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Haunted Mansion Halloween Afternoon Tea

Haunted Mansion Halloween Afternoon Tea

Do you dare try the terrifyingly gruesome Haunted Mansion Halloween Afternoon Tea at the Cardamon Tea Lounge & Shop in Essex. Running for the month of October 2018, this Colchester Tea Shop is offering a frightful treat!

You don’t know whether to be horrified or delighted by the selection on offer with the Haunted Mansion Halloween Afternoon Tea. The table is set in a Halloween theme ready for you when you arrive. When our afternoon tea was presented at our table I was amazed at the attention to detail. Each element of the afternoon tea had been carefully thought out to both horrify and thrill the customer.

Haunted Mansion Halloween Afternoon Tea View from front

Savouries

With the savouries for the Haunted Mansion Halloween Afternoon Tea, do not expect your normal mundane sandwiches! Expect a gruesome worm sandwich (hot dog in a brioche bun) served with a syringe of ketchup, devilled eggs and a warming tomato soup.

Work sandwich, a hot dog sliced up inside a brioche but with syringe of ketchup Haunted Mansion Halloween Afternoon TeaTomato soup Haunted Mansion Halloween Afternoon Tea

The Sweet Stuff

The sweet selection on offer with the Haunted Mansion Halloween Afternoon Tea are just as ghastly as the savouries!

You are served these devilish delights: green ghost scones, fresh eyes (really yummy lychee and blueberries), a chocolate tomb cake, a brain jar (a delicious cheesecake) and lots of other gruesome treats!

It is all served with your choice of tea/coffee or cold drink. The Cardamon Tea Lounge has over 50 varieties of tea on offer.

Chocolate tomb brownies Disgusting treats from the Haunted Mansion Halloween Afternoon TeaGreen ghost scones with Halloween bottles

Kid’s Haunted Mansion Platter

Children also get the chance to sample these scary Halloween treats this October too with the kids Haunted Mansion Platter. Platter is £9.50 and includes, sandwiches, drink and themed sweet treats.

Kids Halloween platter

The Haunted Mansion Halloween Afternoon Tea is £20 per head and available to book for the month of October 2018 at the Cardamon Tea Lounge & Shop in Colchester. Pop over to their website or Facebook page to book or for further information.

Other themed afternoon teas

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.

The Cardamon Tea Lounge features in our list of the Best Afternoon Teas in Essex, please see here.

View of Haunted Mansion Halloween Afternoon Tea

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

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Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast inspired Afternoon Tea

Cardamon Tea Lounge

The Cardamon Tea Lounge and Shop in Colchester Essex hosts a monthly themed afternoon tea. For the month of September welcomed the wonderful Be Our Guest, Beauty and the Beast inspired afternoon tea.

They offer over 50 varieties of tea and lots of other savoury and sweets treats in a traditional tea room environment.

Be Our Guest Afternoon Tea

This wonderful Beauty and The Beast inspired Afternoon Tea is one of my very favourites. Accompanied by Mrs Potts and Chip, this afternoon features wonderful theming based on the much loved tale of Beauty and The Beast. The Be Our Guest Afternoon Tea comes beautifully displayed on a traditional cake stand.

Savouries

The savouries are French themed and really delicious. You receive a chicken and cranberry croissant, Brie and apple mini roll and Croque Monsieur cheese and ham wraps. Alongside the sandwiches you receive a mini salad served in a tea cup!

Sweets

The sweets are a real treat with this Beauty and The Beast themed afternoon tea. You receive very own chocolate Cogsworth, a macaroon served in a mini clear dome, a Belle themed lemon cake, ‘Try the Grey stuff it’s delicious’ sweet treat and a strawberry mousse parfait served in a tall glass.

To accompany the sweets, a vanilla dress shaped scone is served with clotted cream, jam and a chocolate pot. The scones and cakes are all made in-house and are very fresh and delicious. The lemon cake is covered in sweet buttercream icing and crusted with sugar, amazing!

