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The Art Cafe - Mersea Island

2 Coast Road - West Mersea - Mersea Island - Colchester - Essex - CO5 8QE
Tel: (01206) 385820Website: Add Your Review

Food and art have long been established as a compatible and harmonious partnership; each capable of pleasuring and stimulating our senses as well as taking us on a nostalgic journey through our lives.  The Art Café merges these two creative passions into one business, bringing us the very best of both worlds.

Beautiful artworks surround this light, open and welcoming cosmopolitan cafe.  Big comfy sofas, intimate armchairs or chunky wooden tables and chairs give you a choice of seating to suit your mood.  The relaxed, informal atmosphere, gentle café buzz and excellent food make you want to stay… Oh and the coffee is very, very good.

The notion of The Art Café was formed by a local experienced head chef and her established artist husband.  Together they share an avid passion for good home cooked food that is created from local and seasonal quality produce; this is shown in abundance on the menus that run throughout the day at The Art Café.

The majority of the dishes and delicacies are home made using fresh local ingredients, from the light, moist and sumptuous choice of cakes and scones, to the delicious salads, coleslaw and imaginative sandwich fillings, homemade special recipe marmalades and pates, or my favourite, the cracking bubble & squeak.  You can forget mixes, frozen fair and readymade pre-packaged fodder here, this is fabulous, fresh, healthy and comforting food with a bistro edge - all prepared with skill and care.

The breakfasts are hugely popular, from the full fry up utilising local sausages, free range eggs and their famous bubble and squeak, to the vegetarian breakfast feast, or the lighter smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.  The delicious homemade drop scones should not be overlooked either.

Lunch brings on a further choice featuring ciabattas, sandwiches, their famous homemade soup and ‘half a sarnie’ deal, as well as  more substantial meals including liver, bacon with Bubble & squeak, or homemade fishcakes with parsley butter sauce and salad - yum.  You can alo just pop in for a fine coffee, a read of the newspaper and peruse the beautiful local art as well as the menu – I would certainly recommend.

Our Summary
The combination of fabulous fresh, seasonal homemade food and local fine art make for a winning recipe at The Art Cafe. This light, open and welcoming cosmopolitan cafe features an imaginative and varied choice of healthy and comforting food with a bistro edge. Select From their substantial breakfast or lunch menu, or pop in for a slice of homemade moist and sumptuous cake - all served with an excellent choice of quality coffees, teas and drinks. Highly Recommended.

Fact File
Opening Hours -
Mon to Sun: 9am - 5pm
Service Times -
Breakfast: 9am - 11am
Lunch: 11am - 3pm
Dinner: Homemade Cakes, Traditional Cream Teas and Sandwiches served from 3pm - 5pm.
Major Credit Cards Accepted? Yes.
Wheelchair Access? Yes.
Specialist Diets Catered For? All dietary needs are catered for on request.
Al Fresco Dining? Tables and Chairs to the Front.
Sister Art Cafe in Colchester:
You can also enjoy all that is featured at The Art Cafe, Colchester:
7 Trinity Street, Colchester, CO1 1JN. Opposite the Library.
Open 9am - 5pm Mon to Sat.
Daily 'Extras':
Daily 'extra's' are offered in addition to the seasonal menus, offering you a choice of the best produce available on the day, from fresh Mersea Mussels to a freshly baked Speciality Cake.
Local Artwork:
Art is as important at The Art Cafe as good food. This is not just a few local paintings being scattered around, more of a showcase of the local established artists paintings, sculptures and art objects, available to buy or just enjoy.
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Sample Menu
Sample Menu The seasonally changing menus at The Art Cafe offer straightforward dishes, utilising the best of local produce. Below is a sample of the menu from when we visited.
Breakfast -
Bacon, Sausage, Mushrooms, Tomato, Bubble & Squeak and Fried Egg.
Drop Scones & Crispy Bacon with Maple Syrup.
Lunch -
Mersea Rarebit - Wholemeal Toast topped with Homemade Crab Pate & Melted Cheese, served with Salad & Coleslaw.
Liver & Bacon on Crispy Bubble & Squeak, with a Rich Gravy & Seasonal Vegetables.
Cakes & Desserts -
Banana & Rum Pancakes, served warm with Cream.
Fresh Cream Victoria Sponge.
Sample Drinks The Art Cafe offer a full and varied drinks menu where quality and flavour are paramount.
Coffee -
A full range of freshly ground Coffee styles are available.
Tea -
Traditional, Speciality & Herbal or Fruit Teas are available.
Chocolate -
Hot 'milkies' are available morning & afternoon including thick and luxurious Italian Hot Chocolate, delicious White Hot Chocolate, ors simple Steamed Milk with a choice of Syrups.
Soft Drinks -
A full selection of Juices, Presses, Cordials & Carbonated drinks available.

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