upgrade to a Champagne afternoon tea for £8 extra. They also offer a savoury afternoon tea and a children’s afternoon tea which is brilliant. It is served on its own mini cake stand! My daughter loved all of it!
Frasers Tea Room, Battlesbridge
Frasers Tea Room is currently closed.
Frasers Tea Room is based inside Frasers Guest House within the heart of Battlesbridge Antique Centre. It is the perfect place for a spot of shopping before or after your afternoon tea. They home bake all their cakes and scones and I can confirm how wonderful their cakes are!
You can enjoy your afternoon in the grounds of their beautiful rustic garden or inside their quaint tea room once lockdown restrictions have been lifted. Afternoon teas in the garden are served in a picnic box to keep fresh for you to enjoy at your own leisure. They are £15 per person and include 5 finger sandwiches, a scone with clotted cream and jam, a selection of freshly baked treats and tea or coffee.
Frasers Tea Room is open Monday to Sunday, closed on Tuesdays. For more information, visit Frasers Tea Room website.
Bonnie’s Cafe, Hutton
Bonnie’s Cafe in Hutton is based at Hunters Chase Garden Centre. A quaint 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. An afternoon tea at Bonnie’s Cafe includes a selection of sandwiches, home made scone with cream and jam, a selection of home made cakes, a lemon possett and 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.
The Chichester Hotel, Wickford
Afternoon tea at one of our favourite venues in Essex, The Chichester Hotel, Wickford, Essex. (Amazing Sunday dinners too!).
The Chichester Hotel is a charming renovated 13th century farmhouse in Wickford, Essex. The afternoon tea is served in the Gallery Restaurant or they have a court yard for al fresco dining.
Afternoon tea at The Chichester is £16.50 per head or £21.00 with Prosecco. They run an offer of Afternoon Tea with Prosecco for £70.00 for four people. The sandwiches are always freshly made and well filled. The thick cut ham was amazing! The sweets are always good, normally a yummy cheesecake with a selection of cakes, you also get a plain and a fruit scone.
Visit The Chichester Hotel website for more information or to book.
The Gilt Rooms, West Mersea, Colchester
The Gilt Rooms is a tea room and restaurant 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 £35.00 per adult. Their classic afternoon tea is £26.95 per person and £16.50 per child. They also offer a Prosecco afternoon tea for £30.00 per person.
For further information or to book, please visit The Gilt Rooms website.
The Parlour Tea Room at Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Leigh-on-Sea
The Parlour Tea Room at Mad Dogs and Englishmen are famous locally for their themed afternoon teas. It appears that they do not do things by halves and go ‘all out’ decorating 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.
Prices for their themed Afternoon teas are; Week day £33.00pp inc service. Weekends £38.50pp including service. This includes a full afternoon tea of beautifully themed savouries, scones & cakes with unlimited tea. They have the following themes planned for 2021: Breakfast at Tiffany’s from Wednesday 19th May to Sunday 4th July, then ‘Be our Guest’ Afternoon Tea (inspired by Beauty & the Beast) running from Saturday 10th July to 5th September
Please contact them for further information and booking via the Mad Dogs & Englishmen website. They do not have any outdoor dining space.
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. Afternoon Teas will be served outside overlooking one of their famous cork oak trees. Their terrace is ready for outdoor dining from April 15th, and they have put extra measures in place to keep you warm and dry!
You will be greeted at the restaurant and taken to your table, where delicious sandwiches, freshly baked scones and beautifully presented cakes and pastries will be served. Tea and coffee will be served and replenished as required.
Prosecco is optional at an additional cost, however, to waken your taste buds you will be served a complimentary non-alcoholic mocktail on arrival. Afternoon tea will be served Thursday-Sunday from 2-5 pm and is reasonably priced at £19.50 per person. They also offer a children’s afternoon tea for £9.95 per child.
Prosecco afternoon tea – £27.00 per person, Champagne Afternoon tea – £33.50 per person, Rose Champagne afternoon tea – £34.50 per person.
The BakeHouse Coffee Shop, Chelmsford & Maldon
The BakeHouse is a great coffee shop with amazing cakes. At Chelmsford they have plenty of space for alfresco dining in a courtyard garden that over looks the great Essex countryside (weather permitting). Afternoon Tea at The BakeHouse is made & freshly baked to order! You can choose between:
The Sweet, where you receive a handcrafted fruit or plain scone with homemade BakeHouse preserve & Cornish clotted cream, a selection of freshly baked cakes, sweet bites and finger sandwiches.
