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Why Do We Love Afternoon Tea?

There’s nothing quite like an Afternoon Tea to really encapsulate the true spirit of Britain but why do we, as Brits, love an afternoon tea so much? Well, over the years, having served thousands of our famous afternoon teas, we’ve come to realise just why so many have fallen in love with this British tradition. Below, you’ll find just some of the reasons why people love an afternoon tea; and if by the end of reading, you start to feel those cravings coming on, fear not, we’ll be right here to book one of our famous Marygeen Manor afternoon tea experiences.

Beautiful Location – Here at Marygreen Manor, our location really does make your experience. Not only does our Manor house date back to Tudor times but we’ve managed to keep some of the original features offering beautiful décor around you. Our Tudors restaurant offers a garden room too that looks out on to our stunningly designed and landscaped gardens. It really is something special to behold and the perfect place to enjoy such a traditional delicacy.

A Different Way To Indulge – When you think of indulging, the vast majority think of a pizza, a plate full of chocolate and sweets or maybe even our favourite bottle of vino but over time, this gets a little monotonous so it’s no wonder that we’re often in search of a new way to indulge ourselves. We deserve it after all! An Afternoon Tea however, isn’t something you tend to enjoy all too often. Being such a rare treat then makes it all the more special. What’s more, when you think of indulging, it’s usually of an evening so what better way to mix things up than with a little afternoon indulgence? Think delicious finger sandwiches, clotted cream and jam with freshly baked scones and of course yummy cakes and sweet, sweet pastries.

A Sociable Way To Eat – Whatever social occasion you have coming up, we guarantee an Afternoon Tea will always put a smile on the face of all who attend. Whether it’s a birthday, a baby shower, an anniversary or even a leaving party, an Afternoon Tea is the perfect choice for the simple fact that it’s so sociable. It’s a great way of bringing people together by sharing fabulous food and of course a glass of fizz if you’re really looking to make it an extra special occasion. Reminisce of memories past, get excited over the future and relax as the food is brought to you.

The Perfect Excuse To Get Dressed Up – Just like the theatre, when it comes to Afternoon Tea, there’s an unwritten rule that tracksuit bottoms will not make the grade. Afternoon is a past time of the gentry and as such, your attire should reflect that making it the perfect excuse to go out and get dressed up, something that some of us don’t often get to do. Get your hair and make-up done, wear your new shoes and enjoy yourself.

An Excuse To Drink Prosecco – While Prosecco before midday has gathered quite the stigma, a prosecco at lunch time has never been more appropriate, especially when it’s accompanied by an Afternoon Tea here at Marygreen Manor. After all, what compliments a scone with clotted cream and jam more than a glass of fizz?

If you’d like to book an Afternoon Tea here at Marygreen Manor, simply contact us today.

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Sunday Lunch At Marygreen Manor

What could be more British on a weekend than to head out the door and visit your favourite restaurant to enjoy a traditional Sunday lunch? For years, Brits have been flocking in their thousands to enjoy a traditional beef roast, a traditional pork roast and of course, the most famous of all, the chicken roast but when you’re looking for a traditional Sunday lunch, we’ve come to realise that it’s so much more than the meat on your plate.

Here at Marygreen Manor, we go out of our way to offer the full package. We know that it’s important that your chicken is roasted to perfection or that your pork crackling is just crispy enough but don’t forget, without a quality Yorkshire pudding or perfectly roasted potatoes, is it even a roast dinner? The answer we think you’re looking for is indeed, no!

Let’s not forget however, that simply heading out for one roast dinner, while delicious, isn’t quite enough. It’s for this reason that we’ve created a three course menu offering some fabulous starters and desserts too. From mushroom soups and seafood risottos to chicken liver salad and even game terrine. Our choice of starters is nothing short of amazing and that doesn’t stop there, as you’ll see with our desserts. From lemon sponge pudding to raspberry parfait, there’s something for everyone.

Our traditional Sunday Lunch is just £24.50 per person, making it incredible value for money and for just £3.25 extra, you can enjoy coffee and chocolate mints too! It doesn’t get much better than that, especially when you look at the wonderful surroundings you’ll be enjoying it in! Booking your spot couldn’t be easier too, simply book online today!

