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The Artcafe, West Mersea, Mersea Island. Homemade food, freshly baked cakes and delicious coffee

Welcome to The ArtCafe

During lockdown, we will be open on Thursday's, Friday's and Saturday's (10am to 3pm), for collection of pre-orders, in the ArtCafe


Normally we're open 9am-5pm daily. We have a fantastic breakfast menu until 11am, lunch until 3pm after which our afternoon menu offers homemade cakes and sandwiches, cream teas and superb coffees.

About Us

Now in it’s sixteenth year the Artcafé was born out of our love for real, homemade food. From the very beginning our aim was to serve our customers the best coffee we could lay our hands on, the freshest sandwiches, imaginative wholesome dishes and genuinely homemade cakes from Maggie’s recipe collection. 


Our breakfast has become something of an institution these days where you can let the smell of freshly ground coffee waft over you as you enjoy an Artcafé full English as the perfect start to your day.


At the Artcafe you’ll enjoy the buzz of a meeting place that is the hub of the community, not too arty-farty but definitely not a ‘greasy spoon’.

The Artcafe, West Mersea, Mersea Island. Homemade food, freshly baked cakes and delicious coffee

Order Menu

Cakes by the slice (£2.25);

  • Sticky Orange 
  • Bread Pudding
  • Flapjacks
  • Sparkly Lemon
  • Chocolate Brownies
  • Rocky Road

Whole Cakes (£15) (serves min 8);

  • Carrot 
  • Chocolate Fudge
  • Fresh Cream Victoria sponge
  • Cappuccino 

Other Whole Cakes; 

  • Orange Fruit Teabread (£10) (serves min 10)
  • Hummingbird (£16) (serves min 8)
  • Vegan Chocolate (£12) (serve min 10)
  • Gluten Free Courgette & Lime (£16.50) (serves min 10)

Our Other Offerings (freshly baked each morning);

  • Cheese Straws (£2.25/100g)
  • Sausage Rolls (£1.55 each)
  • Brays Cottage Pork Pies (£3.25 each)
  • Croissants (£1 each)
  • Pain au Chocolate (£1.15 each)
  • Fruit Scones (£1.45 each or buy 5 get one free £7.25)
  • Cheese Scones (£1.45 each or buy 5 get one free £7.25)
  • Cream Teas for 2 (£6) (two freshly baked scones with proper Rodda’s clotted cream and Tiptree strawberry jam)
  • Cream Tea for 4 (£10) (four freshly baked scones with proper Rodda’s clotted cream and Tiptree strawberry jam)
  • Chocolate lump cookies (95p each or 5 for £4.25)

You can also order all our usual selection of bread from blackberry bakery for collection Thursdays and Saturdays initially.

Online Order Form

Please complete this form with the items you would like to order and which day & time you would like to collect it. Please note we need 48 hours notice, prior to collection. You can collect when we are open, currently Thursday, Friday or Saturday (10am to 3pm). Payment on collection, preferably by card.

The Artcafe, West Mersea, Mersea Island. Homemade food, freshly baked cakes and delicious coffee

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