The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

The List of Best Afternoon teas in essex by little miss eden rose. A collage of afternoon teas across essex
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Anyone who knows me, will know I love Afternoon Teas! Whether it’s to celebrate a special birthday, a baby shower, to catch up with friends or spend time with my family, a quintessentially British afternoon tea is the perfect option. I’ve visited many great Afternoon Tea venues in and around Essex in my time 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 afternoon tea venues, from Country House Hotels, charming tea rooms, modern restaurants or themed afternoon teas. We have the perfect venue for you.

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 2022:

This is the Ultimate Guide to the Best Afternoon Teas in Essex 2022

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!

Roslin beach Hotel collage The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

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 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 £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.

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 The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

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 afternoon tea, cake stand filled with cakes, sandwiches and cakes

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 The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

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 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. 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 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 Hotel The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

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.

This afternoon tea in Colchester 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 afternoon tea in colchester, overlooking the Dedham vale area

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 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.

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!

County Hotel The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

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, 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. 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 then 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.

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 Hal Hotel The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

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, a cake stand filled with freshly baked cakes and afternoon tea in Battlesbridge

The 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 their quaint tea room. They are £19.50 per person and include four finger sandwiches, homemade sausage rolls, scones and home made cakes. Bookings are for 2 hour slots with unlimited tea and coffee. Lemon sorbet presented during our afternoon teas to cleanse pallet between savoury and sweet.

Frasers Tea Room is open Monday to Sunday. For more information, visit Frasers Tea Room website.

Bonnie’s Cafe, Hutton

Bonnie's Cafe in Hutton Essex, Afternoon Tea

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 £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 Gilt Rooms, West Mersea, Colchester

The Gilt Rooms afternoon tea in West Mersea Colchester

The Gilt Rooms is a tea room and restaurant located in West Mersea, Colchester. 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 £30 per person and includes a glass of proseco and £16.50 per child.

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 at Mad Dogs and Englishmen in Leigh on Sea, The best afternoon teas 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.

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.

Wivenhoe House, Colchester

Best afternoon teas in essex Wivenhoe House

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. You’ll enjoy delicious sandwiches, freshly baked scones and beautifully presented cakes and pastries. Tea and coffee will be served and replenished as required. See our full review of the afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House.

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 info@wivenhoehouse.co.uk‘ or visit Wivenhoe House Hotel website for more information.

The BakeHouse Coffee Shop, Chelmsford & Maldon

The BakeHouse afternoon tea in chelmsford

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. Afternoon tea on a routemaster double decker bus 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.

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.

Magic Mushroom Restaurant, Billericay

Magic mushroom restaurant in billericay with views of the restaurent and their afternoon tea 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.

Scotts of Southend

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.

Afternoon Tea at Scotts of Southend is £19.95 per person and consists of a fantastic range of sweet treats, scones and sandwiches served on a mini picnic bench cake stand. The in-house bakers make lots of the sweet treats from scratch and the chef’s freshly prepare your sandwiches. This comes with unlimited 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). Book on the Scotts of Southend Website.

Scotts of southend afternoon tea in southend essex

Little Channels Bistro at Channels Estate, Chelmsford

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 also 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.

Afternoon tea in Chelmsford at Little Channels at channels estate

Downham Hall, Billericay

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.

Afternoon tea at Downham hall

Tymperleys, Colchester

Tymperleys in Colchester, best afternoon teas in Essex

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 info@tymperleys.co.uk  or call them on 01206 765034. You can visit Tymperleys website for further information.

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 The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

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.

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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 but please check with venues.

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