The Barge Tearooms

Located on board “Resourceful” at Cooks Yard on the Hythe Quay in Maldon, she was the last barge built in 1931 and is now home to Topsail’s, The Barge Tearooms, where you can enjoy breakfasts, light lunches, plenty of homemade cakes and afternoon teas.

Resourceful boasts riverside views on her top deck plus a further 3 rooms down below for you to relax and enjoy our freshly made delights. Plus our NEW all year round outside seating area!

Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5pm

(plus Bank Holiday Mondays)

Call 07718 478400 or email [email protected] for any enquiries

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Afternoon Tea

AT The Barge Tearooms

Why not try our Afternoon Tea?
With freshly baked scones cream & jam, a selection of homemade cakes, freshly prepared sandwiches, hot drinks and optional Prosecco.

All served on vintage china stands

From £17 per person

(must be pre-booked)



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Book in your loved ones for our Mothers Day Afternoon Tea aboard our vintage tea-barge.

Includes: Freshly baked scones with cream & jam, selection of homemade cakes, freshly made sandwiches, unlimited tea & filter coffee

Prosecco, wine & beer are also available.


What better way to enjoy your visit to The Barge Tearooms than getting those lovely riverside views! So to make even more of our fantastic location we have extended our outside seating by over double.

S.B Resourcefuls' sister ship Reminder is sitting alongside us with deck cushioned seating and we have made some room on our working barge yard to get in some extra tables too.

Perfect spot to sit in the sunshine & watch our other historic Sailing Barges Hydrogen & Thistle sail down the river while enjoying all of our delicious locally sourced homemade food.



Treat someone special to one of our gift vouchers!

Vouchers can be made to any monetary amount or for Afternoon Tea's

Either purchase instore, over the phone or by email.


Our delicious Afternoon Tea's are now ready for you to pick up and enjoy anywhere you like!

Filled with freshly made sandwiches, homemade cakes and freshly baked scones....perfectly packed up and all made with recyclable and compostable packaging.

To order either email, phone or message on one of our social media platform.

(Min of 2 people per order, must be ordered in advance of pick up)


Topsail Charters has 3 active sailing barges the Hydrogen, Thistle and Reminder. During the spring/summer months they work very hard to earn their keep, this allows annual maintenance over winter to keep them in working order. Each barge takes around £100,000 a year to keep licensed and sailing. As a private family business we are unable to tap into any Government or lottery funding so our barges have to work very hard each year during the sailing season to cover their maintenance costs.

With over 76,438 customers in the tearoom in our first 2 years, we have been able to contribute:

  • £8,000 towards S.B Thistles new mainsail
  • £6,000 towards a major refit to Hydrogens 113 year old hull.

Our visitors are helping Maldon’s famous historic vessels stay afloat and continue with their sailing life - hopefully for the next 30 years.

(pictured Hydrogen in dry dock having new planks replaced on her hull)

Private hire

Our Captains Quarters is a small private room available to hire for special occasions. Whether it be a friends or family gathering, birthday party or baby shower…it’s the perfect intimate space you can enjoy all to yourselves.

Seating up to 12 guests, the room can be laid out in different styles to accommodate your needs and we can cater for your guests whether it’s our delicious Afternoon Tea’s or something from our menu.

For more information either call
07718 478400 or email [email protected]


Get in touch

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm.

07718 478400
[email protected]

Sailing Barge Resourceful, Cooks Yard, The Hythe Quay, Maldon CM9 5HN, England

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