South Essex offers an array of picturesque settings for indulging in the timeless ritual of afternoon tea. Here you can find a curated list of the best places to enjoy freshly made sandwiches and sweet treats by the South Essex coastline

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Tea Beside the Sea

This award-winning family-run tearoom is a top-rated stop in the heart of Shoeburyness. The traditional servings of sandwiches and cakes are made fresh and there are some fantastic vegetarian and vegan options available.

Nearest c2c station: Shoeburyness (less than a 5 min walk from the station)
: 18 High St, Shoeburyness, SS3 9AH

San Fairie Ann

San Fairie Ann is an enchanting destination for families, friends and couples alike. Savour a delightful selection of homemade treats including delicate finger sandwiches, pastries, cakes and tarts. Each dish is lovingly prepared with fresh ingredients to ensure a fantastic afternoon.

Nearest c2c station: Southend Central (less than a 5 min walk from the station)
: 43 Alexandra St, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1BW

Afternoon Tea in South Essex

The Royal Hotel Southend

The Royal Hotel Southend is the ideal destination for a relaxing and luxurious afternoon tea. The sophisticated venue offers a unique experience, with an exquisite selection of freshly made afternoon tea favourites. Choose between sweet or savoury menus with options of tea, cocktails or champagne. Be warned, this is available only once or twice a month so make sure to book in advance.

Nearest c2c station: Southend Central (a 7 min walk from the station)
: 1 High St, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1JE

The Remedy Tea Shop

The Remedy Tea Shop is the perfect place to unwind after a hectic day. Relax and take your time enjoying an exquisite afternoon tea – complete with homemade scones, fresh sandwiches, and a selection of traditional cakes. You can also choose a pot from their huge variety of fine teas from all around the world.

Nearest c2c station: Southend Central (a 5 min walk from the station)
: 57 High Street Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1HZ

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Rosey Lea Cafe Bistro Westcliff

Located in Westcliff, the Rosey Lea Cafe offers an unforgettable dining experience. A vibrant atmosphere and colourful interior make this venue a completely unique take on afternoon tea. They also offer a variety of private hire options for events such as birthday or engagement parties, baby showers and more.

Nearest c2c station: Southend Central (a 5 min walk from the station)
: 137 Hamlet Ct Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7EW

Patisserie Valerie

A mainstay of the Southend high street since 1926, the Patisserie Valerie “lovingly” handmakes every item on their menu. They have over 100 different cakes and sweet treats available for their afternoon tea. They also offer options for your very own afternoon tea takeaway and are available on Just Eats, Deliveroo and Uber Eats, in case you fancy a treat in the comfort of your own home.

Nearest c2c station: Westcliff (a 5 min walk from the station)
: 52 High St, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1JG

The Temple Cafe

Set opposite Chalkwell park with its own gorgeous garden, the Temple Cafe has become an increasingly popular spot for afternoon tea over the last few years. Available to dine-in and for delivery, their bespoke offering can cater to your desired style with different types and colours of stands, tablecloths, napkins and more. Not to mention their delicious homemade food.

Nearest c2c station: Chalkwell (a 15 min walk from the station)
: 815 London Rd, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9SY