Shop, eat & drink
Browse, shop, eat and drink at our destinations
Shop, eat & drink
When you decide to go out for the day there is sometimes nothing better than having the perfect place to rest, stay warm and dry and catch up with friends and family, not to mention browse for gifts (and self-gifts). Many of the Explore Essex parks and places have cafes, refreshment kiosks, and shops at their visitor centres. Discover whether you can browse and shop, pick up a coffee or tuck into a full meal at your intended destination.
The places below all offer some form of refreshments. Our new shop at Cressing Temple Barns is the perfect place to pick-up presents. From hand selected eco-friendly gifts and recycled wrapping paper and cards to handmade crafts, discover a range of thoughtful gifts for all tastes and ages.
Bright and vibrant, the Tiptree Tea Room (open from 9.30am-4pm everyday for outside dining, retail and takeaway) serves meals made with fresh and local ingredients. At the newly renovated Cressing Temple Barns Visitor Centre there is a gift shop selling locally sourced craft and gift items.
- Witham Road, Braintree, Cressing, CM77 8PD
A refreshment Kiosk selling a range of teas, Bean to Cup coffees and hot chocolate along with cold drinks, Ice creams and snacks is situated at the top end of the car park. Open from 10.30am-4.30pm at weekends only.
- Broman's Lane, East Mersea, CO5 8UE
The Hub Café, open on Monday to Sunday from 9.30am-4.30pm, sources local seasonal produce. They create freshly prepared, homemade food on the premises daily. Including salads, graze boxes, sandwiches, hot pastries, pies and chips, alongside a selection of hot and cold drinks.
- Chapel Lane, Benfleet, SS7 2PP
Currently closed. Sit down in our visitor centre with a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate (available to buy) and spend some time playing a variety of board games available for free.
- The Promenade, Belsize Ave, Clacton-on-Sea,, CO15 2LF
The cafe serves hot and cold light refreshments such as breakfast sandwiches, soup, baked potatoes, ice cream, crisps, cakes and drinks. The shop sells cards, bird food and feeders, gifts, jams, wildlife books, pocket-money toys and Gruffalo-themed merchandise. Open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm.
- Brentwood, Warley, CM13 3RZ
Our Visitor Centre includes a shop and café and is open from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am-5pm at the weekend. The shop sells duck food and deer food for £1.00 each, Weald County Park branded gifts like jams and preserves, soft toys, and a wide range of fun and interesting toys.
- Weald Road, Brentwood, CM14 5QS