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Let them eat cake

07 May 2014

Let them eat cake

The Green House Hotel in Bournemouth has come up with an alternative to the traditional wedding breakfast – a sumptuous and sustainable Afternoon Tea package

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It’s hard to think of anything that lends itself to a romantic wedding theme quite as effortlessly as high tea. Whether it’s simple and rustic or pure Alice in Wonderland fantasy, you can really have fun with the décor, the presentation and the menu itself.

Casual yet sophisticated, invariably lovely to look at and, of course, quintessentially British… little wonder Afternoon Tea is fast becoming a popular wedding choice for couples who have a limited budget, or just want something a bit more light and informal than the traditional three-course wedding breakfast.

Now The Green House Hotel in Bournemouth, one of the Independent’s top 50 UK wedding venues, has taken things a whole step further by launching its own eco-friendly take on the idea. The venue, currently holder of the title ‘Considerate Hotel of the Year’, has come up with a sumptuous and sustainable Afternoon Tea Package for between 40 and 70 guests in its stunningly restored 32-bedroom Victorian villa, located seconds from Bournemouth’s golden sandy beaches.

You could be forgiven for thinking that the Grade II listed property – which underwent a painstaking £5 million renovation in 2010 - is nothing more than Dorset’s most stylish boutique hotel. Dig deeper, however, and you will see that it eats, sleeps, breathes sustainability, from the responsibly sourced timber underfoot to the solar panels and honey-bee hives on its roof.

It’s also home to Arbor, itself winner of a Silver Trophy in the Dorset Tourism Awards, and one of a select number of national three-star champions (the highest possible rating) handpicked by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

So the exquisite finger sandwiches are made with responsibly fished smoked salmon; homemade freshly made fancies such as carrot cake and chocolate fudge brownies are baked with New Forest eggs from Fluffets Farm; and homemade scones (fair-trade chocolate chip or traditional) are served with Dorset clotted cream and handmade preserves using fruits from the New Forest. And yes, there’s honey too.

Quality loose-leaf teas, from traditional English breakfast to organic herb and green teas, have been sourced responsibly by the Gilded Teapot, an independent specialist merchant in nearby Dorchester. And the coffees are locally roasted in small batches on a reconditioned 1940s roaster by the Dorset Coffee Company.

There’s even organic English sparkling wine, delivered to the hotel from a vineyard in Poole by electric car.

Whatever the couple’s chosen theme, their personal Green House wedding planner will work with them every step of the way to make sure every detail is perfect, from the cupcake icing to the colour of the chair covers and sashes, and the choice of flowers for the silver-candelabra centrepieces.

To arrange a viewing or discuss any aspect of your wedding email weddings@thegreenhousehotel.com. For further information please visit www.thegreenhousehotel.com or contact Olivia O’Sullivan, General Manager on 01202 498900 or oosullivan@thegreenhousehotel.com


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