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The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

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Anyone who knows me, will know I love Afternoon Teas! Essex has so many amazing Afternoon Tea venues, from quaint tearooms to lavish boutique hotels. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, seeking an unusual themed afternoon tea or celebrating a special occasion; Essex offers an abundance of options to satisfy your cravings for a quintessentially British afternoon tea.

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As an afternoon tea blogger, I’ve visited many great Afternoon Tea venues in and around Essex and I thought it was time to share some of The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex! I’ve personally visited and reviewed all of these venues across Essex, from Country House Hotels, charming tea rooms, modern restaurants or themed afternoon teas. We have the perfect venue for an afternoon tea near you in Essex. If you are looking for delivery afternoon tea rather than at a venue then please check out my post ‘Afternoon tea delivery in Essex‘ or if you are looking for a Festive Afternoon Tea.

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Having explored numerous fantastic Afternoon Tea venues in and around Essex, here are The Best Afternoon Teas that Essex has to offer for 2024:

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Wivenhoe House, Colchester

Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House in Colchester in Essex

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 Tea is served 12-4pm every day in their beautiful Brasserie. You’ll enjoy delicious sandwiches, freshly baked scones and beautifully presented cakes and pastries. Tea and coffee will be served and replenished as required. Read our full review of the afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House. This is a first class afternoon tea, you will not be disappointed!

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.

Location: Wivenhoe Park, Park Rd, Colchester CO4 3FA.

Heidi’s Runwell

afternoon tea at heidi's runwell in essex

Heidi’s based at St Lukes Park in Runwell is a delightful spot to enjoy an afternoon tea. A pretty and modern pink cafe, with a cherry tree in the centre and floral decorations throughout. It really is beautiful and I had a wonderful experience there. Read my full review of afternoon tea at Heidi’s.

Heidi’s in Runwell offers an afternoon tea experience that is truly remarkable. The café boasts a stunning ambience, creating the ideal setting for indulging in a delightful afternoon tea. The atmosphere is complemented by a selection of freshly prepared savoury and sweet treats. My time there was absolutely delightful and Heidi’s rightfully earns its place on The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex list. It’s the perfect venue to pamper yourself with afternoon tea or to celebrate a special occasion. Rest assured, you won’t be disappointed.

Visit Heidi’s website to book. Classic Afternoon Tea is £28.50 per person and Afternoon Tea & Bubbles (Served with a glass of Prosecco) is £33.50 per person.

Location: 71 St Lukes Way, Runwell, Wickford SS11 7JJ.

Mary Green Manor Hotel, Brentwood

Afternoon Tea at Mary Green Manor Hotel in Brentwood Essex

If you are looking for a special afternoon tea in Essex within a beautiful period property, then Mary Green Manor Hotel in Brentwood is the perfect choice. The venue is a fine example of early sixteenth century architecture with so much charm. Mary Green Manor Hotel afternoon tea is a wonderful experience, the home baked scones and selection of cakes really stole the show, they really were most enjoyable. The service was impeccable, with friendly and attentive staff ensuring our every need was met. My time spent savouring the delights of afternoon tea here was truly delightful, solidifying Mary Green Manor’s well deserved spot on the coveted list of The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex. Read my full review of Mary Green Manor’s Afternoon Tea.

Visit Mary Green Manor Hotel’s website to book or call 01277 225252. Classic Afternoon Tea is £25 per person. Sparkling Afternoon Tea is £34 per person or Celebration Afternoon Tea is £37 per person.

Location: Marygreen Manor Hotel, London Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4NR.

Tiptree Tea Rooms, Essex

cake stand with afternoon tea at tiptree tea rooms in 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 reviews of the Afternoon Tea at Tiptree Tea Rooms here along with their Festive Afternoon Tea and Savoury Afternoon Tea.

