Welcome to Essex, a county in South East England known for its rich history and unique culture – as well as, of course, its lunch options! It borders Suffolk and Cambridge to the north, Hertfordshire to the west, Kent across the estuary of the River Thames to the south, and London to the south-west.

The county town is Chelmsford, which is also its only city. This is but one of many great locations to get an Afternoon Tea in Essex. Come and explore today.

In terms of history, Essex owes much of its origins to the Kingdom of the East Saxons. In fact, the name “Essex” originates from the name “Ēastseaxe”, which translated from Old English, means “East Saxons”. Before this period, the area had been the territory of the Trinovantes tribe. After the Norman Conquest, it was officially recognised as a county.

Centuries later, during the 1800s, the arrival of the railway led to significant development within Essex. Today, towns such as Braintree, Brentwood and Colchester all boast several excellent Afternoon Tea Essex venues.