Orsett Hall is renowned as being one of the top destinations for Afternoon Tea in Essex! Our award-winning Head Chef, Robert Pearce regularly changes the menu to suit the seasons and both our Traditional Afternoon Tea and Champagne Afternoon Teas are as popular as ever.
Last month, Robert launched a Savoury Afternoon Tea for those people that prefer savoury over sweet enabling you to be able to still enjoy the full Afternoon Tea experience here at Orsett Hall but with a savoury option. Chef has paired our classic finger sandwiches with savoury scones and delicate savoury treats for you to enjoy, with your choice of tea. Savoury Afternoon Tea is £21.50 per person and we need 24 hours’ notice of booking. It is proving to be very popular with all who visit.
A quote and some history about Afternoon Tea that you may find of interest:
“If you are cold, tea will warm you,
If you are too heated, it will cool you,
If you are depressed, it will cheer you,
If you are excited, it will calm you!”
A Bit of History
The tradition of Afternoon Tea began in the early 1840's. Traditionally dinner was not served until 8.30pm or 9.00pm and the 7th Duchess of Bedford often became hungry, especially in the Summer when dinner was served even later. She ordered a small meal of bread, butter and other niceties such as cakes, tarts and biscuits to be brought to her boudoir. Her habit caught on and the concept of a small meal of niceties and perhaps tea became popular and eventually became known as 'Afternoon Tea'.
Women were first introduced to tea on a wide scale when Lyon's Tea House opened and not only served women tea but even hired stylish young women to serve it. This provided a place for women, accompanied by a male escort, to go and visit with one another in an acceptable atmosphere. Women were also served tea in the London Tea Gardens of the 1730's but again, they were only allowed in with a male companion. Tea Gardens were outdoor gardens with flowered walks and music for dancing. They opened in April or May and remained open throughout the Summer until August/September. Tea was not the only beverage served but was one of the most commonly drunk. Unlike Lyon's Tea House, Tea Gardens were not public places. One had to pay to get in and the working class were not admitted.
In 1819, the 'Tea Dance' became popular and continued through World War Two. Friends and acquaintances gathered between 5.00 - 6.30pm with tables and chairs set up around a dance floor. Tea and snacks were served at the tables while others danced. It was perhaps the Tea Dance and not the Duchess of Bedford's afternoon snacks that were the direct precursor to the traditional of Afternoon Tea, although the Duchess may have been one of the first to hold Afternoon Tea. However, while the men were in the clubs for the mid-day meal, or out in the afternoons and early evenings, the women could not frequent any of the public establishments to visit with other women. As a result, women invited other women to their homes.
Afternoon Tea is now becoming more and more popular and Orsett Hall's Afternoon Teas have a reputation of being one of the best in Essex!
Orsett Hall were very proud to be sponsoring the Business Woman of the Year category at the Countywide Business Awards which culminated in a glittering awards ceremony at Crowne Plaza Resort just before Christmas. Andrea Ince, Marketing Manager of Orsett Hall met each of the Finalists and had the very hard decision of picking just one winner. She said, ‘The standard of entry in this category was extremely high as you would expect in a County Wide Awards. All of the Finalists should be very proud of what they have achieved with each of them having to overcome obstacles on the way in one form or another. Being a Business Owner is not always easy but with determination and focus each of the Finalists have successful businesses which are still growing.’
The winner was Nathalie Farmer of The Face Painting Shop in Thurrock. Andrea felt that Nathalie has shown great passion, drive, determination, dedication and ambition in setting up and running her very successful business. She is extremely organised and motivated which not only showed in her written entry but also with all she spoke about during her interview. Some highlights of the past year have seen Nathalie growing international exports at a very high rate, being recognised in the National Press as a supplier to the fashion industry, selling her products in shops around the world, her international training workshops have immediately sold out, her online shop has been accredited by Google, expanding her product line, offering new services and she is always learning new skills to advance the business further including earning further qualifications and completing a public speaking course. Nathalie is even attempting to break a world record in 2017! Andrea said, ‘Natalie not only ensures that her business in Thurrock is well and firmly on the map in Essex but also that her business in Essex is known worldwide. I know that winning this award will mean a great deal to Nathalie - congratulations on everything you have achieved!’
The Face Painting Shop in Stanford-Le-Hope is the one stop shop for all face and body painting artists, make-up artists and special effects artists. The triple award-winning Company The Face Painting Shop was set up by professional face painters who have been in the business for over 15 years, working with many celebrities and blue chip companies. The staff at The Face Painting Shop is always on hand to help with advice and tips and first class customer service. They are also manufacturers of their own brushes and products. They are the only accredited face and body painting centre in the UK, with their own brand products now being sold world-wide in specialised shops. The Face Painting Shop are official UK stockists of Global Body Art, Silly Farm products, Diamond Fx, Grimas, Kryloan, Cameleon face and body paint, Snazaroo, Wolfe FX, TAG Body Art and Superstar, plus many other face and body painting supplies.
