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7 Cute Cafes for Catching Up | Essex

The kids are finally back to school (hooray!), which means it’s time to save up those much-deserved morning coffees, brunches and lunches. Picking some of our favorite coffees in Essex…

We.are.table, Earls Colne

A stylish little cafe that packs a punch. With seating for twelve (lucky one) diners, this Earls Colne walk-in is a bit of a neighborhood gem. Founded by two local friends, this chic spot has survived a lockdown and won five-star reviews across the board (as well as the prestigious Essex Best Coffee crown at this year’s Muddy Awards). From breakfast bagels to epic sausage rolls to incredible homemade cakes, everything looks as good as it tastes thanks to edible flowers, fruit toppings, and general plating flair.

The Bakery, Chelmsford

What’s your jam? Take your pick with The Bakehouse’s range of sweet homemade spreads – so good with a warm, flaky croissant. And, if coffee is your thing, then you’ll love (Bake)House Barista’s signature coffee blend, which is locally roasted and tastes surprising. Come for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or just for a cup of the good stuff.

Mrs. Salisbury’s Tea Room, Maldon

You’ll find this pretty pink gem of a tea room tucked away in the streamer-covered Bright’s Path on the high street. Brimming with charm and character, there are six individually designed bedrooms to choose from over three floors. How about a cake and a cup of tea in the bright downstairs bar? A cozy cafe in the moody drawing room (with a crackling fire for those colder days)? Or perhaps breakfast in the light-filled Observatory room overlooking the courtyard? Oh yes, there is also a heated courtyard for eating and drinking outside. Ah, making decisions…

Robyn’s Nest, Writtle

Looking for the perfect village tea room? We found him ! This charming, family-run cafe in Writtle has Instagrammable interiors, giant slices of homemade cake, and really good coffee. Take a seat by the window to take in views of the greenery of the village and the covet-worthy homes that surround it. Plus, there’s also a lovely little lifestyle store (Sonia @ 48) right next door if you’re in the mood for a bit of local retail therapy. Well, it would be rude not to, right?

Parlor Cafe, Burnham-on-Crouch

One for dog lovers. This friendly cafe in Creeksea Place Barns is a great little spot for breakfast or brunch. While you enjoy your freshly squeezed orange juice and toast, your pooch can dine on his own “All Day Barkfest” or “Barkuterie Board.” I mean, I’d go for the pun-filled menu alone! Good to know: there is also a fabulous children’s menu if you have smaller strands in tow.

Squeeze Cafe, Leigh-on-Sea

This new kid on the block is quickly becoming a popular haunt for savvy locals. From the bar covered in mosaics and the ceiling dotted with plants to the tanned leather banquettes, the interiors alone are enough to seduce you. Then you try one of the smoothies, signature salad bowls, and craft coffee and realize that’s not all. on the eyes. In addition, it serves excellent vegan and gluten-free dishes.

Shops, Great Waltham

This independent cafe is, quite simply, as great as it sounds. Beautiful and historic on the outside and cool and contemporary on the inside, this is the best of both coffee worlds. What is on the menu? Think hearty brunches and lunches, delicious homemade cakes and locally roasted coffee. We love the local artwork lining the walls and the dedicated charging station, which earns big sustainable points. After filling your bottles (and your belly), grab a coffee to go and stroll through the village or nearby Langley Estate.

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement