Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

Whether for a quick catch up over coffee or the luxury of an afternoon tea, the lounges of Wivenhoe House are open daily.


A selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam  and pastries served with your selection of tea or coffee

Please note that during the month of December only our Festive Afternoon tea is available.

Sample menu

Cakes & pastries

Lemon & lime mousse

Blueberry cheesecake slice

Chocolate tartlet

Apricot & thyme eclair

White macaroon

Sandwiches & Bridge rolls

Salomon & dill

Egg, spinach & mayonnaise

Beef & horseradish

Cream cheese & cucumber

Freshly bakes scones


Our afternoon tea served with a glass of Prosecco


Our afternoon tea served with a glass of Champagne


Our afternoon tea served with a glass of Rosé Champagne


A selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam  and pastries served with your selection of juice


Our Prosecco afternoon tea with live music from ‘Good Times Jazz’ taking place on May Bank Holiday Monday, May 27th. Find out more here


A tour of our Grade II listed country house once painted by Constable followed by our delicious afternoon tea. Available on selected dates in 2019


Includes private hire of one of our function rooms, afternoon tea, table and room decorations. Find out more here

Booking is required. Please state dietary requirements at time of booking. 

How to book Afternoon Tea


Our lounges are always open throughout the day and evening making a great place to catch up over coffee or a glass of wine. The hotel offers free Wifi and parking for your convenience

Parties and events

We are delighted to have hosted a number of afternoon tea parties including baby showers, hen parties, anniversaries and Christenings. For more information on large group bookings, please contact our events team to discuss dates and options or visit our events pages.

Reviews, Awards and Social

Afternoon tea earlier, so delicious 😋 @wivenhoehouse #wivenhoehouse ☕️🍰🥂

A post shared by Katie-Marie (@katieandbaby9) on

Luzdude on Tripadvisor, May 2017
Went for a family treat with my wife, mother in law and daughter for Afternoon Tea and had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. More than enough to eat with the sandwiches, scones and cakes and took a couple of scones home. The staff were attentive and helpful advising what types of tea was available and aided our wheelchair user to get close to the table. Will definitely go again.

Mary on Facebook, May 2017

Just home after a lovely Afternoon tea this afternoon. The staff were attentive without being intrusive. The Food was beautiful. A lovely selection of sandwiches and exquisite cakes with a generous helping of scones, Jam and cream. My children had a child’s afternoon tea served on individual slates with cut out sandwiches which they loved. Special mention must go to Jenni and Tom who attended to our every need. A really special day.


find us, however you travel
By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

For Sat Nav please use CO7 9HT and then follow signage to Wivenhoe House. Please note, some Sat Navs may direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park so please check our PDF Map

Download our PDF Map

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.