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!
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
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