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THE DUCHESS OF BEDFORD'S AFTERNOON TEA

Tea consumption increased dramatically during the early nineteenth century. It is around this time that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is said to have complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon to her butler. At the time it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast, &; dinner at around 8 o’clock in the evening. The solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea & a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon.

Later friends were invited to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey & this summer practice proved so popular that the Duchess continued it when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for tea & a walk in the fields. Other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea & the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room. Before long all of the fashionable society was sipping tea & nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.

CALL US ON 01234 346 565 TO BOOK YOUR AFTERNOON TEA.
Served in our lounge area from 12pm to 4pm every day.  Booking essential.

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Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

£14.95

Add Prosecco £5.00 per Glass 

Tea consumption increased dramatically during the early nineteenth

Century & it is around this time that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is said to have complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon to her butler. At the time it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast, & dinner at around 8 o’clock in the evening. The solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon.
Later friends were invited to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey and this summer practice proved so popular that the Duchess continued it when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for tea and a walk in the fields. Other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room. Before long all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.

 

Smoked salmon with black pepper crème fraiche

Glazed gammon with wholegrain mustard mayo

Free range egg and chive mayonnaise

Cucumber and cream cheese

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Homemade Fruit and Plain Scone with Raspberry Jam and Dorset Clotted Cream

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Chocolate fudge brownie with cherry mascarpone

Lemon meringue tart with raspberry

Victoria sandwich with strawberry jam and vanilla buttercream

Spiced apple parfait, oat crumble

 

All Served with a Choice of Freshly Brewed Loose-Leaf Tea or Illy Coffee       

 

The Full English

Golden by name, golden by nature. Golden tipped golden broken orange pekoe is the secret to this blend – quite a mouthful first thing in the morning. We think this is breakfast tea as it should be. A well-rounded blend full of flavour. Created to ease you gently into the day.

Leave to brew for 3-5 minutes, serve black or with fresh milk.

 

The Earl

This sublime Earl Grey blends Chinese black loose-leaf tea with the wonderfully citrusy flavour or bergamot. Truly perfect. Leave to brew for 2-3 minutes, serve black or with milk on the side.

 

Jasmine Petals & Pearls

These delicate Jasmine Pearls are the result of light green tea layered with Jasmine flowers, to create the perfect balance of flavour. The camomile flowers & rose petals add soft floral notes to the blend. Leave to brew for 1-2 minutes, serve without milk.

 

Peppermint

Perennial herb, peppermint has been harvested before flowering. Known for its powerful scent (menthol), its refreshing infusion is appreciated by many, brew for 1-2 minutes, serve without milk.

 

Just Camomile

Golden & sweet, subtly flowery with a light and gentle taste. Leave to brew for 2-3 minutes, serve without milk.

 

The Mighty Assam

Mighty be name, mighty by nature. Smooth rich & full bodied with an unmistakable malty punch. This tippy golden broken orange pekoe is Assam as it should be. Quite a mouthful really. Leave to brew for 3-5 minutes, serve with or without milk.

 

Americano

Cappuccino

Café Latte

Espresso

Mocha

Flat White

All made with Freshly Ground Illy beans

Please speak to our team members if you have a food allergy or intolerance
(v) vegetarian (g) contains gluten (n) contains nuts


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