Cliveden House

My close friend Jacqui, freelance journalist and founder of Mummy’s Little Monkey first introduced me to Cliveden National Trust almost 3 years ago at a critical time for the family as Peter and I were considering a move to Windsor from Yorkshire. It’s no exaggeration that a carefree cold but fun day in the historic grounds of Cliveden, and the important reminder of the many friends we had down South, proved to be a catalyst in us making the move.

Ruinart afternoon tea at Cliveden House

half term at Cliveden House kids playing at Cliveden House

I didn’t imagine that upon moving, PR and now good pal, James Rogers, would reach out to invite me to make Cliveden House, the privately owned 5 star, Grade 1 Listed hotel, a second home (I know, how lucky I am-so grateful?!) but that’s what happened!

Cliveden House

Cliveden House

We’ve luckily experienced many a milestone there from several nourishing spa trips in their state-of-the-art spa and gym (with a listed pool no less) to a private dining Christmas festive feast, a champagne launch party lunch at the Astor Grill and most recently, the divine Ruinart Champagne Afternoon Tea that Jacqui and I enjoyed, overlooking the achingly beautiful views of the grounds from the expansive parlour windows.

Cliveden House Spa

On what would have been an otherwise mundane Monday, we shed our usual responsibilities (along with our mum uniform of gym kits) and morphed into ladies of the manor (ha!) and it was glorious!!!

…I’ve written about the history of Cliveden House several times before but if you’re not aware of its background (and how could you not with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex staying there the night before her wedding), it has also been home to many a secret, and party too. Over 350 years, it has played host to almost every British Monarch since George 1 and saw three dukes, an Earl and Frederick Prince of Wales also live there.

Cliveden House

It was of course the setting of the scandalous Profumo affair of 61 which saw John Profumo, an up-and-coming Conservative Secretary of State for War and husband of well-known actress, Valerie Hobson, embark on an elicit affair with 19 year old model and suspected Russian spy Christine Keeler after a chance meeting at Cliveden House.

The affair forced his resignation after an initial denial and damaged the Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan’s reputation and confidence leading to the Conservatives’ defeat by the Labour Party in 64.

Steamy scandals aside, let’s refocus on Ruinart champagne and pretty views and the only scandal being, who would eat both scones or settle for one!

Ruinart Afternoon Tea

With perfectly prepared finger sandwiches (cucumber are always my faves) and savoury treats; freshly baked scones with home-made strawberry jam and clotted cream; chocolate pastries, the full-bodied and aromatic Cliveden blend tea (house blend for me followed by Rooibos) and not forgetting the pièce de résistance, a glass of the delectable Ruinart Rosé Champagne each, this was no ordinary afternoon tea but a feast for both the eyes and tastebuds too, a joyful curation of sweet and savoury morsels served on a signed Ron Arad tea tray.

Ruinart afternoon tea at Cliveden House


Each tray is a piece of art, signed and numbered by the artist, with only 300 ever having been produced…

Ruinart Afternoon Tea

“The shape of the Ruinart bottle is very distinctive. It is part of the DNA of Ruinart. [In the creation] The outline is a ghost. The spiral is embracing the ghost. It is the ghost of a [Ruinart] bottle holding the cakes for the tea party.” ~ Ron Arad.

A statement centrepiece, it does make the afternoon tea rather spectacular indeed. And look at the surroundings!

Cliveden House

Cliveden House

The menu is as follows, with vegetarian and vegan options available (I enjoyed a vegetarian afternoon tea, Jacqui a standard version):

Ruinart Champagne Afternoon Tea


Smoked salmon and cucumber finger sandwich
crème fraîche, granary bread [G, F, D]
Free range egg mayonnaise finger sandwich
onion bread [G, E, D, SD]
Coronation chicken brioche roll [G, E, D, SD]
Barbecued beef soft shell taco [G, E, SD]
Chorizo sausage roll [G, E, D, Ce, SD]
Tomato and basil quiche [G, D, E]

Freshly baked raisin and plain scones [G, D, SD]
Devonshire clotted cream [D]
Homemade strawberry jam

Mint chocolate and cherry tartlet [G, D, E, S, SD]
Strawberry and vanilla religieuse [G, D, E]
Red velvet cake with raspberry buttercream [G, D, E, SD]


£65.00 per person

Available 26th October and 16th November 2019 only. Subject to availability. Must be booked in advance.

A trip to Cliveden would not be complete without a leisurely stroll around the beautiful 376 acre estate. An additional charge of £10 is levied by the National Trust for all guests visiting Cliveden House although if you are already a National Trust member there is no extra charge.

Cliveden House

For more information, please see: 

You can be feel like a princess for a day too!
Enter to win afternoon tea (not the limited edition Ruinart one) for two worth £100.
Ends Nov 24th 2019
UK only
No cash alternative
Winner must respond within 7 days of the email notification being sent otherwise a new winner will be randomly selected.

UK only or must be in the UK when visiting. Travel and accommodation will not be covered.

Good luck.

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Disclosure: Jacqui and I received a complimentary afternoon tea.

