Enjoy the quintessentially British tradition of sipping tea at the best tea rooms in Essex
By Tiffany Wallis
Jan 14, 2019
Essex is home to some of the best tea rooms in the country. Here, we pick the best venues to enjoy this classically British pastime - don't forget to help yourself to a delicious piece of cake too!
Maison Bleu Style Tea Room, Chelmsford
With its totally revamped interior, we love the new modern look of Maison Bleu Style Tea Rooms in Chelmsford. Now open for January, visit the Essex tea room for a coffee and a cake or maybe a delicious lunch from the new menu. Make sure you indulge in the famous fruit and cherry scones and wash them down with a hot Baileys latte.
Helping you stick to your New Year fitness goals, Maison Bleu Style Tea Rooms also offers a variety of healthy dining options, like avocado and beetroot salad with fresh cheese and walnuts. However, it will be hard to resist as the Essex tea room bakes the most indulgent cakes, brownies and Belgian waffles.
MadHatters is a popular tea room in Essex's Southend-on-Sea. The family-run business offers the perfect place to escape reality and indulge in homemade delicacies with a fun twist.
One of Essex's best themed tea rooms is the place to go to sample some of the highest quality loose leaf teas, smooth barista coffee and luxurious hot chocolates. MadHatters Tea Room has recently launched its classic afternoon tea for January. For £16.95pp or £18.95 with unlimited tea or coffee, guests can enjoy classic finger sandwiches, Queen of hearts jam tarts, homemade scones and more.
This beautiful shop is located in the heart of Leigh-on-Sea's Broadway and is an Instagram lovers' heaven with its decorative flower wall and ceiling installation. Wilma's Bakery specialises in creating quirky, unique one-off cakes for all occasions. Not the traditional tea room, Wilma's Bakery offers an alternative approach to 'tea-time', and encourages customers to watch the bakers get creative whilst enjoying a gourmet hot chocolate, coffee and a cake or a lovely cup of tea.
Visit this Leigh-on-Sea hotspot for a more modern and creative tea room in Essex.
This quirky Billericay meet-up hub is an independent Wholefoods Cafe perfect for the whole family. The Essex-based cafe provides customers with a chilled out tea room setting equipped with a small children's play area, conveniently situated allowing parents the luxury of a meal in peace. The varied drinks menu includes traditional and floral teas, coffees, milkshakes and smoothies whilst the food menu gives the choice of delicious all day brunch dishes and a selection of seasonal sandwiches.
For January, Veganuary including vegan coconut and banana French toast and vegan banana and pecan loaf.
Located in Halstead, near Colchester, this beautiful vintage tea room, The Hyacinth.
Serving freshly made breakfasts, lunches and homemade cakes with fine teas and freshly ground coffee, it is known as one of the best tea rooms in the area. The Hyacinth overlooks the river and famous Mill in Halstead Essex, providing a refreshing view and lively atmosphere.
Owner Michelle bakes every morning, creating the best cakes, scones and quiches in Halstead, making it one of Essex's tea rooms.
One of Maldon's best tea rooms is literally located on the barge at the end of the quay. Tea guests can step aboard and enjoy riverside views from the top deck, a comfy snug and a quiet room. The Barge is an Essex tea room experience with a twist that supports Cooks Barge Yard and the historic vessel.
Maldon’s sailing barge Resourceful is the perfect spot for a unique tea room experience with breakfast, light lunches, ‘barge-made’ cakes cooked on board daily and afternoon teas. The Essex tea room uses local Maldon High Street suppliers; Buntings, Maldon Fruit Supplies and the Crusty Loaf.
Where: Cooks Yard, The Hythe Quay Maldon, Essex Call:07718478400
The Parlour Tea Room, Leigh-on-Sea
The Parlour Tea Room at Mad Dog and Englishman in Leigh-on-Sea is a place to escape reality and truly indulge. The Essex tea room is popular for its themed afternoon teas and glamorous setting. The first theme for 2019 is the Breakfast at Tiffany's Afternoon Tea. Offering a local alternative to the classic New York favourite, The Blue Box Cafe, The Parlour tea room will host this famous theme from 9th February 2019 to 31st March 2019. The perfect Essex tea room for a Mother's Day celebration.
The Tea Room is open from Wednesdays to Sundays and has become renowned for its unique experience and vintage atmosphere for afternoon tea.
Where: 1349-1353 London Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 2AB Call:01702714766
The Lordship Tea Room, Writtle
The Lordship Tea Room in Writtle has been making home-made cakes and scrumptious lunches from fresh ingredients for years. The tea room is located in the grounds of Writtle College and the building was restored and became a renowned 'Tiptree' tea room in 2011.
The Lordship Tea Room's recently opened The Pantry - a convenient new café and takeaway, offering freshly made sandwiches, cakes and other treats. The new addition is ideal for a catch up with friends or a comfy retreat in its new lounge-style area. Alongside comfortable surroundings and excellent food, The Pantry also stocks a range of ‘Tiptree’ conserves and Tiptree’ patisserie items.