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

Scotts of Southend

Scotts of southend afternoon tea

Scotts of Southend Nursery & Garden Centre not only have a gorgeous restaurant to enjoy your afternoon tea, but they also have outdoor seating which is dog friendly and offers heated outdoor pods for alfresco dining. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Their restaurant has a rustic, botanical feel which is very cosy and makes the perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon tea in Southend. The savoury course is a lovely selection… salmon croissant, cream cheese and cucumber sandwich, prawn vol au vent, mini cheese and balsamic onion quiche and the crowning glory the mini Coronation Chicken brioche! It’s a varied and interesting selection of savouries.
The scones are baked fresh every day and were really good, followed by the sweet course! I loved the creamy orange and cardamom cheesecake and the classic Victoria sponge is always a winner.
Scott’s of Southend can adapt their afternoon tea for most dietary requirements including, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, etc.

Afternoon tea is £26 per head or you can make it sparkling for a little extra. This comes with unlimited English Breakfast Tea or Americano coffee.

Book on the Scotts of Southend Website.

Location: Scotts of Southend Garden Centre, Sutton Rd, Rochford SS4 1LQ.

The County Hotel, Chelmsford

afternoon tea at the county hotel in 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. You can opt for either the traditional afternoon tea for £24 per head or their Great British savoury afternoon tea for £28 per head. They also serve children’s afternoon teas at £15 per head.

The traditional afternoon tea came with a selection of freshly made finger sandwiches, 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. Read our full review of the afternoon tea at The County Hotel Chelmsford.

The Best of British afternoon tea was simply amazing! It consisted of roast beef and coronation chicken sandwiches, welsh rarebit and some hot savoury delights. We enjoyed a scotch egg, chunky sausage roll, mini fish and chips, 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 two warm scones. I thought the Great 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.

Location: 29 Rainsford Rd, Chelmsford CM1 2PZ.

Kittea Cakes Cat Cafe, Southend

The afternoon tea at kittea cakes cat cafe in southend.

Kittea Cakes in Southend Essex, are an Afternoon Tea Venue with a difference! They are a cat cafe! An adorable pink and turquoise cafe with lots of friendly cats to chill with, play with and just enjoy being around. Their delicious afternoon tea was really impressive, everything baked by their talented resident cake master Jas. It was amazing!

Read our full review of the Afternoon Tea at Kittea Cakes cat cafe. We received freshly made finger sandwiches and a sausage roll, followed by a super cute selection of cat themed cakes and treats and delicious home made scones served with Roddas clotted cream and jam. They were very nice scones, they were lovely and soft inside and dusted with icing sugar!

This was an amazing experience, enjoying our afternoon tea whilst hanging out with the cats. They all had their own funny personalities. It was so interesting and fun getting to know them. This was such an unusual afternoon tea in Essex, I’d thoroughly recommend and it.

The afternoon tea at Kittea Cakes is £29.50 per person. For more information or to book, visit Kittea Cakes website or call 07399 042403.

Location: 57 Queens Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1LT.

Merrymeade Tea Room, Brentwood

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 the tearoom is 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 in brentwood whilst enjoying the gardens.

The luxury afternoon tea is £22.95 and includes a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade cakes, cupcake, fruit scone served with butter, clotted cream and tiptree jam garnished with seasonal fruit. Unlimited tea and filter coffee is included. 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 offer a good selection of traditional homemade cakes. I can personally vouch for the lemon drizzle cake, it was moist and full of flavour. If you don’t fancy a full afternoon tea, you can choose a cream tea for two for £14.95. A pot of tea and two scones with cream and jam.

Merrymeade House offer a children’s afternoon tea which is a very generous portion. For further information or to book please visit Merrymeade Tea Room website.

Location: Merrymeade Chase, Brentwood CM15 9FE.

Stifford Hall Hotel, Thurrock

stifford hall hotel afternoon tea in thurrock

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 £23.95 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.

Location: High Rd, North Stifford, Grays RM16 5UE.

Mulberry House, Ongar

The christmas afternoon tea at Mulberry House in 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 their Christmas Afternoon Tea.

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

You can upgrade to the Royal High Tea at £31.95 which includes a glass of fine Prosecco. They 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.

Location: Chelmsford Rd, High Ongar, Ongar CM5 9NL.

