Have you ever wondered why the Tea Room at Hoghton Tower is called the Vaio Room?
“Vaio” or “Vair” (from the latin “varius” – “variegated”) is a heraldic pattern of alternated “band and white” or “black and white” patches. The ornamental design takes its name from a now extinct squirrel: the “Sciurus Vulgaris”, whose winter coat was blue-grey on the back and immaculate white on the belly.
It was extremely precious and soon became a status symbol for aristocracy as well as an all-important form of insulation: coats, hats and even walls were lined with this valuable fur.
“The Vaio Tea Room” has been decorated to represent the tradition.
Out of curiosity: Cinderella wasn’t wearing crystal that night! Her Shoes were made of fur: in French, the words “Vair” (Fur) and “Verre” (Glass) do sound terrible alike! Don’t they!
Hoghton Tower Vaio Tea Room
Join us for a quintessentially English experience here at Hoghton Tower. After careful planning and consultation, we have created a menu which epitomises the spirit of the classic English tea room, using both local and seasonal products in all of our dishes. A copy of our latest menu is for you to view Hoghton Tower Menu.
Our afternoon and cream tea experiences are available without pre-booking. Please see our new here Afternoon Tea at Hoghton Tower. We can also offer a private Afternoon Tea for your party in our beautiful Smoking Room.
In addition to our delightful menu we have teamed up with the award winning tea suppliers Teapigs to offer the ‘perfect’ cup of tea each and every time to our valued customers. The range offers a great choice of variety, with flavours ranging from an everyday brew to the zesty rhubarb and ginger.
If tea is not your thing then why not come down and try one of our freshly ground coffees: the perfect match to one our freshly homemade scones. Or, if feeling indulgent then enjoy our homemade sticky toffee pudding.
Please feel free to contact Jane should you have any questions about us or about the services we can cater for.