Independent opticians at the heart of the community

Working to ensure your vision is the best it can be 

At Patrick & Menzies we have been looking after people’s eyes for more than 30 years. As a proudly independent opticians, we have four branches in Braintree, Brightlingsea, Manningtree and Mersea. We have always done things a little bit differently from the competition to ensure our patients receive the top-quality care they deserve. 

Our partners

The Patrick & Menzies team

We are committed to providing the very best and most comprehensive service to every patient. We always make time to listen to what you tell us, and understand your eyecare needs. Please let us know when you book your appointment if you prefer to see the same optometrist each time you visit.  

If you would like to book an eye test, arrange to see a dispensing optician, or you have a concern about your vision, please do get in touch. 

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Partner/ Optometrist

Charlotte Wearmouth  – BSc (Hons) MCOptom

Dan Edwards FBDO is a Partner/Dispensing Optrician at Patrick and Menzies.

Partner/Dispensing Optician

Dan Edwards  – FBDO

We believe in giving our best to every patient

Our practices 


84 High St, Braintree CM7 1JP

Our Braintree practice opened in 1988. It remains the largest of our branches, with three consulting rooms and more than 900 frames in stock.

Tel: 01376 320419 View Map

Practice Managers: Natasha Rathe and Jon Day 

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday  – 9.00am – 5.30pm

Saturday  – 9.00am – 5.00pm

"I can honestly say that I have never had such a thorough check up ever. Thank you! I have recommended Patrick & Menzies to a few people.” 
“It has been five years since l registered my girls at this practice, l/we haven’t looked back, the service is second to none.” 
"Had my first eye test in many years today, absolutely first class, lovely staff, why go anywhere else when it’s on the doorstep.” 
"It's a pleasure to go to a company knowing that if you recommend them you will not be let down." 


10 Station Rd, Brightlingsea, Colchester CO7 0BT 

Patrick & Menzies took over Brightlingsea’s long-established optician’s practice in 1990. This practice boasts a busy consulting room, designer frames and sunglasses and easy parking. 

Tel: 01206 302249     View Map 

Practice Manager: Victoria Jackson

Opening Hours:

Monday to Saturday  – 9.00am – 1.00pm &  2.00pm – 5.00pm


2 Barfield Rd, West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8QT 

Our team has looked after Mersea residents’ eye care since 1990. On the main road through to town, you can park right outside the front door of our popular, friendly practice.

Tel: 01206 383455     View Map 

Practice Manager: Paul Dobson 

Opening Hours:

Monday to Saturday  – 9.00am – 1.00pm &  2.00pm – 5.00pm

  “I have been coming to Patrick & Menzies for many years now and each and every time I have come, I have been provided with excellent, first-class service.” 
“I felt looked after and reassured that my eye health is in good hands.” 


30 High Street, Manningtree, Colchester CO11 1AJ 

Patrick & Menzies took over Manningtree’s Piper and Priem Opticians in 2021. Nestled in the heart of this bustling market town, the practice stocks a great selection of frames

Tel: 01206 392529     View Map 

Practice Manager: Christina Witcher 

Opening Hours:

Monday to Saturday  – 9.00am – 1.00pm &  2.00pm – 5.00pm