Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House Hotel

4.3
185 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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, High Tea, Outdoor dining , Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
What 185 People Are Saying
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P
Essex
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have been here for afternoon tea numerous times before, but unfortunately this time the Festive Afternoon Tea was not quite up to the usual standards. The sandwiches were uninspired and a little lacking in flavour, but the salmon roll was lovely. The pastries had started to wilt, the chocolate melted and the tart filling oozed out of the pastry across the plate. The hot non-alcoholic mulled was however very tasty.

The ambience, however was lovely and the seating very comfortable. The tables were well spaced in a beautifully decorated room.

Being seated right next to the speaker from the live music being played, made it difficult for some members of my group to hear was being said. Although the pianist noticed this and turned the speaker away from us to adjust the sound.

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k
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was so pleased they way able to work with all of my dietary requirement, they did soo well. thank you thank you

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JR
Essex
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from the moment we arrived until we paid the bill and left. Relaxing atmosphere and attentive staff, we were celebrating my parents birthdays and a member of the waiting staff brought out a Happy Birthday platter with homemade chocolates and good wishes. can not thank the staff enough and the afternoon tea was the best we had had, we have had a few.

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PB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lovely setting and outstanding initial welcome. When they found it was my wife's birthday they couldn't have been been nicer and provided strawberries on a special plate. Only criticism was that we were the only customers and were left alone with checking a little too long.

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KG
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Good service and friendly staff. Some of the cakes were not to my liking, but on the whole the afternoon tea was very nice.

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R
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot thank the staff enough for such a lovely afternoon, Im gutted I didnt take the ladies names down who waited on us but myself and 4 of my friends visited on Sunday at 2pm for afternoon tea if you could please pass on our thanks. We were placed in the more private part of the dining area, on table 2, which was perfect as one of my friends was breastfeeding which I stated on the booking. I feel this was really taken into consideration. They were so helpful and welcoming, I felt really looked after and relaxed. Thank you, I will definitley visit again and recommend to all my friends and family.

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H
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I requested lemon to go with my tea and after a second request I was told that they did not have any but there maybe some lime downstairs! The tea was disappointing in bag form rather than loose.
The egg mayonnaise and cream cheese and cucmenber sandwiches were fine as were the smoked salmon rolls. The roast beef needed either mustard or horseradish to give them any flavour.
The pastries were excellent.
The scones were also excellent, very fresh. However I was disappointed by jam in commercial pots without a spoon and also the cream did not have a spoon so a make shift arrangement of fork and knife was used. I could have yet again requested help from the waitress but by now I had had enough of trying to get attention.

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P
Essex
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The sandwiches were ok but the salmon miniature roll was exceptional. May be a good idea in future to ‘jazz up’ the sandwiches to the equivalent standard .

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C
Essex
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Afternoon tea here was a delightful experience.
I have never had an afternoon tea before and I will definately be back again
The service was exceptional and the food stunning and so much of it. There was 4 of us. We took some of the cakes and scones home because we couldn't finish it all.
We were not rushed and had a lovely few hours with unlimited teas and coffees.
It was my mother-in-laws birthday and the made a real fuss of her and brought her out a choclate brownie on a plate saying happy birthday. A really nice touch.

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CC
Essex
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to wivenhoe house twice now for Afternoon Tea good value for money would go back agaim

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AS
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I took a friend to Wivenhoe house for her birthday. We had a very lovely time, and the food was fantastic, the only thing i would change would be the cakes on the top plate, all but one tasted just sugary and sweet, the blackcurrent cheesecake was just creamy with no fruity taste to it, and then there was a green cake which then was very very sharp! They were all delicious but i would have preferred a variety of flavours rather than several similar tastes.

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B
Essex
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service slow and staff seemed disinterested and inattentive. Experience this time not as good as previous visit and food (especially the finger sandwiches) could have been more imaginative and exciting for the price.

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DD
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Wivenhoe Hotel with family for a surprise 40th Birthday ‘Afternoon Tea’ and just can’t praise the place enough! Beautiful venue, attentive staff, fabulous views and amazing food! Definitely wouldn’t hesitate to return or recommend friends!

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DE
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Afternoon tea for two, my wife's birthday, experienced a beef finger sandwich that would have been more fitting from a roadside caravan cafe, both mine and my wife's where uneatable and i mean uneatable. Thin almost see through beef that was like chewy leather, after raising my concerns with a lady waiter she simply said "well was everything else ok?" i replied well you really need more savoury and a little less cakes, with that she walked off and never came back.
DISAPPOINTING.

David Edwards

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ED
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Wivenhoe House for my husbands birthday. We booked an afternoon tea for he and I and are two young children. Having not taken them out for this type of meal before I was a little apprehensive, but it was brilliant. They had a special child’s afternoon tea which came up alongside ours. Had sandwiches which were much better suited to children and mini cupcakes too. There was a relaxed atmosphere, without loosing the elegance of such a beautiful venue. The children were made to feel welcome and were very well behaved, thankfully for mummy and daddy! There were lots of different groups there, other families, girls groups, older couples, romantic dates. We felt at ease completely. The food was delicious and we were able to take home whatever we couldn’t finish, as there was an abundance of food. We will certainly be coming back again soon.

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l
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Sandwiches were a bit messy and dry and waitress didn’t know what they were when we asked. However scones and cake were delicious. Staff friendly and attentive. Room was quiet but pleasant and comfortable. Had a lovely afternoon with my friend

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SG
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my parents anniversary. Had a lovely message written in chocolate which surprised them. Beautiful setting, divine afternoon tea. Would definitely recommend.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked an afternoon tea for four of us recently. It was a friends get together to have a proper catch up and have something to eat. It was a big hit with all of us, food was fresh and presented beautifully. Vegetarian was catered for with no problems. Great choice of teas and refills were offered also. A beautiful building with friendly, accomadating staff who were happy for us to stay longer than anticipated to carry on chatting!,

we all said that we would return again and try the lunch next time.

Well done to Wivenhoe park hotel You have regained my faith that there are still places out there who offer good old fashioned service along side wonderful food and accomadating, polite, friendly staff.

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TC
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time there nice views calming place and afternoon tea was outstsnding

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CW
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a nice time but was spoiled by two large tables having be by showers. Very noisy with games going on round table. Was expecting a nice peaceful afternoon tea booked as a birthday gift for a elderly friend. Had to speak loudly to be heard.

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MD
Essex
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our fourth visit for afternoon tea in the last couple of years, great surroundings and atmosphere.

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JA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really lovely setting with fabulous service and attentive staff. Could have been more of a sandwich selection but all the food was excellent.

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H
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing afternoon tea! Lovely sandwiches, just wish there was more!

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MB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere - not too busy or noisy. Perfect for enjoying an afternoon tea. Staff were attentive. We could easily have stayed another hour chatting - we did not feel hurried.

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l
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely afternoon tea on Friday . The service was second to none and the food was really good . I wouldn’t hesitate to go back 😊

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MR
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had previously been for afternoon tea for a baby shower so that gave me the idea to treat my friend for her 80th Birthday. She thoroughly enjoyed it as did I. Hope to visit again soon

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j
Essex
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

ea bags instead of tea leaves not good. And waiter did not explain anything that was in the sandwiches or caTkes he just left them on the table smiled and walked away. Also we picked up the menu ourselves and chose from the options available no one explain what the options were. we had a glass of prosecco which i must say was flat. so rather disappointing and expensive, if students are serving which is not a problem then maybe this should reflect on the price.

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JP
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2018
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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
2 reviews
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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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