The Face Painting Shop, 1-3 Wharf Road, Stanford Le Hope, Essex, SS17 0BZ
The Goldmine was the No. 1 Night Club on Canvey Island, Essex that was made famous for its Jazz, Funk and Soul nights. For the last few years, the memories of The Goldmine have been resurrected at Orsett Hall in Thurrock, Essex and have a huge following. There are four events each year with the next one being on Friday 3 February 2017.
The Five Star Soul at the Goldmine, Orsett Hall is put together by local businessmen Steve Abbs and Simon Croft and they are very proud that the events are in the Final 3 of the Soul Survivors Awards that are being held next month in London. Simon Croft said: “A huge thank you to everyone, from our 5 Star Soul crew and supporters, we've reached the last 3 of the Soul Survivors Magazine yearly vote for the Best Soul Club outside London. Can we make a last BIG push to win it Goldminers?! We would really appreciate if you haven't voted yet, please click this link http://www.thesoulsurvivorsmagazine.co.uk/voting-for-the-soul-survivors-awards-2016-2/ and mark an "x" next to best club The Best Soul Club (Outside London) 2016 category being 5 Star Soul at the Goldmine and let’s celebrate the award in style on 3rd February 2017 at our next 5 Star Soul Night !
THANK YOU x 1 million....!
The DJ line up for the Five Star Soul at the Goldmine, Orsett Hall event in February is as follows (subject to change):
Special Guest DJ:
Tony Matthews - Caister
Brian "The Reverend" Kelly - Caister, Lagoona Soul, Soul by the Jetty
Jon Ovel - Goldmine, Hadleigh Suites
Mark Lee - Zero Radio, Family Affair
Roni O'Brien - Caister
Gary Walden - STOMP Radio
With plenty of Jazz, Funk and Soul with fantastic Soul DJ's between 7.30pm and 1.00am. The event is strictly for the Over 30's. Tickets are selling fast and are £15.00 each, available from www.imagoldminer.com/events or from the Events Team at Orsett Hall on Tel: 01375 891402 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please note there is a £2.00 booking fee for tickets purchased from Orsett Hall.
Why not stay the night at Orsett Hall! We have a special rate per room for Bed and Breakfast based on 2 people sharing, subject to availability. Simply call our Reservations Team on Tel: 01375 891402 or Email: email@example.com and quote 'Goldmine'.
Orsett Hall is proud to announce the opening yesterday, 2 August 2016 of their new £4million Sartoria Wing which is home to Kukana Spa, 17 new Sartoria Bedrooms and Café Sartoria.
The 17 new luxurious Sartoria Bedrooms include a Suite, Accessible Bedroom and Superior Bedrooms which are all individually decorated to an extremely high standard. This takes Orsett Hall’s total number of bedrooms to 56 with 5 of them being Suites.
The brand new state-of-the-art Kukana Spa has six Treatment Rooms, four Nail Bars, a Steam Room, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Spa Pool and Relaxation Room. Full details of the new Spa Packages ranging from Mini Spa Breaks to Luxury Packages are available on our website – www.orsetthall.co.uk Kukana Spa also has Memberships available. For further information, call Kukana Spa direct on Tel: 01375 893089 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Café Sartoria offers relaxed dining to both residents and non-residents offering somewhere lovely to have breakfast, coffee and cake with friends, a lunchtime bite or an evening meal or snack. Open between 9.00am and 9.00pm, 7 days a week, Café Sartoria has exquisite décor and luxury surroundings which are simply stunning.
With the award-winning facilities that Orsett Hall already has, the new Sartoria Wing will put Orsett Hall firmly on the map as one of the top leisure destinations in Essex!
Tel: 01375 891402
Photo: Philip and Alice Barton-Wright opened the new Sartoria Wing
Today (Monday), Contact the Elderly launched their second Thurrock group at Orsett Hall with a delicious Afternoon Tea which had kindly been donated by Orsett Hall. Contact the Elderly is a national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. Supported by a network of volunteers, the charity organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and over, who live alone, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month. Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same which means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship.
The tea party at Orsett Hall marked the launch of the second group in Thurrock. After a successful launch of the first group last year, the charity is thrilled the local community has helped them reach more isolated older people who need the service. Katy Szita, East of England Development Officer for Contact the Elderly, said, ”The tea parties are a real lifeline of friendship for our older guests who have little or no contact with family or friends. They bring people of all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone involved something to look forward to each month. We would like to thank Orsett Hall for making today possible.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about Contact the Elderly is encouraged to visit the website www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk or call Freephone 0800 716 543.
It’s an exciting time for Orsett Hall too as their new bedrooms and Café Sartoria open next month, followed by the opening of the new Kukana Spa which includes 6 treatment rooms, a jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and spa pool! To keep up-to-date with everything happening at Orsett Hall, visit the website www.orsetthall.co.uk