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Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House Hotel

4.3
142 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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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, High Tea, Outdoor dining , Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
What 142 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on 15 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

I have been before and thoroughly enjoyed it both times

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5.0Dined on 8 April 2018

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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5.0Dined on 2 April 2018

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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3.0Dined on 25 March 2018

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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4.0Dined on 23 March 2018

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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3.0Dined on 14 March 2018

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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3.0Dined on 9 March 2018

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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5.0Dined on 7 March 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 25 February 2018

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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5.0Dined on 22 February 2018

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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4.0Dined on 11 February 2018

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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5.0Dined on 11 February 2018

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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5.0Dined on 3 February 2018

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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5.0Dined on 3 February 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 1 February 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 24 January 2018

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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4.0Dined on 20 January 2018

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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5.0Dined on 14 January 2018

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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5.0Dined on 11 January 2018

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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5.0Dined on 7 January 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 30 December 2017

Couldn't fault anything. Absolutely lovley.
Staff was very well spoken with impeccable manners. Afternoon tea was tasty far to much. Brillaint idea to take it away whats left not everywhere offers this. Would definitely visit it again & have already recommended to friends & family. Site was very clean also. Couldn't fault one thing really?

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5.0Dined on 29 December 2017

Amazing afternoon tea great chose for lactose free person couldn't fault it place was lovely staff were very friendly

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2.0Dined on 20 December 2017

Disappointed, not as good as previous visit. Cakes good so our guest was fortunately happy, but requested vegetarian sandwiches of cheese & egg were dull & poor. Functional ambience, so will go elsewhere in future.

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4.0Dined on 17 December 2017

The service was as good as always but the sandwiches were vey dry as if they had been made in the morning & left out (never had this problem before) and the fillings were not very 'festive'.
The scones have shrunk in size dramatically but the other cakes were as good as normal.

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4.0Dined on 19 November 2017

It was a lovely afternoon, we were the last sitting so the room got quieter as time went on but that can’t be helped. The staff were great, well attentive & happy to be at work.

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4.0Dined on 19 November 2017

My daughter and I had a wonderful time. The food was delicious, particularly the scones (although one or two of the sandwiches were slightly dry - I wonder if they had been stood a little while?). The staff couldn't have been more attentive and I was impressed by the number of people who were there, particularly larger family groups and those there for a special occasion. Lovely.

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4.0Dined on 19 November 2017

Very good afternoon tea, amazing service & friendly staff! Would definitely go back again.

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3.0Dined on 3 November 2017

Attentive young staff who also obliged by turning down the unsuitable music and closing the windows - initially very draughty for an afternoon tea setting.
Venue seems to have been well refurbished but curtains are still dated. Tea was a good mix of savoury and sweet though not all bread slices were 100% fresh.
Good range of different teas which were kindly refilled without request. Wish we'd had time to explore the scenic grounds too.

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5.0Dined on 1 November 2017

Had a lovely afternoon celebrating my Mum's 80th. Lovely setting , staff very polite and attentive... and cakes went down a treat too! Perfect afternoon, would definitely recommend and would visit again .

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3.0Dined on 25 October 2017

Had afternoon tea with family to celebrate my mothers birthday. The hotel was lovely in beautiful grounds, the staff were friendly and helpful

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5.0Dined on 19 October 2017

Our first visit to the hotel for afternoon tea and a very pleasant experience it was. Plenty to eat with a nice variety of cakes. Service was excellent would definitely book again and recommend to friends.

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5.0Dined on 30 September 2017

Very nice afternoon tea lot of food. Service was very good

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3.0Dined on 29 September 2017

Very pleasant but nothing special, I had requested a vegetarian afternoon tea, we were not given a choice of sandwiches but were given egg mayonnaise and cheese with what tasted like tomato ketchup. We were given a small pot of jam for the scones but no choice in flavour, not offered a second drink but were not charged for the extra drink we requested. Lovely location. Overall a nice experience but I have had better.

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5.0Dined on 15 September 2017

Excellent service from the staff who attended to us -from arrival to departure. In particular I commend the 2 waiters who loooked after us during afternoon tea - unfortunately I did not note their names. They were very attentive without being intrusive.

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4.0Dined on 6 September 2017

Great for a special occasion, well worth the visit for something a little bit special.

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5.0Dined on 6 September 2017

Wonderful time enjoying afternoon tea for a friends birthday. Lovely

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