Afternoon Teas

Orsett Hall is the ideal venue for a traditional Afternoon Tea. Our restaurant offers calm and contemporary surroundings, overlooking the hotel's picturesque gardens with a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. Traditional Afternoon Tea offers elegant tiered stands bearing a selection of traditionally British, thinly sliced finger sandwiches and warm scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream. The Patissier's selection includes a range of mini desserts. Also included is the unforgettable English tea selection.

Traditional Afternoon Tea

Served every day 12.00pm to 4.30pm

Price £19.95 per person*

From 1 December to 31 December 2017, Traditional Afternoon Tea will be £23.95 per person

Menu

Flavoured Tea of your Choice
Camomile, Lemon Green, Red Bush, Apple Crunch, Lemon & Ginger, Peppermint, Cranberry & Raspberry, Pure Green, Jasmine Green, Pomegranate White, Cranberry Green, Strawberry & Mango, English Breakfast Tea, Decaffeinated Tea

Please note, there will be an additional charge of £1.00 per speciality coffee ordered.

Served on Colourful China Tiers you can indulge in a scrumptious selection of Sandwiches and Cakes

Terms and Conditions
All our Afternoon Teas are freshly made to order and booking is strongly advisable - please call Reception for availability or book on-line below. Card details are taken as a guarantee at time of booking and full payment is taken on the day of your visit (Full Terms and Conditions available from Reception). Please note that any groups of 15 guests or more will be required to make full payment at time of booking.  Please note that payments are non-refundable and non-transferable, subject to our Cancellation Policy below.  Gratuities are discretionary. The Afternoon Tea Menu is subject to change without notice.  Please note that each booking has a maximum of 2 hours seated in the Garden Brasserie.  If you are buying Afternoon Tea as a gift for someone, an Afternoon Tea Gift Voucher MUST be purchased from Reception as otherwise payment is due on the day.

Cancellation Policy
Tables of 12 People or Less - 14 days prior to the day of booking, cancellation is free of charge.  Less than 14 days prior to day of booking - full payment is due.
Tables of over 12 People - 28 days prior to the day of booking, cancellation is free of charge.  Less than 28 days prior to day of booking - full payment is due.

Please note that payments made by Credit Card will incur an additional charge (Mastercard & Visa 2.5% on total bill, American Express 3.9% of total bill. Payments made by Debit Card have no additional charge.

BOOKINGS CAN NOW ALSO BE MADE ON-LINE

Dress Code - Smart Casual

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Champagne Afternoon Tea

Served as above with a Chilled Glass of Champagne served with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Price £27.95 per person*

*From 1 December to 31 December 2017, Champagne Afternoon Tea will be £31.95 per person

Terms and Conditions
All our Afternoon Teas are freshly made to order and booking is strongly advisable - please call Reception for availability or book on-line below. Card details are taken as a guarantee at time of booking and full payment is taken on the day of your visit (Full Terms and Conditions available from Reception). Please note that any groups of 15 guests or more will be required to make full payment at time of booking.  Please note that payments are non-refundable and non-transferable, subject to our Cancellation Policy below.  Gratuities are discretionary. The Afternoon Tea Menu is subject to change without notice.  Please note that each booking has a maximum of 2 hours seated in the Garden Brasserie.  If you are buying Afternoon Tea as a gift for someone, an Afternoon Tea Gift Voucher MUST be purchased from Reception as otherwise payment is due on the day.

Cancellation Policy
Tables of 12 People or Less - 14 days prior to the day of booking, cancellation is free of charge.  Less than 14 days prior to day of booking - full payment is due.
Tables of over 12 People - 28 days prior to the day of booking, cancellation is free of charge.  Less than 28 days prior to day of booking - full payment is due.

Please note that payments made by Credit Card will incur an additional charge (Mastercard & Visa 2.5% on total bill, American Express 3.9% of total bill). Payments made by Debit Card have no additional charge.

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Savoury Afternoon Tea

We know that not everyone has a sweet tooth but you can still enjoy the full Afternoon Tea experience with our Savoury Afternoon Tea.  We have paired our classic finger sandwiches with savoury scones and delicate savoury treats for you to enjoy, with your choice of tea as above.

Price £21.95 per person*

*From 1 December to 31 December 2017, Savoury Afternoon Tea will be £24.95 per person

Please note that we need 24 hours notice for a Savoury Afternoon Tea booking and they can only be booked for a minimum of 2 people.

Terms and Conditions
All our Afternoon Teas are freshly made to order and booking is strongly advisable - please call Reception for availability or book on-line below. Card details are taken as a guarantee at time of booking and full payment is taken on the day of your visit (Full Terms and Conditions lfrom Reception). Please note that any groups of 15 guests or more will be required to make full payment at time of booking.  Please note that payments are non-refundable and non-transferable, subject to our Cancellation Policy below.  Gratuities are discretionary. The Afternoon Tea Menu is subject to change without notice.  Please note that each booking has a maximum of 2 hours seated in the Garden Brasserie.  If you are buying Afternoon Tea as a gift for someone, an Afternoon Tea Gift Voucher MUST be purchased from Reception as otherwise payment is due on the day.

Cancellation Policy
Tables of 12 People or Less - 14 days prior to the day of booking, cancellation is free of charge.  Less than 14 days prior to day of booking - full payment is due.
Tables of over 12 People - 28 days prior to the day of booking, cancellation is free of charge.  Less than 28 days prior to day of booking - full payment is due.

Please note that payments made by Credit Card will incur an additional charge (Mastercard & Visa 2.5% on total bill, American Express 3.9% of total bill). Payments made by Debit Card have no additional charge.

BOOKINGS CAN NOW ALSO BE MADE ON-LINE


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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!


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Baby Showers

Why not book an Afternoon Tea Baby Shower. Enjoy our wonderful Afternoon Teas in our Garden Brasserie with a baby theme - only available for bookings of 12 people and under.

We can accommodate bookings of over 12 people for a Baby Shower Afternoon Tea in one of our Function Suites. Please note there would be an additional Room Hire Charge in addition to the Afternoon Tea price.

Our chef will theme some of your cakes to help celebrate the happy event. Please note, you must state at the time of booking that you would like a Baby Shower Afternoon Tea, so that Chef can create your special cakes.

For more information and to check availability, please contact our Reception Team on Tel: 01375 891402 or email: reception@orsetthall.co.uk

For Baby Shower room decoration packages, please speak to our on-site Florist Aura Design on Tel: 01375 893598 or Email: auradesignevents@btconnect.com who can provide balloons, chaircovers and other decorations. You can also visit their website: www.aura-design.co.uk