Christmas in Essex: 8 festive afternoon teas

PUBLISHED: 17:16 08 December 2016 | UPDATED: 16:43 10 January 2017

Mince pies and champagne © FlairImages, Thinkstock

Mince pies and champagne © FlairImages, Thinkstock


Enjoy all the things you love about afternoon tea with a special festive touch this Christmas. Whether you’re an Earl Grey or an Assam, indulge in the British tradition in one of Essex’s most charming spots

1. De Rougemont Manor, Brentwood


Treat yourself and your loved ones to a wonderful afternoon tea at De Rougemont Manor this festive season. Take a break from your Christmas shopping and tuck into freshly prepared sandwiches, delicious fruity scones and an assortment of Christmassy treats. For £15.95 per person you get all this as well as unlimited tea so you have all the time in the world to sit back, relax and embrace the Christmas atmosphere.

2. Prested Hall, Colchester

£15.50 (£21.50 with champagne or mulled wine)

It’s no secret that Christmas can be exhausting, so recharge your batteries and refuel with a festive-themed afternoon tea at Prested Hall. Choose from a mouth-watering selection of finger sandwiches, alongside orange and cranberry flavoured scones with clotted cream and Tiptree preserves and lots of homemade cakes. For a special treat each guest can be provided with a glass of either mulled wine or champagne.

3. Down Hall, Hatfield Heath


Make sure to visit the Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath this Christmas and experience their exquisitely traditional afternoon tea. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Hotel’s lounge or the more relaxed Ibbetsons Tea Lounge whilst tucking into a delicious menu of sandwiches, scones and sweet cakes. Afternoon Tea at Down Hall is incredibly popular and due to it being freshly made to order, a reservation will be required.

4. Wivenhoe House, Colchester


This luxury hotel boasts breathtaking parkland views in a grade II listed 18th Century house that add a wonderfully soothing atmosphere to your afternoon tea. Wivenhoe’s Festive Afternoon Tea is served exclusively for Christmas with a selection of festive sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and deliciously moreish Christmas pastries along with your selection of tea or coffee.

5. Pontlands Park, Chelmsford


The relaxed, contemporary Lounge at Pontlands Park is the perfect place for a friendly get-together with friends or family to enjoy a spot of tea and cake. The comfy chairs, friendly service and sumptuous menu are sure to make this a delightful Christmas treat. Choose from a selection of sandwiches, fluffy scones with butter, jam preserves and clotted cream with cakes and sweet treats. If you’re feeling extra festive, why not order a bellini, prosecco or daiquiri – after all it is Christmas!

6. Roslin Beach Hotel & Retreat, Thorpe Bay


The Roslin is renowned for the stunning quality of its afternoon teas, both in taste and presentation. Sipping tea from vintage Duchess bone china, guests can nibble at delightful homemade cakes from three-tiered stands, relaxing in the elegant setting of the Retreat’s seaside location.

7. Marygreen Manor Hotel, Brentwood


Freshly prepared sandwiches, traditional scones with lashings of fruit preserves and clotted cream and a delectable variety of dainty cakes and pastries are all served daily at Marygreen Manor Hotel. Enjoy the festive afternoon tea from the beautiful setting of their lounge or conservatory. If you looking for a more relaxing office party, or a just a day out with friends then look no further!

8. Maison Talbooth, Dedham


Can you think of a better excuse to take a break from your Christmas shopping then afternoon tea? Served everyday from 2pm until 6pm guests can indulge in Maison Talbooth’s quintessentially English afternoon tea. Enjoy a beautifully presented selection of sandwiches, buttermilk scones, and an assortment of cakes including brownies, cream cakes, and Battenberg. Because all of the food is freshly prepared it is recommended that you book beforehand.

If you’re looking for more fun Christmas activities then maybe try visiting one of these fabulous locations, or if you’re feeling up to it embrace the cold and take a winter walk in the countryside.

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