Beloved Tiptree Tea Room to shut for good after 13 years

A beloved Essex tea room has announced that it will shut for good after 13 years of serving the community. The Lordship Tea Room in Writtle has confirmed that it will not be renewing its lease in September, closing its doors permanently.

This news comes shortly after Wilkin & Sons’ annual statement for 2023 saw it make a loss of £1.8million due to "unprecedented" rises in energy costs. In the company’s end-of-year statement for 2023, the company's board of directors said that although its tea rooms had done "an extraordinary job" recovering after the pandemic, it expected "to see some rationalisation of this estate as we gradually filter out the weaker-performing sites".

The tea room provided 'comfortable surroundings and excellent food, while stocking some of the county’s favourite ‘Tiptree’ conserves and gin liqueurs'. The tea room is in the grounds of Writtle Agricultural College, established in 1893 and now simply Writtle College, part of Anglia Ruskin University. The building was restored and became a 'Tiptree' tea room in 2011.

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A spokesperson from Tiptree Tea Room commented: “It has been a pleasure to offer our Tea Room experience to the local community, students, and visitors at The Lordship Tea Room, Writtle, over the last thirteen years. The last few years have, however, been very challenging for hospitality businesses, including our own, and it is with great sadness that we will not be renewing our lease come September.

“We would very much like to thank our team and every one of our customers for their support over the years. We are now working with the team on a closure plan.”

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