Traditional Afternoon Tea

Traditional Afternoon Tea


History of Afternoon Tea

Before the 19th century tea was taken as a digestive drink at any time of the day. Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is responsible for the “ritual” of the afternoon tea at the beginning of the 19th century.

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The story goes as follows: 

At the time it was usual for people to take only 2 meals a day, breakfast and dinner at around 8 o’clock in the evening. 

The solution for the Duchess was a pot of tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon. Very soon the Duchess was inviting her aristocratic friends to join her for afternoon tea, at 4 o’clock. Only the best porcelain, fine linen table cloths were used, accompanied by dainty sandwiches and delicate cakes.

Everyone dressed in their best fashions and spent the afternoon discussing the latest news about London and afar. Between 1830 and 1900 afternoon tea developed as an accepted part of British life style.

At Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa we delight guests with our traditional afternoon tea. What better place to enjoy this fine tradition than in one of our lounges or Cloisters Restaurant in this historic country house.

Available Monday ~ Sunday

The Keats Afternoon Tea:

  • Selection of finger sandwiches to include: Egg mayonnaise & cress, honey glazed ham & mustard, smoked salmon & creme fraiche, cucumber & cream cheese with chive
  • Traditional scones, fruit scones, homemade preserves and clotted cream
  • A selection of handmade cakes and pastries
  • Full selection of leaf teas, coffee or hot chocolate

£24.90 per person - for a special treat add a glass of Champagne for £8.75 or rosé Champagne for £11.50

(The above menu is a sample only)

Little Ones Afternoon Tea (available for children up to 12 years):

  • Fingers sandwiches including chicken & mayonnaise, ham, cheese
  • Cookies
  • Fruit skewer
  • Cake
  • Hot chocolate

£10.95 per child





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