Father’s Day Here at Marygreen Manor Hotel and Restaurant

This year, Father’s Day falls on Sunday 18th June. We’ve been celebrating this special day for years, especially here at Marygreen Manor Hotel and Restaurant and rightly so, but just where did it originate? Well, despite our love for our fathers, you might be surprised to learn that actually, Father’s Day originated in the United States having been celebrated there since 1966. While many argue over its exact origin, we know the celebration of fatherhood itself began roughly 100 years ago

A huge amount of people believes a Sonora Dodd from Washington, actually came up with the idea after listening to a sermon based on Mother’s Day. Dodd and her siblings were exceptionally close to their father after he’d raised them single-handedly when their mother had died in childbirth. Dodd, subsequently began the campaign and the first unofficial Father’s Day was held in 1910 with towns and cities across America soon following suit. Others claim a Grace Golden Clayton should be credited with the birth of the holiday after she suggested celebrating our male parent way back in 1908. This was following a mine explosion in a near-by town which killed more than 360 men and as such, Grace thought the now fatherless children deserved a day to remember their now lost fathers.

Regardless of its origin, Father’s Day is very much here and while we do agree Father’s should be celebrated every single day, here at Marygreen Manor, we simply can’t pass up an opportunity to celebrate just that little extra. That’s why we have created a very special Father’s Day Lunch with an extra special menu. With delights such as prawn and saffron risotto, duck liver pate and a roast rib eye of beef – it’s guaranteed to put a smile on his face. Call 01277 225252 to book a table today.

Marygreen Gift Vouchers Are The Perfect Choice!

Marygreen Gift Vouchers

Marygreen Gift Vouchers

As anyone knows, gift buying can be tricky for even the closest of people, which is why we decided to offer you not only a helping hand, but also the perfect solution. Here at Marygreen Manor, we want people to stop buying material gifts and instead, give the gift of memories.

While a new tablet or phone may offer initial excitement upon unwrapping, and a new dress excite her senses for the night she wears it, we guarantee that within days, the excitement will wear thin and the memories with fade.

With a Marygreen Manor Gift Voucher however, not only are you telling that special someone just how much you adore them (so much so in fact that you’re quite literally buying time with them) but you’re also offering them wonderful memories they’ll cherish forever.

Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers

Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers

Let’s not forget that in this fast paced world, too few of us take the time to sit down, relax and really smell the roses. With a gift voucher from Marygreen Manor however, they’ll quite literally be forced to take some time out and indulge in the more pleasant things in life, in the very least, step away from the office, kitchen, nursery or wherever else causes them stress from day to day.

Gourmet Get-Away Gift Vouchers

Gourmet Get-Away Gift Vouchers

We have a range of gift vouchers available too so no matter whom you’re buying for, we’re guaranteed to have something to send them into a frenzy. From afternoon tea gift vouchers to a delicious gourmet get-away for two, we’ve got it all. Hop online now and take a glimpse at just what you could be surprising that special someone with today. All safe payments are handled online via PayPal to make things as easy and secure as possible and what’s more, you don’t even have to leave the sofa to pick the perfect gift…but we’ll keep that little secret just between us.

Rainy Day Easter Activities

Rainy Day Easter Activities

Rainy Day Easter Activities

It’s never fun being the bearer of bad news but here at Marygreen Manor, we’re never ones to let a little rain get in the way of some family fun. With rain forecast for Easter Sunday, we feel it’s our duty to give you a few ideas of just what you can get up when staying here in our Essex hotel. From indoor Easter egg hunts to a little wine list indulgence, there’s plenty for you to enjoy so sit back, relax and let us inspire you.

Afternoon Tea – whether you’re travelling with younger ones or in a group of adults only, there’s nothing quite like an afternoon tea to turn your rainy day around and here at Marygreen Manor, we’re known throughout Essex for the best Afternoon Tea in Essex. Enjoy cakes, sandwiches and a glass of bubbly (or two) and watch the rain fall from the warmth of our conservatory room.

