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image for Tea/Coffee Shop item typeThe Barns Tea Room at Cressing Temple Barns

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Tea/Coffee Shop

The Barns Tea Room

The Barns Tea Room


Cressing Temple Barns,
Witham Road,
Nr. Witham,
CM77 8PD


‘The Barns’ at Cressing Temple is a bright and vibrant tea room, offering a wide range of homemade meals with fresh and local ingredients. Cressing Temple barns is best-known as a captivating medieval moated farmstead located between Witham and Braintree. Matilda Boulogne, wife of King Stephen, founded the manor of Cressing in 1137 and granted this to the mysterious Knights Templar. Within the estate visitors can find the huge Grade I listed Barley Barn, built by the Knights Templar in circa 1206AD. It is said to be the oldest recorded timber-framed barn in the world and next door stands the equally impressive Wheat Barn, built in around 1280AD. Visitors can find one of the best examples of how a Tudor garden would have looked. The garden offers a tranquil atmosphere and a chance to see and learn about the massive variety of current and historic herbs. The tea room has free parking on site and the routes/pathways are suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility. Just a short drive from Cressing Temple visitors can also find the Braintree Freeport Designer Shopping Village.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Toilets can be found on site and include disabled and baby changing facilities.

Opening details

SUMMER: Monday – Sunday 9.30am – 5.00pm
WINTER: Monday – Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm



Plan route to Cressing Temple Barns using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TL 799187  Lat: 51.83793 Long: 0.60985

From Colchester take the A12 to Witham. Head out towards Braintree on the B1018. Cressing Temple Barns are well sign posted.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Toilets can be found on site and include disabled and baby changing facilities.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility