How is the Afternoon Tea at Stifford Hall Hotel in Thurrock?

Table set up in the sunshine for afternoon tea. Overlooking a pagoda in the ground of stifford hall hotelr
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Afternoon Tea at Stifford Hall Hotel

The Venue

Stifford Hall Hotel is an elegant 18th century Georgian mansion set amongst 6 acres of landscaped gardens. This is a tranquil haven to enjoy your afternoon tea away from all the hustle and bustle. Located in the picturesque village of North Stifford in Essex, just 20 minutes outside of London. Over the years, I have visited Stifford Hall Hotel for Afternoon Tea several times. Each time I have been very impressed, that is why they feature on ‘The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex’.

Afternoon Tea at Stifford Hall Hotel can be enjoyed al fresco. Either on their heated sheltered terrace or within the newly installed Pagoda overlooking the pretty gardens. Once Covid restrictions have been lifted, you then have the option to enjoy your afternoon tea indoors. Stifford Hall Hotel offers several options, from the cosy and intimate setting of the Library to the light and airy Garden Suite with views over the gardens. Stifford Hall Hotel has a very relaxed and comfortable feel and the staff couldn’t be more helpful.

A view of the gardens and hotel at Stifford Hall Hotel in Thurrock, Essex
A view of a table set for afternoon tea overlooking gardens and the pagoda at Stifford Hall hotel
Two Cake stands set up for afternoon tea, one with sandwiches and one with cakes with a pot of tea. Overlooking the gardens at Stifford Hall Hotel

The Savouries

Each time I experience an afternoon tea at Stifford Hall Hotel I am blown away by the sheer amount of sandwiches. This has been consistent on every visit. Sandwiches are presented on a 3 tier cake stand. The top tier features a selection of vegetarian options; egg, cheese and cream cheese. The middle tier a selection of fish sandwiches; salmon, tuna and prawn. On the bottom tier are a selection of meat sandwiches; beef, chicken and ham. Sandwiches generously filled and are prepared using a mix of super fresh, white and wholemeal bread. If you love the savoury course, then you would not be disappointed.

Close up photo of sandwiches on a cake stand for afternoon tea

The Sweet Stuff

The Afternoon Tea is served with an abundance of cakes to suit any appetite. We received a lovely selection of mini cakes, fresh fruit tarts, chocolate eclairs, macaroons, red velvet cake, victoria sponge, custard slices and the main event… scones. The scones at Stifford Hall Hotel are all prepared for you, they are pre-cut and covered with plenty of strawberry jam, clotted cream and a fresh strawberry on top! We really enjoyed the exciting and varied selection of cakes on offer and had enough to take home with us!

Afternoon tea is served with unlimited tea or coffee. Yet again, I really enjoyed my visit to Stifford Hall Hotel. It is a real hidden gem and absolutely deserves its place on The Best Afternoon Teas In Essex list.

Close up of cakes on a cake stand for afternoon tea at stifford hall hotel in Essex

To Book

Afternoon Tea at Stifford Hall Hotel is £17.95 per person. To make a booking visit the Stifford Hall Hotel website, call 01708 719988 or email: events@stiffordhallhotel.com.

Afternoon Tea is pre-bookable and a deposit of £5.00 per person is required to secure the booking. There is free parking available onsite.

Thank you for reading Afternoon Tea at Stifford Hall Hotel, Thurrock.

Close up view of afternoon tea al fresco at Stifford Hall Hotel, over looking gardens and blue tea pot and cup.
Emma Mitchell from Little Miss eden rose seated between two cake stands, having afternoon tea in blue dress.

Written in collaboration with Stifford Hall Hotel. Whilst we were invited to attend and review an afternoon tea, please note that all comments and opinions are strictly my own. All prices and information correct at time of publishing.

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