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The Art Cafe

Mersea Island Mersea Island 2 Coast Road, Mersea Island CO5 8QE, England
+44 1206 385820
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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Open Now
9:00 am - 5:00 pmAll hours
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Mersea Island Mersea Island 2 Coast Road, Mersea Island CO5 8QE, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It was lovely to find a great cafe open until 5pm on a Sunday. Lots of gluten free choices of cake and scones and delicious coffee. The staff were great. Will definitely be back.

Thank JH01_13
Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited a few years ago and because I paint thought it might be of interest? but too expensive. Can't say much more about it other than that it was just too expensive for the type of place it was.

Thank poppyliz6262
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Coffee and cake was ok, but only average., however, the service was awful. The younger people making the coffee and food seen to be organised but the older women seen to be completely batty and adding confusion, how it needs 5 people to run this...More

Thank Mr-Worldwide-Innit
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this beautiful little cafe and enjoyed lovely service from staff and enjoyable coffee. A lovely end to my morning.

Thank lej711
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two breakfasts and a lunch for the family was great with friendly service. No sense of being rushed and enjoyed looking at the artwork. Very family friendly and great for a coffee or full meal.

Thank John R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We go to the Art Cafe every Sunday or sometimes Saturday for breakfast. The service has improved recently and you don't have to wait so long. The breakfast choice is good although this week we noticed the lunch/sandwich menus was minimal so that was disappointing....More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Good quality food and service, very consistent. Good variety and choice from the menu, very pleasant atmosphere.

Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

Visited this cafe so many time!And we always had such a lovely service and my partner loves Hot Chocolate white chocolate.This time we visited with friends and cafe was empty.It was 6adults and child.We waited for nearly 30min to order coffees and another 45 min...More

Thank Rasa R
Reviewed June 29, 2017

There's poor service and then there's the Art Café. First the good, the food itself was excellent, fine cappuccino, and the Mersea rarebit shouldn't work (crab pate and melted cheese, on toast) but it does, magnificently, thoroughly recommended. However there's a down side, a big...More

Thank marksw3960
Reviewed June 28, 2017 via mobile

I sat and ordered a victoria sponge cake with my friends, for may Iadd a pricey £2.45 and was baffled when the cake arrived beyond stale and dry. For the price and location I would expect a better quality of food, I will not be...More

Thank vanessastephen112
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mersea Island Mersea Island 2 Coast Road, Mersea Island CO5 8QE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Mersea Island
  • Phone Number: +44 1206 385820
At the Artcafé we make delicious seasonally inspired food. Our breakfast menu from 9am -11am offers a wide range of dishes from a hearty Fry-Up with Crispy Homemade Bubble and Squeak, Drop Scones with Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup to simply Lovely Porridge or Croissants with Tiptree Jam. It’s definately the way to start your day!Lunch at the Artcafé begins at 11am and runs until 3pm and the menu changes seasonally. Whether you’re looking for a three course meal or just a bite, we offer dishes that are simple, homemade and wholesome made with love.Of an afternoon from 3pm you can enjoy our freshly made to order sandwiches, homemade cakes or perhaps an Artcafé Cream Tea {Two plump and delicious Homemade Scones with Clotted Cream and ‘Tiptree Jam served with a pot of Loose Leaf Tea} All of this surrounded by some of the best original art on offer locally.
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