As early as the 16th century, the fourth Sunday of Lent was called Mothering Sunday, when families came together to attend church. It was traditionally a day off for servants, who could use it to return home and visit their mothers, since they wouldn’t get to see them during the rest of the year …..By the early 20th century, Mothering Sunday had evolved into a tradition of spending family time at home.
Children and young people who were given a day off on that date so they could visit their families would pick wild flowers along the way to place in the church or give to their mothers. Eventually, the religious tradition evolved into the Mothering Sunday secular tradition of giving gifts to mothers.
Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and home-made cards to their mothers.
This year it is 31st March and Chocolate Café Customers treat their mums to breakfast, lunch or Afternoon Tea. It is one of the few days of the year when we don’t require you to book a table, but we always look forward to warmly welcoming you and your families.
And if you are looking for fab gift ideas to treat your special mum, then you can buy Chocolate Café gift vouchers or get 25% off on our popular Chocolate Tasting for Two by joining our VIP list. https://chocolatecafehenley.co.uk/vip-list/
This includes a glass of Prosecco each and a delicious platter of various different chocolates treats made in house, together with a hot chocolate sauce to dip marshmallows, bananas and strawberries in. There are no expiry date on our vouchers so it makes an ideal present for mum.
For other Mothering Sunday gift Ideas go to https://chocolatecafehenley.co.uk/shopping/
The streets of New York visit Henley on Thames via Reading Operatic Society!
ROS is proud to present the much loved musical ‘Annie’.
Chocolate Cafe Henley is offering people who attend this performance a special treat (to be advised), so please keep your ticket.
Based on the popular comic strip, Annie tells the extraordinary story of a little orphan who ends up in the lap of luxury with Depression-era billionaire Oliver Warbucks.
Unlike most of the other children at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage, spunky Annie believes that her parents are still alive and will one day return to claim her.
So when Mr. Warbucks offers to adopt her, she asks the most powerful man in America to help find her real mom and dad instead, and he agrees.
Warbucks’ whopping reward for finding Annie’s parents attracts the attention of con artists Rooster, Lily and the wicked Miss Hannigan, who hatch a plot to kidnap Annie and take the $50,000 reward.
Featuring songs such as ‘Maybe’, ‘Little Girls’, ‘You’re Never Fully Dressed’ and ‘Tomorrow’, this is a show not to be missed and will have you leaving the theatre humming (and singing) these classics tunes.
The origin of the afternoon cream tea began in England in the early 1840’s by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon and in the 1840’s the fashion in households was not to serve the evening meal until 8pm, which meant it was a long time between lunch at midday and dinner.
Afternoon Tea is traditionally a meal composed of sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and cakes, served with tea or coffee.
The Chocolate Cafes not only offer its own version of Afternoon Tea, but also offer Cream Tea too. This is traditionally a speciality of both Cornwall and Devon and is a form of afternoon tea but a lighter meal. Consisting of tea taken with a combination of scones, clotted cream, and jam. Cream teas are offered for sale in tea rooms in those two counties, as well as in other parts of England.
The one thing most people ask though is “which goes first, jam or cream”? And the answer, well it depends on whether you follow the tradition from Cornwall or Devon. Cornwall put the jam first and Devon put the cream on first.
Unlike some hotels and restaurants, you don’t have to book into The Chocolate Cafes to enjoy our Afternoon/Cream Teas. Nor do we specify a time to have it. Many people enjoy an afternoon tea with us from midmorning, lunch and tea time as well as afternoon.
There is no maximum number of people, we can and do serve afternoon tea for one or as many as you like. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed any day of the week and can be accompanied by prosecco as part of our Bubbly Afternoon Tea.
Father’s Day has been celebrated around Catholic Europe since the Middle ages so not as new as we may think. In these parts it is always celebrated on 19 March as this is St Joseph’s Day
In the UK we celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society on the third Sunday of June this year falling on June 17.
The Chocolate Cafes have many bookings for breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas. You don’t need to book however just turn up. At Henley we have over 90 chairs, Goring over 50 and Wokingham 150 chairs including its outside courtyard with 50 seats alone. So accommodating large groups of families celebrating dads, grandads and great grandads Day is never a problem.
Fathers Day this year, the weather looks amazing, so why not combine your visit to The Chocolate Café Henley with a trip on the river with our good friends Hobbs of Henley ….
Goring is located at one of the most picturesque parts of the River Thames as well as being on the Chilterns Walkway and so is perfect for walking, cycling and boating. We are the only café open on Sundays and Mondays and so very popular for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Many people pop in and do takeaway sandwiches and pannini before returning later in the day for afternoon teas/ coffee and cake.
The Wokingham café is a very popular destination not only is the food so different from the other to but the delightful courtyard makes it a fab venue for familes and friends to meet and hang out in the sunshine enjoying food, a glass of wine or too and coffee, cake and ice cream.
The Gap Festival – Goring & Streatley 14 – 17 June 2018
With four fabulous days, filled with music, words, comedy, literature, visual and performing arts, workshops and much more. Come and listen to amazing speakers, singers and bands, dance the night away, laugh, go to a workshop, follow the Art Trail and meet the artists, enter the world of Wind in the Willows. Most of all, come and have fun and enjoy the Gap Festival 2018.
At Chocolate Cafe Goring we have some of the beautiful art on display on our first floor. Denny Webb has a number of pictures which you may buy if you wish or simply enjoy in relaxed surroundings. Other artists are also featured.
Denny’s website says “Denny is an intuitive, experimental artist who works in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, she is well known for her luminous watercolour paintings using many contemporary techniques which she also loves to share with her students to help inspire them to step out of their comfort zones and re-connect with their creative selves.
