Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House Hotel

4.2
158 reviews
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Afternoon Tea
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  • Afternoon Tea
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasions
Whether for a quick catch up over coffee or the luxury of an afternoon tea, the lounges of Wivenhoe House are open daily. As part of a ground-breaking partnership between Wivenhoe House, home of the Edge Hotel School and Brown’s Hotel. You can enjoy afternoon tea influenced by the renowned chefs at this famous five- star hotel who are sharing their secrets of success with our team of undergraduate and professional staff.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday: 2:30pm - 5pm
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Phone number
01206 863666
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Public Transit
Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, High Tea, Outdoor dining , Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
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158 reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
48%
Very Good
34%
Good
10%
Fair
7%
Poor
1%
4.2
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JP
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea. The food was divine with freshly made sandwiches and beautiful cakes and cream scones. Endless pots of tea served by very attentive waiters. Would highly recommend.

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SW
5.0Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful afternoon starting with a walk in the grounds before we had our tea. I had phoned a couple of times, as three of us had extreme food intolerences, and we were served everything that we could eat with no problem.
It was a wonderful afternoon, and we look forward to coming again

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AP
3.0Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

I booked afternoon tea following a recommendation from a friend. I was impressed by the beautiful setting and location. We were given a window seat with a gorgeous view of the grounds, with the window fully open as it was a hot, sunny day. The table was prepared and looked beautiful. Business wasn’t brisk and there seemed to be only one server on duty’s this station outside the drawing room. Initial service was prompt and the food looked appealing and tasty.
So far, so good however during an afternoon tea, tea pots need replenishing, more milk needed or more jam might be required but we just had to wait until the server returned to the drawing room which he didn’t often do. While I appreciate his not hovering over us, it was frustrating to have to wait for him to check on us to ensure our food satisfaction. While I appreciate we could of gone in search of him, in this setting, we shouldn’t have needed to. In defence of the server, the room layout and his station desk outside did make it difficult for him to observe us without being a ‘stalker’.
I would return to this venue but choose a busier time when more staff are on duty.

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KM
5.0Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a birthday treat, found it charming, the staff were lovely the sandwiches,scones and cakes were delicious and plenty of tea,what you don't eat they place in a box for you. Also had chocolate strawberries on a slate with happy birthday written in it in chocolate. Enjoyed it very much

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MW
4.0Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I booked afternoon tea as it was my daughter’s 21st birthday so we drove from Kent as she is at Uni of Essex
It was a lovely touch to receive the birthday slate plate as I hadn’t organised it and it just appeared. It was also nice to be sent home with a goody bag of the items we couldn’t finish at the time.
Thank you

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GB
4.0Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice surroundings for afternoon tea , with good service.
It would be nice to have a choice of savoury or sweet with the set tea.
We left a lot of the cakes, as did other tables. More sandwiches , less creamy cakes, a sausage roll and piece of fruit cake and it would warrant 5 stars !

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KP
Essex
2.0Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Really disappointing afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House. We were seated and told that a particular waiter would be over to see us shortly. Several waiters walked around the room, seemingly doing nothing except catching my glance for at least 10/15 minutes before another waiter appeared and asked if we wanted a top up of tea. I explained that we hadn’t had a first cup yet, or anything to eat and that no one had actually spoken to us. He was extremely apologetic and went off to bring out the afternoon tea stand. Drinks were at least another 15 minutes after that! The food was standard, nothing special at all. Beautiful hotel though and lovely garden area.

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LC
4.0Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good. All the staff were very friendly and attentive.

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T
London
4.0Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was our third visit and the afternoon tea and surroundings and setting does not disappoint at all. A very pleasant afternoon tea.

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MB
4.0Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had Afternoon Tea using a voucher given to us as a christmas present. Had never been to this venue before but was a lovely location and building.
The service was excellent and we had a lovely afternoon. Only small comment was that although the food was lovely, we would have liked to have a few more sandwiches and using more filling than what was used. Other than that a lovely afternoon and would recommend.

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TL
1.0Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Poor service. Waitress stood watching us all the time felt very uncomfortable. Atmosphere felt like someone had died. Sandwiches we not very fresh and cup had a chip in it.

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OT
5.0Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea with friends to celebrate a 50th Birthday. The staff are great, not intrusive but attentive & helpful. After our ‘tea’, because the weather was lovely, we sat on the terrace with G&Ts. It’s a delightful setting and we had a lovely afternoon.

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MO
4.0Dined on 2 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Just a general view from 8 ladies was more sandwiches and less cake !

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KT
5.0Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely afternoon with you - pity about the rain but a very kind member of your staff walked us to the car with an umbrella to ensure we didn't get wet!

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OT
5.0Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my Mum for afternoon tea for her 68th birthday. We were greeted by several friendly staff who were all very professional and courteous. We were given an option of table and we chose a table in the window as it was a lovely day. Before we could be seated the waiter asked us what if we’d prefer to sit outside, which we jumped at. The food, service and all round experience was excellent. I would recommend it to anyone, and will certainly be returning.

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SO
2.0Dined on 18 April 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

When we went for afternoon tea at Wivenhoe house, there was some building work going on in the entrance lobby. Unfortuately the sound of crashing, banging and electric tools spoiled our experience.

