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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!

Afternoon Tea

Anyone for tea?

Marygreen Tea

Afternoon Tea at Marygreen Manor Hotel

No one can question the British obsession with tea drinking and what better way to enjoy our favorite beverage than as part of a delicious afternoon tea experience; but what are the origins of this famous institution?

Afternoon tea, believed to have been introduced by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, first became fashionable in the early 1840’s and was developed to offer some light sustenance between lunch and dinner, which was normally served at 8pm.  These dressy affairs, necessitating gloves, hats and long flowing gowns, were normally held in the drawing room between 4pm – 5pm.  Tea imported from India and Ceylon was poured into delicate bone china cups from beautifully ornate sliver teapots.  The tea was accompanied by a selection of delicate finger sandwiches and a delicious selection of dainty sweet pastries and cakes the inclusion of scones, clotted cream and fruit preserves were added much later in the 20th century. Originally small, social gatherings these events blossomed in to larger scale formal occasion known as “Tea Receptions” with upwards of 200 attendees!

Nowadays afternoon tea is seen a lovely way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers and any other celebration you can think of but do you really need an excuse to spend a few hours of pure indulgence with your friends?

At Marygreen Manor afternoon tea is served between 2.30 – 4.40 Monday-Saturday and 4.30 – 6.30 on Sundays. If you’re feeling particularly special you can always enhance your tea with a glass or two of something cool, crisp and bubbly!

Could this be the best afternoon tea in Brentwood:

http://www.marygreenmanor.co.uk/afternoon-tea

Why not try it at home:

http://britishfood.about.com/od/introtobritishfood/tp/afternoontearecipes.htm

Want to know more:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afternoon_tea#Afternoon_tea

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