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About The Royal Hotel

Welcome to The Royal Hotel. Serving classic international dishes with a modern twist using fresh, seasonal, local products. With period décor the restaurant provides a relaxed dining experience with superb views across the Thames - including the world famous pier.

1 High Street
Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1JE
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
European

Hours of Operation:
BAR & LOUNGE
Monday 11am until 6pm
Tuesday to Saturday 11am until late
Sunday 11am until 8pm

BALLROOM RESTAURANT
Wednesday to Sunday 
Lunch
Served Wednesday to Saturday  from midday and last table sat at 3pm

Afternoon Tea
Served from Wednesday to  Friday midday last table sat at 4.45pm
and Saturday from 12pm and last table sat at 3.45pm

Dinner
Served Wednesday to Saturday from  6pm  and last table sat at 9.45pm 

Sunday  Roasts
midday with last table sat at 5pm  

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
£26 to £40

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01702 899222

Website:
http://www.royalhotelsouthend.com/

Public Transport:
Southend Central within walking distance

Executive Chef:
Howard Webb

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, View, Wine

The Royal Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.3

Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasions (47)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Good for a Date (39)
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Good for Anniversaries (31)
Scenic View (31)
Romance (30)
Lunch (28)
Afternoon Tea (25)
Sunday Lunch (22)
Group Bookings (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Afternoon Coffee (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Neighbourhood Gem (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Waterfront (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Fun (10)
Business Meals (9)
Cosy (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Authentic (8)
Casual (8)
People Watching (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Healthy (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Brunch (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Child Friendly (3)
Great Beer (3)
Outstanding Value (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Outdoor Eating (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Music (1)
Tapas (1)
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food5
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value5

 
·Dined 2 days ago

Highly recommended. Loved the cocktail bar, with beautiful dinning room and wonderful food. Staff were very attentive and helpful. That good....went back for amazing breakfast next morning. I will head straight here on my next visit to Southend!

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, Great for Brunch
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 (Hertfordshire)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing evening at The Royal! Went to celebrate and it didn’t disappoint. Beautiful cocktails and incredible food. Service was outstanding!
Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Kent)·Dined on 14 January 2018

Excellent family Sunday lunch. Beautiful venue - spacious room with high ceilings, large windows allowing the sun to flood in, and views of Southend pier and seafront. Delicious roast meats with plenty of vegetables. Attentive and polite staff, nothing is too much trouble. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on 6 January 2018

Loved it all. The wine, the food and the surroundings.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on 23 December 2017

Delicious, interesting menu. Dishes looked and tasted fabulous! Great service - just attentive enough without being over the top. Excellent cocktails. Only disappointment - no draught beer!

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront
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food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
·Dined on 16 December 2017

A beautiful old building lovingly restored with interesting features. We had table overlooking pier on the raised section, which was rather pleasant. As the evening filled up it became quite noisy on the lower level with large groups of women particularly loud. The food was delicious, even though the SOUP was barely Luke warm, the service was just right, not too hurried and we had a very nice evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on 24 November 2017

We went to the Royal Hotel on a Friday evening. It was very busy in the bar downstairs but we ate in the ballroom upstairs which was very elegant and much quieter .

We all opted for the set menu (3 courses for under £20) and each of us said how good the menu was.

The food was excellent and service polite, prompt and attentive (they even got a vase for a bunch of flowers for us).

We will definitely be going to this restaurant again

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food5
ambience4
service5
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·Dined on 9 November 2017

Dinner with family - 3 of whom seen each for 40 years! Great place to catch up as service excellent and not intrusive. Great choice of food, wonderfully presented and cooked to perfection. Fantastic value. Been before and going again! Thank you

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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food5
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service5
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·Dined on 26 October 2017

The food was delicious and the service was amazing , the lunch set menu with wine was fantastic value for money.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on 12 October 2017

Really great lunch, food was delicious and our server Lauren was excellent. Would definitely go back and recommend to friends.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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food4
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service4
value4

 
 (County Durham)·Dined on 4 October 2017

Love the location and the building. Imaginative food presented beautifully.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fun, Cozy, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (London)·Dined on 1 October 2017

A gem in Southend with excellent food in a lovely location.

