Going out for afternoon tea is always a fun idea for an outing with your older relatives, whether it’s a special occasion or not! Essex is blessed with a wide range of lovely afternoon tea locations, including in traditional quaint tea rooms, as well as decadent hotels.
In this guide we have listed the best locations for afternoon tea from across the different regions of Essex, and we’re sure you’ll find one that suits you and your relative’s tastes. We have also included accessibility information, so you can be sure that there will be no hiccups in your perfect afternoon outing with your relatives.
- Afternoon Teas in North-East Essex
- Afternoon Teas in Mid-Essex
- Afternoon Teas in West Essex
- Afternoon Teas in South Essex
Best Afternoon Teas in North-East Essex
Prested Hall, Colchester
Afternoon tea at Prested Hall is served on crisp white linen tablecloths, with vintage china. They offer over a dozen different teas to choose from, and the seasonally-changing food is freshly prepared by their talented chefs. Afternoon tea is available from 2:30pm – 4:00pm in one of their reception rooms, or on the lawns outside if the weather is nice!
£19.00 per person for their standard afternoon tea, or £26.00 for their Champagne afternoon tea. The children’s price is £10.
Contact the tea room to discuss your relative’s mobility needs, and they can accommodate to them.
Telephone: 01376 573300
Bluebird Tearooms, Clacton
The Bluebird Tearooms in Clacton is a beautifully quaint, traditional tearooms. They give you the chance to take a leap back in time and experience old fashioned luxury afternoon tea, an impressive range of sandwiches, and delicious homemade cakes.
Around £15 per head for afternoon tea.
Contact the tearooms to discuss your relative’s accessibility needs, and they will let you know what they can do.
Telephone: 01255 223281
Best Afternoon Teas in Mid-Essex
Mrs Salisbury’s, Maldon
Mrs Salsibury’s in Maldon’s tea room sits in Rose Cottage over two floors and a picturesque courtyard. It is also proudly located in the blue plaque dwelling of local legend Edward Bright – the ‘Fat Man of Maldon’. Mrs Salisbury’s offer a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, cakes & sweet treats together with unlimited tea and coffee. Their afternoon tea is served from 2.30pm onwards Monday-Friday, and from 3:00pm on Saturdays.
Afternoon tea costs from £18.95 per person.
The ground floor of the tea room is wheelchair accessible, as is the large courtyard. They also have wheelchair accessible toilet facilities.
Telephone: 01621 853 183
County Hotel, Chelmsford
The County Hotel in Chelmsford have a full range of afternoon teas to choose from: Classic, Best of British, Vegan and Childrens’. You also have the option to incorporate a bottle of Prosecco in to your afternoon outing. They have table sizes and rooms available for all occasions. Teas are served everyday from midday until 5:00pm.
Classic Afternoon Tea – £19.95 per person or £24.95 per person with Prosecco
Best of British – £24.95 per person or £29.95 per person with Prosecco
There is level-access to the restaurant where the afternoon tea is served. There is also a large car park which is free for guests.
Telephone: 01245 455700
Best Afternoon Teas in West Essex
Tea Amo, Saffron Walden
Tea Amo prides itself on being a “Quintessentially English” tea room. Based in Saffron Walden, Tea Amo is a friendly vintage tea room with a delicious and popular afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and fruit or plain scones. They boast an impressive range of the finest loose leaf teas and their own freshly roasted ground coffee.
£14.95 per person
Chairs can be moved to make space for a wheelchair indoors, and there are tables outside that are suitable for wheelchair users.
Email: 01799 529102
Mayfield Farm Bakery, Harlow
Mayfield Farm Bakery’s traditional afternoon tea includes a selection of freshly made sandwiches and two dainty scones made by their bakers on the day of your afternoon tea served with local jams and Devonshire clotted cream. Additionally there are four mini patisserie, made by their dedicated patisserie chefs. Not to be missed!
Afternoon tea costs £19.50.
All areas of the Mayfield Farm Bakery are accessible by wheelchair.
Telephone: 01279 411774
Best Afternoon Teas in South Essex
Marygreen Manor, Brentwood
Marygreen Manor in Brentwood’s traditional afternoon tea consists of a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches with scones, clotted cream, delicious jams and a variety of sweet baked treats. The ideal way to pass an afternoon with your relatives, their teas can also be easily catered into Birthday Gatherings – in part by adding that delight of a chilled glass of champagne.
£17.50 per person, or £26.50 per person including a glass of chilled Champagne. Their celebratory tea costs £29.50 per person.
Accessibility – email
Telephone: 01277 225252
Roslin Beach Hotel, Southend
If you decide to visit the The Roslin Beach Hotel in Southend for afternoon tea you will be met with a light but delicious range of foods. They offer delicious finger sandwiches, seasonal cakes, pastries and freshly baked scones accompanied by Devonshire clotted cream and Essex’s own Tiptree jams. Alongside this there is an unlimited selection of fine teas or coffee. If you are in the mood for something a little stronger, they also offer a glass of champagne!
Monday – Friday it is £23 for the Traditional afternoon tea, and £31 for the sparkling option
Saturday and Sunday it is £27 for the Traditional afternoon tea, and £35 for sparkling.
All fully accessible by wheelchair.
Telephone: 01702 586375