Little Channels Bistro at Channels Estate, Chelmsford

Afternoon tea in Chelmsford at Little Channels at channels estate

Little Channels Bistro at Channels Estate is set in the Essex countryside, close to Little Waltham. A beautifully restored barn is the perfect spot to enjoy afternoon tea. They have heated patios for alfresco dining. This is a wonderful place to visit for an afternoon tea in Chelmsford. Read our full review of the afternoon tea at Little Channels Bistro.

Afternoon tea at Little Channels is served upon a mini picnic bench containing your selection of sweet and savoury treats. Served with unlimited Tea & Coffee. The balance of savoury and sweet at Little Channels Bistro at The Waltham’s Barn is absolutely perfect. Some really nice additions to the savoury course with the quiche and sausage roll.

Traditional afternoon tea is £18.50 per head, Luxury £23.00 per head and includes a glass of Prosecco.
They also have an option for a Bottomless Afternoon Tea for £30.00 per person (Includes unlimited Prosecco for 2 hours). They also offer Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free Afternoon Tea options. Also available is a Children’s Afternoon Tea which is £10 per child.

To book visit Little Channels website or call 01245 362210. Please note a £5pp deposit is required.

Location: Pratt’s Farm Ln, Little Waltham, Chelmsford CM3 3PR.

Orsett Hall Hotel, Orsett

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. 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 £29 with the option to upgrade to a Champagne afternoon tea for £9 extra. They also offer midweek offers from £25 per person. They 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!

To book visit Orsett Hall website.

Location: Prince Charles Ave, Orsett, Grays RM16 3HS.

Bonnie’s Cafe, Hutton

Afternoon Tea at Bonnie's Cafe in Hutton Essex

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. 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 £19.50 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.

Location: Hunters Chase Garden Centre, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 1SN.

Stoke by Nayland, Colchester

Stoke by Nayland Afternoon Tea in restaurant

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 Afternoon Tea 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 between 12pm and 3:30pm. 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.

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

Location: Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ.

Morley Nurseries Tearoom, Wakering

the Afternoon Tea at Morley Nurseries Tearoom in wakering essex

The Tearoom at Morley Nurseries in Great Wakering Essex offers a great food menu that not only provides excellent afternoon tea but a selection of all-day breakfasts, light lunches and homemade cakes. They also serve Illy Coffee and TeaPig Teas. At Morley Nurseries Tearoom. They have a reputation for their wide range of homemade cakes and scones which are baked daily by their very talented in house baker Ryan.

The Classic Afternoon Tea at Morley Nurseries Tearoom is £18.95 per person, Kids is £10.95 per child and takeaway is £15.95 per person. They also do a Themed afternoon tea those extra special occasions such as: Birthdays, Mothers Day, Baby Showers, Valentines Day. They can be personalised and have a few added extras to give your Afternoon Tea that special ‘WOW’ factor! These are £22.95 per person or takeaway is £19.95 per person. You can read the our full review of the afternoon tea at Morley Nurseries Tearoom here. It was absolutely delicious, a real treat!

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

Location: Southend Rd, Great Wakering, Essex SS3 0PU.

Wildflower Teas on the Bus, Battlesbridge

the best christmas afternoon teas in essex

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. 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. Read our full review of Afternoon Tea at Wildflower Teas on The Bus.

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 strawberries, 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 offer lots of brilliantly themed afternoon teas in Essex, ranging from: Lotus biscuits, wizards, dinosaurs and seasonal afternoon teas.

Visit Wildflower Teas website for further information.

Location: Beeches Road, Wickford, Essex SS11 8TG.

Magic Mushroom Restaurant, Billericay

Afternoon tea at the magic mushroom in essex

The Magic Mushroom Restaurant in Billericay is a bright modern restaurant which offers first class freshly cooked food. 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 £35. 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.

Location: Barleylands Rd, Billericay CM11 2UD.

