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.
I took my nan for her birthday and she had a wonderful time will definitely be coming back thank you very much
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 😁
Excellent Afternoon Tea for my Mum's 80th Birthday and thank you for making us so welcome
The staff could not have been more helpful if they tried. Very welcoming, afternoon tea was delicious. Highly recommend
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
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.
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.
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.
A lovely experience - fabulous cream tea in a beautiful setting.