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Icon Building Western Esplanade | Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, England
+44 1702 468123
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Showing 473: English reviews
Essex, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very perfessional. Smiling making sure everything was OK Jodie is a credit to the Sands thank you so much Jodie keep up the good work .please pass on to the manager and Jodie

Thank Ann R
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited for afternoon tea as part of a group of nine. All was very well presented and food was lovely. My only disappointment was that you only had the option of a fruit scone and the amount of cream between three was quite small. However, the staff were very helpful and happy to provide endless tea and coffee for everyone... More 

Thank Devilish82
Romford, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Early afternoon tea for £11 per head was about right.Per person received one round of sandwich( Asstd ) one scone + Tiptree jam + cream , one large slice of cake,again your type choice. Plus tea or coffee with top ups. The outside veranda was not available today,I imagine more for the summer.Toilets were clean but I didn't notice a... More 

Thank wiggins44
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From booking to leaving the Sands was an enjoyable experience. The staff were wonderful, cheerful, and very helpful. The food was top class. Jodie our waitress was very friendly. Our anniversary meal was an experience we shall never forget. We will most definitely return. Thank you Sands.

Thank nimrodharrier401
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We attended a family wedding here on 1st October. we felt very well looked after, the attention to detail with presentation of food and service was evident. The food was of a very high standard, we had the best mojitos that I have ever tasted and generally felt as though they couldn't do enough for us. We also had afternoon... More 

Thank sharon W
Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with family, looking forward to a nice relaxing afternoon tea, not so much. You have a choice to sit in the noisy restaurant or the boiling hot conservatory. No tea menu offered just given standard English breakfast, when enquiringly about other teas still no menu offered, just oh we have green or herbal, tea comes in pots for two... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

3 of us visited on a Friday evening. We had a very warm welcome and the service was excellent all night. The waitress even noticed us saying we felt a bit cold and promptly turned down the air con. Food was really lovely, all nice and hot and well presented even the sauces looked fresh and not like they had... More 

Thank nicky-mcm-sausage
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We held our wedding reception at Sands in August and it was fabulous! From the minute we made our enquiry we were made to feel welcome and at ease. Natalie the wedding planner, Andrew the manager and all the staff at Sands were all extremely professional and so helpful with every aspect of the wedding, even giving us ideas for... More 

Thank shellybird292
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had our wedding here Sunday 18 th September ,was the most perfect day staff,venue and even the weather was just fantastic can not recommend highly enough ,all ran perfectly to time but was also not rushed everyone who attended said how great the venue was and how great the staff,bar staff were and how amazing was and plentiful ,just... More 

Thank Karl P
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

We had our wedding at sands and everyone said your wedding day is the most wonderful day of your life, however it far exceeded any expectations. Sands was the most beautiful venue, the sun was shining on the water and the venue was decorated gorgeously. The staff were phenomenal, particularly Natalie who organised the whole day to perfection, she made... More 

Thank Shells0311

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $29
British, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Scenic view, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Icon Building Western Esplanade | Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Southend-on-Sea
  • Phone Number: +44 1702 468123

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?