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food5
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service4
value4

 
·Dined on 23 September 2017

A great evening kicking off with delicious if rather strong cocktails then heading up to the dinning room for a fantastic dinner.. 5 very satisfied diners.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch
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food5
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value4

 
 (Essex)·Dined on 16 September 2017

Fabulous food very friendly staff one of my favourite places in Southend!!

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service4
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·Dined on 16 September 2017

We had an excellent view, sitting on the balcony area overlooking the Pier! The food was amazing, I can definitely recommend the soft shell crab, smoked haddock and sticky lamb. The atmosphere was great and the staff were friendly, although it was a bit hard to flag one down in between courses for another drink. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View
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food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
·Dined on 14 September 2017

Lunched here several times - always an interesting and tasty menu plus great views and friendly service. Ballroom on 1st floor proved ideal for the evening - beautiful setting, original menu beautifully presented with professional service. And set menu is a bargain.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals, Romantic, Scenic View, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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·Dined on 9 September 2017

Amazing atmosphere and food. Friendly staff. Prices are high but it is worth it.

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 (Essex)·Dined on 19 August 2017

A wonderful cream tea with a glass of fizz. First class food and service. Opulent surroundings. A very special experience.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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food5
ambience3
service5
value4

 
·Dined on 12 August 2017

Friendly welcome. Wide open dining space, very elaborate decor. I know it's the old ballroom but did have the feel everyone watched as you walked to your table. Good attentive waiting staff. Shame the menu had a mistake on it. Diners were all considerably older than us (we are mid-40s). Enjoyed the cocktails down in the bar. Lovely lively atmosphere.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Scenic View
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 (London)·Dined on 11 August 2017

Really enjoyed the whole experience, the food was extremely good, the burnt cream was to die for.
Our waiter was FANTASTIC, made the lunch with his wit and chat but very professional service, we loved it all.
Finished with cocktails outside on the veranda - that you could actually taste - well mixed.

Can recommend and can't wait to go back -the lunch menu is excellent value.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Afternoon Tea, Authentic
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 (Essex)·Dined on 10 August 2017

First visit and very impressed.Get together with friends which happened to coincide with a birthday . We all chose from the set menu and all agreed that the food was excellent and good value. Will definitely return

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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food4
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·Dined on 2 August 2017

My husband and I brought two elderly relatives (85 & 90 years of age) for afternoon tea. The food and service and ambience were first class. The upstairs dining area was beautifully decorated very much in keeping to how it must have been in a bygone era. We shall certainly return.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea
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food5
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value3

 
 (Essex)·Dined on 23 July 2017

We enjoyed a relaxed Sunday lunch with excellent food and attentive staff.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good for Groups
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·Dined on 22 July 2017

Took my friend for afternoon tea for her 60th birthday. Had requested a table by the window as it was a special occasion and we had the best table in the house by the window overlooking the pier! The waiter we had was attentive and informative as well as being very witty and amusing. He was also most knowledgeable when asked about the Royal Hotel and its history. The afternoon tea itself was lovely with a delicious array of homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches. More clotted cream for the scones was brought on asking as was clean plates and more tea than you could possibly drink. I also had a glass of processo! In addition, to start there was a few savoury bites, which were a lovely addition to all the sweet stuff that followed. I have had afternoon tea in lots of different places and this was by far the nicest. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on 20 July 2017

First time lunch visit delighted with the whole experience

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on 15 July 2017

The Royal Hotel has been refurbished to a high standard and everything speaks class as soon as you walk through the door. The team are open and friendly and want to make your whole experience a pleasant one. Afternoon tea was delicious with a variety of different sweet and savoury treats. The scones were large, but a little dry for my liking, and came with lashings of cream and jam. Plenty of tea to drink and free refills. For the children it would be nice if the Palace provided juice in a teapot, as the Fairmont Hotel in Ottowa does, rather than charging extra for a soft drink. We were offered boxes to take anyway any treats we had not eaten. All in all a top notch tea experience and we will be back to try the Gentleman's tea which is a more savoury experience.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Tea, Worth the Drive, Fun, Cozy, People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 15 July 2017

