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  • Sip and stroll! Get your caffeine fix at these Essex beauty spots

    Grab your bestie and your walking boots - we're taking you on the most gorgeous walks around the county with a top-notch coffee to pick up en route.

  • The loveliest local afternoon teas

    Yay, it’s Afternoon Tea Week (9–15 Aug)! Not that we need any encouragement to scoff our weight in diddy cakes. Do we know of any nice places? Step this way, Madam.

  • Best beaches in the South & South West

    Heading south for the summer? Then you'll be needing our guide to the 18 best beaches including the inside line on the best activities, foodie joints and sundowner spots.

  • A Canteen

    The best local delis – and nearby picnic spots

    Rain is soon to be replaced by sun (no, really). So, dig out your hamper and waterproof blanket, and order your sausage rolls from these seriously slick Essex delis.

  • Artisan coffee houses

    Can’t function without your morning brew? Try one of these delicious artisan blends from this trio of local indie coffee roasters to kickstart your day in buzzin’ style

  • Refill stores in Essex

    Rise of the zero-waste refill stores: where to shop, package-free

    Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword right now, it’s the driving force behind a bevy of stylish new eco-conscious stores offering Essex consumers the chance to shop green – and skip the guilt.

  • 48 Mother’s Day afternoon teas that deliver

    Can't give mum a hug? This is a close second: tiny sandwiches, a lot of clotted cream, and an optional bottle of fizz. Here are the 48 best afternoon teas for delivery and takeaway around the country.

  • 40 of the best indie coffee roasters

    Can't function without your morning brew? Try one of these delicious artisan blends, from indie coffee roasters across the Muddy counties, to kickstart your day with a caffeine boost. 

  • Regional farm shops foodies will love

    With more of us eschewing big-brand supermarkets to support local farm produce, we unearth seven independents selling the region’s ‘good life’ in (recyclable) bottles, crates and brown paper bags.

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