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.

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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 £15 per person

(must be pre-booked)



Here's some news and events...


From £15 per person

Book in for afternoon tea with your loved ones & enjoy our special Valentines treats!

Available 14-16th February

Buy 1 Prosecco & get another FREE on the 14th.

(must be pre-booked, deposit required)


£15pp or £19.50 with Prosecco

Treat your loved ones to afternoon tea this Mother's Day

22nd March 11am-4pm slots available.

(must be prebooked, deposit required)


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 16 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


Get in touch

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm.

07718 478400

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

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