Or The Savoury, where you receive a handcrafted giant scotch egg, Cumberland sausage roll, garlic ciabatta, homemade tart of the day, mini Thai-chicken salad, crispy crackling twigs with an apple, tomato & chili chutney & finger sandwiches. Read our full review of the Sweet and Savoury Afternoon Tea at the Bakehouse here.
Afternoon teas are £19.95 per person, £24.50 per person to include a craft beer or £29.95 per person to include a half bottle of champagne.
Please contact them to book at The BakeHouse Chelmsford – 01245 248245 or The BakeHouse Maldon – 01621 929511.
Wildflower Teas on the Bus, Battlesbridge
Wildflower Teas on the Bus is really fun and unusual spot to enjoy your afternoon tea. An original Routemaster Double Decker bus is situated amongst gorgeous grounds to enjoy your afternoon tea. Once restrictions lifted you can enjoy your afternoon tea aboard the bus! They have plenty of outdoor space, with 2 undercover areas plus a marquee for rainy days which is heated in the winter.
The Classic Afternoon Tea at Wildflower Teas on the Bus is £25 per person and includes freshly made sandwiches, quiche, large fruit scone served with mixed berries, strawberry preserve and lashings of clotted cream, followed by a selection of home made cakes. Each afternoon tea is served with bottomless pots of tea or coffee. They also do a savoury afternoon tea and lots of brilliant themed afternoon teas in Essex, ranging from: Lotus biscuits, wizards, dinosaurs and seasonal afternoon teas.
Visit Wildflower Teas website for further information.
Magic Mushroom Restaurant, Billericay
The Magic Mushroom Restaurant in Billericay is a bright modern restaurant which offers first class freshly cooked food. Their Afternoon Teas will be served in the restaurant from 20th May from Thursday to Saturday between 12:00pm – 4:30pm. Their afternoon tea includes freshly made sandwiches, homemade sausage roll, fruit and plain scones with Tiptree Strawberry jam and clotted cream, a selection of sweet treats and a choice of tea for £25 per person. Their scones are huge, freshly baked and served warm, they really stole the show!!! See our full review of their wonderful afternoon tea at The Magic Mushroom Restaurant.
You have the option to upgrade to a Champagne afternoon tea from £34. They also offer a children’s afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones and pastries for £15 per person.
For more information or to book, visit The Magic Mushroom Restaurant website.
The Barge Tea Rooms, Maldon
This is a very unusual afternoon tea in Essex based on ‘Resourceful’ a sailing barge built in 1931 and moored on Maldon’s historic Hythe Quay. You can soak up the beautiful river views while enjoying your Afternoon Tea whilst supporting part of Britain’s maritime heritage.
You can chose to sit on deck or in a marquee covered area on the barge yard opposite. Once indoor seating is allowed, there is a choice of the top deck with stunning river views, the maritime themed saloon and snug, or the “Captains Quarters” private dining area. Their delicious “barge made” cakes are all cooked freshly on board with lots of ‘old fashioned favourites’. Sandwiches are made with bread from the local bakers using fresh ingredients from local butchers and deli. All diets are catered for, whether GF, DF, or even Vegan.
Afternoon Teas at The Barge are reasonably priced at £15 per person. You recieve a selection of chunky sandwiches, a freshly baked scone with cream & jam and a selection of barge made cakes. Includes free trade tea or coffee. You can also add a mini bottle of Prosecco for £15.
To book email firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on 07718478400. For more information visit The Barge Tea Rooms website.
Tymperleys gets my vote for its historic charm. It is an ‘oasis of calm’ in the bustling town of Colchester. Set in a courtyard within a large walled garden, the historic building is very quaint. You would just walk right by if you didn’t know it was there. The afternoon tea is £20 per person and consists of one plain scone, one fruit scone with jam and clotted cream, 4 miniature cakes or fancies, 4 fingers sandwiches served with unlimited tea or cafetiere of coffee. They also serve Prosecco afternoon tea at £25 per person or Champagne Afternoon Tea at £28 per person.
You can enjoy your traditional afternoon tea in their garden, where they have parasols and there are plans to add an awning too.
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Thank you for reading ‘The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex’. I had such a wonderful time visiting each of these venues and would happily recommend each and every one. If you know of an amazing afternoon venue in Essex that I need to try, please pop me a note in the comments!
Written in collaboration with the above venues, please note all comments and opinions are my own. All prices correct at time of publishing.