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Afternoon Tea in Southend-on-Sea

A Roslin Beach Hotel Tradition


The History of Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea is a delicacy enjoyed by many, a mid-afternoon break to enjoy sandwiches, cakes and hot drinks, making it the perfect setting for a relaxing break. We thought we’d delve into tradition by explaining how the Afternoon Tea tradition began.

The tradition of enjoying finger sandwiches, cakes and hot drinks is a timeless classic introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford in the year 1840. In an era where only two meals were eaten a day, breakfast and dinner, Anna found herself becoming hungry around mid-afternoon. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter, and cake be brought to her private Boudoir to fill the gap.

This soon became a daily habit of hers, and she began inviting friends to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey and the pause for tea soon picked up and turned into a sociable event, with the practice becoming respectable enough to move into the drawing room. Before long, many were nibbling sandwiches and sipping tea in the middle of the afternoon.

A traditional afternoon tea consists of dainty finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves, cakes and pastries and of course – tea served in delicate bone china cups.

Here at the Roslin, we are delving back into tradition, and enjoying afternoon tea as Anna once did in her boudoir.

After all,

‘there is always time for tea’


The Roslin Beach Hotel & Retreat is renowned for the finest afternoon tea in Essex. Take a seat and admire the beautiful surroundings overlooking Thorpe Bay Estuary. Truly a charming and delightful way to spend your afternoon. Your exquisite homemade tea will be served on a three-tier cake stand with a splendid array of timeless classics including finger sandwiches with a selection of fillings, fruit scones with Devonshire clotted cream and an assortment of Tiptree jams, alongside a collection of home-made mouth-watering cakes and treats. Your afternoon tea will be served with unlimited tea and coffee, or why not indulge yourself a little further and upgrade to the Sparkling tea to enjoy a glass of Champagne. If this is all too much, we will carefully pack any pastries and cakes in a lovely Roslin cake box for you to enjoy later.

Afternoon Tea Menu


Service Times:

Monday – Friday 12:30 – 4:30

Saturday 12:00 – 16:00

Sunday 12:00 – 17:00


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