Downham Hall, Billericay

Afternoon tea at Downham hall

Downham Hall is located in a tranquil spot between Billericay and Wickford in Essex. A boutique country house hotel and wedding venue, nestled in the Essex countryside with views across the rolling fields. Downham Hall offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as their Afternoon Tea, which runs from 12pm to 3pm, Wednesday thru to Saturday.

Afternoon Tea is served in the Orangery or dining room, all with stunning views. Presented on a traditional three tier stand, they offer a selection of delicate finger sandwiches with some savoury extras, a plain and a fruit scone, Cornish clotted cream and tiptree jam, followed by home made cakes and patisserie selection. Read our full review of Afternoon Tea at Downham Hall.

Classic afternoon tea is £25.95pp, Sparkling or G&T pairing afternoon tea £32.00pp and the Children’s afternoon tea (up to the age of 12) is £15.00pp.

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

Location: Castledon Rd, Downham, Billericay CM11 1LG.

The Inn at Belfairs, Leigh on Sea

The afternoon tea at the inn at belfairs in leigh on sea in essex

The Inn at Belfairs in Leigh on Sea in Essex is situated on the outskirts of the picturesque Belfairs park. A premium pub restaurant that offers a great food menu. Not only offering afternoon tea but a selection of breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday roasts. At The Inn at Belfairs you will be greeted with beautiful cherry blossom trees, floral displays and a stunning canopy of flowers. They have a terrace and a garden to enjoy alfresco dining in the warmer months. It really does make the prettiest spot to enjoy an afternoon tea.

The afternoon tea at The Inn at Belfairs is served Monday to Saturday 12pm until 4pm and is £29 per person Mon – Fri (12pm – 4pm) and £35 per person Sat (12pm – 4pm) and includes unlimited tea or coffee. Without a finger sandwich in sight, you’ll instead receive a selection of generously topped crostinis. Alongside these you receive a hearty homemade sausage roll and the most delicious savoury muffin! 

The savouries were followed by large home made scones, served with plenty of clotted cream and Tiptree Jam. Alongside your scones, you receive a gorgeous array of sweet treats including a chocolate orange mousse, lemon drizzle cupcake, a generously sized shortbread biscuit and the most incredible Biscoff cheesecake. 

You can read our full review of the afternoon tea at The Inn at Belfairs here.

You can visit the The Inn at Belfairs website for more information or to book, or by calling: 01702 470000 or email

Location: Eastwood Rd N, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 4LR.

Tymperleys, Colchester

Afternoon tea on a table in Temperleys garden in colchester

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.

To book and afternoon tea at Tymperleys please email  or call them on 01206 765034. You can visit Tymperleys website for further information.

Location: Trinity St, Colchester CO1 1JN.

The Bread Box, South Woodham Ferrers

afternoon tea at the breadbox in south woodham ferrers

The Breadbox in South Woodham Ferrers is an independent coffee shop & bakery.
Afternoon tea is £15 a head and includes sandwiches, cakes and scones plus your choice of tea and coffee. Expect generously filled sandwiches on thick sliced, super fresh breads, these are not the tiny little finger sandwiches you would normally expect, these are sure to fill you up! We got 5 per person, each filled with a different filling! The bread was so soft and fresh… Utterly delicious!
We received a fruit scone person with clotted cream and jam, followed by a bakery item and two cakes along with strawberries. We had the most moist lemon drizzle cake, Victoria sponge and an apple turnover. I really enjoyed them. There was so much food we took a box home with us! This was a lovely relaxed and very filling afternoon tea in Essex!

To book visit the The Breadbox website.

Location: 8 Heralds Way, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, CM3 5TQ.

The Parlour Tea Room at Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Leigh-on-Sea

The sweet treats at the beauty and the beast inspired afternoon tea at Mad Dogs and Englishmen in essex

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. Read my review of the Beauty and the Beast Afternoon Tea.

