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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.

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THE BEDFORD SWAN TRADITIONAL AFTERNOON TEA

£19.95 per person
£22.95 per person with a glass of Pigalle Brut dry sparkling wine
£24.95 per person with a glass of Mercier Brut Champagne

The traditional afternoon tea includes:

  • Selection of sandwiches
  • Roast beef, watercress pesto
  • Free range egg mayonnaise
  • Hot smoked salmon, beetroot crème fraîche 
  • Honey roast gammon, wholegrain mustard mayonnaise
  • Applewood cheddar, tomato chutney
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  • Buttermilk scones & fruit scones
  • Seasonal fruit preserve
  • Clotted cream
  • Lemon curd
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  • Selection of handcrafted sweet treats & signature cupcakes
  • Choice of handpicked teas & barista prepared coffees

£19.95

Extras

  • Cream Tea £6.95
  • Toasted Tea Cake £1.75
  • Crumpets £1.55
  • Slice of Cake £1.75

Please ask your server for today’s selection. Most special dietary requirements can be catered for. Please inform your server who will endeavour to assist you. 

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