Essex has become famous for a few strange things in recent years, including something by the name of Joey Essex. But joking aside, this is a great place to live and visit. It’s a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of London and thanks to the aforementioned socialite and TV personality, and to the work done by him and his fellow TOWIE crew, it’s also one of the most visited counties in the UK right now.
If you happen by Essex and want to see what all the fuss is about then make sure you drop by some of these Essex tearooms, serving afternoon tea that is as classy and refined as what you will find in London, but with a little more Essex-style glitz and glamour thrown in.
Afternoon Tea at Jacqueline’s Tea Room (Colchester)
This is a classic tea room with a vintage aesthetic located in Colchester. It’s cozy, cute and just quirky enough to make it interesting if you’re someone who likes things a little different. One of the things that truly sets this cream tea menu apart is the vast selection of teas—more than 50 of them in fact! You can choose from all kind of flavoured black, green, white and red tea. It’s a tea lover’s dream.
There are finger sandwiches and servings of sweet cakes and tarts, but the scones are something else. These big and chunky treats come with hearty servings of clotted cream and jam and unlike other tearooms where you’ll end up with more cream and jam than the little scones can handle, the scones at Jacqueline’s Tea Room are big enough to take whatever you can throw at them.
Afternoon Tea at ACanteen (Chelmsford)
This is a little smaller and not as well known, but it’s cute, it’s cool and it serves some great green teas, including matcha. It’s definitely worth a mention. There are also a few different cream tea menus, including one for kids.
Afternoon Tea at Blackmore Tea Rooms (Ingatestone)
The cupcakes are the highlight of the cream tea menu here. The venue itself isn’t that big and the village it’s in is pretty small as well. But if you find yourself in the area make sure you stop by. The exposed brick and beams with cozy orange lanterns makes this a warm and welcoming venue, just what you need as you tuck into your finger sandwiches, flat scones and cupcakes.
Afternoon Tea at Lathcoats Farm (Chelmsford)
Head for the Bee Shed Coffee House at this top location and you’ll be in for an afternoon tea (and coffee) treat. The servings are huge, with chunky cakes topped with dollops of cream and jam; scones as big as your fist; and sandwiches cut into chunky triangles. There are none of those small and dinky servings here and this is one cream tea that will definitely fill you up and ensure you’re not looking for the lunch menu as soon as you finish your last morsel.
If you have kids with you then order from the children’s afternoon tea menu, where the portions are smaller, the prices are cheaper and the food is a little more recognisable to your picky little ones.