The Best Afternoon Tea In Essex

Our famous afternoon teas

Our famous afternoon teas

Here at The Marygreen Manor we’re well known for our rather entertaining events from Luther Vandross tribute nights to our Keep Calm and Carry On evenings as well as our luxurious accommodation. There’s one thing however, that reigns supreme when it comes to our reputation and that’s our exquisite Afternoon Teas, which are simply unbeatable when it comes to quality. Yes you may indeed find afternoon teas a plenty when making your way around the picturesque county of Essex but we guarantee you won’t find one of such quality and flavour as you’ll find here in our very own Tudor Restaurant. Before we begin to tantalise your taste buds with a mouthwatering description of our favourite offering at The Marygreen Manor, let’s first delve into the wonderful world of the Afternoon Tea and find out just where it came from.

The best afternoon tea in Essex, where did it come from?

Good old British Tea is something of an icon due to our nation being serious tea drinkers. The reason we’re such tea lovers however dates back to the early 19th century. The consumption of tea increased exponentially during this time and this appeared to coincide with the time when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford would often complain of having a sinking feeling around the late afternoon. During this time it was quite common for people to enjoy only two main meals a day consisting of a hearty breakfast and feast of an evening around 8o’clock. For the Duchess however, the answer lay in a delightful pot of tea with a snack on the side. At first, the Duchess Anna would enjoy her tea in the afternoon privately in her bedroom however as time passed, she began to invite friends to join her at Woburn Abbey. Much to her delight, her summer practice proved so popular that she continued it on her return to London. It wasn’t long however until other such social hostesses soon picked up on the idea and the practice began to spread. It soon became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room as opposed to more private rooms. Before long, the most fashionable of society were sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon and the great British tradition of Afternoon Tea was born.

On the odd occasion you may see places serving something known as ‘high tea’. The reason for this is yet another British tradition whereby the upper classes would serve ‘low’ or ‘afternoon’ tea around 4o’clock. The middle and lower classes however would enjoy a more hearty ‘high’ tea at around 6o’clock in place of their dinner. The names simply derived from the height of the tables that the meals were served on, with the lower classes serving them on their evening dinner table.

Keep the tradition of Afternoon Tea in Essex alive

Sadly, in spite of the huge amount of overseas visitors still believing we’re a nation where ‘at half past three, everything stops for tea’ it’s actually become somewhat of a luxury or a rarity in fact. Now it would seem only an occasional treat for the British but here at The Marygreen Manor, we’re determined to keep the British tradition alive. Served daily, our Afternoon Tea is a real ‘must do’ experience that simply can’t be missed when you’re in Brentwood, Essex. It’s so good in fact that people have travelled miles to our wonderful manor house for our Afternoon Tea specifically. Enjoy our fresh arrangement of sandwiches, hand-made scones along with a variety of cakes and pastries that have all been exquisitely prepared by the finest chefs in Essex. You don’t have to be a tourist to want to indulge in a little of our wonderful British tradition.

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