Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House Hotel

4.5
295 reviews
£25 and under
Afternoon Tea
Festive Brasserie Afternoon Tea

Our brasserie afternoon tea is perfect for any occasion, enjoyed in a relaxed, informal setting, overlooking one of our famous cork oak trees, this really is a modern take on the traditional, refined afternoon tea experience.

Every year we strive to take this special treat to new heights and this year’s includes a delicious merry mocktail to accompany the impressive selection of Christmas cakes, pastries and sandwiches.

Brasserie afternoon tea will be served Monday-Sunday, from 12-4pm

£19.50 per person

*Please note due to covid-19 restrictions we are not currently serving afternoon tea in our lounges. All afternoon teas will be served in the brasserie.
What 295 People Are Saying
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ClaireN
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting , staff very polite and well presented. Lovely food and great service . Highly recommend.

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Pippas25
Essex
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and the staff were lovely, so attentive and polite.
The special message and macaroons for our anniversary was lovely.

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FrankiT
Essex
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff, service and food. It was outstanding all round.

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Holly
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a lovely afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House. I let the staff know that it was my dad's birthday and they organised to bring him out a 'happy birthday' plate which really made his day! The food was lovely and all the staff were really friendly and attentive. Would definitely come back here again!

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LindaB
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely time. This was a gift for my birthday Service was good but could been a little more attentive.
Food was very good. The service before the day was good. I appreciated the phone call to ask about food allergies etc and checking all was correct covid wise.

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KateP
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best afternoon tea! Lovely staff! Would highly recommend!

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NicolaS
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice, staff friendly, service great, food nice, location spot on

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Pepe
Essex
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very enjoyable afternoon staff were very friendly and attentive which was lovely. The scones were not as god as they have been before qute dry and resembled rock cakes and the alchololic drinks were expensive. The venue and staff were lovely and the sandwiches were nice and fresh.
Will will definately consider another visit but maybe when we can book for the house and a room.

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TomP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic, with complimentary cocktails and they even brought out a free decorated desert for my partner as it was their birthday.

Food was really good and plenty of it. Will definitely be going back.

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My friend and I really enjoyed my birthday treat of afternoon tea which we complemented with a glass of Prosecco or two.

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TrudiH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful room, lovely ambience, attentive friendly staff, fabulous food!

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Lizzie
Essex
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely afternoon tea. Very pleased to see the outstanding COVID-19 precautions being taken - I’ve not seen anywhere else where the card machine was wiped down for each new client. Brilliant

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BrianB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall it was very good considering the conditions of covid-19 and the way they have to serve in the way it is now

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DapinderK
Essex
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service provided was upto the mark. Food quality and taste was absolutely delish. Loved the welcome drink.

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AlisonC
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely surroundings, beautiful house. Afternoon tea was lovely. Definitely recommend

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MariaC
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting at the venue, service and staff were very attentive and professional. Good selection for the afternoon tea including 2 different scones each! We had to take some cakes home as there was so much.
A lovely afternoon and we had a walk around the grounds afterwards. Great time had by all thank you.

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BillM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Luxury afternoon tea is served in the grade 2 Wivenhoe House rather than in the modern brasserie adjacent to it. The red bricked 18th century house is very striking and the high ceilinged rooms inside are very beautiful —- with lovely views.
Staff were extremely friendly and the food excellent. A nice touch was complimentary alcohol free sparkling wine.

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JacquieD
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our table was dirty and no one noticed .
I was extremely disappointed in the crockery used, I expected china which is cheap and easy to obtain. I would expect your crockery in a café. This really ruined the ambiance of the occasion.

The hot water was delivered in an open jug so the water was cold when we wanted to use it.

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Boedica1
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From booking to paying the bill it was all first class .
The food was gorgeous and there was plenty of it, so much so we had a box to take some home.
The pastries were exceptional and I was told they were all made on site .
The only negative was the room lacked the character which there is in the lounges In the older part of the hotel .

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JanetB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday afternoon tea at lunchtime with a friend and was just perfect. Very attentive staff

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MarkN
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent experience in a lovely setting with attentive but not overbearing staff. Will be back.

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Shumi
Essex
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Couldn't falter the food at all; very fresh sandwiches and delicious cakes. The only thing was the tea was a bit cold but overall it was 👌🏽

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Afternoon tea , the cakes were flavourless and just over all wouldn’t be somewhere we’d recommend

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Biscuit
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely family visit for afternoon tea. Staff were friendly, attentive and accommodating and the food and drinks were delicious and really great value! Loved that we could take our leftovers home to enjoy later.

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SueS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Everything was perfect for our afternoon tea. Comfortable setting, excellent service, really fresh yummy cakes and sandwiches. Importantly for us, no piped music playing so was very relaxed and we could chat. We'll definitely return for our anniversary next year.

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LauraG
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Despite paying for afternoon tea in the banqueting suite, we were shoved in the basement in what resembled a hospital canteen. No prior notice was given about this. No explanation I was embarrassed. Another party left. Refills on tea and coffee not offered.
Scones were cold and dry. Very claggy. Toilets were out of use.
We’re told to look at the wine list online but nobody could get a signal because we were in the basement!! So we didn’t bother ordering alcoholic drinks. Most places are offering paper menus for this purpose.
Very poor day. Very upsetting.
Cakes were nice.

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HannahS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A beautifully presented afternoon tea and plenty of selection of cakes. The outside area was a perfect setting made comfortable by large gazebos.

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ElizabethH
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely food and service, very Covid 19 safe!

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Croxy
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious afternoon tea served by attentive stuff in convivial surrounds
thank you

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MarisaB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food as always at Wivenhoe House. Plenty of outside seating, which was popular.

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely time, we have asked to be seated outside and all looked lovely. Really pleased with the entire experience.

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Debs
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon arrival we were greeted with a friendly welcome then taken to the tea room
We were offered tea / coffee straight away which was then brought out a few mins later along with non alcoholic Prosecco, followed by sandwiches and cakes which were scrumptious
Our waitress who was lovely checked on us and offered more drinks
Would definitely recommend and will return for afternoon tea again

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ChristineM
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice , sandwiches fresh, plenty of cakes.had to bring some home, fruit in scones needs to be boiled first, stops the fruit from being dry and hard and the scone from drying out.
Used to do different breads, this has obviously been changed...shame as did enjoy .
Complimentary mocktail was delicious and pleasant surprise.
Staff very pleasant.

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claudetted
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely. Felt very apprehensive to go out into a restaurant since COVID19 but all the staff were really lovely and welcoming.

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EdwardR
Essex
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

No students, no customers apart from ourselves. So, quiet. Excellent - personal - service from the Frenchman waiting on. We received attentive service and an excellent high tea. And all this done under the influence of a burgeoning coronavirus crisis. A wonderful last hurrah.

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LesE
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place to take afternoon tea.
We had not been for a long while. But was just the same high standard.

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sarahb
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was just a bit cold in the room otherwise very good

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Lynda
Essex
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We asked For more sandwiches and we’re told it would be another £4 each . We have been to many afternoon teas around the Essex area and thus was the first time we were asked to pay extra

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Charzie
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was ok, could have been better as they saw that we are young and decided that we dont have to be treated with the correct service. But i think that everyone has equal rights and that everyone should be treated the same without discriminating how young we look or how we look. Apart from that everything was great.

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JoJo
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful setting, professional and attentive staff, good value, food is good, overall a lovely afternoon tea experience

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Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House Hotel is rated 4.5 stars by 295 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.