Prices for their themed Afternoon teas are; Week day £38.50pp inc service. Weekends £44pp including service. This includes a full afternoon tea of beautifully themed savouries, scones & cakes with unlimited tea. They have the following themes available throughout the year: Aladdin – A Genie-us Afternoon tea, running from 14th January 2023 to 5th March 2023. Other themes they offer are: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, ‘Be our Guest’ Afternoon Tea (inspired by Beauty & the Beast), Narnia, The Secret Garden… check out their website for more information and the dates.

Please contact them for further information and booking via the Mad Dogs & Englishmen website. They do not have any outdoor dining space.

Location: 1349, 1353 London Rd, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 2AB.

Roslin Beach Hotel, Southend

The Roslin Beach Hotel is a fabulous spot for afternoon tea 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 the 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 £32.50 per person 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.

Location: Thorpe Esplanade, Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea SS1 3BG.

Other great Afternoon Teas in Essex to try

Whilst I have personally visited all of the above venues and can recommend them, there are also lots of other great afternoon tea venues in Essex available which I hope to visit soon, they are:

afternoon tea at downham hall in wickford

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is afternoon tea?

An Afternoon tea is a meal served mid afternoon, traditionally normally around 3-4pm. It consists of a selection of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and a range of cakes and pastries. An afternoon tea would not be complete without a pot of Tea.

What is the history of afternoon tea?

Afternoon Tea is a quintessential British tradition that originated in the 19th century. Lady Bedford would often get hungry between lunch and dinner and would request a snack of sandwiches served with cakes and tea. It gradually became a social affair.

Can dietary restrictions or preferences be accommodated during afternoon tea?

Most venues are able to accommodate dietary requirements for an afternoon tea. Please enquire direct with your chosen venue.

Is it necessary to make a reservation for afternoon tea?

It is always recommended to make a reservation for afternoon tea at the majority of venues. You do not need to prebook an afternoon tea at a Tiptree Tearoom.

How much does afternoon tea typically cost?

The cost of an afternoon tea can vary greatly from venue to venue. In Essex afternoon tea can range from approximately £15 to £40 per head. In London they would be typically be around £30 to £80 per person, depending on the theme or venue.

Are children allowed to attend afternoon tea?

Yes, children can attend an afternoon tea at many venues. It has been increasingly popular for venues to offer a specific children’s afternoon menu. Checking with the venue would be advisable.

Can afternoon tea be hosted at home or is it primarily offered in hotels and tearooms?

Afternoon Tea can be served at home as well as in restaurants, hotels and tea rooms. An afternoon tea at home can make for a lovely celebration whilst making it more affordable. There are also a range of companies that offer afternoon tea for delivery if you didn’t want to make your own.

Are there any themed or seasonal variations of afternoon tea?

It has been increasingly popular for venues to offer themed and seasonal variations of afternoon tea. Christmas time can be a popular season for a themed afternoon tea. Many venues also offer an afternoon tea themed using popular film or book themes, either using themed cakes and sandwiches or decorating the venue itself.

Can afternoon tea be served for special occasions or events?

Afternoon Tea can be served for a number of special occasions. It can make the perfect celebration for baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, hen parties, even weddings.

Are there any alternative options for people who don’t drink tea?

You don’t have to drink tea at an afternoon tea, many venues are happy to offer you an alternative drink.

Can I purchase afternoon tea gift vouchers for others?

Purchasing an afternoon tea gift voucher can make a perfect gift for a special occasion.

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Thank you for reading ‘The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex and Afternoon teas near me’. As an afternoon tea blogger and my love of afternoon teas, 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, afternoon teas are provided on a gifted basis for review, please note all comments and opinions are my own. All prices are correct at time of publishing.

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  1. Penny Philpot says:

    You need to go to the cup and saucer vintage tea rooms walton hall farm Walton’s Hall, Linford, Stanford-le-Hope SS17 0RH. Beautiful place family run tea room, people are so lovely and would go above and beyond for their customers.

  2. Elana Major says:

    Another recommendation for The Cup and Saucer Visit brave Tea room at Walton Hall Farm, Walton’s Hall, Linford, Stanford-le-Hope SS17 0RH.
    It’s a lovely family run little business that puts their customers first and a great atmosphere!!!

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