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Breakfast at Tiffany’s Themed Afternoon Tea – Essex

February 22, 2019

If there are two things that go seamlessly together, its Ant and Dec, egg and chips, gin and tonic and Kerry and afternoon tea. I just blooming love them. (You can read about another favourite in this post, the Mary Poppins Afternoon tea) You would know this without any doubt if you have been around on my blog for any manner of time. Themed afternoon tea’s in particular make me dust off a dress, whack on some lippy and get myself to where the tea is at. So when a Breakfast at Tiffany’s afternoon tea was on offer, I was there, tiara in hand…..

I have written a post about this particular venue before, (in this post – A Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea, Essex) and did not intend to write about my second visit to Mad Dogs and Englishmen, in Leigh on sea. However, it was so beautiful, and I experienced this afternoon tea as a vegan, so thought it should be shared. Like so many of us, I adore Audrey Hepburn, and the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s is my favourite film that she stared in. So much so that when I went to New York the first time, I had to walk along Fifth Avenue, (well, I was trying to do a Hollywood glamour walk, which I didnt really nail in minus 5 degree snow and Ugg boots) and do the entire looking in the shop window, as in the film. Not so easy for me as a 5ft 4 short arse, trying to look in the huge windows, but you know, the thought was there and Im sure I looked exactly like Audrey………

“Iv never been a Millionaire, but I know I’d be just Darling at it”

Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

This particular theme at Mad Dogs for February is my perfect choice, a Breakfast at Tiffany’s afternoon tea. I booked it for me and my Mum as a birthday treat for her, so we dusted off our pearls, popped on a dress and went along. The theme is always incredibly well thought out here, in this little hidden Essex gem. As soon as you enter the shop, (its an interiors shop, with the tea rooms at the back of the shop) you were greeted by giant jewellery boxes, all stacked and in the striking and unmistakable Tiffany blue colour with white ribbon. Two of these stacks were either side of the door through which you walk.

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Once inside, your eyes are darting about everywhere looking at the details. A white baby grand piano draped with long black gloves, black satin handbag and sparkling jewellery is the first thing you see. Then, a chaise, made out of a roll top bath, adorned with rich, jewelled coloured cushions and velvet throws. The tables, lit with mismatched lamps all set with more Tiffany boxes, “diamond ring” topped trinket boxes and your Holly Golightly cake selection menu. It was just beautiful, and made you feel like you was stepping onto the set of an old glamour Hollywood film.

breakfast at tiffanys afternoon tea essex

The afternoon tea started with our choice of loose leaf tea. Mum chose and English breakfast blend, I chose the Breakfast at Tiffany’s Blue lady tea. A blend of black and mild fruit tea that was just gorgeous. We were then brought over the stand of savouries. I had informed the tea room at the time of booking that I was a vegan, and they had accounted for and catered too perfectly. Sometimes, as anyone that is vegan would know, you can turn up to these things and they have just replaced the menu with standard vegan options. There is often little thought gone into it, and it can be underwhelming.

breakfast at tiffanys afternoon tea essex

Not so here. They had tried to make the vegan offering as near to the standard menu as possible, and therefore keeping with the theme. Little rice cakes topped with avocado, (instead of crispy bacon blinis, which were the Doc Golightly) mini vegan hot dogs, (Mum had a mini New Yorker dog) rye bread with vegan cream cheese and sundried tomatoes,(Mums was smoked salmon and cream cheese, Mt Yunioshi’s favourite) and gorgeous mint and cucumber finger sandwiches. Delicious.

As you finished your savouries, a little tiffany gift box was brought over for each of us. Inside was warm, home made scones. Again, a vegan version made for me. Clotted cream and jam, (coconut cream was the vegan choice) were given and you were left to enjoy your scones and tea. I was in heaven!

breakfast at tiffanys afternoon tea essex

As if all that was not enough, a beautiful tray was brought over with a sparkling martini glass for of sweet and salted popcorn, glasses of salted caramel mousse topped with macaroon, a Tiffany’s cupcake with pearl necklace decorating the top, and a mini croissant. Again, effort had been made and even a vegan croissant was included in my offering. It was absolutely gorgeous.