Extremely polite and cheerful staff. Couldnt do enough for us. Cream tea was beautiful enjoyed the savoury choices as well as the sandwiches. A very grand feeling about the place a real treat

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 2 July 2017

Had previously been for afternoon tea and really enjoyed it, so booked for Sunday lunch, which we also enjoyed. Will definitely visit again. Were able to cater for coeliac member of our group.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on 30 June 2017

This was our first visit and I have to say I was impressed, service was high standard very friendly and helpful, food is outstanding I'm not normally a seafood eater and I tried the scallops for my starter and I loved it. Fillet steak was cooked perfectly and when I mentioned I had a food allergy they took this into consideration. We then went downstairs to the bar to have a few drinks and it has a very cosy yet lively feeling but not overwhelming. I will certainly be recommending to friends and looking forward to going back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Essex)·Dined on 25 June 2017

The Royal Hotel has turned itself around, a beautiful building superbly placed with lovely views, the pier the people, on a warm summers day the lovely breeze is refreshing, staff are helpful and knowledgeable - can't recommend this place enough.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Fun, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Essex)·Dined on 17 June 2017

Great food, great service, lovely friendly atmosphere, can't wait to go back

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Organic, Waterfront, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Tea, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (Essex)·Dined on 15 June 2017

Absolutely excellent restaurant! I have visited many times and never been disappointed. The menu is vast and varied, with the good of exceptionally high quality and served in fine dining style. Highly recommend.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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value4

 
 (Essex)·Dined on 2 June 2017

Delicious food, lovely surroundings and great service!

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 (London)·Dined on 27 May 2017

Four of us for Saturday lunch. 3 courses, wine and drinks flowed.

The food was superb, flawless.
Dishes ranged from, the best ever home made Soup, Lamb, Skate, Pigeon, Chocolate Brownie, Bakewell tart, ice creams , and a mega cheese board, and this is just a selection of the dishes we had.
The service by Johnathan the Maitre 'd and his team was as always, impeccable, with a smile and some knowledgeable information about the menu as well as interesting conversation. The staff here are always well turned out and make you and your guests feel special.

The ambiance of the room is amazing and the view over the Thames estuary is amazing.

You do not get restaurants like this on every street corner, so when you find one use it often.
The Bill for all of this was a tad over £220 quid which is amazingly good value for the quality, quantity and variation of culinary delight we ate, and drank.

Each time I come here it is always a consistently top notch experience. From walking in to walking out. I thoroughly recommend this restaurant; it has not delivered one mouthful of poor quality food to my table in all of the visits with friends and family that my waist line does not want to remember.

Very possibly the best restaurant in the Borough of Southend on Sea.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Essex)·Dined on 26 May 2017

Our first visit to a much loved refurbished hotel and we were not disappointed....staff were friendly and attentive and the food was divine , a place to go for those special occasions

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 (Essex)·Dined on 24 May 2017

Certainly had a lovely experience at this restaurant. My friend had recently changed her diet to vegan and the waitress and chef were more than happy to suggest meal options and tweek existing menu to suit her needs. My meal was also delicious and not tweeking was necessary! Service was excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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 (Essex)·Dined on 19 May 2017

Excellent cocktail bar and great food from the ballroom restaurant! Already booked in for our next visit!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Essex)·Dined on 11 May 2017

Lovely food; something special - beautiful relaxed surroundings and friendly staff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Essex)·Dined on 11 May 2017

Excellent service and excellent food will definitely be going back

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Essex)·Dined on 27 April 2017

A really elegant dining room with tables far enough apart to have private conversations. Lovely background music. Great, attentive service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date
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