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75 Responses

  1. Lucy Chester

    I would love to win as I would love to treat my mum for a girls day out, with three brothers growing up we didn’t get to have time to just chill and relax with each other.

  2. Tracy Higgs

    I want to win because it looks amazing and I would take my mum who I really don’t get to spend enough time with.

  3. irene

    I have always wanted to visit Cliveden House and this would be the perfect opportunity!

  4. Mary Chez

    Have visited the grounds at Cliveden a few times but never been inside…would be a real treat to take my husband for afternoon tea.

  5. Aisling Pinchin

    I’ve been to the gardens during the summer and it’s very beautiful but not really seen much of the inside I’d love to bring my husband and if they’d let us ; the dog

  6. Claire Ginn

    I have always wanted to visit, it would be perfect for our wedding anniversary

  7. Kelly Whitfield

    I’d love to take my husband as we have a baby girl and it would be great to go on a romantic date again

  8. Rebecca Jones

    I’d take my mom, she deserves a treat as she is just finishing a round of chemo.

  9. Neha Chauhan

    I’d take my husband along with me to celebrate our marriage anniversary.

  10. Jane Morfett

    My mum because we love tea and cake and a good chat in fine surroundings for a treat

  11. Karen Usher

    I would take my amazing crew mate (ambulance service) we talk about food non stop and the pictures you took like A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

  12. Lesley Prestage

    Looks fabulous – would love to take my husband for our anniversary.

  13. Steph Curtis

    I have an old friend who has been going through a very tough divorce this year and I would really like to treat her to a special event – she never gets to leave her boys anymore, but I would somehow sort childcare for her!

  14. Helen Stratton

    I would take my husband as it’s been a bit of a hard year and this would be a nice, relaxing treat.

  15. Sarah-Jane Carter

    I have always wanted to go to afternoon but never really has the opportunity to do so, I would take my sister in law as she has been well over the past few years x

  16. Sarah

    I absolutely love Afternoon Tea. I’d take my friend who loves a cake as much as I do! x

  17. Caroline Hunter

    I’d take my friend Liz as she would love a treat like this. It looks fabulous!

  18. Hannah Lord

    I would love to win this as it looks so beautiful. My partner can you believe has never had afternoon tea?? And what a place to have his first experience

  19. Claire Nutman

    I have been so ill, and my best friend lives nearby to here, so it would be such a pleasure to visit her, and treat her to a lovely special day as she has been ultra supportive…..many thanks

  20. Emma c

    I’d love to treat for mum around Christmas time, I bet Cliveden is beautiful then! I’ve never been before and it would be a dream!

  21. Natalie Burgess

    Id take my lovely partner as we never have dates anymore since having the kids and hes never experienced afternoon tea! Xx

  22. Tara Clover

    I’d love to visit and bring my friend Samantha. It’s her birthday next month and she has expressed how she would love to visit Cliveden House.

  23. Sare Davies

    I’m a huge afternoon tea fan and this one looks amazing! I’d take my Kiwi friend Jess to introduce her to this wonderful English tradition (and to make her feel a little better after this morning’s Rugby World Cup semi final.)

  24. Amy Wright

    I would love to win and take my mum because she never thinks about herself and deserves to be treat

  25. Jackie Howell

    I would love to take my mother-in-law for her birthday as she has wanted to go for years but never been and would be a lovely surprise for her

  26. Rachel Walsh

    I’d love to win to take my partner as we’ve both had a stressful time at work lately!!

  27. Joanne dawkins

    I would take my friend Jess. We are both mum’s to children with special needs so this would be a lovely treat and a break from the norm.

  28. Nicola Hartshorn

    I would like to visit Clivedon for a little pampering and to see the hotel and garden. I would take my partner who deserves a treat

  29. Jane Willis

    We’ve still never visited Cliveden despite having lived in the area for almost 40 years – perhaps we need to get a bit more settled here first!!!!! Anyway, I would love to visit and would bring my husband.

  30. Jane Willis

    We’ve still never visited Cliveden despite having lived in the area for almost 40 years – perhaps we need to get a bit more settled here first!!!!! Anyway, I would love to visit and would bring my husband.

  31. Gillian Hitchen

    I wish to win because it looks like an utterly fabulous treat and I would take my best friend Elaine

  32. Julia Linsley

    I’ve love to win to experience this fantastic building and interior and to treat my lovely Mother

  33. Hugh Jones

    My wife and I love walking in the gardens at Cliveden, but have only ever eaten in the Orangery. Tea in the house itself would be a very special treat for both of us!

  34. Emma

    I would to win as it’s my 40th birthday soon so it would be a fabulous treat with a special friend.

  35. Sarah Dann

    Sounds amazing! We’ve spent a few special days walking in the grounds of Cliveden with family and our 1 and 4 year olds, so it’s a place of lovely memories. Though we’ve never made it into the house, so to win afternoon tea (child free!) would be quite the treat!

  36. Gerri Tennant

    I saw Cliveden in the distance from a boat on the Thames and have always wanted to visit. Winning a trip seems to be the only way I will do it and I would love to show it to my husband for our 38th wedding anniversary.


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