History tells us that Anna Maria Russell, 7th Duchess of Bedford, introduced the idea of Afternoon Tea. Dinners were served fashionably late during that period and in 1840 she felt she was left with a “sinking feeling” by late afternoon. As a result, she started to invite friends for tea and cakes in the middle of the afternoon. This soon caught on, culminating in full blown social events amongst the aristocracy.
Afternoon Tea today remains as popular as ever, not only to fill that “sinking feeling” but to celebrate those all important, special occasions.
Based on the positive developments in our food and beverage offering over the past year, this wonderful British tradition seemed the most natural “next step.”
As a first step, it will be served between 2pm and 4.30pm on Saturday afternoons starting on 7th March 2015 in the Lounge and Shaw Room. The price will be £15 per person or £20 per person including a glass of Champagne. This offering will be bookable in advance only and subject to availability. I’m afraid we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate requests on the day.
We look forward to welcoming you!