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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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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went with work colleagues the food was cold a d bland not worth the money best bit was the cheese but biscuits were stale. never going there again.

Thank patricia c
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A Birthday on a wet Monday in November can sometimes be a little dull - not this year however - Afternoon Tea seemed the way to go - so with a little thought and input from family it was all arranged - I can only say good things - it was a triumph - staff were wonderful very attentive but... More 

Thank jonandelly18
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199 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

we went for a friend's bday 13 of us including 4 kids Jolie the waitress is so helpful and very attentive we got tea or coffee or arrival then some chose wine which was served quickly then all the food came out very impressed I had been b4 so knew what we was getting the others didn't and they were... More 

Thank trotterbird
Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food is good quality staff polite young lady very polite and helpfull fine dining is about service as well as the food, very loud griup in when we were there but nit the restaurants fault.

Thank Foodqueenlondon
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had coffee and a lovely toasted tuna cheese and onion sandwich with crisps and coleslaw and a good coffee very enjoyable

Thank Jackie A
Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Had an afternoon tea this weekend, I have never been to this bistro before and found it very pleasant, shame the kiddies pool next door is not that attractive a view considering the location. We found the afternoon tea to be pretty good, the scones were DELICIOUS, the cakes were so so the sandwiches were bland and bit curled up... More 

Thank salvagebabe
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Nice restaurant. Went with children and we were warmly greeted. Given pencils and activity sheets. I found it cold in there so wear a woolly. Took a bit of time for our mains to arrive, however they were fresh and good. Garlic bread and cheese and the fish mixed starter were firm favourites.

Thank susie j
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

due to the layout of the venue which was for a wedding, ie a number of different rooms interlinking, we were extremely disappointed to arrive to find that wheelchair access was limited; a flight of 3-4 stairs prevented our wheelchair from accessing the main upper room unless staff lifted the chair and person; this is unacceptable in this day and... More 

Thank 007julie2015
Essex, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

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
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 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

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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 - $31
British, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, 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, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?