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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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Occasions For Afternoon Tea

Occasions For Afternoon Tea

Occasions For Afternoon Tea

It’s no big secret that here at Marygreen Manor, we love nothing more than a freshly prepared Afternoon Tea. In fact, we love them so much, we’d consider them more of a necessity than a treat. We do understand however, that for some, this lavish display of Britain’s best (finger sandwiches, cakes, scones and delicious clotted creams and jams) can of course seem like a luxury to be enjoyed on special occasions. The question is; during which sort of special occasion should an afternoon tea be enjoyed? Well, we thought we’d help you out a little here and give you a rundown of the special occasions we think befit the elegance and downright indulgent nature of our splendid afternoon teas, starting with…the Baby Shower!

Baby Shower – baby showers are becoming more and more popular before (and sometimes after) the arrival of a new addition. This is where an afternoon tea, and especially our Afternoon Tea in Essex, comes into play. Not only does it give the mother-to-be the perfect opportunity to enjoy some delicious food, but it provides the perfect environment in which everyone can socialise while remaining seated. That means no excess weight on mum-to-be’s feet too.

Hen Party – while for some this may seem a little tame, it would appear hen parties have begun to get a little out of control of late and the trend of sophistication is well and truly back on its way to the top. When it comes to sophistication of course, there’s nothing quite so up there, as an afternoon tea. With refined finger sandwiches and of course, a glass of fizz to give it that extra elegant edge, it’s simply perfect.

Birthday Party – Essex is famous for its fabulous venues and party scenes but what about during the day? Every birthday girl (and boy for that matter) deserve to be treated to something special for their birthday so why not treat them to a delicious afternoon tea before they hit the high street clubs and bars? It’s the perfect way to say “Happy Birthday”!

So, if after this, you’re on the lookout for the best afternoon tea in Essex, look no further than the fabulous Marygreen Manor…we’re famous for it!

Don’t Forget Our Amazing Afternoon Teas!

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Afternoon Tea at Marygreen Manor Hotel

If there’s one thing we’re good at here (although we’d like to think there are many), we’d have to say it’s our Afternoon Teas. They’re the epitome of British culture. Originally introduced back in the 19th century by the Duchess of Bedford, Anna. Like all of us, Anna wasn’t a fan of having to wait until dinner time to enjoy something to eat after her lunch. It was because of this that conceived the idea of having tea around 4 o’clock in the afternoon in order to ward off the hunger pangs. The custom unsurprisingly caught on and it’s this tradition that we enjoy on a daily basis here at the Marygreen Manor.

Our Afternoon Tea is such a big part of what we do here; so much so that we’re often finding ourselves fully booked. Those bookings however, aren’t just for our traditional Afternoon Teas, we also offer a rather exciting Celebration Tea too. Whichever option you choose, you’ll find yourselves presented with one of the most delicious, homemade afternoon teas available. Served on very traditional tiered cake stands, with a variety of homemade cakes, scones and finger sandwiches, we dare you not to enjoy it. Now, depending on which option you choose, you’ll also be offered luxury teas or…something a little stronger. Our Celebration Tea comes with a glass of Prosecco or a celebration cocktail making it a little bit more adventurous, although we’re pretty sure Anna the Duchess of Bedford would approve.

Due to the size of our establishment, we can cater for any size party making us the ideal destination for those looking for an intimate experience with their nearest and dearest or even larger groups of family and friends too. If you’d like to book, then please don’t hesitate to call us on 01277 225 252 today.

 

Afternoon Tea FAQ’s

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Afternoon Tea at the Marygreen Manor Hotel

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we know our amazing Afternoon Teas will be becoming super popular as they always do on this special day. Despite their popularity, it’s amazing the amount of people who aren’t actually aware of “Afternoon Tea Etiquette”. To keep you in the know, however, we’ve rounded up some of the best Afternoon Tea FAQ’s

 

  1. What should I wear? – when it comes to Afternoon Tea, dress code happens to be a frequently asked question. What should one wear on such a formal occasion? Here at the Marygreen Manor, we have a “smart casual” dress code which means while a tie isn’t required, flip flops and trainers aren’t usually encouraged. For all the ladies out there, it’s the perfect excuse to get dressed up.
  2. Can I dunk biscuits in my tea? – this is usually discouraged. In the privacy of one’s own home, dunking your digestive in your cuppa is most certainly the thing to do however when taking Afternoon Tea, it’s suggested to leave this little tradition behind.
  3. Cream or Jam first? – one of the most integral parts of Afternoon Tea is enjoying a delicious, freshly baked scone with clotted cream and jam but which goes on first? This particular mystery, along with the meaning of life and how long a piece of string is, just so happens to be one of life’s on going debates. Cornwall, home of the cream tea, believe that you slather on the jam before topping it off with the clotted cream whereas Devon believe the opposite. At the end of the day, we think it’s complete personal preference.
  4. Is it pinkies up? – this is a hugely common misconception. People believe stretching their little finger out helps balance the cup when taking a sip of their tea however, not only is this not the case but it’s just a little silly too. Hold a cup how you normally would and enjoy without partaking in one of Afternoon Teas most common faux pas.
  5. How should I eat my scone? – some people believe that you should break a small piece of your scone off and then slather in cream and jam. This was all to avoid any “social mishaps. Here at the Marygreen Manor however we say simply slice your scone in half and enjoy!

