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Alice In Christmasland – Christmas Afternoon Tea in Essex

A Christmas Afternoon Tea in Essex

We visited Cardamon Tea Lounge & Shop for a Christmas Afternoon Tea in Essex. The Alice in Christmasland festive afternoon tea was simply delightful! Cardamon Tea Lounge at Colchester, Essex are famous for their wonderful themed afternoon teas and their great attention to detail. They feature in our list of the Best Afternoon Teas In Essex, you can read more here.

Christmas Afternoon Tea in Essex


The Alice in Christmasland Afternoon Tea does not disappoint. Step down the rabbit hole to be surprised and wowed by the festive treats on offer. This Christmas Afternoon Tea is displayed beautifully, complete with your own Christmas Cracker!

Each afternoon tea is accompanied by your choice of tea, coffee, soft drink or why not enjoy a cup of mulled wine tea?

Christmas crackers and tea

The sandwiches on offer consist of a Turkey, Brie and cranberry croissant, a mini roll filled with Serrano Ham, fresh fig, cream cheese and walnut, along with your own cheese board with crackers and fresh fruit. The Serrano Ham roll was simply amazing. Cardamon Tea Lounge always use exciting and sometimes unusual flavours that work perfectly together. The afternoon tea is also served with a warming bowl of carrot and ginger soup.

Cheese board with crackers and fruit Christmas Afternoon Tea in EssexSandwiches from Christmas Afternoon Tea in Essex

The Sweet Stuff

The Cardamon and orange scones are lightly spiced and freshly baked, perfect to get you in the festive mood.

Followed by some wonderful Christmassy treats, consisting of the most delicious snow globe filled with cinnamon apple cheesecake parfait, a mince pie, gingerbread cake, along with a handmade chocolate & fruit salami and other exciting treats.

Cinnamon cheesecake parfait and Alice drink me

Chocolate salami, mince pies Christmas Afternoon Tea in Essex

Children’s Christmas Snowflake Platter

The Cardamon Tea Lounge offer a complementing Children’s Christmas Platter. It comes with snowman and christmas tree shaped sandwiches, chocolate milk drink and lots of exciting extras, sweets, chocolate and fruits.

Children’s platters are great value at £9.50 per child and the kids absolutely love them.

Children’s Christmas platter of festive shaped sandwiches and cakes

The Alice in Christmasland Afternoon Tea is £25 per head and available to book for the month of December 2018 at the Cardamon Tea Lounge & Shop in Colchester. Pop over to their website or Facebook page to book or for further information.


To read our reviews of Cardamon Tea Lounge’s other fantastic themed afternoon teas in Essex. Please see below:

Wizards themed Afternoon Tea, for any Harry Potter fan.

A Tale of Peter Rabbit Themed Afternoon Tea.

Mary Poppins Themed Afternoon Tea, Practically Perfect in every way.

Sherlock Holmes Themed Afternoon Tea.

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea.

Silly Old Bear Afternoon Tea.

Be Our Guest Afternoon Tea for any Beauty and the Beast fan.

Christmas Afternoon Tea in Essex

Thank you for reading ‘Alice In Christmasland – Christmas Afternoon Tea in Essex’.

Written in collaboration with the Cardamon Tea Lounge, all views and opinions are my own.

Christmas, My Sunday Photo

My Sunday Photo – 10/12/17

My Sunday Photo

My Sunday Photo this week is a shot of Eden at ‘An Elf’s Wish’ Christmas experience at Nevendon Manor in Essex. You can read our full review of it here.Eden had a wonderful time, fully immersed in the magic of Christmas! She met the Snow Queen and Mrs Christmas, fed reindeer and decorated a Christmas tree before meeting Santa himself! A real festive treat!

My Sunday Photo, Eden in a snowy woodMy Sunday Photo, Eden standing with a giant candy caneMy Sunday Photo Eden standing looking at her present with santa in the background

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Christmas, My Sunday Photo

My Sunday Photo – 19/11/17

My Sunday Photo

For my Sunday Photo this week is a shot of these truly beautiful hand painted candle holders that I found at the German Christmas Market in Essex this week. Don’t they look so pretty when lit up! You can read about our visit here, it is such a lovely festive place to visit with lots of wonderful handmade and traditional gifts. We got a brilliant Russian Doll there!My Sunday Photo German Christmas Market in EssexMy Sunday Photo German Christmas Market in EssexThank you did reading ‘My Sunday Photo – 19/11/17’.

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A German Christmas Market in Essex

German Christmas Market in Essex

Every year I always promise myself a visit to a Christmas Market in Europe. Yet, every year life gets in the way and it just doesn’t happen. This year however the Christmas Market came to me! Meadowcroft Garden Centre in Battlesbridge plays host to a German Christmas Market in Essex.

Christmas German Market in Essex - A view of the stalls and seating area

On arrival

Outside you are greeted with festive baubles, reindeer and Christmas Trees inviting you inside. As you step through the doors you are transported into the festive atmosphere of a German market. Inside there are 20 traditional wooden market stalls. They are filled with many delights from Nutcrackers to Cuckoo clocks, along with lots of wonderful Yuletide gifts. Its a great opportunity to get some unique Christmas presents this year. We particularly liked the handmade Russian dolls. Eden picked one of these as her reward for receiving the Head Teachers Award this week! It was difficult to choose just one, there were so many beautifully designed dolls of various sizes.

Christmas German Market in Essex - elves

Christmas German Market in Essex - festive market stall with dried orange arrangements

 German Market in Essex - dried orange gifts

Christmas German Market in Essex - close picture of a cuckoo clock

Christmas German Market in Essex - Brightly lit up candle holders

Christmas German Market in Essex - A selection of brightly coloured russian dolls

Treat yourself

Whilst shopping you can treat yourself to some German beer or hot Gluhwein or maybe something to eat. They serve Bratwurst and Sauerkraut, Belgian waffles, along with lots of sweet treats. We really enjoyed our Bratwurst sausage in a bun with lots of mustard. There are plenty of seats in the middle to sit and soak in the festive atmosphere of the German Christmas Market. We also bought some of the Schokokuss chocolates they came in a variety of flavours and are filled with sweet whipped egg whites and are not too dissimilar to marshmallow.

Christmas German Market in Essex Food stall

Christmas German Market in Essex - Trays of chocolate treats

Christmas German Market in Essex - German beer bottle lined up

Gift Shop

Aswell as the German market, there is a lovely gift shopped stocked with lots of gorgeous Christmas decorations and gifts. There is also a really nice cafe there, we enjoyed a delicious cream tea after our Bratwurst!

The Christmas German Market in Essex is FREE OF CHARGE to enter. It is open from 10th November to Christmas Eve, during the garden centre opening hours:-

09:30 – 17:30 Monday to Saturday and 10:00 – 17:00 on Sundays.

I would definitely recommend a visit to get you in the festive mood! Thank you for reading ‘A German Christmas Market in Essex’.

My Sunday Photo

My Sunday Photo – 22/10/2017

My Sunday Photo

My Sunday Photo this week is a Christmas display at one of our local garden centres. We love to visit all the Christmas displays at this time of year… makes the build up even more exciting!

This was a beautiful display, a two tiered carousel, and although it doesn’t scream Christmas at me… I still think it deserves a spot on My Sunday Photo as it’s just magical. (It took a while to convince Eden it’s not a ride and sadly she couldn’t ride on the horses back!!).

Isn’t it stunning?

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