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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.

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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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