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17th April 2024

The best tea rooms in Essex according to our luxury retirement community

At Burnham Waters luxury retirement community, we know there’s nothing quite like a good cup of tea! In our opinion, a good cuppa can solve a lot of life’s issues. National Tea Day is fast approaching on April 21st, so in homage to the hot English brew, this week’s blog is all about the best places to go if you’re after a cuppa like no other. Essex is blessed with a wealth of tea rooms local to the Burnham residential area. So, without further ado, here are just some of our favourites to keep an eye out for!


Tiptree Tea Room 


This one is first on our list for good reason! Did you know that Tiptree Jam hails from Tiptree in Essex? If you’re looking for an authentic English tea room experience, you simply have to visit The Tiptree Tea Room. Open 7 days a week, the tea rooms and jam museum can be found in the heart of the village.

The tea rooms offer a wide selection of tea and other hot drinks, delicious food, including, home-baked cakes and Tiptree products, all finished off with traditional table service in comfortable surroundings. Once you’re fully refreshed, be sure to take a look next door, where you’ll find the official ‘John Wilkin Tiptree’ shop. There are a large selection of jams, condiments, homeware and branded accessories to buy and take home, so you can recreate Tiptree inspired tea at home!

As an aside, if you do venture into the museum just next to the tea rooms, it holds the original John Wilkin collection and is a great place to trace the history of the Wilkin & Sons, Tiptree preserves and of course, learn all about jam-making. 


Mrs Salisbury’s 


Mrs Salisbury’s of Essex is a firm favourite within our luxury retirement community. The local chain has three sites across Essex and is not far from Burnham on Crouch – with two shops in Maldon and one in Wickham Bishops. Mrs S’s tea rooms epitomises the Great British tearoom and have one of the widest loose and bagged tea selections on offer in Essex. Full of character and charm, you can enjoy sit down afternoon tea in their Maldon high street, or Wickham Bishops tea rooms. If you fancy a cuppa on the go, why not visit their café in the park at Maldon promenade, where you’ll find a selection of the most delicious bakes, sandwiches and hot drinks in Essex.


The BakeHouse


If you’re looking for a good cup of tea, paired with a toastie or a cake, The BakeHouse will take your fancy! Each venue has a lovely homely feel, exuding a rustic farmhouse aesthetic, it’s the perfect place to treat yourself for a bit of time out, or catch up with a friend!

BakeHouse is known for its amazing cakes and vast selection of tea across it’s venues in Chelmsford, Maldon and Witham, Essex. At the flagship setting in Chelmsford, you can enjoy an alfresco experience in the spring sunshine, overlooking the Essex countryside! 

Afternoon tea is always made fresh to order, where you can choose from a ‘sweet’ selection complete with scones, Cornish clotted cream, a selection of freshly baked cakes, sweet bites and finger sandwiches. Or you can enjoy the ‘savoury’ option, which includes a homemade giant scotch egg, Cumberland sausage roll, garlic ciabatta, homemade tart of the day, mini chicken salad, crispy crackling twigs with seasonal chutney & finger sandwiches. Delicious!


The Parlour Tea Room at Mad Dogs & Englishmen


In Leigh on Sea, you can find The Parlour Tea Room at Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Within the community, they’re famous locally for their themed afternoon teas. The venue is known for its quirky character and décor, with the staff even wearing costumes on themed days! 

A large selection of unlimited tea is available, alongside beautifully themed savouries, scones and cakes. Check out their website to see their upcoming afternoon tea themes, they’re not to be missed!


Ground Coffee House


Ground Coffee House in Burnham on Crouch is one of the most popular places for a grab and go bite and cuppa! Despite its name including ‘coffee’, you can get any hot drink here, including a wonderful English tea selection.

A short journey from our luxury retirement community, this local gem has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a hearty breakfast or brunch, or need a little caffeinated ‘pick me up’, Ground Coffee House has you covered! 

What’s also great about GCH is that they make a conscious effort to use fresh and local produce from close-by suppliers. This is all then prepared carefully, in-house. Delicious, fresh and can also be delivered straight to your door!


Get in touch


Essex is full of quaint places to enjoy a simple cup of tea, a slice of cake, or indulge in a delicious afternoon tea! If you’re thinking of relocation or retirement, Burnham on Crouch Essex offers a wide variety of scenery and fantastic local amenities. Burnham Waters luxury retirement community is the perfect location to enjoy everything the county has to offer. 

If you’re interested in hearing more about our bungalow properties, our friendly team are here to help you. Simply send us an email at and fill out our contact form for a downloadable brochure. Our marketing suite is open by appointment only! Call our sales team at on 01621 861559 to arrange an appointment. 

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The team have been so patient and understanding with my elderly parents. Although we haven’t been through a purchase yet we are hoping that will come. Nathan and his team have been accommodating, kind and very knowledgable throughout our dealings with them so far. Highly recommend.

Christina Sheilds

Having been met by Nathan we followed him onto the estate and was introduced to Jamie. His truly inspirational concept for a community development have left us wanting to be part of it. Loved the bungalow and once inside we able to see for ourselves the high spec and generous size rooms. Every aspect appears to have been thought about carefully and we are looking forward to seeing the 3 bedroom show home.

Mrs Moss

The property exceeded expectations. My wife and I appreciate how generous you were with your time with us. It’s a great, well thought out and designed development for the over 55’s.

Mr & Mrs Francis

Completely blown away with the spaciousness of the layout of the estate and the beautifully presented bungalow. I can’t thank you enough for the all the advice and information the team at the bungalow gave coupled with the help and genuine understanding and help with our particular issues.

Mr & Mrs Allix


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