Mothering Sunday Cafe Gift Ideas – Wokingham

Mothering Sunday

As early as the 16th century, the fourth Sunday of Lent was called Mothering Sunday, when families came together to attend church. It was traditionally a day off for servants, who could use it to return home and visit their mothers, since they wouldn’t get to see them during the rest of the year… By the early 20th century, Mothering Sunday had evolved into a tradition of spending family time at home.

Children and young people who were given a day off on that date so they could visit their families would pick wild flowers along the way to place in the church or give to their mothers. Eventually, the religious tradition evolved into the Mothering Sunday secular tradition of giving gifts to mothers.

Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and home-made cards to their mothers.

This year it is 31st March and Chocolate Café Customers treat their mums to breakfast, lunch or Afternoon Tea. It is one of the few days of the year when we don’t require you to book a table, but we always look forward to warmly welcoming you and your families.

And if you are looking for fab gift ideas to treat your special mum, then you can buy Chocolate Café gift vouchers or get 25% off on our popular Chocolate Tasting for Two by joining our VIP list.

This includes a glass of Prosecco each and a delicious platter of various different chocolates treats made in house, together with a hot chocolate sauce to dip marshmallows, bananas and strawberries in. There are no expiry date on our vouchers so it makes an ideal present for mum.

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Holme Grange Craft Village Festive Family Fun

Holme Grange Craft Village Christmas Family Fun

Come and join us at Holme Grange Craft Village.

Sat 1st, Sun 2nd, Sat 8th and Sun 9th December between 1pm and 3pm for some Festive Family Fun!

We’ll have live musical entertainment, Face painters, Crafting activities for the young ones and mulled wine for the not so young ones….and Father Christmas himself will be here on both Saturdays!

More details will follow soon but for now pop the dates in your diary and get excited with us 🙂

Here’s a run down of what’s going on…

Father Christmas
Breakaway Brass (brass band)
Liquorice Allsorts (clarinet ensemble)
Kel’s Colours – Face Painter
Crafting Activities

Sandhurst Singers
Artists’ Harvest – Face Painter
Crafting Activities

Father Christmas
Wokingham Rock Choir
Carol Singers from St Sebastian’s
Kel’s Colours – Face Painter
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Crafting Activities

Pete Ratcliffe (keyboard)
Kel’s Colours
Crafting Activities

Mulled wine will be available on all dates for a donation to Guide Dogs for the Blind.

October 2018 Events at Holme Grange Craft Village

Holme Grange Craft Village Aerial View

One of the benefits of the Chocolate Cafe location is that there are often events put on by the various craft shops and by the Holme Grange Estate.

These are events listed for October 2018;

21st October – Sunday, 11:00 – 3:00 PM – Intermediate Furniture Painting Workshop. Held at Please go to the website and book via EventBright. They say on their website, “Learn Layering, Highlighting and Distressing techniques using Frenchic Paint & Products for perfect end results.”

23rd October – Tuesday, 11:00am – Half Term Pony Rides. Doesn’t everyone love to ride on a Pony? I know I always did!

24th October – Wednesday, 11:00am – Half term Halloween fun – Make a pumpkin become a Glamkin. Held at AbsolutelyMintage order via EventBright.

25th October – Thursday, 11:00am – Half Term Pony Rides.

28th October – Sunday, 11:00 – 3:00 pm – Intermediate Decoupage Workshop. Held at
Order via EventBright

Hope you have time to pop in to see us for a drink or bite to eat!

Cream Tea’s or Afternoon Tea’s at Chocolate Cafe’s

Cream Tea

The origin of the afternoon cream tea began in England in the early 1840’s by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon and in the 1840’s the fashion in households was not to serve the evening meal until 8pm, which meant it was a long time between lunch at midday and dinner.
Afternoon Tea is traditionally a meal composed of sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and cakes, served with tea or coffee.

The Chocolate Cafes not only offer its own version of Afternoon Tea, but also offer Cream Tea too. This is traditionally a speciality of both Cornwall and Devon and is a form of afternoon tea but a lighter meal. Consisting of tea taken with a combination of scones, clotted cream, and jam. Cream teas are offered for sale in tea rooms in those two counties, as well as in other parts of England.

The one thing most people ask though is “which goes first, jam or cream”? And the answer, well it depends on whether you follow the tradition from Cornwall or Devon. Cornwall put the jam first and Devon put the cream on first.
Unlike some hotels and restaurants, you don’t have to book into The Chocolate Cafes to enjoy our Afternoon/Cream Teas. Nor do we specify a time to have it. Many people enjoy an afternoon tea with us from midmorning, lunch and tea time as well as afternoon.

There is no maximum number of people, we can and do serve afternoon tea for one or as many as you like. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed any day of the week and can be accompanied by prosecco as part of our Bubbly Afternoon Tea.

Ponies are back by popular demand 31st Jul – 4th Sep

Ponies and Rides at The Grange

The Santolina Stables are a licensed riding school, which has been coming along during school holidays at Holme Grange Craft Village Centre for quite a few years now.

They are a lovely friendly, family run fully licensed riding school and as well as coming along to Holme Grange they also work with local schools and other services and so are very experienced dealing with children of all ages. as well as individuals of all ages!

Santolina Stables moto is that they “pride themselves on bringing people and horses together” ie they don’t just teach children how to ride but most importantly they teach children about horses.  We have a friendly and encouraging approach to teaching people to ride.

