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Afternoon Tea

Tea, the most quintessential of English drinks, is a relative latecomer to British shores. Although the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China, it was not until the mid-17th century that tea first appeared in England. Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840.

The evening meal in her household was fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. Therefore, the Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter with cake be bought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit and she began inviting friends to join her.

Join us for Afternoon Tea between 12pm and 5pm in the Blackwell Bar, Blackwell Lounge or Miss Allan Bar, or just call us in advance if a different time suits you better. An Afternoon Tea makes an ideal gift for all occasions.  Treat someone special to the wonderful experience with our fantastic gift vouchers.  

Why not make the most of the sun and enjoy Afternoon Tea on the South Terrace with superb views across the historic grounds and parkland. 

Champagne Afternoon Tea

£29.95 per person

Celebrate a special occasion with champagne and traditional English Afternoon Tea.

  • Freshly baked scone with freshly whipped Chantilly cream and strawberry jam
  • A selection of traditional finger sandwiches
  • Mini cakes
  • Selection of regular or herbal teas or a pot of freshly brewed coffee
  • Individual 20cl bottle of chilled champagne
 

G&T Afternoon Tea

£21.95 per person

Whether it’s for a special occasion or just a treat, enjoy our traditional afternoon tea with a gin and tonic

  • Freshly baked scone with freshly whipped Chantilly cream and strawberry jam
  • A selection of traditional finger sandwiches
  • Mini cakes
  • Selection of regular or herbal teas or a pot of freshly brewed coffee
  • Single measure of selected gins and a tonic mixer
 

Prosecco Afternoon Tea

£19.95 per person

Whether it’s for a special occasion or just a treat, enjoy our traditional afternoon tea with a chilled glass of Prosecco

  • Freshly baked scone with freshly whipped Chantilly cream and strawberry jam
  • A selection of traditional finger sandwiches
  • Mini cakes
  • Selection of regular or herbal teas or a pot of freshly brewed coffee
  • Individual 20cl bottle of chilled Prosecco


Blackwell's Traditional Afternoon Tea

£14.95 per person

Enjoy the British custom of high tea complete with delicate cakes, finger sandwiches and fluffy scones with real cream and jam.

  • Freshly baked scone with freshly whipped Chantilly cream and strawberry jam
  • A selection of traditional finger sandwiches
  • Mini cakes
  • Selection of regular or herbal teas or a pot of freshly brewed coffee