 

For more information on our famous Afternoon Teas or our Mother’s Day Lunch this March, contact us today.

Are Gift Cards The Best Gift All Round?

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Marygreen Manor Gift Vouchers Are The Gift Of Choice

We all love our own birthday that’s for sure. We wake to a myriad of phone calls, text messages and even messages across our social media channels wishing us an amazing day. We’re then showered with gifts and generally spoilt rotten for the day. As a gift receiver, the day couldn’t be better but as the gift giver…well that’s an entirely different story. For the vast majority, it means a day of walking from one shop to another in a desperate attempt to find something that won’t only make them smile with joy on their special day but screams, “I know you so well”. Is that really the best thing to do though?

Let’s just all put our hands up and admit it: Gift vouchers are quite possibly the best gift you can get someone. Now before you begin to choke on your very British tea wondering who, other than a distant relative would you purchase a gift voucher for, we’re here to tell you that gift vouchers are the way forward. According to some of the most recent
statistics, 84% of people have received a gift voucher or a gift card and 72% have given one. By the end of last year alone, billions of dollars had been loaded onto gift vouchers making the case against them weakening by the day. Statistics have even shown that well over a third of consumers would choose a gift card as their present showing that the so-called novelty of a gift hasn’t worn off and shows no signs of doing so.

The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter just how much time we spend shopping for the special present, the vast majority of us (a whopping three out of four) will get it wrong. Faced with these sorts of statistics, it makes perfect sense to opt for a gift voucher. That’s before we even discuss the benefits of giving someone an experience rather than a materialistic object that remotely represents their likes for instance, “Here, I bought you a Minions ice cube tray that you’ll never use simply because I know you love the Minions.” How does buying an inanimate object that they’ll never use say, “I value our friendship so much”.

Considering the lack of enjoyment they’ll receive, the amount of stress you’ll inevitably go through and of course the environmental impact all those discarded gifts will have, it makes perfect sense to give the gift of an experience with a gift voucher. Not only do they abolish all gift-giving anxieties and any pretentions declaring you’re so confident in your relationship with that person that you have nothing to prove, but it also gives you both the chance to experience something together and create memories that will last a lifetime. For all those that consider giving a gift voucher to be anything but thoughtful, in a day where people often work two jobs just to get by, giving the gift of your time is the best gift of all.

Marygreen Manor Gift Vouchers Create Memories

With that special someone’s birthday getting closer by the day, give yourself a break from the stress and anxiety and opt for a Marygreen Manor Gift Voucher. You’ll be spoilt for choice with so many different options to choose from including Afternoon Tea for one, two or four guests, Celebration Tea experiences and even a Champagne Afternoon Tea. You can also treat your loved ones to a Gourmet Get Away or A Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Experience for two. If you’re still struggling to decide just what it is you’d like to get them then you could always opt for the safe option and purchase gift vouchers in a domination of your choosing for any of our hotel and restaurant services here at the Marygreen Manor. That way, they decide just how they’d like to spend them and whom they’d like to take too. Give the gift of time and memories with Marygreen Manor Gift Vouchers.

National Afternoon Tea Week Is The Perfect Excuse To Indulge

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Afternoon Tea at Marygreen Manor Hotel

This current week running from the 10th to 16th August is officially Afternoon Tea Week and what a fantastic week it is. Celebrating the heritage and tradition of the age-old Afternoon Tea here in the UK, it couldn’t be a more fitting event for the Marygreen Manor to enjoy. Famous for our world-class Afternoon Teas and our specialty Celebration Teas, they’re considered the finest in Essex so it makes perfect sense to have an entire weekend dedicated to such delicacies and as the great Henry James once said, “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

Afternoon Tea; the modern tradition

Afternoon tea is considered to be one of the most quintessential of all British customs but did you know it’s actually a relatively new custom? Whilst drinking a good old cup of tea dates back centuries to around the 3rd millennium BC, the Afternoon Tea wasn’t actually introduced until 1840. It became popular after Anna, the Duchess of Bedford began feeling hungry around 4 o’clock in the afternoon and to combat it, would enjoy a light afternoon tea before her main meal. After becoming popular with her friends too, it grew to become quite a fashionable social event that women would eventually wear long gowns in order to enjoy.

The best Afternoon Tea in Essex

Celebration Tea Cakes

A twist on tradition with our Celebration Tea

Our traditional Afternoon Tea, served in our Tudors restaurant, consists of finger sandwiches and scones, clotted cream and jams along with a selection of quality cakes and pastries. Our Celebration Teas however, offer a perfect twist on tradition consisting of savoury canapés, mini desserts and a delicious assortment of petit fours. If you want to experience the best Afternoon Tea in Essex then there really is no better establishment to try than the Marygreen Manor Hotel and Restaurant. With our traditional Afternoon Tea starting at a mere £16.50 per person, there’s nowhere else that you can find such quality food at such an affordable price. For more information simply click here.

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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