Long before tea arrived in Britain it was a popular drink with the aristocracy in Portugal. When the Portuguese Princess, Catherine of Braganza – bride of Charles II – introduced it to the British court it soon became a fashionable beverage for any time of day.
However, the ritual of afternoon tea owes its origin to Anna the 7th Duchess of Bedford. As a young lady in the early 1800s she lived during a time when it was common to eat only two main meals a day, with breakfast scheduled early in the morning and dinner occurring late in the evening. Weakened and irritated by hunger pangs each day, she decided to schedule time to take tea and a snack each afternoon. This private ceremony was firstly done furtively in her bedroom, but over time well-heeled acquaintances joined her.
If you just fancy tea & cake, or an extravagant champagne affair enjoy our elegant china tea cups & cake stands. Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed here every day without booking, however, if you are a large group who want to book for a special occasion ask us as we do magnificent high tea spreads with white linen, fine china, laid in our beautiful Pagoda suitable for birthday parties, hen parties, etc.
Pot of tea of your choice & then choose either one of our cupcakes, or a slice of cake, or a homemade scone with jam & cream.
Pot of tea of your choice , four finger sandwiches,& then choose either one of our cupcakes, or a slice of cake, or a homemade scone with jam & cream.
Church Square Tea
Pot of tea of your choice, a slice of homemade cake, plus a cup cake and a homemade scone with cream & jam, & four finger sandwiches. You may find our Church square tea will be enough for two people to share just add another pot of tea or extra sandwiches.
Egg Mayonnaise & rocket
Mature Cheddar & cucumber
Roast ham & salad leaves, with mustard & honey dressing
Smoked salmon & cream cheese
You can also enjoy a glass of Cava with your afternoon Tea