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.
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THE BEDFORD SWAN TRADITIONAL AFTERNOON TEA
Afternoon tea £14.95 per person
Add Prosecco £5.00 per glass
Cucumber & Cream Cheese
Egg Mayonnaise with Black pepper and Cress
Smoked Salmon with Lemon crème fraiche
Roast Ham with Whole Grain Mustard
Freshly Made Fruit and Plain Scone Served with Raspberry Jam and Clotted Cream
Lemon Posset, Apple Compote Crumble
Chocolate Choux Bun, Salted Caramel and Chantilly Cream
Fresh Fruit tart with Apricot glaze
Spiced Fruit loaf with Cinnamon buttercream
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.
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.
Everything you expect from the ultimate mint experience – glorious peppermint, rounded with vibrant bursts of sweet spearmint. Leave to brew for 1-2 minutes, serve without milk.
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.
All made with Freshly Ground Illy beans
FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEA 2018
1st December 2018 – 31st December 2018
£17.50 per adult
Daily 12.30 – 17.00
Roast turkey breast and cranberry sauce sandwich
Wensleydale and chive sandwich
Smoked salmon, lemon and pepper cream cheese sandwich
Mushroom and stilton tart
Mixed fruit scone
Clotted cream and raspberry jam
Chocolate and orange millionaire shortbread
Lemon and cranberry tart
Served with mulled wine