For a memorable new hen idea, why not accept the invitation of Emma, Viscountess Weymouth, and go for afternoon tea at Longleat…?!
Well, why not indeed? It’s not everyday a Viscountess invites you to afternoon tea, and by the looks of those cakes (and the bubbly), we say this is a fabulous new hen idea! Whilst fast becoming a staple in the build-up to any bride’s big day, the ‘hen do’ is often a source of angst as well as a logistical conundrum – mainly for your maid of honour. It’s no mean feat to organise a group of women, often of varying ages and stages in life (some pregnant; some single; some grandmothers!), many of whom may not have actually met, and then to pull off an unforgettable occasion that everyone will enjoy. So we’re always on the lookout for fresh ideas. This hen idea combines three of our all-time favourite things beginning with ‘C’: cake, Champagne and cheetahs (go with us on this…).
‘Emma’s Afternoon Tea’ is available daily from 12pm-5pm and will run throughout the year. A specially curated high tea, set in the elegant Orangery, is all set to become a permanent fixture at Longleat. Bringing to life Emma’s love of quintessentially British tradition, the tea presentation includes a selection of speciality teas, afternoon cocktails, delicious sandwiches, homemade meringues and intricately crafted cakes, all made using locally sourced ingredients. With the beautiful backdrop of Longleat estate and set in the stunning orangery, Emma’s Afternoon Tea is the ideal hen party.
Commenting on the launch of her Afternoon Tea, Emma has said: “I absolutely adore afternoon tea. It’s such a quintessentially British thing to do and while I know I’m biased, being able to enjoy it in surroundings as beautiful as the Orangery at Longleat only adds to the experience. I spent a long time refining the Afternoon Tea to make sure it was just right, so in addition to dainty finger sandwiches and cream tea scones, I’ve also put a modern twist on some classics, such as my chocolate ganache filled meringues. They’re so decadent and moreish!”
Guests will also have the opportunity to take home Emma’s delicious cakes, meringues and preserves from the range of products from the ‘Emma’s Kitchen’, located on site at Longleat. And if you wanted to go the whole hog (whole lion?!) there is also the option to have a VIP safari park tour after or prior to the afternoon tea!