10 of the best places for brunch in Essex

PUBLISHED: 09:05 24 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:41 13 August 2020

The best brunch places in Essex

The best brunch places in Essex


When you’re too late for breakfast but too early for lunch you’re left with one option: brunch. Here are 10 great places to try in Essex

1) The Artcafé, West Mersea

The ArtCafé on Mersea Island combines great coffee with some of the best original artwork around. Located just a stones throw from the beach, the views from the terrace are simply wonderful, particularly when the sun is shining on a summer's day. Serving high quality coffees and freshly-prepared food, The ArtCafé has been running for over ten years, so it's clearly been doing something right.

Tuck into a hearty full English breakfast or crispy bubble and squeak while savouring the smell of freshly-roasted coffee. For something a bit different, perhaps try the drop-scones with bacon and maple syrup or porridge and croissants with your choice of local preserves.

2) Wivenhoe House

Back by popular demand, Bottomless Brunch is returning to Wivenhoe House as a monthly event. Guests will be able to enjoy brunch, unlimited Prosecco, Becks Vier or House Wine on the last Saturday of every month, all served in the hotel's beautiful brasserie.

There is a selection of fruits, cereals and yoghurts from the buffet or porridge from the kitchen followed by a selection of breakfast and lunch options such as a full English breakfast, smoke salmon or a choice of burgers, all for £29.95 per person.

3) Stop the World Café, Leigh-on-Sea

Tucked away on the sunny side of The Broadway in Leigh on Sea is the Stop the World Café. A café that celebrates its uniqueness, its aim is to produce the finest food from the freshest ingredients possible. As the name would suggest, it's the perfect place to sit back, relax and escape the stress of your day.

The breakfast menu is extensive and separated into four categories: Healthy, Hearty, Veggie and Heavenly, featuring breakfast smoothies, English breakfasts, egg on toast and pancakes with maple syrup. For those with a bigger appetite they also offer all day options such as bubble and squeak, eggs Benedict and Croque Monsieur/Madame.


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4) The Channels Estate, Little Waltham

The Channels Estate team offer the perfect brunch in idyllic surroundings. What could be better than starting your day with a full brunch and where better to do so than at the Bar & Brasserie on the bucolic Channels country estate?

Smaller bites and classic dishes, including eggs Benedict or smashed avocado, lime, chilli flakes and poached eggs, are offered along with Channels' exceptional traditional English breakfast of sausage, bacon, fried egg, mushrooms, baked beans, black pudding, grilled tomato and toast! There's also a veggie English option as well as gluten free dishes on the menu. Brunch is served between 11am and 1pm. And for those who want to make it really special, a Bottomless Prosecco brunch is offered for just £20 per person.

5) The Little Book Café, Halstead

The Little Book Café can be found in a charming 17th century cottage in the beautiful market town of Halstead. It's a wonderful place to wake up with a cup of coffee over one of the many books in their collection (which you are free to browse, borrow or even buy).

Food is very important at the Little Book Café and they strive to provide the greatest quality ingredients from local bakers and butchers guaranteeing you one of the best breakfasts in the area. Their brunch menu caters to all tastes with savoury or sweet pancakes, French toast, poached or scrambled eggs, beans on toast and scrumptious cooked breakfasts for both meat eaters and vegetarians.

6) Acanteen, Chelmsford

Acanteen in Chelmsford is a family-run restaurant that was born out of a passion for food. With a relaxing atmosphere that welcomes all-day dining and drinking, it's the perfect spot for late breakfast or brunch with friends. The team strive to source all products ethically and sustainably and the in-house chefs prepare everything from scratch and by hand.

The all-day breakfast/brunch menu caters to all dietary needs with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available. Tuck into a huge fried breakfast with all of your favourites, keep it simple with egg on toast or indulge a sweet tooth with a pancake stack. If you're in the mood for something different, perhaps try the Mexican Benedict — a toasted muffin topped with chorizo, chipotle, avocado, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

7) The Chophouse Braintree, Braintree

Since arriving in May 2016, head chef Richard Cutting has planned for the Chophouse Braintree to serve brunch. With a lack of local alternatives for brunch, Richard set to work devising the perfect brunch menu to treat the locals. As with everything he does, Richard wanted the menu to stand alone and move away from the traditional.

Chophouse Braintree customers demanded a quality breakfast given the same care and attention as an evening meal. Now Richard makes his own sausages and creates his own baked beans, while customers have also come to enjoy Chophouse Braintree favourites such as Richard's beef dripping fried bread and a delicious house brown sauce.

8) Mad Hatters, Southend-on-Sea

Hidden away in the heart of Southend is the Mad Hatters Tea Room, a family-run eaterie passionate about serving delectable sweet treats and some of the best quality barista coffee and loose leaf tea the area has to offer. Everything is prepared fresh on a daily basis and the recipes have been tried and tested down the years.

The brunch menu sticks to the classics, featuring French toast, pancake stacks and egg on toast. For those with a heartier appetite there is smoked salmon and scrambled egg, doorstop breakfast sarnies and the Mad Hatter's Breakfast consisting of two rashers of bacon, two eggs, two locally sourced sausages with baked beans and toast - yummy!

9) The Red Dog, Inworth

The Red Dog Café in Colchester - named after the popular 2011 Australian film of the same name - aims to bring together its local community over the love of good food. Set in what were once the Prince of Wales pub and the Inworth Barn, the café is the perfect combination of British historical charm and the owner's quirky Australian decor.

The café boasts a mouth-watering all-day breakfast menu with a full English cooked breakfast, steak 'n' eggs, French toast, granola and baguettes available. We recommend the gypsy eggs: a huge slice of crusty bread with chorizo, Parma ham, tomato sauce and baked hen's eggs.

10) The Marquis of Cornwallis, Layham

Lovingly restored and rich with character, The Marquis is a beautiful hotel and restaurant in Suffolk's Brett Valley, a stone's throw from the market town of Hadleigh. Head chef Tom Bushell leads the team in the kitchen and has won a committed, local following for his modern cooking.

Based on bold flavours and irresistible combinations, his dishes use superb local ingredients serving the perfect dish for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Boasting 10 beautifully-designed guest rooms and cosy fire-lit lounges, The Marquis is the perfect place to relax and recharge, or enjoy a late breakfast before you explore this lovely corner of England.


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