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.
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.
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
On our visit to Wivenhoe
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.
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 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.
Cakes & Pastries
Lemon & lime mousse
Blueberry cheesecake slice
Apricot & thyme eclair
Sandwiches & Bridge Rolls
Salomon & dill
Egg, spinach & mayonnaise
Beef & horseradish
Cream cheese & cucumber
Freshly Baked 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.