Denny has worked and studied in the U.S.A. where she has established a large client base and won numerous awards in national shows, in addition she has paintings in private collections in America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the U.K.,she is also a member of the prestigious Oxford Art Society.”
The Gap Arts Trail Information
Local artists and craftspeople open their own studios or display their work in central community spaces.
Walk the trail on foot or cycle around and take in some interesting facts from heritage sites along the way.
The art map is available at The Village Cafe/Chocolate Cafe Goring and from many locations in the villages. Or you can just pop into any of the studios where they will be freely available or visit the main GAP Festival Website.
Please do feel free to visit us, why not enjoy a snack or one of our Connoisseur Hot Chocolate drinks made lovingly created using the finest ingredients!
Refill is a national practical tap water campaign that aims to make refilling your bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by introducing refill points on every street. We know water fountains can be expensive to install and maintain, so now friendly cafes, shops, hotels and businesses are welcoming people in to refill your water bottle – for free
The Problem with Plastic
Plastic pollution is damaging the health of our oceans. From plankton to pilot whales, algae to albatross ― no ocean life remains free from the effects of plastic waste. It’s even found in the seafood we eat. It’s been dubbed as “one of the most serious emerging threats to marine biodiversity,” by the Convention on Biological Diversity and between 8 and 12 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year – over 80% of it coming from land-based sources. The main contributor is larger plastic litter, including everyday items such as drinks bottles and other types of plastic packaging, as well as sewage-related related debris, such as cotton buds, wet wipes, sanitary waste and microbeads.
A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and it’s predicted that figure will rise by another 20% by 2021. However global efforts to collect and recycle the bottles to keep them from polluting the oceans, are just not keeping up.
Here in the UK, the average household uses 480 plastic bottles a year, but only recycles 270 of them – meaning nearly half (44%) are NOT put in the recycling. This means that nationally, of the over 35 million plastic bottles being used every day in the UK, nearly 16 million plastic bottles aren’t being put out for recycling.
If just one in ten Brits refilled once a week, we’d have 340 million less plastic bottles a year in circulation!
Refill Henley on Thames
A Refill Campaign was introduced in October to help reduce plastic waste. The river in Henley is extremely important to the locals, for many reasons including the Royal Rowing Regatta which takes place every summer. The river is a massive source of joy to visitors and locals as well as an important habitat to wildlife. The importance of keeping it clean and plastic-waste free was not lost on the people of Henley on Thames.
Within our Chocolate Cafes, we have always had a policy to refill water bottles. With countless cyclists throughout the year, together with walkers and other people passing by, this is something we have always offered. Whilst there is an official scheme in Henley you can get free water for your bottle in the Chocolate Café at Goring or Chocolate Cafe Wokingham.
As you may have seen or heard in the news recently several high-profile cafés and restaurants have closed or reduced the number of outlets they operate.
The reasons stated have suggested that the minimum/living wage increases plus auto-enrol pensions has meant that these businesses can no longer make a profit or break-even.
Chocolate Café has taken the view that employees should earn a decent wage and deliver a great service. We are going to increase our prices very soon which will help offset these increased operating costs. But we are determined to help not only our staff but also our customers.
So, we have Introduced our special VIP-List.
By joining our VIP membership, you will save more when you order via our new online store. There are several vouchers/coupons available including 25% off our very popular Chocolate Tasting Experience for two which includes a glass of Prosecco each.
In keeping with the new GDPR directive, you will have full control over any data we collect.
Please feel free to sign up and get your coupons VIP List Offer. If you have any questions, please leave them below or use the contact form which you will find in the contact us page.
With best wishes
The Chocolate Café Team
Did you know you can order special occasion cakes with us!
We have made everything from Birthday Cakes made from our raspberry chocolate parfait to lemon cupcakes for Baby Showers.
Cakes are made daily by Tom our in-house pastry chef. You just need to give us 48 hours notice.
We also make Vegan and Gluten Free Cakes
Midsomer Murders was filmed in and around Henley and the town hosts a1 hour guided tours of Henley-On-Thames and its Midsomer Filming locations.
Led by local guides, the tour gives a personal touch and an insight into parts of the Town that tourists often miss. You will be shown filming locations from episodes of the long-running Midsomer Murders Series and iconic buildings and views of the town
The new series of Henley Midsomer Murder walking tours kicked off for 2018 season, starting from The Argyll pub where the episode ‘Last Year’s Model’ was filmed.
This year the series will celebrate the 21st series which has been filmed at a number of Henley locations including the latest location, Henley Rugby Club that will feature in the new series which has yet to be aired. The club was converted into the home of the Causton Lions RFC with several of the Hawks squad being part of the Lions team.
The Midsomer Murders walking tour starts at 11am every Saturday (apart from 7 July) until 27 October and takes approximately 1 hour.
The humble plastic straw’s days may be numbered! It may not have entirely escaped your notice but plastic straws have been getting a lot of bad press recently. Plastic has come to the fore with programmes like Blue Planet 2 highlighting the damage done to our seas and eco-system.
With that in mind, Chocolate Cafe Henley has decided to ditch plastic straws altogether and are now going to buy and offer degradable paper straws instead.
There is, of course, a price to pay as paper straws are 5 times more expensive than plastic. We think our customers would prefer to be as eco-friendly as possible. Whilst there is a large price difference the cafe doesn’t think this will need to be passed onto customers.
Please let us know what you think by commenting below.
Best wishes from Chocolate Cafe Henley.