The ponies are located in the front paddock on the left of the entrance at Holme Grange. They arrive around 11am. Children are given helmets and safety jackets to wear. And I think they are one of the most popular activites ever. A small charge is made and children ride up and down the paddock.

The ponies will be in the paddock
July – 31st
Aug – 7th, 9th, 23rd, 28th, 30th
Sep – 4th
11am – 3pm
(With an hours break at 12.30)

For further information visit their website

Survey Sample

This survey will only take you a few seconds to do and is  completely confidential. Once completed you will have the option of signing up to our  VIP list and get 25% off one of our experiences.

All you need do, is place your  cursor over the stars and vote by clicking on the relevant star. With only four questions, you will wizz through in no time. Once you’ve completed the survey you will be redirected to our VIP list offer (which is optional).

England Vs Panama Sunday June 24th 12 PM – 4 PM

England Vs Panama Sunday June 24th 12 PM - 4 PM

Ok, we’re off to a winning start, England’s second group game against Panama will be on the big screen at The Grange Chocolate Cafe. The Three Lions kickstarted their campaign in Russia with a 2-1 victory in Volgograd as a stoppage-time Harry Kane header gave Gareth Southgate’s side a pressure-relieving Group A triumph, Phew, what a relief!

Belgium’s game against Panama was rough on Eden Hazard (an understatement) so how will Harry Kane and England fair?

If your nerves can stand it, come and give the boys a shout and enjoy some great food & drink at the same time!

The Grange Chocolate Cafe,Holme Grange Craft Village, RG40 3AW Wokingham

Fathers Day at Chocolate Cafés 2018

Fathers Day

Father’s Day has been celebrated around Catholic Europe since the Middle ages so not as new as we may think. In these parts it is always celebrated on 19 March as this is St Joseph’s Day
In the UK we celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society on the third Sunday of June this year falling on June 17.

The Chocolate Cafes have many bookings for breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas. You don’t need to book however just turn up. At Henley we have over 90 chairs, Goring over 50 and Wokingham 150 chairs including its outside courtyard with 50 seats alone. So accommodating large groups of families celebrating dads, grandads and great grandads Day is never a problem.

Fathers Day this year, the weather looks amazing, so why not combine your visit to The Chocolate Café Henley with a trip on the river with our good friends Hobbs of Henley ….

Goring is located at one of the most picturesque parts of the River Thames as well as being on the Chilterns Walkway and so is perfect for walking, cycling and boating. We are the only café open on Sundays and Mondays and so very popular for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Many people pop in and do takeaway sandwiches and pannini before returning later in the day for afternoon teas/ coffee and cake.

The Wokingham café is a very popular destination not only is the food so different from the other to but the delightful courtyard makes it a fab venue for familes and friends to meet and hang out in the sunshine enjoying food, a glass of wine or too and coffee, cake and ice cream.

Chocolate Cafe Goring Supports The Gap Festival

Denny Webb at Chocolate Cafe Goring

The Gap Festival – Goring & Streatley 14 – 17 June 2018

With four fabulous days, filled with music, words, comedy, literature, visual and performing arts, workshops and much more. Come and listen to amazing speakers, singers and bands, dance the night away, laugh, go to a workshop, follow the Art Trail and meet the artists, enter the world of Wind in the Willows. Most of all, come and have fun and enjoy the Gap Festival 2018.

At Chocolate Cafe Goring we have some of the beautiful art on display on our first floor. Denny Webb has a number of pictures which you may buy if you wish or simply enjoy in relaxed surroundings. Other artists are also featured.

Denny’s website says “Denny is an intuitive, experimental artist who works in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, she is well known for her luminous watercolour paintings using many contemporary techniques which she also loves to share with her students to help inspire them to step out of their comfort zones and re-connect with their creative selves.

Denny has worked and studied in the U.S.A. where she has established a large client base and won numerous awards in national shows, in addition she has paintings in private collections in America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the U.K.,she is also a member of the prestigious Oxford Art Society.”

The Gap Arts TrailThe Gap Arts Trail
Local artists and craftspeople open their own studios or display their work in central community spaces.
Walk the trail on foot or cycle around and take in some interesting facts from heritage sites along the way.
​The art map is available at The Village Cafe/Chocolate Cafe Goring and from many locations in the villages. Or you can just pop into any of the studios where they will be freely available or visit the main GAP Festival Website.

Please do feel free to visit us, why not enjoy a snack or one of our Connoisseur Hot Chocolate drinks made lovingly created using the finest ingredients!

Holme Grange May Half Term 2018

Holme Grange Pony Rides

There’s lots of fun for everyone at Holme Grange in May half term. As well as our usual resident workshops & parties, we have an action packed schedule of extra activities!

We’re delighted to welcome back Santolina Stables with their popular pony rides.
The ponies will be in the paddock on;
Tues 29th and Thur 31st May – 11am – 3pm.
(With an hours break for lunch at 12.30)

Berkshire Reptile Encounters will be back with their amazing reptilian menagerie! Meet the reptiles on Tues 29th May between 11am & 3pm.

We’ll also be joined by talented Face painter, Artist’s Harvest on Tues 29th and Thur 31st May – 11am – 3pm.

See you soon!

Small charges will apply for each activity.
Times and dates may be subject to change – watch our Facebook page for updates.

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