Indoor Easter Egg Hunt – ok ok, so we know this one’s a little harder when you’re staying in a hotel but our rooms are certainly large enough to create a few hiding spaces so while the rest of your family are enjoying breakfast in our Tudors Restaurant, we suggest you start looking for the best hiding places (under the bed, behind the curtains) and create a few clues to boot. Better yet, turn it into a general knowledge game and quiz the kids to receive a clue. We guarantee some smiles, giggles and a morning of chocolatey fun.

Wine List Indulgence – as well as having a fabulous restaurant, we also boast an award-winning wine list so if you’re away without the children, we suggest you take it as an opportunity to start familiarising yourself with the difference between a pinot noir and a sauvignon blanc.

Whatever you choose to do, here at Marygreen Manor, the best hotel in Essex, we insist you don’t let the weather spoil your time this Easter weekend.

You Need To Try Marygreen Manor Fine Dining!

Rib Eye Steak and tomatoes

Simply sublime

Did you know one of the main reasons people miss out on a truly joyful moment in life – price. That’s right! Label a restaurant as fine dining and people immediately see pound signs. While we can’t deny, a true fine dining experience is always a little more expensive, it’s no where near the kind of price many seem to think it is. It’s also worth noting that a true fine dining experience will provide you with three elements you just won’t find anywhere else and they are…

High quality food and drink – here at Marygreen Manor, we cook from only the very best ingredients. We always, when able to, source local ingredients too. This means that our menu changes seasonally and while it may not feature as many dishes as say, a chain restaurant in the high street, you will instead notice some truly unique items that you just wouldn’t find anywhere else. On top of this, you’ll also find yourself privy to an award-winning wine list with each wine picked specifically to compliment each individual dish.

Unbeatable service – when it comes to service within a fine dining restaurant, there’s quite simply nothing else like it. Not only will you find staff much more attentive to your every need, but you’ll also find a few added extras such as crumbing tables between courses, replacing napkins if you leaves the table, escorting you to the table and holding chairs for women as well as serving food directly at the table. Such added details are quite simply exquisite and really separate a fine dining restaurant from any other.

An elegant atmosphere – from grand décor to modern, contemporary hand made furniture; a fine dining restaurant is guaranteed to blow you away and Marygreen Manor is no exception to the rule. Considering the history of our manor house, you’ll find some amazing period features offering a real hint of our Tudor history too.

As you can see, fine dining is much more than simply “eating out”. It’s an experience that you’ll want to enjoy again and again.

Spoil Mum This Mother’s Day At Marygreen Manor

Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away now and while we’d all love to have the time to organise the perfect day from scratch, sometimes, life just gets in the way. That’s why we thought we’d make it easy for you by giving you the Marygreen Manor guide to the perfect Mother’s Day, from the minute she wakes up to the minute she goes to sleep!

Breakfast – this is the first part of the day and as such, perfect for setting the tone for the rest of the day. Make her feel spoilt by surprising her with either breakfast in bed, or, if she’s a bit of a neat freak, have a beautiful breakfast laid out waiting for her as she walks to the dining table. Whether it’s a full on spread or simply a bowl of her favourite cereals, just having it ready and waiting for her will be a lovely gesture.

The Gift – while it’s always the thought that counts, getting Mum a truly fabulous gift will always go down well. Nothing says I love you more than a nice piece of jewellery. Something that sparkles will always go down well, oh and don’t forget the flowers guys.

The Dinner – luckily for you, here at Marygreen Manor, we’re hosting a special Mother’s Day Lunch at just £23 per person. Not only do you get the grandeur of our sensational Tudor Restaurant but you also get to treat Mum (and yourself) to the finest dining experience in Essex. What could be better?

The Getaway – now while a delicious Mother’s Day Lunch could be considered the icing on the cake, here at Marygreen Manor, we say you need to add a little cherry on top and that cherry comes in the form of a nights stay in our luxury accommodation that comes complete with a full breakfast the next morning.

Now if that’s not the best Mother’s Day treat you’ve ever heard of, we don’t know what is! Call us today on 01277 225252 or email us at info@marygreenmanor.co.uk for more info!

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