Children’s Be Our Guest Platter

A children’s version of the Be Our Guest, Beauty and The Beast inspired afternoon tea is also available. Each platter comes with a teapot and dress shaped sandwiches, a mini croissant and a mixture of themed snacks and treats, along with a drink. They are always so beautifully put together and children love them! So much attention to detail. They are very reasonably priced at £7.50 per child.

The Be Our Guest Afternoon Tea is £20 per head and available to book for the month of September 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.

The Cardamon Tea Lounge features in our list of the Best Afternoon Teas in Essex, please see here.

Thank you for reading Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast inspired Afternoon Tea. Written in collaboration with the Cardamon Tea Lounge, all views and opinions are my own.

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Silly Old Bear Afternoon Tea

Silly Old Bear Themed Afternoon Tea

Cardamon Tea Lounge

Cardamon Tea Lounge & Shop in Colchester, Essex is one of our favourite tea rooms to visit! They feature on our list of The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex. Cardamon Tea Lounge specialise in such imaginative themed afternoon teas and children’s platters. Each month they introduce us to an exciting new theme. For the month of August 2018 is the Silly Old Bear Afternoon Tea. Perfect timing for any Winnie the Pooh fans out there as it hits the big screens the same month.

Silly Old Bear Themed Afternoon Tea

The Silly Old Bear Afternoon Tea is very charming.  The thought, planning and effort that goes into each themed afternoon tea is incredible. The Silly Old Bear  Afternoon Tea does not disappoint. Your table is decorated with cute Winnie the Bear themed props. A map of One Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh and friends including Piglet await your arrival. The look is completed with crockery laid on its very own grass place mat decorated with carrots and flowers.

The Cardamon Tea Lounge have over 50 wonderful varieties of tea to choose from to accompany your afternoon tea. The Silly Old Bear Afternoon Tea can also be served with a delicious homemade fruit compote. Due to the hot weather, this time round I opted for a minted ice tea and it was the perfect refresher.

Top view Silly Old Bear Themed Afternoon Tea

Full set up, ckes and sandwiches Silly Old Bear Themed Afternoon Tea

SAVOURIES

The sandwiches were served in mini picnic baskets and were a great selection. My favourite was the vegetable salad and mayo, I didn’t know what to expect but it really was delightful. I think Rabbit would be a big fan! You also receive a cheese and tomato sandwich and a ham and mustard mini roll.  Alongside the sandwiches you also get a mini salad in a tea cup. A combination of spinach, feta, strawberries and nuts. It made a delicious accompaniment to the afternoon tea.

sandwiches and tea cup salad Silly Old Bear Themed Afternoon Tea

Tea cup salad winnie the pooh afternoon tea

Sweet

The scones arrived in their own mini picnic basket served with little buckets full of clotted cream, jam and lemon curd. The scones were delicious and freshly baked.

‘Winnie’s Delicacies’ consisted of a honey cake, chocolate mouse with chocolate crumble served in a mini plant pot, a mini muffin with vanilla cream centre and chocolate topper and a sweet pastry! The sweets treats were also accompanied with a wheel barrow of fruit and some sweets and chocolates! The honey cake was amazing, light and covered in cream and drizzled with honey, a sure favourite for Winnie the Pooh!

 

Scones and buckets of jam winnie the pooh afternoon tea

Honey cake Silly Old Bear Themed Afternoon Tea

CHILDREN’S SILLY OLD BEAR CHILDREN’S PLATTER

A children’s version of the Silly Old Bear afternoon tea is also available. Each platter comes with a bear shaped sandwich, a mixture of themed snacks and treats, along with a drink. They are always so well themed and children love them! Very reasonably priced at £7.50 per child.

