The Royal Hotel

1 High Street Southend on Sea, Essex , United Kingdom, SS1 1JE
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Bar & Lounge Food Service
Monday from midday until 3pm
Tuesday to Saturday from midday and until 9pm
Sunday from midday until 4pm

Afternoon Tea
Served from Tuesday to Sunday - midday last table sat at 3.30 pm

Dinner
Served Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm and last table sat at 9.00pm

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

Serving classic British and international a la carte dishes with a modern twist using fresh, seasonal, local products. With period décor, including extensive cornice work, the restaurant provides a wonderful dining experience with superb views across the Thames - including the world famous pier.

The restaurant serves lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

Cuisine: British, Afternoon Tea, Cocktails, International, Steak, Wine Bar
Dress Code: Smart Casual,No Beachwear
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Visited On Thursday, 20 February 2020

After pointing out both our party were ill overnight the hotel refused to accept it was their food. Can't have been anything else . Service was impeccable. Shame I won't be returning

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Visited On Friday, 14 February 2020

All of the waiters were really friendly and attentive and the food was delicious. We had a lovely Valentine’s Day meal, thank you! We’ll be back!

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Visited On Saturday, 08 February 2020

This was my daughters 13th birthday and despite mentioning on the reservation it was not mentioned - just an acknowledgement would have been appreciated - no tea menu - service was poor - no spoon for cheesecake desert and when we were given ordinary spoons they didnt fit to the bottom

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 February 2020

I e-mailed before booking more than once and always had a quick response answering all my questions. The afternoon tea that we had was great value for money. The service was great always attentive and ensuring we had everything we needed. Definitely one to do again 😀

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Visited On Saturday, 01 February 2020

Excellent service, the staff could not do enough for us. Fantastic food and a great afternoon!

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Visited On Saturday, 01 February 2020

Really lovely afternoon tea. The staff were all really attentive and were very happy to assist getting my elderly aunt up and down the outside steps. Lovely food. The only thing was we were seated at the bar which was a little noisy. Would have been better in the ballroom.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 February 2020

Had a fabulous afternoon. Good and drinks were spot on Snd having the DJ was the icing on the cake . Will definitely be back soon xx

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Visited On Saturday, 01 February 2020

Amazing bottomless brunch! Great food and plenty of cocktails. DJ was playing superb chilled classics. Will be back again for the next one next month!

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Visited On Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Fabulous lunch- good portion size/ would like a two course deal as very filling and had to go for a run to work off the calories . Service great . Thanks

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Visited On Friday, 24 January 2020

We had a great night, I did think the kiddies meals were a bit expensive at £12 for the 2 course though. Staff were brilliant, very accommodating and great support for us. organising a party of 40!

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Visited On Sunday, 12 January 2020

Lovely Sunday lunch good food excellent staff really enjoyed our first visit so hope to come back

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Visited On Friday, 03 January 2020

We really enjoyed the whole experience

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Visited On Saturday, 21 December 2019

Fantastic service from beginning to end. Will certainly be back again next Christmas... if not before.

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Visited On Sunday, 22 December 2019

This restaurant just cannot deliver consistent food quality and service. The food and the service are not up to standard. I had the worse Sunday roast and sloppy service here just a fortnight after having a good Sunday roast. Not worth the risk of booking a disappointing family Sunday lunch, or any other meal for that matter. And the prices are not cheap.Best to give it a miss until someone who understands the business takes control I think.

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Fantastic - third Xmas there and just gets better every year.

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Visited On Saturday, 21 December 2019

There were 19 of us for our work do and we booked the Comedy Night Saturday 21st December, the food was terrible and cold but I could of got over that but the comedians were awful and not funny and it ruined the night they didn't seem to want to be there and only wanted to start on the crowd to make others laugh, had nothing else!! The staff and surroundings were excellent, I would not recommend this venue as it wasn't value for money or enjoyable.

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Visited On Saturday, 21 December 2019

We have been to the comedy night before and really enjoyed it. The food was brilliant and service was excellent. As we had such a good time we booked for Christmas. Service was still great but the food was not good. I ordered a Christmas dinner and there was the smallest piece of turkey you have ever seen wrapped in cabbage - very disappointing. Will now think twice about booking for 2020 as I felt it was poor value for money food wise.

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Service was superb, food very good and only down starred by one due to some comments from the party (all men) that they were disappointed by the portion of turkey on the plate. Venue was lovely and good value for money. Staff were extremely helpful throughout. A great time was had by all and would highly recommend.

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Had to wait a long while for the food, and wasn’t offered clean plates until we were half way through for the cakes.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 December 2019

This was the second year in a row I've booked a large party meal over Christmas. Last year was amazing but this year it was more expensive and on the whole the food was pretty poor. The xmas puddings were like rubber, the chocolate mousse had no flavour at all and looked like it had come out of a squirty cream can! (it was also white and we'd been advised before hand it would be plain chocolate) Several of the cheese plates had no biscuits and no fruit and the biscuits tasted very stale (one of those dishes that had probably been made up too far in advance perhaps) One person had the cod and said it was very nice, the others were just average although the veg was nice. Can't fault the service, everyone very helpful and not too attentive (if that makes sense - just the right balance) I won't repeat a third year as the consistemcy isn't there. Disappointing overall and certainly not worth the £40 a head charge. Southend has some amazing choice these days so I really hope this isn't the start of a down slide. The venue itself is gorgeous and the cocktails very imaginative (particularly love that Spicy 50!)

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Visited On Saturday, 14 December 2019

Service and atmosphere fantastic our waiter was delightful. Food really good although portions very small. We had a Christmas set menu so not sure if that’s still the case when ordering from the normal menu. Wouldn’t stop me going back we really enjoyed it.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 December 2019

Despite the staff being very friendly and as accommodating as possible, there were many errors to our order throughout the night, including nearly an hour wait for our food (we being only 3 people), wrong food/no shows of dishes and a vegan being given non-vegan food. The staff brought out complimentary dishes and were extremely apologetic, though we’d rather had money off the bill over the few complimentary dishes we couldn’t finish. hopefully it was just an off day.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 December 2019

I’m vegetarian and had some lovely little tasting plates amazing would definitely recommend these, and also my friend had fish & chips and she loved it. It’s the first time I’ve sat downstairs and it was very quaint looking out onto the water. Looking forward to returning soon.

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 December 2019

this was the second time that we have booked here for our Christmas party and we will book again as everything was fantastic!, food was wonderful and the ladies serving where friendly and accommodating, DJ kept us entertained with music and games and we all let our hair down thank you so much to the venue and staff for another successful party

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Visited On Friday, 06 December 2019

Superb staff, attentive and friendly, from the bouncer to the table staff. Thank you so much, was a lovely visit.

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