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We couldn’t eat all of the sweet items, so our waitress happily boxed them up for us, ready to be taken home to Nik and the boys. They always get something brought home for them!

breakfast at tiffanys afternoon tea essex

We had such a fabulous afternoon. Nothing is to much trouble for the waiting staff to cater to, and you really do feel spoilt. The girly, old Hollywood glamour wraps around you like a blanket as soon as you enter the tea rooms, and you really do feel like Holly Golightly for the day! It transports you back to the time when Hollywood starlets were classy and real stars, and everything was done well and with attention to detail. I just loved it! If you are ever in Essex, you must visit the tea rooms.

So, I asked this question over on Instagram, and am going to ask the same here. If you were to host or design an afternoon tea, what theme would you do??? I would love to know what your ideal afternoon tea would be!

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26 responses to “Breakfast at Tiffany’s Themed Afternoon Tea – Essex”

  1. OMG this place is so fancy and chic, I’m in love. Beautiful photos Kerry. xx

  2. That looks like so much fun! I have never actually had afternoon tea (although I’d really love to) but I do enjoy hosting French ‘ picnic lunch’ when friends and family come to stay- all the French meats and cheeses, baguette, salad, pastries and of course wine!

  3. Bejal says:

    what a stunning, and I mean stunning afternoon tea idea! Love everything about it from the venue, the elegant decor, to that duck-egg Tiffany signature hue of macarons and scatterings. Loving the photos too x

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      It really was a decadent, fancy afternoon. It felt like we were on the set of a 1930’s movie. just lovely. Thank you so much for reading and your kind words xxxx

  4. Liz says:

    Wow. That tearroom would have surprised me with the decor. Looks very impressive. I have had an afternoon tea before in a cafe some years ago and I found I was stuffed to eat it all. I booked the afternoon tea for my mum. I can’t remember if it was for her birthday, or Mother’s Day now. It was going back a few years and we couldn’t manage eating it all. Luckily we could take the remainder home too.

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      They always put so much thought int the decor. The details, and trying to create a real experience for the customer. I love it. I think its such a lovely thing to do isnt it, very much a girls treat. Thanks for reading xxx

  5. Hannah says:

    Looks (and sounds) like such a delicious afternoon – i love their attention to detail with the theme! The scones look delicious too and how cool that it came in its own little presentation box! xx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      It was such a lovely theme Hannah. They always do them well there. I was so impressed at how much effort they put in for the vegan choices. Its a must visit for anyone that loves an afternoon tea! We should all go!

  6. Oh my gosh this sounds – and looks – absolutely amazing! Afternoon tea is one of my favourite things and I’ve been dying to go to more this year.I’ve never been to one as fancy as this before!

    Now, in answer to your question… I would love to go proper fancy and royal and say that everyone has to dress like a princess haha.

  7. Jean says:

    Love your photos Kerry of this very elegant afternoon tea at Mad Dogs and Englishmen. After reading your last post of this venue I gave it a try, boy you’re right, it is a beautiful place, a real hidden gem of Essex. Great to know they do a good vegan option too, not many places offer such a fabulous one as this one. I will definitely have to book again

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      They do everything so well there dont they! The attention to detail is fantastic. I am so glad that you went and enjoyed the experience too xxxx

  8. Alex Grace says:

    You are the Queen of discovering amazing afternoon tea’s Kerry! This looks delicious and all the details look so well-thought out. Glad you had a great time – looking forward to see where you discover next!

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Alex, I can sniff out a cake at five miles hahah! Its something that my Mum and I just love doing together. Its kind of our thing now. I have seen another couple that appeal to me, so I think its safe to assume that there will be more appearing…….lol x

  9. It just looks perfect, what a hidden treasure… thank you for this blog Kerry I just HAVE to go here!!! xxxx

  10. gemmaorton says:

    This looks amazing and so well done. The little things make such a difference with themes. I would love to go to an Alice In Wonderland tea!

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