Festive Frozen Fun


Thank you to everyone who came to our Festive, Disney Frozen themed afternoon tea – we all had a great time and so lovely to see the children all dressed up.

Thank you to Aqua 43 for the perfect venue – glittery ceiling included!

Themed children’s party teas are available at Bessie’s too



‘Frozen’ themed Festive Afternoon Tea December 4th at 18.30

We are delighted to be hosting a one off ‘Frozen’ themed Festive Afternoon Tea at Aqua 43, Broadstairs. (Right next door to Bessie’s)

Tickets can be purchased online £18.95 for adults and £14.95 for children

Come and join us for ‘Frozen’ themed delights as you listen to the sound tracks of this Disney classic

Food, Christmas crackers, tea and coffee included  in the price. Prosecco, Champagne etc available as an extra

Our charity this year is Special Care Baby Unit QEQM so we will be holding a raffle and a few activities for you to join in with (if you wish) to raise funds.

Fancy dress optional

Double win for Bessie’s in Great British Food Awards with judge Nathan Outlaw

We were delighted to win two categories in the Great British Food Awards, judged by Nathan Outlaw. We won both the best sweet bake with our Allotment cake and best savoury bake with out Leek and Kentish Blue cheese tart. It was great to receive such good feedback and hope our customers continue to enjoy them when they are served in the Parlour.




Bessie’s wins Kent Food Producer of the Year 2018



Thank you to everyone who voted for us in the first phase of the awards. The judges were served an array of our produce and given a presentation on the history, present day and future of the Bessie business. We are so lucky to have such a great supply of wonderful Kent produce on our doorstep to work with. Produced in Kent enable us all to network together and raise awareness of many small food producers and suppliers.

October events

Friday 27th October 2.30-4.30pm sees the return of the very popular Hallloween Town Trail organised by the Broadstairs Chamber of Commerce. 500 children and their families will be in fancy dresss, excitedly visiting all the shops with a special sign in their window to collect a treat. So many shops are involved and of course Bessie’s! We will be busy making some Halloween treats for them all. I believe all 500 tokens have been sold already!


Tuesday 31st October 4.30pm we have just one sitting of a very seasonal afternoon tea – just a few spaces left so be quick if you feel like a bit of fun. Suitable for both children and adults.

Great British Food Awards 2017





We are very pleased to say that we have been shortlisted in the Great British Food Awards 2017 in two categories – Sweet and Savoury Bake.  The first phase of the judging took place in Essex and the final phase with chef Nathan Outlaw in Cornwall.

The sweet bake, now in the final was our Allotment cake that makes the most of seasonal fruit and vegetables, in addition to Kentish Cobnuts. It is similar to a carrot cake but varies with the seasons The savoury bake was Leek and Kentish Blue cheese tart.

Thank you to great local food suppliers:

Walmestone Growers

Kingcott Dairy

Thanks also goes to one of our very kind customers who grows our Butternut squashes.

The final outcome will be announced in the October edition of the Great British Food Magazine which comes out 8th September.


August update

Opening hours:

Throughout August we will be opening at 9am during weekends to offer a selection of Breakfast options.

Folk Week 11th – 18th August. We are very pleased to be a supporting business for Folk week and look forward to the town being full of song and good cheer.  We will be open 9am to 8pm every day during that week.

24th August – Ice cream Extravagsnza Event 7.30pm £25 pp booking required

Great British Food Awards – We have been shortlisted as finalists in both savoury and sweet bakes and will update you on the outcome as soon as we can.

Kent Food Producer of the Year 2017

Just look at this!

We are so delighted to have won the title of Kent Food Producer of the Year 2017 in the Taste of Kent Awards.

Thank you for all the votes that took us to the final.  After mystery shops, a presentation to eight judges, a tasting session and scrutiny of our suppliers list and invoices – we won!

Big thanks for all our customers and suppliers support and of course the Bessie team that made it possible.

Events in the Parlour

Throughout the year we host many events in the Parlour. Here are a few pictures of just some of them. Events include:

Parlour Pudding Nights, all homemade in the Parlour and a treat for the Pudding lover

Great Broadstairs Bake Off, organised by Gina – monthly baking themes and free to attend

Stitch n Bitch, organised by Gina – wide range of skills (I’m at the lower end!)

Foraging with Lucia

Tea tasting, with our tea blender Rosie Lea Teas

Christmas and Easter decorations – with homebaked, seasonal food of course!

Baking for adults and children

Community events including Town Trails for children at Easter and Halloween

Charitanle events – every year we nominate a charity to support

Ice cream extravaganza – so many ways to enjoy our homemade ice creams


Making Christmas cakes
Tea tasting
Making Christmas decorations with Karen of Black Iris Floristry, whilst enjoying some festive tipples and nibbles
Botanical drinks with Lucia – this Buckthorn fizz was particularly good.
Ice cream extravaganza night – this one was Eton mess ice cream with homemade meringue and fresh strawberries in homemade clotted ice cream and a swirl of Nip from the Hip Strawberry and Vanilla Vodka
A selection of Halloween bakes from the Broadstairs Bake Off Group
Our Halloween window for the children to enjoy on the Broadstairs town trail – organised by the Broadstairs Chamber of Commerce. We supply over 500 goodies for children to collect. Halloween witches sticks, cupcakes, pumpkin biscuits


Providing the tea party for Mel Giedroyc, supporting Marie Curie to launch their Blooming Great Tea Party. Thank you Pete Jones for the photograph.



The Parlour Puddimg nights – arrive very hungry as you will feel very full by 10pm!