Notices, News & Events



The safety of our customers and staff is our highest priority at Tiptree. Click here to view our latest Covid-19 safety measures that we have taken to ensure customers feel comfortable and enjoy their dining experience in our Tiptree Tearooms.


The Barns Tea Room - Fully Booked 2021

1st December 2021

Due to a private booking the Barns Tea Room will be fully booked from 1pm on Tuesday 7th December. 

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to welcoming you soon. 


Christmas Opening Times 2021

21st October 2021

Please click here to see the Christmas Opening Times for all of the Tiptree Tea Rooms for 2021. 

We look forward to welcoming you soon. 


The Barns Tea Room - Early Closure Notice November 2021

11th October 2021

Tiptree at Barns Tea Room, Cressing Temple will be closing at the earlier time of 12pm on Tuesday 2nd November due to a private function. 

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to welcoming you soon. 


Barleylands Opening Time Changes - December 2021

5th October 2021

Tiptree at Barleylands Tea Room will be closing at the earlier time of 3pm on Friday 17th December and opening at the later time of 10am on Saturday 18th December. 

Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to welcoming you soon. 


COVID Update - Tiptree Tea Rooms Update

30th September 2021

We were very pleased to welcome so many visitors returning to our tea rooms during the Summer.  COVID is still prevalent in the country and with that in mind we will continue with many of the protocols and additional spacing that we have introduced during the pandemic.  We would encourage all our visitors to continue to take extra care and stay safe.

If there are any questions then please don’t hesitate to ask a member of our Tea Room team, who will do their very best to help you.

There may be a reduced menu in some locations but please check the daily board in the tea room for the latest special items. 


Vacancies available in the Tiptree Tea Rooms

4th October 2021

Some of our Tiptree Tea Rooms are currently hiring for full and part time positions. If you or someone you know is looking for a fresh challenge and has experience in hospitality, then please point them in our direction. For more information about the roles available please contact us at


Sweetie Parlour open now at The Essex Rose

21st May 2021

We are excited to announce that we have now opened the Sweetie Parlour at The Essex Rose Tea Room in Dedham. Full of your favourite traditional sweets and treats. From Sugar Mice to Lemon bon bons, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Not forgetting our popular whippy ice cream machine - all now available. 


COVID September Update - The Rule of Six

11th September 2020

We are adhering to Government law and can only seat groups of 6 maximum indoors and outdoors, including children of any age.
From 18th September it will be mandatory to take customer contact details for track and trace purposes. Refusing to give details or providing obvious false details will result in being asked to leave.
Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe.

Tiptree Tearooms - re-opened

6th July 2020

We are pleased to confirm that all Tiptree Tearooms have now re-opened for dining and takeaway, our locations are:

Tiptree, Heybridge Basin, Saffron Walden, Chelmsford, Osea & Barleylands, Writtle, Dedham, Cressing & Southwold

Our opening hours are Mon - Sun 9am – 4pm, although this may be subject to change, details of which will be posted online. Although we will be implementing a smaller menu, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

View a copy of our menus here.

We will of course be adhering to government guidelines on social distancing and safety procedures instore. 

We look forward to welcoming you back. 



Leaving the Batte-Lay

2nd June 2020

Sadly, the company will not be re-opening the Batte-Lay tea room in Colchester following the Covid closure and the company has exercised the break clause within their sub-lease. Scott Goodfellow, joint Managing Director of Wilkin and Sons said, “It is with regret that we have decided to close our Batte-Lay tea room. Whilst the venue itself is beautiful, we have not had the footfall that we had hoped for. We would like to thank all our customers, the Minories Galleries and Colchester Institute for their support during our tenure. We hope that locals and visitors may find their way to one of our other Tea Rooms across Essex once they are able to open.”



Tiptree Tea Room Closures

23rd March 2020

It is with great sadness that we have now taken the decision to close all of our Tiptree Tea Rooms and shops. Following government advice, we now believe that it is in the best interests of our staff and customers to remain closed until further notice.

We can’t wait to welcome you back to our Tiptree Tea Rooms once we are able to. The smell of freshly baked scones will fill the air and our friendly staff will be here to greet you with a big smile and a cup of tea.



Tiptree Museum Closure Closures

23rd March 2020

Please be advised that the Museum at Tiptree will be closed until further notice, given the current state of affairs. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.



Late Night Openings at The Lock

1st March 2020

The Lock Tea Room will be opening late on Friday 24th July, Friday 7th August and Friday 21st August from 5pm-8pm.

Come and join us for Tiptree inspired cocktails and Summer specials on the terrace - no need to book in advance!

The Lock Tea Room
Heybridge Basin
01621 854466



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