Stuck for Mother’s Day inspiration? An afternoon tea is a great way to spoil your mum (yourself!) and celebrate all the wonderful things mums do for us throughout the year. For scrumptious delights in Essex this Mothering Sunday, here are some great kid-friendly venues and offerings.

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Child-friendly Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea in Essex

30 Radford Way, Billericay, Essex, CM12 0DA.
Served Sun-Thurs from 1pm.
This stylish Billericay café has a spacious interior and a dedicated play area for little ones.
The afternoon tea is served on a traditional three-tier stand and with pretty vintage china. The service includes a selection of sandwiches made with artisan breads, assorted little sweet treats, home-made scones with jams and clotted cream, and speciality teas.
Cost: Adults from £14.00 per person and the Children’s Afternoon Tea costs from £8 per child.
Booking is advised. Call 01277 621657.

Copped Hall
Crown Hill, Epping, Essex CM16 5HS
Saturday 30 March 2019, gates open at 1.30pm for 2.00pm start.
The relaxed setting of this Georgian manor is ideal for families who’d love to take stroll around the beautiful gardens after their tea.
On Mother’s Day the hall will be serving a classic combination of home-made sandwiches, cakes and scones served with a pot of tea using lovely china, plus a glass of Prosecco or elderflower cordial.
Cost: £20.00 per person.
Booking essential. Call 07749 397932.

Great Stony, High Street, Ongar, Essex CM5 0AD
Sunday 31 March 2019, sitting at 12.30pm.
Deceiving from the outside, Zinc is a lovely old school that’s been turned into an Arts and Community Centre.
This Mother’s Day they’ll be serving a selection of homemade finger sandwiches, warm scones with strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream, a variety of delicious fresh cakes, an unlimited supply of freshly served tea or coffee, and a glass of Prosecco or non-alcoholic alternative.
Booking essential as limited spaces available.
Cost: Adults cost £17.50 per person, whilst the Children’s Afternoon Tea is £10 per child (up to age 12).
To book email or call 01277 365 626. Bookings close Thursday 28th March at 2pm.

County Hotel
29 Rainsford Road, Chelmsford CM1 2PZ
Sunday 31 March 2019, sitting at midday until 6pm.
The award-winning restaurant of this modern hotel on the outskirts of the city centre is the perfect setting for a family gathering.
The classic afternoon tea is freshly prepared in-house using locally sourced ingredients where ever possible. The sandwiches, scones and cakes are served on a tradition three-tier cake stand. Two and three-course meals also available.
Cost: Adults cost £27.00 per person with a glass of Prosecco. Children 0–3 free; 3–9 half price; 10+ adult price
Pre-booking required. Please call Reception on 01245 455700.

Best Western Ivy Hill Hotel
Writtle Rd, Margaretting, Chelmsford CM4 0EH
Sunday 31 March 2019, sitting at midday until 5.30pm
This pretty Victorian hotel is set in nine acres of mature gardens in the Essex countryside, and conveniently located off the A12 between Brentwood and Chelmsford.
The sophisticated Mother’s Day afternoon tea menu is available, as well as a three-course meal.
Cost: Adults cost £20.00 per person and the Children’s Afternoon Tea costs £10.00 per child. Plus 10% discretionary service charge.
Call 01277 353040 to book or email

Pontlands Park
West Hanningfield Road, Great Baddow, Essex CM2 8HR
Sunday 31 March 2019, sittings at 12.00pm, 2.30pm & 5.00pm
This family-run hotel features a perfect mix of contemporary style and beautiful Victorian architecture.
Specially crafted menu with a children’s option fo children up to the age of 10.
Cost: An adult cream tea cost £18 per person and the kids’ afternoon tea costs £9.50 per child. Plus 10% discretionary service charge.
To book call 01245 476444.

Stow Maries Aerodrome
Hackman’s Lane, Purleigh, Essex, CM3 6RJ
Sunday 31 March 2019, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Wartime themed afternoon tea for Mother’s Day, includes free gift for mums. Live singer. Enjoy a stroll around the museums during your visit too.
Cost: £25.00 per adult, children under 16 £12, under 5s FREE

Trinity Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JN
Sunday 31 March 2019
Tymperleys is a beautiful Tudor house tea room based in the heart of Colchester – and was once the home of Tudor physician, physicist and natural philosopher William Gilberd. The outdoor seating in the pretty manicured gardens is the perfect setting on warmer days.
Tymperleys’ afternoon teas are served on the traditional three tiers with a selection of sandwiches, miniature cakes and fancies, and plain and fruit scones with clotted cream and Tiptree jam. It comes with unlimited quantities of their loose leaf teas or cafetières of coffee. We can tailor the whole Afternoon Tea to suit any dietary requirements – gluten free, vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, lactose free or almost anything else.
Cost: £20.00 per person, £25.00 with prosecco, or £28.00 with a glass of Champagne.
A deposit of £10 per person is required at the time of booking. This must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Call 01206 765034 to book or fill in the online form.

Mulberry House Hotel
Chelmsford Road, High Ongar, Ongar CM5 9NL
Sunday 31 March 2019
Set in 22 acres of picturesque grounds, the restaurant of this stunning hotel looks out onto the lake. In warmer weather you can choose to dine outdoors on the terrace.
This classic afternoon tea includes a selection of replenished finger sandwiches, warm scones with Tiptree jam and Cornish clotted cream, a variety of freshly made dainty cakes, and a selection of loose-leaf teas and coffees from around the world.
Cost: £19.95 per person
Booking is essential and full payment is required on booking. To book call 01277 365398.

The Chichester Hotel
Old London Rd, Wickford SS11 8UE
Weekend sittings at 2.30pm.
Vintage Afternoon Tea for Mothers Day with a glass of Prosecco. Enjoy a selection of traditional sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a sumptuous selection of mini cakes served with unlimited tea or coffee.
Cost: £21.95 per person, children half price.
Booking essential. To book you can message the team through their Facebook page or call 07519319647.