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.


Bond Street Tea Room - Upstairs Tea Room Dining

2nd September 2021

Due to circumstances beyond our control we will unfortunately have to close our upstairs tea room dining at Bond Street on the following dates:

7th September & 8th September

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and thank you for your patience.


COVID Update - Tiptree Tea Rooms Update

19th July 2021

We are very pleased to be able to welcome back visitors to our Tiptree Tea Rooms. 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, wear a mask unless seated, and stay safe. Please bear with us as we get back into the swing of things. 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.

Welcome back!

Please note: 

Due to track and trace isolation notices we are currently very short staffed across the tea room group. Where possible we will remain open but may have to reduce our menu offering or at short notice, may be forced to close.

Please call ahead of your visit to ensure that the tea room you are travelling to is open.


Vacancies available in the Tiptree Tea Rooms

15th June 2021

Some of our Tiptree Tea Rooms are currently hiring for full and part time positions. If you know someone who 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. 


Tiptree Tea Room Christmas Opening Times 

9th December 2020

If you are planning to join us at one of the Tiptree Tea Rooms over the festive period, please find our Christmas opening times here.

We cannot wait to welcome you with a warm cup of tea and homemade scone, or perhaps you fancy something festive like a Tiptree mince pie?

Please note that with the everchanging situation these times are subject to change. Please call the tea room before starting your journey.

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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