Imagine sitting outdoors by the river on a glorious Sunday afterno0n sharing afternoon tea with your friends or family, looking across to Northey Island, the place where in 991, Byrhtnoth and his men bravely defended their land against 4,000 Vikings.

Bright and airy, The Lock is THE place to eat on the waterfront at Heybridge Basin. Indoors or out, it offers outstanding Blackwater estuary views.

This former ship’s chandlers and café serves traditional café-style breakfasts, home-made lunches and ‘Tiptree’ cream teas. Enthusiastic staff take full advantage of fresh local produce: hand-made local cakes, fresh salads, jacket potatoes and ‘Tiptree’ preserves with home-made scones. A list of daily specials and the traditional menu provides a range of refreshments throughout the day.

Walkers exploring the Essex coastline from here are spoilt for choice: east along the sea wall passing Osea Island en route for Goldhanger and Tollesbury: or follow the coastal path west towards the old port of Maldon with a return route to the Basin via Wave Bridge and the canal tow path.


  • Child friendly
  • Casual dress code
  • Card payment
  • Disabled access
  • Gluten free
  • Alcohol
  • Cold refreshments
  • Outdoor seating

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