Childrens platter, tray with teddy bear sandwich, winnie the pooh afternoon tea

 

The Silly Old Bear Afternoon Tea is £20 per head and available to book for the month of August 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 Themed Afternoon Tea

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

 

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The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex by Little miss eden rose

 The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

Anyone that knows me will know I love Afternoon Teas! Whether it’s to celebrate a birthday, a baby shower, to catch up with friends or spend time with my family. I enjoy the whole experience. I’ve visited many great Afternoon Tea venues in my time and after writing about some of my favourite afternoon teas, I thought it was time to review some of The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex. What a journey it has been, I’ve discovered that Essex has some true gems to offer! So without hesitation and in no particular order, here they are The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex:

Roslin Beach Hotel, Southend

What an utter delight it was to visit The Roslin Beach Hotel in Southend today for afternoon tea. Set in absolutely beautiful surroundings, with attentive staff and some of most delicious sandwiches I’ve tasted!

Roslin beach Hotel collage The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

The Roslin Beach Hotel in Southend Essex, is a stylish and luxurious hotel in a quiet location overlooking the sea. From the moment I arrived at The Roslin, I was excited. Greeted by a most beautiful floral display at the entrance, as soon as you step inside the Roslin Beach Hotel, you know it is going to be a good experience. The doorways are decorated with gorgeous floral displays and the venue decor is modern and classy. I felt that everything had a luxurious feel to it. The staff couldn’t be more helpful and the Afternoon Tea certainly lived up to my expectations.

Afternoon Tea at The Roslin Beach Hotel was enjoyable from start to finish. The sandwiches had a great selection of fillings, from roast beef and horseradish to coronation chicken,  they were generously filled and extremely fresh. A quiche is served alongside the savouries. The Roslin invites you to replenish your sandwiches at no extra cost which is always a nice touch.

The selection of cakes were some of the best I have tried during my tour of the Best Afternoon Teas in Essex. We were served a delicious  array of mini sweet treats and the creme brûlée was simply to die for!

I felt The Roslin Beach Hotel was an amazing experience, from start to finish. I really enjoyed my luxurious experience, I’m sure you wouldn’t be disappointed! Afternoon Teas at The Roslin Beach Hotel start at £21 with the option to add a glass of Prosecco. Children’s afternoon teas are also available. For more information or to book please visit their website.

Stifford Hall Hotel, Thurrock

Today I’m at Stifford Hall Hotel as part of my journey reviewing the Best Afternoon Teas in Essex! Stifford Hall Hotel did not disappoint. Simply lovely nestled in a cosy fire lit library, with a feast of sandwiches and delicious cakes!!!

Stifford Hall Hotel The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

Stifford Hall Hotel in Thurrock is an elegant 18th century Georgian mansion set amongst pretty grounds. Our afternoon tea was set up in the library. Cosy and relaxed it had a great feel to it with a beautiful stained glass window. They also serve afternoon tea in their Garden Suite which is light and airy with pretty views over the gardens.

I was blown away by the amount of sandwiches we received with Stifford Hall Hotel’s afternoon Tea. I received a cake stand full of sandwiches with a huge selection of fillings, a tier of meat, fish and vegetarian. They were all very fresh and extremely delicious. It’s not often I am outdone by the sandwiches but this was a feast and even beat me!

The cakes were a good and varied selection and very nice. There were some amazing custard and fruit tarts and the scones came all ready topped with a huge dollop of clotted cream, jam and a strawberry.

I really enjoyed my visit to Stifford Hall Hotel, it’s a real hidden gem and absolutely deserves its place on The Best Afternoon Teas In Essex list. Afternoon Tea at Stifford Hall Hotel is £15.95 which is excellent value for money. For further information or to book please visit their website. They also do fantastic roast dinners on Sundays which I definitely recommend, again very good value for money.

Merrymeade Tea Room, Brentwood

Enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea at Merrymeade Tea Room! Great value and you can even enjoy soaking up the rays on their terrace while the kids play in the gardens.

