Spanning sensational scones, freshly baked cakes, perfect petit fours, and a glass or two of bubbles for that extra special sparkle, SoBristolWeddings reveals 10 ideas for decadent afternoon tea hen dos – perfect for including all ages of the bridal party in the celebrations.
From country houses to quirky tearooms, brides and their hens can indulge with some seriously sinful goodies within characterful surroundings, for one deliciously good send off.
Vintage loving brides should make a beeline for Cox & Baloney, an independent tea room and bar in Cotham offering a delightful setting for decadent afternoon teas.
The venue can be hired exclusively for hen parties, with a choice of rooms on offer, including the cosy snug for up to 10 people, the tea room for between 20 and 40 guests, and the party room which has space for up to 40 standing and benefits from its own self-contained bar.
Located in Clifton, Heartfelt Vintage is a quirky tea room and shop offering hens the option of private hire to plan your own event or a host of readymade party packages, along with offering mobile afternoon tea at the venue of your choice.
If you want to combine afternoon tea with an activity then you’re spoilt for choice, with the chance to get crafty with fascinator making or quilting, or enjoy a spot of pampering with a vintage hair and make-up makeover.
Escape to the country with your best girls for a spot of afternoon tea at Berwick Lodge, a 19th century Gothic villa set on 18 acres of gardens, providing the perfect setting for a relaxed and civilised hen party.
Enjoy the quintessential classic British institution, complete with finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and delicate cakes, and don’t forget to add a glass or two of Champagne for the ultimate indulgence.
Celebrating traditional British fare, Chin! Chin! on St Michael’s Hill offers a delightful space for hosting hen parties for sweet-toothed, retro-loving brides-to-be.
With shabby chic décor and vintage china aplenty, Chin! Chin!’s Amazing Afternoon Tea menu encompasses a selection of finger sandwiches and homemade cakes, including the signature double chocolate brownie, while the Tipsy Teas also feature a choice of cocktails poured from bone china teapots.
Spend a leisurely afternoon at The Lido Spa in Clifton and take a dip in the outdoor pool, chill out in the sauna or steam room and kick back in hot tub before enjoy a spot of afternoon tea with your hens.
Tuck into smoked salmon on toast with a glass of prosecco and then indulge in a decadent cream team, while the poolside bar is perfect if you want to make a day of it and catch some rays with a cocktail in hand.
Located on Park Street, The Tea Birds Bristol is an independent tea room run by best friends, Anna and Jodie, who share a love of cakes and everything vintage.
The tea room can be booked for private hire for hen parties and offers space to accommodate up to 24 people, with a choice of sweet or savoury afternoon tea, while there’s also the option to order outside catering and china hire.
Vintage tea party company, Pinky Up, is run by afternoon tea enthusiasts Rosie and Daisy who travel to the venue of your choice to host retro-themed celebrations, supplying everything from vintage bone china and tablecloths to delicious homemade sandwiches, scones and cakes.
Waitresses decked out in 1950s-style outfits add to the vintage feel, while the dressing up box, brimming with feathers, hats, pearls and more, is perfect for bringing a touch of retro chic to the proceedings.
Head to Bristol’s chic department store, Harvey Nichols, for a seriously stylish space to indulge in a spot of afternoon tea and Champagne with your hens – and of course the opportunity for a bit of retail therapy.
Located on the fourth floor of the Cabot Circus store, the restaurant’s decadent afternoon tea menu features a trio of delicate sandwiches, homemade mini scones with clotted cream and jam, along with a selection of freshly made cakes and pastries.
The Bristol Hotel offers a contemporary setting for enjoying its Vintage Afternoon Tea, complete with traditional scones, miniature cakes and delicious finger sandwiches, served on retro crockery.
If you want to make your afternoon tea with your hens even more special, savour a Hendricks gin cocktail in a vintage tea cup or glass of Champagne while taking in the sights of the Harbourside.
Conveniently located on Bristol’s Corn Street, Café Revival boasts the accolade of being the city’s oldest coffee house, with an inviting space that’s perfect for hosting afternoon tea hen parties.
The licensed café is available for hire during the day and evenings, with a choice of homemade cakes and sandwiches on offer, along with plenty of fizz to add to the celebratory atmosphere.
By Anna McKittrick
Friday 20 May 2016
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