Food @ Downham Hall

Downham Hall , Castledon Road, Essex, Downham, Essex, United Kingdom, CM11 1LG
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Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 2:00pm / 5:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm-9:00pm

Facilities
  • 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
  • Bar
  • Accommodation
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About Food @ 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.

Cuisine: Afternoon Tea, Bistro, High Tea
Dress Code: Casual
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Visited On Sunday, 12 July 2020

Surroundings are amazing with the owners' service impeccable - such a lovely setting for a relaxing Sunday lunch.

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Visited On Friday, 10 July 2020

Very enjoyable evening in a relaxing environment Will be going back :)

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Visited On Thursday, 09 July 2020

We came for our daughter’s birthday dinner in a time when ‘going out’ is a distant memory! Downham Hall is beautiful hotel/restaurant. We were met by the owner who introduced himself, wife and waiter. The service was professional and relaxed which made us feel immediately comfortable. Food was excellent. We went on Pizza night with an alternative of Korean Chicken. All of us thoroughly enjoy the excellent food. We will most certainly be back very soon.

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Visited On Sunday, 05 July 2020

Lovely setting and friendly attentive service. Was surprised to have pizza in a box but it made sense as it kept it warm. Will be back!

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Visited On Sunday, 15 March 2020

We had a lovely Sunday lunch with our little family. Only suggestion I would give is to have a child friendly menu if you wanted to cater more for families. Although my son likes a roast dinner, it’s always great to have a few other more child friendly options. Would love to come back for lunch and hopefully dinner if you decide to go down that route 😊

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Visited On Sunday, 15 March 2020

Very nice breakfast with beautiful grounds and staff.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Had a lovely afternoon tea, all the staff were great. Good level of service

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Visited On Thursday, 12 March 2020

Lovely afternoon tea at Downham Hall. Views were wonderful as was the food and service. Will definitely be back.

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Lovely food. It would be better to serve the tea with the food rather than with the Prosecco as tea got cold quite quickly

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 March 2020

One of the best afternoons teas I have experienced, with the food being second to none!

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

The room looked lovely, we had a great welcome and enjoyed the live background music although it was a tad loud at times. Starters were all great and good portion size. The main couse salmon with shrimp looked and tasted great but only had a slice of cauliflower as vegetable. I don’t like shrimps so I had salmon but with the roast trimmings. Cabbage was unexpectedly good, Yorkshire pud was overcooked and the roast potatoes were very difficult to cut and so very chewy to eat. Broccoli was good and salmon perfect. Friends who had pork said meat was cooked well. I had custard tart for desert which was a slice of pastry with custard which was a tad too runny for me but tasted great. Vanilla plums were ok. I would come again, I wouldn’t bring anyone with a big appetite though. I would hope the Yorkshires and potatoes would be better. I think I WILL come again but stick to the cafe Welcome and service were excellent. Decent sized car park too.

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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

The overall experience was good. The location and the view are fantastic. It was let down by the team somehow overlooking the information shared when booking the afternoon tea and then again in a separate email about one of our party of 3 being vegatarian. There was no specific veggie options. Upon telling them they made up a few extra finger sandwiches of cheese and egg but it's not the same as having a full range. As a meat eater we had sausage rolls and little coronation chicken things in addition to the sandwiches so felt there should have been veggie equivalents of these.

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Visited On Tuesday, 25 February 2020

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.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 February 2020

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.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 February 2020

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.

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 February 2020

a really enjoyable afternoon. the food was lovely. excellent service

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 February 2020

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

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Visited On Saturday, 01 February 2020

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.

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Visited On Tuesday, 28 January 2020

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.

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Visited On Sunday, 26 January 2020

Good value for money, lovely setting, will be back later in the year!

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Visited On Thursday, 16 January 2020

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!

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Visited On Saturday, 11 January 2020

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.

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 December 2019

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.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 December 2019

Beautiful location, attentive staff, lovely atmosphere and delicious food!

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 November 2019

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’ !!

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