Monday- Friday 7am - 4:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 7am - 4:30pm
- Free WiFi
- Outdoor Seating
- Families and Children Welcome
- Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
- Free Parking
- Families and Children Welcome at lunch
- Event Space
- Business Lunch
- Buffets, Business Meetings, Functions catered for
About Bistro @ Downham Hall
Located in the Essex countryside in the head of a valley which heads down to the River Crouch and overlooks the Thames Estuary in the distance. We are close to several towns, including Billericay, Wickford and Downham.
A venue perfect for an Afternoon Tea or a Coffee trip for some light bites, offering a breakfast and lunchtime menu also.
It was lovely - thank you. Everything was fresh and tasty and beautifully prepared and served. Your waitress, Laura, was lovely and very attentive. The only thing I would say is that the menu could be a little more varied, but that is a constructive comment not a complaint. Would 100% visit again and the afternoon tea looked amazing.
Went for afternoon tea four of us. Staff friendly and efficient. Afternoon tea selection of food excellent. All very tasty and extremely well presented. Choice of teas very good. Prosecco with the meal was very nice. All very good would thoroughly recommend.
We enjoyed our afternoon tea. The place is lovely - beautifully decorated. The Staff were very nice. The sandwiches, savouries, scones & lemon posset were delicious. Wasn't keen on the cakes - a bit dry. Lovely tea & nice to have had choices. The radio was too loud and was on a radio station with lots of talking. I would prefer some nice background music.
a really enjoyable afternoon. the food was lovely. excellent service
Lovely country feel to the lunch - service excellent but unobtrusive Food presentation was lovely Every visit has been a delight Will be back again soon
The lady serving was lovely and really helpful. Really small place and as allows children and babies was just too near when they are moving about with them around you. Not their fault just too small an area. No cucumber sandwiches!!! Just ham and cheese. Would also have liked the option to pick the bread colour rather than 90% white and an option for picking filling rather than just being given what you get. My friend was vegetarian so it didn’t help and I didn’t think to mention it as they never asked. Bread didn’t taste freshly baked which is something I normally really like also. Scones not fresh and warm Nice selection of tea. Just the one cup in the serving. For us this just wasn’t as nice as the other afternoon teas around which are cheaper than 25 quid here and freshly baked. Sadly disappointed :-( but thanks for the great service.
2nd Visit, limited menu, sandwiches and jacket potatoes, due to a change in chef's, holidays and the inpending new menu. Food was presented well, excellent service from the waiting staff, will be re-visiting.
Good value for money, lovely setting, will be back later in the year!
Lovely service! Got served straight away. Lady was very polite and very helpful. The room was absolutely beautiful and was sat right by the window so had a lovely view! 😊 definitely will return. Thank you for your service!
We booked an afternoon tea to celebrate our friends 60th birthday. She loved it and was pleasantly surprised there was such a nice venue so local. Staff were friendly and accommodating and we will definitely return.
Very friendly and helpful waitress. The chef came and told us what we were having for afternoon tea. Very friendly and pleasant man. Enjoy our afternoon tea very much. Would go again and recommend to friends and family.
Beautiful location, attentive staff, lovely atmosphere and delicious food!
The food was presented beautifully and was very tasty. I ordered the lasagna and my partner had the pie of the day, and I must admit when it was served, although the lasagna was tasty I did have ‘pie envy’ !!
Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. They weren’t aware of our reservation but thankfully it wasn’t busy and we were seated straight away. Will definitely go again
Lovely venue great food
Great time celebrating my friend's 80th birthday!
The best afternoon tea around. From start to finish it was a pleasant experience. Our waitress was very attentive and nothing was to much trouble. Cannt wait for the next time
Beautiful venue, friendly service and wonderful food
Such a lovely venue, thoroughly enjoyed our Afternoon Tea, all the food was delicious and fresh. Service was friendly yet still professional, made us feel very welcome Cant wait to return, it's now my firm favourite for lunch or Afternoon Tea and will be recommending to everyone!! Thankyou for a lovely afternoon.
We had a lovely lunch thank you. The food and drinks were lovely. Unfortunately the waitress made us feel very uncomfortable by presenting us with the bill before we asked for it. We were made to feel our time was up and we were expected to leave. There were plenty of empty tables as there was only one other table occupied. It really wasnt a nice feeling and not something I have ever experienced anywhere else. Perhaps it would be nicer if she presented the bill and said tske your time no rush!!
I think we have found a little gem of a place in Downham Hall and will definitely visit again. We recently had the pleasure of having Afternoon Tea and it was delicious and presented beautifully. The owner and staff were absolutely delightful and made sure we had everything we needed whilst not being intrusive. We were able to look around the Orangery that lunch is served in and found it to be in the perfect position for a great view of the rolling hills. I expect in the summer months it's going to be a wonderful relaxing place to eat out. I would not think twice about recommending Downham to anyone, it is well worth the dining experience in such a beautiful setting...thank you
Beautiful setting with lovely views. The conservatory area always a bit chilly. Service was great and we were made to feel very welcome.
Thoroughly loved our visit for afternoon tea in the conservatory - atmosphere, views and staff all wonderful - food was delish - only item, the chocolate dairy free dessert had no taste but the lemon one was wow Usually go to Orsett Hall - but would pick you guys every time now xxxxx
Lovely food and service!
Celebrated a birthday breakfast. We are a Family of 10. The food and service were both fantastic. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the views were stunning. Will definitely be going back.