Vegan Week - Tea by the Sea

Need a little vitamin sea? Beach hut hire with a difference, plus vegan afternoon teas, created by Eden Living

Colcestrian Joanne Penny grew up in her parents' restaurant and hotel, cutting her teeth as 'Chief Sampler' for the Italian chef, and moving on to work in catering and customer service for all sorts of events and celebrations. 

As a home cook for her three children Joanne was always keen to use organic, home-grown and locally-sourced ingredients. When her daughters became vegetarian and vegan, she found it was sometimes a struggle to find suitable restaurants which could replicate the foods that they were used to eating at home. This led to the creation of Eden Living, which is the company behind Tea by the Sea's gorgeous afternoon teas.

So what exactly does Tea by the Sea offer? Well, it's all about great food and great company in a great setting. A hidden gem, tucked away on a quiet beach in Walton-on-the-Naze, the rustic beach huts offer scenic ocean views and family-friendly sands.

At the heart of the business are the customers. Joanne and her team adore meeting new people, offering them delicious food, a place to unwind and happy memories to last a lifetime. They are also keen to put vegans and vegetarians on the map and their lunches and afternoon tea packages, served in quirky containers are a must! Each includes a selection of sandwiches, cakes and a drink and where possible, are made with locally-sourced, seasonal produce. They also cater for gluten free customers!

Joanne admits they can’t always win when it comes to the weather! Nevertheless, their huts offer a warm sanctuary from the elements outside and their games box is endless fun for everyone!

Tea by the Sea are already running a 20% discount on hut hire throughout April (N.B. to qualify for this discount you must book an afternoon tea for two or more people), but they have very generously agreed to extend this offer throughout May exclusively to Colchester Life cardholders.

Tea by the Sea is in our directory so contact them for prices and menu options while the sun shines!

Photo Credits: Rob Halsey at "Rainbow Photographic" and Katie Penny