The Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea, a right royal affair
Ah, the British summer. High tea on striped lawns, manicured finger sandwiches, and warm scones with Cornish clotted cream. Not forgetting the tea of course. What could be more British, than an afternoon natter with friends old and new in a historic setting, and God willing a warm summer sun?
Well, this summer please join us as we raise our cups in celebration of HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. The Platinum Jubilee commemorates the 70-year reign of our longest serving monarch. Join us from Monday 23rd May until Saturday 4th June as Oatlands celebrates this historic event.
Oatlands noble pedigree
Oatlands is the ideal setting for a proper garden party after all the site is no stranger to royalty. Indeed, Henry VIII built the original Oatlands palace, upon whose grounds our hotel sits. King Henry built Oatlands, for his fourth wife Anne of Cleves, as a cousin to Hampton Court Palace. Henry also married his fifth wife Catherine Howard at Oatlands and later lived here with his Sith and final wife Catherine Parr. Over the centuries Oatlands was the home of many British monarchs. Legend has it that Mary Tudor retreated to Oatlands following her ‘pregnancy’. Oatlands Palace was also home to Elizabeth I, James I, and Charles I. Today the hotel nests in acres of manicured gardens. Some guests say our historic buildings look like they’ve escaped from the sets of Bridgeton and The Great.
A feast fit for queens
With such a rich heritage, it’s hard to imagine a more suitable location for a Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea. As you might expect, Oatlands Park Hotel will pull out all the stops, and roll out the proverbial carpet in honour of HRH Elizabeth II. On the menu, you’ll find finger sandwiches and fresh scones with rich strawberry jam accompanied by the most clotted of Cornish creams. In addition, our acclaimed pastry chef has conjured a cornucopia of garden-themed pastries, cakes, fondants, and fancies. To whet one’s whistle, Oatlands has secured the services of the Boutique Tea House. Their talented team will be on hand all day with a ‘where’s where’ of loose-leaf teas, and, of course, we’ll have bubbly by the glass or the ice bucket.
Grounds for celebration
After lunch, or before, we invite our guests to stroll through our world-famous grounds. Over the centuries, kings, queens, poets, artists, and dignitaries of history have picnicked, mused, and sauntered through our grounds. Why not walk in their footsteps? You could take shade under one of the oldest Cedar trees in England, planted by Charles I. Or discover some of the rare plants imported by John Tradescent the Elder, gardener to James 1, once one of the highest-paid horticulturists in Europe. Of course, you’re also free to grab a spot in the sun and get busy doing absolutely nothing. Whatever you decide to do, Oatlands Park Hotel bids you a warm welcome and hopes you’ll help us celebrate HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee and give it the fanfare it deserves.
As this is the first Platinum Jubilee in our nation’s history, we expect interest to be high.
Please book your Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea in advance to avoid disappointment here.