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The Mermaid

19 Palmeira Parade, Western Esplanade, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 7RR
  • Toilets

The Mermaid is located on Westcliff-on-Sea seafront, directly across from the beach. Also within walking distance of the Cliffs Pavilion, Adventure Island and Genting Casino. The perfect sunny spot for you to enjoy lunch or dinner before your show or event.

The family run business has been operating since 2010, the family have always lived locally and loved the seafront location, so happily jumped at the opportunity to become part of the community!

The Arches location of The Mermaid was built from 1905 to 1906. They were officially known as the Palmeira Arches and served as boat houses for the Palmeira Towers above. Originally the Arches were separated by the beach by only 6 feet. Widening the Western Esplanade began in 1905 and continued until 1915. Clay was brought down from London, leftover from work expanding the London Underground.

After the road widening, people tended to promenade between the Pier and Chalkwell so there was a need for refreshment stops. By the time the First World War was over, nearly all the Arches had become cafes and tea shops. Around that time there were 33 hotels and 130 Boarding Houses in the local area.

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