Afternoon Tea Aficionado & Etiquette Expert, Miss Sue Flay, to star at 1940 Vintage Tea Party

 In Events, Press release

Afternoon Tea Aficionado & Etiquette Expert, Miss Sue Flay, is to star at a 1940s Vintage Tea Party at the Dorothy Clive Garden in celebration of National Cream Tea Day on Friday 26th June 2015.

Miss Sue Flay, who has appeared on the One Show & Alan Titchmarsh Show, will be talking to event visitors at Dorothy Clive Garden on topics such as ‘How to eat your scone correctly’ &, ‘Table Manners – why they Matter’. Visitors will also be able to ask questions and talk to Miss Sue Flay on one-to-one basis over a cup of tea!

Miss Sue Flay

Miss Sue Flay said, ‘I am delighted to have been invited to take part in the 1940s Vintage Tea Party at Dorothy Clive Garden in celebration of the first ever National Cream Tea Day. I have a love for afternoon tea & British etiquette & I adore the geeky things, knowing how something works or why we do it, which is why I love the etiquette of afternoon tea. But I still love to be a rebel and dunk my biscuits now and again. I look forward to meeting visitors and exchanging stories and tips on all things afternoon tea related.’

Throughout the day, other special talks will take place in the Vintage Marquee on the tearoom lawn, including ‘The History of Tea’ by local loose leaf tea supplier -Tea Drop, ‘All About Prosecco’ by local Prosecco and Sparkling Wines importer – Just Perfect Wines, ‘How to Create a Vintage Posy’ by local florist – Parsley and Sage and also a ‘Best Vintage Costume Contest’ with a special prize. Female visitors will also be given the opportunity to have their hair styled in the look of 1940s rolls and waves thanks to local hair stylist Melissa Karati. Tearoom staff and Gardeners will also be dressing up in the 1940s vintage theme and all of this will be accompanied by live music to set the scene.


This special fundraising event that will be showcasing the traditional British Afternoon Tea as well as raising funds for The Dorothy Clive Garden. The event takes place on Friday 26th June 2015 from 1pm – 8pm. Admission is at the special fundraising price of £3.50 per person and free for garden members and under 5’s.

The event will be held in a marquee on the tearoom lawn where visitors can choose from a range of afternoon tea options including items such as miniature hand-made cakes, finger sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream and jam, plus high quality ‘Just Perfect’ Prosecco – as well as a Great British Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea option.

For further information, please visit or call 01630 647237, email, or alternatively find us on Twitter @dorothyclive or



Notes to editors:
Miss Sue Flay partners with afternoon tea, spa and travel brands that share the same passions and want to encourage people to dine or stay somewhere new. She adores the geeky things, knowing how something works or why we do it, which is why she loves the etiquette of afternoon tea, but still likes to be a rebel and dunk her biscuits or mount a Harley Davidson as much as the next girl – “I’m always a firm believer in staying true to yourself, life doesn’t have to be dull!”

The Dorothy Clive Garden
Originally a disused gravel quarry, was transformed by Colonel Clive into a woodland garden for his wife Dorothy, who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The garden subsequently became the focus of Colonel Harry Clive’s life. In 1958 it was set up as a charitable garden trust. The objectives are to maintain, enhance and develop a garden inspired by the memory of the late Dorothy Clive to be used for the enjoyment and benefit of the public. Also to support horticultural education for the continuing benefit of both students and the general public.
The Dorothy Clive Garden is delightfully woven into the magnificent tapestry of the Shropshire, North Staffordshire and Cheshire borders and has spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. It is both formal and informal hosting a network of paths that invite the visitor to explore and discover the intimacy and tranquillity of the garden.

• The Garden is set amidst glorious countryside where the borders of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire intersect, on the A51 midway between Stone and Nantwich.
• The 12 acre garden, initially conceived by Colonel Harry Clive for the love for his wife, has evolved continually since 1940 and hosts a huge variety of trees, shrubs, bulbs, plants, perennials and climbers.
• The entrance fee is £7.00 for adults, £6.50 for concessions. It is free for children between 0-4 and £2.00 for those between 5-17 years.
• For further information, please visit or call 01630 647237.
• Twitter @dorothyclive

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