High Tea at Wivenhoe House

An exclusive 8 course High Tea event in Signatures including 4 savoury and 4 sweet dishes accompanied by a selection of teas

Saturday 5 March, 2.30pm

During the early nineteenth century, Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford started the tradition of sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for “tea and a walking the fields”, and with this in mind, we would like to invite you to indulge in the tradition by exploring our beautiful grounds followed by this extraordinary Tea experience.

Wivenhoe House presents High tea at the House, an exclusive Tea Masterclass and eight course High Tea held in our beautiful, traditional Signatures room. This prestigious event, held in afternoon will be led by Tea sommelier Chris Holdys who inspired our Edge Hotel School undergraduates with the idea of bringing history back to Constable Country.  Like in the words of the well-known song, ‘at half past three, everything stops for tea’, our High Tea event will start with Champagne on arrival, followed by a Tea Masterclass, in which you will get a taste of the accompanying teas of the evening that have been paired with our delicious four savory and four sweet dishes served in time-honoured silver service style to add to the experience

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garden pea soup, crumbled panchetta
Darjeeling 1st Flush

smoked dill salmon blini, caviar, cream cheese
Silver Tip White Tea

pear and goat’s cheese tart with spiced pear purée
Ali Shan Oolong

game terrine, plum chutney and melba toast
Indian Assam

grapefruit Pu-erh tea sorbet

clementine tart
Japanese Green Sencha

freshly baked apple and rosemary Danish with a crème anglaise
Ceylon 2nd Flush

hazelnut praline croquant
Genmaicha toasted rice green tea

chocolate mousse, liquid salted caramel centre
Milky Oolong

Tea Aperitif: Turkish Rose tea with Turkish Delight

Dress code

  • dress to impress


  • £45 per person

How to book

  • call us on 01206 863666
  • email info@wivenhoehouse.co.uk


find us, however you travel
By car:

When using a SATNAV please enter the location WIVENHOE, Colchester (do not use a postcode as this will direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park).

Take the exit marked Colchester (A133)
Follow the A133 towards Clacton
Please follow signs for WIVENHOE
You will see a black sign on your right which says, ‘Wivenhoe House & The Brasserie’, turn right here 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 our beautiful house from the road on your right
CONTINUE to follow the signs for WIVENHOE HOUSE and it will lead you to us.

If you would like any help with directions, please do call us on 01206 863666 and a member of our team will be able to assist you.

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.