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ST
2.0Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Was very disappointed with the whole experience. But especially being made to feel rushed to pay the bill and leave despite asking if we had overstayed our time slot. Food was okay but l've had much better Afternoon tea's for less money. Would not recommend

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JL
5.0Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely experience. Only criticism was that, with three large teapots, we were only given one jug of milk.

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P
5.0Dined on 11 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea to celebrate our anniversary. The food was plentiful and very tasty and the young man serving us was extremely polite and attentive. We were presented with a plate decorated in chocolate writing saying “happy anniversary” on it and included some chocolate coated strawberries and a small piece of chocolate cake. A very nice touch. Thank you.

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J
Brighton
5.0Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had afternoon tea and it was divine from the beautiful picturesque grounds of the hotel, to the warm and welcoming staff and the delicious food.

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H
5.0Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been before and thoroughly enjoyed it both times

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SW
5.0Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House for my Baby Shower and my friends and I had a wonderful time. The food was lovely and the tea was unlimited. I also have a strict pregnancy related diet and the staff we’re extremely accommodating.

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CA
5.0Dined on 2 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings.The food was amazing but wish there were more sandwiches as they were so nice ! Will definitely book again .

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LS
3.0Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Very expensive for what was delivered. Will not be recommending shame really as young waiter was very attentive we were very happy with his service . We stayed overnight which we could not fault Dinner an Brekfast was lovely. Would stay again but leaving out the afternoon tea .

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OT
4.0Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The afternoon tea was lovely, and the young guy who served us was very polite. The other young girl didn’t seem like she wanted to be there. It was nice but I’m not sure it was worth the money.

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SG
3.0Dined on 14 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I would have preferred to have had the tea served as I did on last visit, i.e. sandwiches, followed by scones and then cakes. I don't think it is the same when it is brought out on one cake stand.

Also we had a Pimms drink each but I hadn't realised how much these cost until my friend told me when we were on the way home. £7.00 for one drink is excessive.

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CM
3.0Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

We arrived for our surprise mother’s day afternoon tea. Setting was beautiful, table in an excellent position. Only down side was most of our ceramics on the table were very dirty, disappointed that we cleaned the majority of the table wear. I did get my own cup changed but found teapot and cutlery had marks which we cleaned ourselves.

Food however was outstanding, sandwiches were full of flavour, scones warmed. Some of the smaller pastries lacked flavour however our personal favourite was the macaroons and black Forrest gateaux.

Service was attentive, room was clean and well presented.

Intent on returning for lunch in the brassiery in the next few months.

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S
London
5.0Dined on 7 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a lovely afternoon tea set in stunning surrounding, would definately recommend and visit again!

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LP
Essex
5.0Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing was too much trouble and we were made very welcome. The afternoon tea was very good and well served and we would do it again

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E
London
5.0Dined on 22 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing was too much trouble.
It was a very sunny day and having been seated we decided we were too hot. The staff kindly helped us move to another table.
Staff were attentive and polite.
Food was presented beautifully and was of a very good quality.
We drank as much tea as we wanted - asking for different blends as we wished.
The room is a lovely setting, tastefully decorated.
I highly recommend afternoon tea which is of very good value.

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MB
Essex
4.0Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’ve been to Wivenhoe House for afternoon tea a few times before and it has always been excellent. We were a little disappointed that this time didn’t live up to the high expectations but it is still a great place considering value for money. Wivenhoe House could be 5* if it weren’t for the following:
- The plates weren’t completely clean
- They used to do special breads with the sandwiches but now it is regular white and brown
- For a venue such as this, the tea really ought to be loose leaf
- Distinct lack of cream cheese in with the salmon sandwich

That said, you still get:
- Warm and fresh scones
- A charming setting with relaxing classical music
- Good service
- The offer of taking leftovers away in a box

If I didn’t live so far away (45min drive) I would probably consider going again but I now think there are better alternatives closer to home.

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L
Essex
5.0Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my nan for her birthday and she had a wonderful time will definitely be coming back thank you very much

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MM
Essex
5.0Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful afternoon tea with my husband for my Birthday.. Enjoyed everything about it.. The cakes and sandwiches and scones were delishious.. We have already booked for mothers day.. Thankyou so much 😁

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JA
Essex
5.0Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Afternoon Tea for my Mum's 80th Birthday and thank you for making us so welcome

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OT
London
5.0Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff could not have been more helpful if they tried. Very welcoming, afternoon tea was delicious. Highly recommend

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Essex
5.0Dined on 24 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely afternoon tea. My mum surprised her grandsons fiancé for birthday. We were all made very welcome and the birthday girl felt very special and spoiled. Thank you for a lovely afternoon xx

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Essex
4.0Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The waitress brought the whole tea to the table - sandwiches and scones and cakes. Prefer it to be staggered. Also she didn't ask us for our tea preference and didn't bring the tea with the food - we had to ask for it.Lovely atmosphere though.

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Essex
5.0Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mother for afternoon tea on her 90th birthday and we had a fantastic time. food and service first class. All staff very accommodating in every way . right down to being more than happy to take photos of our visit.

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Essex
5.0Dined on 11 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea with my daughter and granddaughter. Food was first class and the service was excellent. Even had a commentary on the history of the building from a member of staff.
Thank you.

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OT
Essex
5.0Dined on 7 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely experience - fabulous cream tea in a beautiful setting.

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