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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 - 10:30 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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 37
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  • 28
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  • 25
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice place

Ate here last night with a couple of work colleagues. A small menu with 4-5 starters and 8 or so main courses. We had friendly service but the restaurant was pretty quiet. All of the food was well cooked and there were decent views of the estuary would happily return here.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Emma G
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Telford, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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Telford, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Ate here last night with a couple of work colleagues. A small menu with 4-5 starters and 8 or so main courses. We had friendly service but the restaurant was pretty quiet. All of the food was well cooked and there were decent views of the estuary would happily return here.

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

For some time now we have had the urge to try Sands Bistro, sadly it was not up to the expectations we had. when in the restaurant there was an air of blue haze that filled the room. almost like oil had been overheated or burnt. we ordered food and made a comment about the smell that filled the air... More 

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We came to Sands recently to celebrate a friend's birthday and the food was lovely, a bit expensive but the restaurant itself has a lovely atmosphere - situated right next to Adventure Island (a kids' playground for the uninitiated!) you might think it more a 'family' place but it's not really, it's more adult groups and couples - perhaps one... More 

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Wickford, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Sands Restaurant and Bar is part of the Adventure Island attraction but has its own separate entrance. With great views across the estuary and a very contemporary decor this is a great place to eat or drink. A comprehensive menu is available as well as their 'Tea on Sea' traditional afternoon tea, sandwiches & cakes. The waitresses are very good... More 

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Essex
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

First time at sands with a friend and husband. We arrived a little later than expected but that was not a problem. It took a little time to order drinks and food, but that was fine as we were in no rush to be outside in the blustery winds. The choice on the menu was excellent, with each of us... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Been to the sands for Sunday lunch. Food was lovely but for the price is would have expected a lot more of it. Plenty of lamb but it would not cost much more to have more than 3 potatoes and a hand full of veg.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Very clean and comfortable setting..staff were very helpfully and friendly,and food was nicely presented.

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Great selection of sandwiches and cakes - beautiful scones too! Well worth and evening in the sun on the decking, shielded from the wind behind the glass.

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My daughter decided to have a hen party for the older ladies who are coming to her wedding (her Mum, Grandmother, Auntie, etc.) We opted for the cream tea served at lunch time and it was all just perfect. We had friendly, attentive service and fresh and yummy cream tea. To top it off, the tide was in and the... More 

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We visited Sands for afternoon tea.Special 80th Birthday treat for our friend, she really loved it !

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Additional Information about Sands Bistro

Address: Icon Building | Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, England
Phone Number: +44 1702 468123
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Southend-on-Sea
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
Average Prices: USD 19 - 37
Cuisine: British

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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 19 - 37
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, 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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