We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews



US$5 - US$7
Cafe, British
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
View all details
meals, features, about
Reviews (122)
Filter reviews
122 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Traveller rating
See what travellers are saying:
Selected filters
Updating list...
Reviewed 11 September 2021

pending completion of building works, this restaurant appears to be a burger van now. I had a half-pounder with onions, and, to be fair to them, it wasn't bad. Staff nice and friendly as ever. Bear with them till they re-open, I'm sure it'll be...worth the wait.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 22 July 2021

Let’s be honest…it’s a burger van selling overpriced chips, burgers and fried egg and bacon…..£10.40. For 2 ice lollies an ice cream and a tin of fizzy drink….no COVID practice I could see from the staff…not much food hygiene either to be fair….do your a...favour go to the chippy 0.5 miles in the car….absolutely lovelyMore

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 15 July 2021

Lovely location down by the water but operating out of a caravan at the moment while building work on a new complex grinds on - seems to have been going on for a very long time, and it's not an attractive addition to the beach...scene at the moment. Fingers crossed that the project will be completed soon, but never got to check out what's on offer as opening hours seemed a little erratic when we visited out of peak season.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 12 April 2019

Visited here a few days ago, I ordered a sausage baguette and I was shocked at the quality of the sausages. They seemed that of a really cheap sausage, they had a mash potato consistency and not a very good look of quality either. The...price I paid was £3 I would have rather paid slightly more for a better quality sausage, I’d hate to think what the pork content was. My partner ordered a burger, I think this was the cheapest thinest burger he’d ever had, apart from that, it was all the fatty hard bits of gristle that finished him off! I asked for a latte, that they advertised, i think they thought I wouldn’t recognised that they gave me a normal coffee and not a latte like I had ordered. Please don’t advertise lattes if you don’t actually serve them. It might be more helpful to let the customer know that you don’t have any, instead of just serving up a watery disgusting normal coffee! Perhaps the lack in quality and the cheaper food item option is in preparation on saving funds to pay for the new build that’s happening, but this lack of food quality has defiantly put us off visiting in the future. Such a shame as the kids loved their ice cream,More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 2 January 2019 via mobile

On January 1st my wife and I went out looking for some where to have a coffee.Where ever we went normal places were closed.I knew of one place that was sure to be open.Bateman's cafe. Brightlingsea. Sure enough not only were they open it was...packed(As usual). The staff were so efficient and pleasant it didn't take long to get our coffee and scone and cream which was delicious.The cooked food coming out of the kitchen also looked very appetising. The prices were also very reasonable. This place is unique in that it has very little indoor seating.Outdoor seating has perspex round to protect from the wind. This place opens no matter what the weather and you have to dress for the weather. You can be sure of a welcome and as such very popular. I have heard that the only day they close is Christmas day. Well worth a visit. It is a pity there are not more like them.More

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed 27 October 2018

Had a regular cooked English breakfast there after an early start birdwatching just along the track from the cafe. It was amazing value, under £5 and as well as the expected options there was fried bread and bread and butter and a mug of tea....It was so pleasant and friendly we went back in the afternoon before leaving Brightlingsea and had another cuppa and a chunk of bread pudding for £2.50. Amazing and proper , decent mug of tea and bread pudding like my mum used to make to boot! I understand it may be refurbished soon so go now and I hope the service, prices and quality don't change much! DaveMore

Date of visit: October 2018
lisa-brown01, Owner at Bateman's Tower Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2018

Thank you for the lovely review and don’t worry things won’t change that much with the redevelopment 😊

Reviewed 25 October 2018

My husband and I visited yesterday - what a wonderful place to enjoy their delicious food. I had the bacon and brie panini which was so reasonable priced. It came up quickly and hot. Tea and coffee reasonably priced too. Service was quick with a...smile. 100 per cent recommend you try.More

Date of visit: October 2018
lisa-brown01, Owner at Bateman's Tower Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2018

Thank you so much for the lovely review and we are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to seeing you again soon 😊

Reviewed 24 October 2018

Taking a walk along the water front at Brightlingsea, we came upon Batemans. It was certainly coffee time and the smell of bacon was irresistible. Although October it was a delightful day and we were able to sit outside and take in the glorious view....We all ordered a form of breakfast snack, and teas and coffees. Service was just fine, the food came quickly and it was tasty. It was as you would expect from an English sea side cafe. A very varied menu and fairly priced. Well done.More

Date of visit: October 2018
lisa-brown01, Owner at Bateman's Tower Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Thank you so much for a lovely review and we are really glad you enjoyed your time with us 😊

Reviewed 8 October 2018

A great assortment of breakfast, whether you are a big eater or just want something light. Bacon sandwiches are fantastic. Scones are always lovely and fresh with a choice of jams.

Date of visit: September 2018
lisa-brown01, Owner at Bateman's Tower Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Thank you so much for the lovely review. Sorry for the late reply Look forward to seeing you again 😊

Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Service and food were excellent the ice cream seller was interested in where we were from, he told us they didn't get a lot of tourism from other countries around here very often.

Date of visit: September 2018
lisa-brown01, Owner at Bateman's Tower Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Thank you for the fantastic review. We always appreciate feed back for our staff Look forward to seeing you again 😊

View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Park Hall
96 reviews
3.59 miles away
The Court House
155 reviews
5.31 miles away
Smugglers Cove by Marston's Inns
71 reviews
5.61 miles away
Wivenhoe House
1,038 reviews
5.63 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
T & Cake
19 reviews
.46 miles away
The Rosebud Pub & Seafood Restaurant
327 reviews
.93 miles away
Yachtsmans Arms
189 reviews
.51 miles away
No1 Harbour square
106 reviews
.51 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Brightlingsea Lido
66 reviews
.26 miles away
Brightlingsea Beach
118 reviews
.56 miles away
Brightlingsea Harbour
47 reviews
.55 miles away
Brightlingsea Museum
6 reviews
.46 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
14 May 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from NickHC | Reviewed this property |
No but there are some public ones about a hundred yards away by the car park
2 April 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from lisa-brown01 | Property representative |
Hi Carole. We cook from 9-5 the whole menu. I haven't added the menu to tripadvisor yet but is something I need to do. We serve breakfasts, Baps, toasties, panini, jacket potatoes, scampi & chips, Burgers, cheesy chips... More
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Bateman's Tower Cafe

Yes, Bateman's Tower Cafe offers takeaway services.

Bateman's Tower Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5