The Royal Hotel, a listed property built in 1791 as former haunt of Royalty and Aristocracy, is ready to welcome you. Blending the original structure’s rich history with 21st-Century comforts, the sympathetic restoration of this jewel in the crown of Southend-on-Sea now comprises a ground floor cocktail bar and lounge along with the Ballroom situated in the first floor.
blurb about our daytime menus
COCKTAIL BAR & lounge
The Cocktail Bar and Lounge is the perfect setting for an informal lunch or dinner in a relaxed setting, where you can enjoy our fresh dishes made daily. The Lounge also serves an array of fabulous tea and coffee
Our resident mixologist has created a variety of signature drinks, along with old school classics, contemporary twists and new found favourites.
An array of freshly prepared lite bites are available in the bar daily, perfect for sharing with your friends whilst enjoying a cocktail.
Please note that bookings cannot be made online for the cocktail bar.
The Ballroom is a stunning room with period décor, including extensive cornice work. The Ballroom, open Friday to Sunday, provides a wonderful dining experience with superb views across the Thames - including the world famous pier.
Please call us on 01702 899 222 to make your reservation.
At The Royal Hotel we serve wonderful dishes with a modern twist using fresh, seasonal, local products. Please see our menus below, please be aware that some items are subject to change.
Bar & Lounge
BAR & LOUNGE
Monday 11.30am until early evening
Tuesday to Friday 11.30am until late
Saturday 10am until late
Sunday 10am until 6pm
Friday to Sunday
Served from midday until 9pm Tuesday to Saturday
Served from Tuesday to Sunday
midday with last table sat at 4pm
Dr Legba's Emporium of Cocktails & Curiosities
Reached via a private narrow stairway from the High Street to basement level, this stylish, intimate bar with a ‘speakeasy’ feel offers a range of absinthes as well as absinthe infused cocktails and other cocktails.
Dr Legba's is open Friday and Saturday evenings, although, perhaps in keeping with the underground speakeasy atmosphere, it is worth checking in advance.
With its own separate front entrance, bar and rest room facilities, Dr Legba’s Emporium really is a private space for hire. Undisturbed by guests at The Royal Hotel, you will enjoy your private party for up to 40 guests.