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Sands Bistro

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Icon Building | Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, England
+44 1702 468123
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Today
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mon 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tue - Thu 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine

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Visitor rating
  • 118
    Excellent
  • 71
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 20
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tea for two.

We had won a voucher for tea for two which we used Easter Monday. Despite the amount of people there , the staff were very polite and helpful. The tea was basic compared to some we've had but sufficient. We had a lovely view of the sea from our table. The cooked meals being served to others looked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Carol W
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Southend on sea
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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264 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Southend on sea
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We had won a voucher for tea for two which we used Easter Monday. Despite the amount of people there , the staff were very polite and helpful. The tea was basic compared to some we've had but sufficient. We had a lovely view of the sea from our table. The cooked meals being served to others looked good and... More 

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Stanford le Hope
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

We were strolling along the windswept promenade of Southend on Sea, with our intentions to eat a bit later. A shower of rain made us enter this restaurant bar to shelter. On entry, we were pleasantly welcomed and offered a table, so in view of the weather we decided to stop. On looking at the menu we decided to eat... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Nice staff pleasant and polite, been here before in the summer food was good nice to look out at the sea and relax with the family would come again

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I tried Sands over the Easter weekend with my family. It's such a shame that the food doesn't match the location or staff. It's some of the worst food I have been served for a long time. I had fish and chips, fish cold and soggy, chips luke warm and soggy, mushy peas cold and horrible and I paid £14... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We went here for my birthday , there was 9 in our party , great views over the estuary on a lovely sunny day , The problem with having old numbers in your party is one side of the table has 4 and the other had 5 so on this side was rather cramped a better layout of the table... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I had been given a voucher for afternoon tea for two people so I went with a friend. The quality and amount of food was very good value for money. The service was prompt and friendly.

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Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Came here for a belated Mother's Day treat and overall we were disappointed. Having had many afternoon teas in other places we were looking forward to it as it is a lovely venue. The one scone and the one slice of cake were tasty, and the finger sandwiches were fine but the service was awful (even though the waitresses were... More 

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I booked a group afternoon tea for 73 people. We had the function room and it looked stunning. Beautiful round tables over looking the sea. The food was lovely and as always great service. Would highly recommend for baby showers, birthdays etc.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Had a lovely meal at Sands today, never been disappointed with the food, very accommodating to our food allergies, probably one of the most helpful chefs in Southend as regards to catering for our gluten allergy. The staff are all so friendly and eager to please. Lovely ambiance can't fault it .

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Harlow, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I have to say this was second to none. Although not the cheapest place in the world it was by no means expensive and it was good value for money. The waitress was lovely, friendly and professional while the food was delicious and very well presented. The location overlooking the sea was lovely and I cant find anything to bad... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Icon Building | Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Southend-on-Sea
  • Phone Number: +44 1702 468123

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 18 - 36
  • Cuisine: English

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 10:30 pm

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