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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 5pm every day.  Booking essential.


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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Dark chocolate and coffee tart

Carrot cake with cream cheese and walnut icing

Summer pudding with chantilly cream

Lemon and thyme iced parfait

 

All Served with a Choice of Freshly Brewed Loose-Leaf Tea or Damman Freres Loose-Leaf Tea

Coffee

Americano , Café Latte, Mocha
Cappuccino, Espresso/Double Espresso, Flat White

Strong Breakfast

A blend of Ceylon, Darjeeling and Assam teas. Enjoyed with a splash of milk, this is the perfect tonic tea to begin the day.
Leave to infuse for 4-5 minutes. Recommended with milk.

Earl Gray

The most famous flavoured tea comes from a blend of black teas with a fine bergamot from Calabria. Simple and reliable for all connoisseurs!
Leave to infuse for 4-5 minutes.

Chamomile

A hardy plant grown widely in Eastern Europe and harvested between May and July. Its bright yellow infusion reveals sweet, fruity flavours with notes of pineapple
Leave to infuse for 6 minutes

Peppermint

Perennial herb, peppermint has been harvested before flowering. Known for its powerful scent (menthol), its refreshing infusion is appreciated by many.
Leave to infuse for 6 minutes.

Summer Nights

Blend of hibiscus flowers, dried apple pieces, rosenhip peels flavoured with raspberry, strawberry and cream flavours
Leave to infuse for 5-6 minutes

Assam GBOP Superieure

Sprinkled with golden tips, this strong and aromatic Assam tea, served with milk, is the perfect tea to start your day energetically.
Leave to infuse for 4-5 minutes. Recommended with milk.

Jasmine Pearls

Originating from the Fujian province, these downy, silver-green tea pearls are hand-rolled, shoot by shoot, by skilled craftsmen who produce only 1 Kg each day. Blossoming on
infusion, these tea pearls give a liquor with floral and almost animalistic notes.
Leave to infuse for 3-4 minutes.

 

Before you order your food and drinks, please speak to our staff if you have a food allergy or intolerance.
Allergenic ingredients are used in our kitchen, please ask or see our website for more details.


Allergen Information

Some of our menu items contain allergens and whilst we try our very best to ensure your food is suitable for you, our food is prepared using shared equipment and stored in areas in which allergenic ingredients are present. As a consequence, we cannot guarantee that dishes are 100% free from allergenic ingredients. Our allergen information, that is available upon request, details which dishes contain allergenic ingredients as intentional ingredients.  Ingredients may have changed since your last visit, please ask a member of staff for further details.


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