Last weekend we had another little bit of summer just creeping into September. Mum and I were invited to try out the afternoon tea at the Manor at Weston on the Green near Bicester, which fitted in very well to our plans to hit up Bicester Village.
A quick potted history…
I’m always interested in the history behind these grand houses… the current house sits on a site which once belonged to the Augustinian Osney Abbey which held on to the manor until Henry VIII got involved in the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the mid-1500s.
It’s believed to have housed Osney Abbey’s bailiff sometime around the 15th to 16th century and has all the Tudor hallmarks, a couple of Tudor roses gracing the front door and a ginormous fireplace in the entrance hall.
The manor front we see today, which is now covered in a wonderful amber Virginia creeper, was added in the 1800s and more fully renovated in 1851 by the Hon. Rev. F. A. Bertie.
If you’re not visiting the Manor for an afternoon tea, it is hosting a food festival and village fete on 30th Sept (more details at the end) and that would be the perfect time to take in its grounds.
Our afternoon tea at the Manor at Weston on the Green
Now the Manor is country house hotel offering those visiting Bicester Village a little respite. For our cream tea, we settled into a bright airy room, next to the window, overlooking the lawns – which on this sunny day were just crying out for a croquet match. The afternoon tea is £20 per person, with an extra £7 each for a glass of bubbly.
I love it when the afternoon tea is brought out on a three tier cake stand, finger sandwiches, scones and cake. At the Manor, the sandwiches included a selection of cucumber, salmon and cheese and pickle on neatly cut crustless bread.
The scones (scone as in cone) were the best bit of the whole experience – freshly baked, airy with a super crumbly texture (not so crumbly that they fall apart at the sight of a knife laden with clotted cream). We had a plain and a fruit scone each and of course, eaten jam first (we’re not heathens!).
The top tier included a selection of small bitesize cakes – a macron, Madeline, carrot cake, fig roll biscuits. Lots of people when we visited were taking home what they couldn’t finish, to them I say ‘amateurs’. Mum and I had no trouble finishing off the lot! And it set us up well for hitting the shops after.
The food festival
The Manor is hosting its Festival of Food & Drink and Village Fête on Sunday 30th September 2018 from 11am to 4pm. There’ll be street food, gin and whisky bars, artisan food stalls and a dog show.
You can also have a cream tea or pop into the Ila Spa for a mini hand massage or purchase something from their range. In fact, I’ve teamed up with the Ila Spa to offer one lucky winner a little pamper package, just check out my Instagram but hurry entries end on 14th September 2018.
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🌼Competition!🌸 I’ve teamed up with @ila_spa to offer one winner a pamper package including this Energy Spray and a 60 minute treatment and sound healing session at their Cotswold Spa at The Manor at Weston on the Green @themanorweston The energy spray has notes of orange blossom, rose geranium, lemongrass and juniper berry – a quick spritz will certainly lift the mood! The treatments from Ila Spa at Cotswold Spa are redeemable between Mon – Fri. The Manor is also hosting its own Festival of Food & Drink on 30th Sept. To enter all you have to do is: Follow me at @theweekendtourist Like the post Tag a friend who’d also like to enter (tag as many friends as you like, each comment counts as a separate entry.) This is not affiliated with Instagram, and closing date is 14th Sept. I’ll announce the winner on Friday evening on my Instastory – so stay tuned. #competition #cotswoldbloggers #cotswoldspa #pamperme #ihavethisthingwithspas #spa #pamperyourself #pampertime #cotswolds #ila #ilaspa #bicestervillage