Merrymeade Tea Room The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

Merrymeade Tea Room is set within Merrymeade House in Brentwood, Essex. A quaint traditional tea room with views over the gardens and opening onto a Terrace with outdoor seating. I felt Merrymeade Tea Room deserved their place on ‘The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex’ list as they offer such brilliant value for money in a lovely traditional setting with the added bonus of dining on the terrace. It is the perfect spot to to relax and enjoy afternoon tea whilst children can play in the gardens.

Their traditional afternoon tea is £11.95 and includes sandwiches, scones and sliced cake. The luxury afternoon tea is £13.95 with the addition of chocolate dipped strawberries, grapes and unlimited tea.

You can choose 3 options from a good selection of sandwiches, we opted for coronation chicken (a favourite of mine), chicken, bacon & avocado and Brie & cranberry. The sandwiches were incredibly fresh, generously filled and very tasty.

Whilst Merrymeade Tea Room doesn’t claim to bake all of their own cakes and scones, they do offer a good selection of traditional homemade cakes. I can personally vouch for the lemon drizzle cake, it was moist and full of flavour. The chocolate strawberries were a lovely addition to the afternoon tea and tasted amazing!

Merrymeade House also offer a children’s afternoon tea which is a very generous portion. For further information or to book please visit their website.

Prested Hall Hotel, Colchester

Tried out Prested Hall’s Afternoon Tea today, think oak beams, comfortable surroundings with a hint of luxury and scones to die for! What a treat… a traditional afternoon tea but like they say ‘just that little bit different!’

Prested Hall Hotel The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

Prested Hall in Colchester Essex is a gorgeous 15th century Manor House set at the end of a long and impressive driveway. I absolutely loved the relaxed and comfortable feeling I had when I entered Prested Hall. It’s a wedding venue, boutique hotel and spa, traditional crossed with modern, makes for a great experience.

Our afternoon tea at a Prested Hall was set within the cosy library, a lovely room where I felt as if I were ‘Lady of the Manor’. They also serve afternoon tea in The Garden Room and The Orangery.

The afternoon tea that arrived was very impressive. The sandwiches included some more unusual fillings from your regular afternoon teas which was a really nice addition. They were very fresh and generously filled.

The scones were some of the best I have tasted, lightly spiced and served warm with a choice of jams and clotted cream. They were a real delight. The cakes and sweets were all very good. A really nice selection of cheesecake and other perfectly sized sweet treats.

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Prested Hall, from the sweeping driveway, traditional and classy venue to the very enjoyable afternoon tea! It’s definitely one for our list of the Best Afternoon Teas in Essex! The menus are changed regularly and available online. They are very reasonably priced at £16.50 for their Traditional Afternoon Tea or £23 for the Champagne Afternoon Tea. Prested Hall also offers a children’s afternoon tea. For further information or to book please visit their website.

Cardamon Tea Lounge & Shop, Colchester

The Cardamon Tea Lounge and Shop is a quaint traditional tea room in Colchester. They absolutely deserve their place on The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex. It is a real hidden gem, we originally stumbled across it one day and have been regulars ever since. We aren’t the only ones that like it, it won the Essex Life Food and Drink Awards 2017 for Best Coffee/Tea Shop. Now its quickly becoming a popular spot for wonderful and imaginative Themed Afternoon Tea in Essex.

The Cardamon Tea Lounge offer something that little bit different from everyone else. They specialise in themed afternoon teas, each month brings a new theme. The attention to detail is incredible. I have reviewed several of their themed afternoon teas, you can read about some of my favourites below:

Sherlock Holmes Themed Afternoon Tea

A Wizards Themed Afternoon Tea

Practically Perfect Mary Poppins Themed Afternoon Tea

Cardamon Tea Lounge The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

The afternoon teas at The Cardamon Tea Lounge always vary so much with exciting fillings, incredible home made cakes and desserts. I am always amazed and surprised at the sheer imagination and thought gone into each and every afternoon tea. Themed children’s afternoon tea platters are also available and are sure to delight almost every child with many themes to choose from throughout the year.

