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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.

Don’t Forget Our Amazing Afternoon Teas!

Marygreen Afternoon Tea

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

Marygreen Afternoon Tea

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.

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.

An Exciting Week Here At The Marygreen Manor

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Our chosen charity of 2015 “SNAP”

We raised more than our temperatures at the Brentwood Fire Walk

As we mentioned to you just a little while back, here at The Marygreen Manor we had selected SNAP, a local charity as our charity of the year. Every year we choose a charity close to home (or in this case close to our manor house) that we can support and raise money for in the hopes that we can help another organisation in our own county of Essex. SNAP, which stands for special needs and parents, goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to helping children and their parents who go through struggles relating to disability. With it being such a worthy cause we thought it only right that we went above and beyond ourselves when it came to raising money, which is why we chose the very daring (if we do say so ourselves) Brentwood Fire Walk.

A challenge for both the mind and body, we came together as a group and with the help of fellow supporters and camaraderie between us all, we walked with pride. As a result, from the fire walk alone we raised £145 but we couldn’t stop there. We also very recently held one of our famous Afternoon Teas, in aid of the fantastic charity, which saw donations pile in. Donations are still coming in as we speak so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and join in with the generosity that so many residents of Essex have already shown.

Our famous afternoon teas

Our famous afternoon teas

TripAdvisor give us more cause to celebrate

If raising money for such a deserving charity isn’t cause enough for celebration, then receiving two certificates of excellence from the well-known TripAdvisor certainly is. We couldn’t be more thrilled that both our hotel and our famous Tudor Restaurant have each received certificates to certify just how high our standards really are. There really is no better place to go in Essex for luxury accommodation and true fine dining.

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