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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
12:00 pm - 9:30 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
  • 116
    Excellent
  • 68
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Disappointing afternoon tea

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
Thejetsetters2012
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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258 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Excellent restaurant right on the sea front. Excellent decor, staff and food. The whole place was spotless. Staff very friendly. We both had fish and chips served on pleasing large square plates. Beautiful fresh fish, delicate and tasty beer batter and crispy dry chips. The mushy peas were different in a wonderful way. All in all very tasty. Only drawback... More 

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Rochford, Essex
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3 reviews 3 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I would like to thank Sands Bistro for a lovely afternoon tea today - Mothers Day. The atmosphere, pianist, staff and food were superb. The staff kept topping up the champagne for Mums - this was a lovely gesture. Having lost my own Mum to cancer I have mixed feelings about Mothers Day each year however, Sands really helped me... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I visited sands for my sisters baby shower, for an afternoon tea on a Sunday. The service was horrid, the staff even rude at some points, painfully slow, mucked up serval orders and never apologised, realised as they where serving the food they had run out of a certain type of cake so serval people had to re order and... More 

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Benfleet, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We went here with a small group of 6+2 kids. My first time so wasn't sure what to expect. We were seated in the inside area, but was very pleasant, airy and clean. Staff were extremely welcoming, and service was excellent throughout. I wish i knew some names to mention. 3 of us had the crab/prawn starters and all felt... More 

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Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

I have just had my babys naming ceremony and then my evening wedding reception at Sands. We hired half the venue on the sunniest day of the year so far which meant that the restaurant was also really busy with the public too. I cannot praise the staff at Sands enough. The service was absolutely outstanding (and I am hard... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

We were a party of eight. VERY long waits between courses, almost seemed like they couldn't be bothered. Staff standing around chatting to each other is annoying. The food was good but the waiting around and poor service certainly wasn't in is what a rather pretentious place.

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?