Tea in Tendring - great spots for a brew

We have some beautiful tea shops and cafes in Clacton, Frinton, Walton and Brightlingsea. If you're planning a jaunt out with loved ones why not try out our favourites.

The good old cup of tea – it’s the go to drink when you need a breather or to sip whilst you catch up with your nearest and dearest.  Maybe coffee and cake or a light lunch gets your mouth watering?  Whatever your favourite is we’ve listed some great locations to grab a pot of tea and while away an hour or two.  We’ve included the ever-popular Connaught Avenue in the seaside resort of Frinton-on-Sea to the countryside villages such as Weeley plus everything in between, there’s plenty to enjoy across the Tendring area.

The Bird and Bean

The Bird and Bean, is a lovely independent cafe along Connaught Avenue in Frinton-on-Sea that serves a great choice of teas, coffee, cakes and much more.

There’s both indoor and outdoor seating, so you can sit and while away an hour or two with a cuppa, watching the world go by whilst enjoying some much-needed Vitamin D. Or if you are popping to the beach, you can order one of their delicious baguette platters to take away and enjoy. The café has wheelchair access and a disabled toilet. Find the Bird and Bean on Connaught Avenue, Frinton-on-Sea.

Grandma Lilly's Tea Rooms

Grandma Lilly’s is a family owned and run Tea Rooms in Holland-on-Sea and the winner of a Food and Drink Awards in 2021.

It’s a short drive from the sea-front and a great place to stop off for a cuppa and a bite to eat.  If you’re really hungry they cook up a great full English Breakfast, Sunday Roast, homemade pies, burgers and even Afternoon Tea.

Samantha and her parents Roy and Janet work together with an experienced team and they certainly know how to look after their customers, knowing many by name.  If you can’t get to them, they offer a delivery service, throughout Holland-on-Sea and down to Jaywick, they hope to expand into Kirby in the future. Having been a Care Professional previously and had experience within her family of dementia, Samantha knows how to look after those who may need a little more time and attention, so is a great choice if that’s important to you and your loved ones.    Find Grandma Lilly’s Tea Rooms on Frinton Road, Holland-on-Sea, Clacton.

Hilltop Garden Centre - Floral Days Cafe

If you’re looking for somewhere to combine some light refreshments with a trip to pick up some bedding plants or bird feed for your elderly relative or loved one’s garden, why not pop along to Hilltop Garden Centre in Weeley, their Floral Days Café offers a perfect pit stop.

This spacious, airy and light café has plenty of room for wheelchair access and a lovely outside seating area for sunny days.  It has gorgeous views of open fields, a delightful garden and indoor seating combined with incredible food, from Devon cream teas to home-made soup.  There are disabled toilet facilities on site and a large car park directly in front of the garden centre. Find Floral Days Café at Hilltop Garden Centre, Clacton Road, Weeley.

Cafe Chic Coffee House

Café Chic Coffee House is located in Brightlingsea’s high street, a cosy yet chic café not far from the seafront, it’s a lovely place to while away an hour with your favourite senior whilst sipping a coffee and sharing a cake.

Here at Home Instead we believe in supporting local, independent cafés, and their reviews tell us the customers choosing Café Chic are not disappointed, many have commented on the great service, good food, cheerful setting, and relaxing atmosphere. We’re told the café is wheelchair accessible.  Find Café Chic Coffee House at Victoria Place in Brightlingsea.

Aria's Coffee House

Aria’s is a coffee house that’s both contemporary and rustic. You can dine in, take away or enjoy the sunshine in their outdoor seated area.  There’s also a little gift shop on site so you browse whilst you are having a brew.

For some the perfect way to start the day is sipping a freshly brewed coffee using the best coffee beans and an Italian amaretto biscuit.  Or maybe you fancy spoiling a senior with a traditional afternoon tea.  Aria’s is a great choice offering a selection of handmade sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and cakes galore.  You might opt for a stack of pancakes and maple syrup or perhaps at Easter a traditional hot cross bun with a good old fashioned cuppa hits the mark.  Aria’s has plenty to choose from and we hear it’s a gem of a place, cosy and relaxing with expert baristas and a loyalty card for regular visitors.

You can find Aria’s on the High Street in Walton-on-the-Naze.