The Royal Hotel

1 High Street Southend on Sea, Essex , United Kingdom, SS1 1JE
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Bar & Lounge Food Service
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday - midday until 10.30pm
Thursday - midday until 11.30pm
Friday - midday until 11.30pm
Saturday - 9.30am until 11.30pm
Sunday - 9.30am untl 9pm

Facilities
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • No Disabled Access
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Event Space
  • Business Lunch
  • Buffets, Business Meetings, Functions catered for
  • Children's Menu available
  • Children Welcome (Up to 8pm)
  • Awesome View

About The Royal Hotel

This historic building, constructed in 1791, The Royal Hotel comprises of a cocktail bar and lounge that is open daily serving amazing cocktails and freshly cooked lunches and dinners.

The Ballroom is open for special events and private hire or as an extension to the ground floor on busy days and nights.


Cuisine: British, Afternoon Tea, Cocktails, International, Steak, Wine Bar
Dress Code: Smart Casual,No Beachwear
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Visited On Saturday, 19 September 2020

Great place to start the evening a few cheeky cocktails in a funky setting

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Visited On Friday, 18 September 2020

We have been many times over the years for meals and at first we really enjoyed the visits and the food was amazing. After a while a new chef was taken on and the food went Downhill a bit. The atmosphere upstairs was also bad as it’s so echoey and if you have a couple of groups there you can’t hear yourself speak. This time we visited during lockdown. On walking in the door staff was swearing his head off about something. The reception staff said I didn’t have a booking even though I pointed it out on the screen. We were shown to a table but didn’t feel there was sufficient space between tables. We ordered bread and nibbles to start - what we got was a stale slice of bread and butter and a couple of slider buns cut in half which was really disappointing. The main meal however was delicious, I had cod which was really tasty and my wife had steak which she enjoyed and was cooked well. Couldn’t fault the main. We also had dessert and that wasn’t good, as if the chocolate tart pastry hadn’t been cooked properly and was bland with a Spoon of ice cream. Bill came to £200 for four of us for a three course meal and a drink each. Not sure we would go back after this experience.

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Another lovely meal. Great attentive service. Will be returning again

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Good service & friendly

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Visited On Wednesday, 16 September 2020

The food was fine.....The service was totally unacceptable. We had to keep asking to be served. we had 3 different people serving us. We waited and waited to have our plates taken away from us....Eventually we moved our plates ourselves to another empty table. Then we got the bill....only to find that service charge had already been added. We felt so embarrassed that we paid and left. Nobody said thank you or goodbye. We will definitely not be back.

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Visited On Sunday, 13 September 2020

If you receive good food the prices can be justified. I don't call £7.50 for 8 prawns in a prawn cocktail acceptable or £16.00 for 2 of the smallest pieces of beef I've ever seen, 1 carrot, 3 very small roast potatoes acceptable. Also my partners pork was RAW near the bone! The reason I did not complain as the staff were very young, looked stressed, were concentrating on serving drinks out side and were hard to get when condiments were requested and turned up near the end of the meal! I hope you respond with some satisfactory explanations as this was a very, very unpleasant dinning experience.

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Visited On Sunday, 13 September 2020

We were just in for a drink but as always the staff were really friendly and helpful

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Visited On Saturday, 12 September 2020

The quality of cocktails was awful flat and bland Long Island ice tea, and Mojito’s were all ice, and the service very slow 1/2 hour wait for our drinks, such a shame as this was always my go to place. We left after one drink and went to Seven around the corner, this was good move as the cocktails there Were superb.

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Visited On Thursday, 10 September 2020

We had a great meal in this friendly, happy bar. There is a great choice on the menu and the food is delicious - I can recommend the veggie scotch egg and the fresh fish was beautiful.

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 September 2020

Great service, well thought out because of the current situation and food was great!

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 September 2020

Lovely meal and very quick service, however Maybe slightly over priced when full price.

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 September 2020

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Visited On Friday, 04 September 2020

Our favourite place for cocktails!

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Visited On Friday, 04 September 2020

Pretty good staff were extremely unattentive and even went out of the way to avoid table service despite there being no app :(

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 September 2020

We enjoyed our evening but found it quite noisy. Staff very pleasant

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Visited On Saturday, 29 August 2020

Great cocktail selection

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Visited On Monday, 31 August 2020

We had booked last minute the day before for Bank Holiday lunch. We arrived 20 minutes early and were shown straight to our table which was the opposite end to the bar area. We had preferred to sit in the bar area and asked our waitress if there would be any chance to be moved. She was extremely helpful and moved us into the bar area (even though they were busy). The service was very professional and food was superb as always, albeit that their Covid rules were not adhered to by some of the diners, whereby friends of the diners (who were across the restaurant) left their table to stand talking (with no social distancing at all)l and were not asked to return to their tables at any point by the staff. Don't put rules and safety measures on your website if you are not going to carry them through.

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Visited On Sunday, 30 August 2020

My partner and I loved our bottomless brunch. Someone was always nearby to fill our glasses & I'm already planning on coming back!! Thank you!!

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Visited On Sunday, 30 August 2020

Really bad experience the food must have been sitting around for ages the bread and cakes were hard to touch on outside. Ate the sandwiches was hungry left the cakes and did not eat the scones. Service was really bad would not recommend or go back again. Very upsetting it was a treat for my granddaughters 21st birthday.

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Visited On Thursday, 27 August 2020

Great food, drink and service.

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Decided to try The Royal Hotel during Eat Out to Help Out in August as I'd heard good things but usually a little out of my price range. The cocktails were delicious but expensive, the menu very limited during the special offer. My friend choose the cheese board as her main as nothing else took her fancy and it was minute compared to another seen on a nearby table (which had grapes and additional cheese). Fish and chips very tasty though. Service was friendly and efficient with the waitress explaining a short delay with dessert. Dining early there was a note on the table showing the next sitting, far enough during the busy offer days of Mon-Weds. Overall good, let down by the tiny cheese board main course.

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Booking was very smooth with a phonecall to us to confirm our booking. Staff were very friendly and attentive and the cocktails are very good. Food was what I would describe as good pub food and did not match the gourmet pictures on the website but this may be due to a reduced menu during the present times. If I was visiting Southend again I would probably eat here again.

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 August 2020

All round lovely evening, great food and fab staff. The Royal Hotel is a beautiful setting, perfect for a work lunch through to a romantic meal for 2. Staff were attentive without being intrusive and friendly. Extensive drink menu. We had the set menu 3 courses it was amazing. Would prefer a couple more main menu choices as quite restrictive if you do not eat certain foods however what we had was delicious and superb value. Will definitely return and try their evening menu.

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Had an amazing meal with my mum. The food was perfect as always

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Visited On Friday, 21 August 2020

Good range of food and drink, friendly, efficient staff, plenty of good hygiene measures in place.

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