Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House in Colchester in Essex

An Elegant Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House Hotel

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Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House Hotel

Wivenhoe House Hotel is based on the Essex Suffolk border, a beautiful 18th Century four-star hotel. It is near to the village of Wivenhoe and just minutes from Britain’s oldest recorded town Colchester. The main hotel is simply splendid with elegant historic rooms and the afternoon tea is served in their modern and stylish Brasserie. It has twinkling lights and greenery all around which creates a warm and botanical atmosphere. They feature on our list of the ‘Best Afternoon Teas in Essex‘ and rightfully so!

Wivenhoe House is the first of its kind. It is home to the Edge Hotel School. Hospitality students work along side Hotel Management. This prepares them for their future career learning the professional skills from every department. You can always expect impeccable service, where nothing it too much trouble.

This place blew me away, a gorgeous venue with grand rooms and an afternoon tea to suit!

Wivenhoe House Hotel in Colchester

The Brasserie at Wivenhoe House in Colchester in Essex

The Savouries

Our afternoon tea arrived on a traditional three tier cake stand. On the bottom tier were a lovely selection of freshly made sandwiches, which were well filled in a mix of breads. We received Coronation chicken, smoked salmon with dill cream cheese, egg mayonnaise & chives, roast vegetables & feta and a lovely homemade pork sausage roll. It was absolutely delicious.

Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House in Colchester in Essex

Sandwiches on a plate

The Sweet Stuff

For the middle tier we each received two warm home baked scones, one plain and one fruit. They came with lashings of Cornish clotted cream and Tiptree jam. The scones were delicious, dusted in icing sugar with a nice crusty top and soft inside. They have a really lovely flavour and are seriously good, you will not be disappointed.

On the top tier we received a delicious array of mini cakes and patisserie items. We each received a lemon meringue tart, a chocolate & coffee mousse with marsala sponge, spiced carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and a white chocolate & almond macaroon. These again were all baked in house and were absolutely gorgeous. There were so many lovely treats, therefore we got to take some home for later!

Scones with clotted cream and tiptree jam at the Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House in Colchester in Essex
The desserts and patisseries at the Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House in Colchester in Essex

They have an extensive tea menu to choose from to compliment your afternoon tea. With over 13 varieties, your bound to find something you like. In addition, you get a complimentary fruit mocktail served in a vintage glass bottle. Its a lovely touch and a nice refresher between courses. You can also upgrade to a sparkling afternoon tea.

My thoughts

The afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House Hotel is very impressive. Each element baked and prepared onsite by their expert kitchen team. They boast using the freshest and finest local produce and this was reflected in the quality of their afternoon tea. We had a wonderful experience at Wivenhoe House and it rightfully deserves it’s spot on the list of The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex.

This was my second visit to Wivenhoe House and I am so pleased to say that their standard and quality is just as good as my first visit. The afternoon tea itself was amazing and we loved the venue. It has a lovely ambience in their restaurant, which made it such a wonderful experience! It really feels like a luxury affair! I would highly recommended an afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House in Colchester, Essex!

Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House in Colchester in Essex

How to book

Afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House Hotel is served Monday-Sunday from 12-4 pm. It costs £22 per person and a Children’s afternoon tea is £12.45 per child. You also have the option of upgrading to a Prosecco afternoon tea for £29.50 per person or a Champagne Afternoon tea for £34 per person. There are also vegan and vegetarian options available.

You can book online on the Wivenhoe House website. Alternatively you can call them on 01206 863666 or send an email to

Afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House Hotel

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Please note, that we were invited to try a complimentary afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House Hotel. All comments and opinions are strictly my own.

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