Themed afternoon teas are £20 per head. Their Alice in Wonderland theme afternoon tea runs throughout the year and is £14.95 and their luxury Queen of Hearts afternoon tea is £20 per head. Childrens platters are £6.50.

For further information or to book please visit their website, where you can find their afternoon tea event calendar.

The County Hotel, Chelmsford

What a treat, enjoying not only a traditional afternoon tea but also The County Hotel’s Best of British Afternoon Tea. An excellent twist on a traditional classic!

County Hotel The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

The County Hotel is an elegant and classic hotel situated in Chelmsford Town Centre. Afternoon Tea at The County Hotel is served in the award winning Samphire Restaurant. You can opt for either the classic afternoon tea for £14.95 per head or their Best of British afternoon tea for £20 per head. They also serve childrens afternoon teas.

The classic afternoon tea came with a selection of freshly made finger sandwiches, not one but two warm hand made scones per head and a wonderful selection of handmade sweet treats. It was a really nice traditional afternoon tea and enjoyed it very much.

The Best of British afternoon tea was simply amazing! It consisted of roast beef and coronation chicken sandwiches and then some hot savoury delights. We enjoyed a scotch egg, chunky sausage roll, mini fish and chips, a Ham and Cheese Croque Monsieur and some pork crackling sticks. The sweet stuff didn’t disappoint either, some of my most favourites were on offer! A chocolate brownie, carrot cake and a chocolate eclair. I thought the Best of British Afternoon Tea at The County Hotel was an excellent twist on the usual afternoon tea. I would definitely recommend trying it out!

For further information or to book please visit their website.

Orsett Hall Hotel, Orsett

Lovely sunny afternoon enjoying a wonderful afternoon tea and children’s afternoon tea at Orsett Hall! The Garden Brasserie is just so pretty, even more beautiful in the sunshine! We even enjoyed a wander around the grounds!

Orsett Hal Hotel The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

Orsett Hall Hotel is such a pretty venue, a stylish boutique hotel and wedding venue with Spa. They serve their afternoon teas in the beautiful Garden Brasserie with floral-inspired décor and lovely views of the hotel grounds. Its really is a spectacular room with the most stunning multi-coloured chandeliers.

Afternoon Tea at Orsett Hall feels like a luxury affair, gorgeous surroundings and attentive staff. Sandwiches are filled with the traditional afternoon tea fillings and comes with a warm mini quiche. The sweets and scones are always very good at Orsett Hall. On this occasion I had enjoyed the most delicious white chocolate and ginger cheesecake. It blew my mind, it was absolutely amazing!

Afternoon Tea at Orsett Hall Hotel starts at £20.95 with the option to upgrade to a Champagne afternoon tea for £28.95. They also offer a savoury afternoon tea (which I am yet to try) and a children’s afternoon tea which is brilliant. It is served on its own mini cake stand! My daughter loved all of it!

The Chichester Hotel, Wickford

Afternoon tea at one of our favourite venues in Essex, The Chichester Hotel, Wickford, Essex. (Amazing Sunday dinners too!).

The Chichester Hotel The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

The afternoon tea at The Chichester Hotel in Wickford already features within my post about my favourite afternoon teas. The Chichester Hotel is a charming renovated 13th century farmhouse in Wickford, Essex. The afternoon tea is served in the Gallery Restaurant. I can personally recommend their fantastic sunday roasts!

The Chichester offers great value for money at £14.95 per head for their afternoon tea. A lovely relaxed environment and the staff are always so helpful. The sandwiches are always freshly made and well filled. The thick cut ham was amazing! The sweets are always good, normally a yummy cheesecake with a selection of cakes, you also get a plain and a fruit scone.

Cake stand with cakes and tiptree jams. The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex

Thank you for reading ‘The Best Afternoon Teas in Essex’. I had such a wonderful time visiting each of these venues and would happily recommend each and every one. If you know of an amazing afternoon venue in Essex that I need to try, please pop me a note in the comments!

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Written in collaboration with the above venues, please note all comments and opinions are my own. All prices correct at time of publishing.