Days Out,  Review

Red Letter Days Afternoon Tea At Wivenhoe House

Whilst looking for items to include in my Valentine’s Day gift guide I was contacted by Red Letter Days. Red Letter Days allow you to give the gift of unforgettable experiences. They asked us to choose an experience to review and we decided to have an early Valentines Day treat of afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House.

Red Letter Days Afternoon Tea At Wivenhoe House

Wivenhoe House is a beautiful hotel just minutes from Colchester town. Yet it is surrounded by glorious parkland. Wivenhoe House is an eighteenth century Grade II. Giving you the chance to combine history with the comforts of contemporary living.

Wivenhoe House has a brasserie and bar that is open every day serving lunch and dinner. In its elegant lounges of the main building, you can be served afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House

Our Red Letter Days Voucher

It didn’t take long for our Red Letter Day’s chosen experience voucher to arrive in the post. The voucher does actually arrive in a red envelope. This visually shows you that this isn’t just a normal letter.

red letter days voucher

Booking our Red Letter Days experience was very easy. The voucher gives you the full instructions on how to book. I just had to call Wivenhoe House. Give them my voucher code and my expeirecne was booked.

red letter days voucher afternoon tea at wivenhoe house

On our visit to Wivenhoe House I took my voucher. They took this on arrival and that was it. Our afternoon tea At Wivenhoe House was fully paid for with that voucher exchange.

Afternoon Tea At Wivenhoe House

I have been aware of the existence of Wivenhoe House for a while now. It is just somewhere we have never needed to visit before. Although we do quite enjoy an afternoon tea trip! I was very excited that Red Letter Days gave us the perfect excuse to visit.

wivenhoe house hotel

Our afternoon tea was served to us in one of the beautiful lounges situated in the main hotel. If my memory serves me correctly the lounge used to be the music room for the house.

wivenhoe house afternoon tea lounge
wivenhoe house afternoon tea lounge window

Wivenhoe House Afternoon Tea Menu

Our Red Letter Day voucher was for a Champagne afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House. The afternoon tea menu offered a selection of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, strawberry jam and a selection of pastries. Served with a selection of tea or coffee as well as a glass of Champagne.

red letter days afternoon tea at wivenhoe house

Cakes & Pastries

red letter days afternoon tea at wivenhoe house cakes pastries

Lemon & lime mousse
Blueberry cheesecake slice
Chocolate tartlet
Apricot & thyme eclair
White macaroon

Sandwiches & Bridge Rolls

red letter days afternoon tea at wivenhoe house sandwiches

Salomon & dill
Egg, spinach & mayonnaise
Beef & horseradish
Cream cheese & cucumber

Freshly Baked Scones

red letter days afternoon tea at wivenhoe house scones

Our Wivenhoe House Afternoon Tea Experience

We were very lucky as we were the only people booked in for afternoon tea when we visited Wivenhoe House. This could have been down to the weather, snow had hit the country the night before. Or it could have been because we booked the early sitting.

Our afternoon tea was hosted by an amazing man called Thomas. He spent ages talking to us about the history of Wivenhoe House. As well as the history of tea and afternoon tea. It made for an amazing afternoon tea experience.

The afternoon tea itself tasted amazing. And was so filling. Thomas knew when we had had our fill and boxed up the reaming treats to take home. A video of our time at Wivenhoe House is below…

Red Letter Days Gifts

I think giving the gift of an experience if perfect in this day and age. We live in an era where everyone has so much stuff. Giving an experience, a chance to make memories that will last a life time is a perfect idea.

I always thought that Red Letter Days were expensive experiences. Racing car days, hot air balloon trips, etc. Our afternoon tea experience proves that there are experiences for every kind of budget. We had a lovely time and got to visit somewhere we may never have visited. We do know that we will return to Wivenhoe House again. Hopefully in the near future.

DISCLOSURE – We were gifted Champagne afternoon tea at Wivenhoe House from Red Letter Days for the purposes of this post and to create our YouTube video. We always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs and experiences of the products.

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