An Elegant Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House Hotel

Close up of Afternoon Tea Stand

Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House Hotel

The afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House Hotel was 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.

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.

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.

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

Wivenhoe House Hotel in Colchester

The Savouries

Our afternoon tea arrived on a three tier cake stand. On the bottom tier were a lovely selection of sandwiches which were very fresh and well filled. We received smoked ham, grain mustard mayonnaise, smoked salmon, lemon and dill butter, peppered cucumber and soft cheese, creamy egg, spring onion and cress and a lovely seeded pork sausage roll.

Afternoon tea stand with sandwiches, cakes and scones at Wivenhoe House Hotel 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 topping and soft inside.

On the top tier we received a huge array of delicious cakes and pastries. We each received a lemon curd macaron, a strawberry cupcake, a chocolate cheesecake tartlet, a frosted carrot cake and a coffee and salted caramel eclair. These again were all baked in house and were absolutely gorgeous. There were so many lovely treats we got to take some home for later!

View from above of scones, clotted cream and jam
Cakes and pastries on a plate

How to book

Wivenhoe House Hotel absolutely deserves their place on the list of the Best Afternoon Teas on Essex. The afternoon tea itself was amazing, we loved the venue and we really enjoyed the whole experience! Highly recommended!

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.

You can book online on the Wivenhoe House hotel 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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