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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
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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
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 144
    Excellent
  • 86
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 30
    Poor
  • 26
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch with friends

First visit to Sands and found it ok. Location is nice, with large picture windows overlooking the beach and sea, particularly pleasant if tide in. Staff were helpful, friendly and very attentive. Food was tasty but I would consider slightly overpriced to be honest; fair choice of dishes but more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We came here to celebrate a family member's birthday and were looking forward to it after a previously good experience a few months ago. We had a lovely table by the window where we could see the beach area so were feeling comfortable and relaxed. After all our party arrived, we placed our order from the uninspiring and pricey menu.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We visited yesterday with a large group of elderly people and in the words of one of the group we were treated 'like royalty'. The food was tasty with very generous portions. You have a lovely view and the service is great. Thank you for making us so welcome we can't wait to return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We loved our afternoon tea. Friends who've been said its better here than the Dorchester!! Good value - really lovely fresh scones. Will definitely come back for more another day!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

First visit to Sands and found it ok. Location is nice, with large picture windows overlooking the beach and sea, particularly pleasant if tide in. Staff were helpful, friendly and very attentive. Food was tasty but I would consider slightly overpriced to be honest; fair choice of dishes but more what I would consider 'pub' food at restaurant prices, approx... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I had a lovely afternoon tea here with my husband. The staff are also friendly. The ambience is nice and the food was reasonably priced.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

Poor service, had to ask 3 times to get jam and cream to go with our scones, had finished our tea by time we received it, not enough staff to cater for the amount of people crammed into conservatory

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

What happened to roasts on Sunday? They used to be delicious? Small menu now on a bit of paper and not a big choice. Very overpriced for very average pub food.. Burger and chips etc. Service however was faultless, staff were great and fantastic with our party of young children.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We have always loved Sands until the summer menu appeared. All frozen or. pre _prepared food. Not anywhere near as good as it was. No specials or anything different. High prices for food you can get anywhere . A lot better places to go in Southend.. The staff are as lovely as ever and seem embarrassed to serve the downgraded... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Had a table booked here for a family lunch to celebrate a couple of birthdays As it was a Sunday lunchtime parking was impossible anywhere near the restaurant so after walking 20mins to get there we were obviously late for our booking That said they did manage to move a table over to add two more seats to our group... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

loved this restaurant - only one in south-end worth going to. lovely food, great view of the beach/ sea. great musician and affordable prices to match. great service.

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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 - 37
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?