Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in 1840.

The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.

Afternoon Tea

A Selection of Homemade Scones with Devonshire Clotted Cream & Strawberry Jam, Seasonal Cakes, Finger Sandwiches

£22 per person

Children Afternoon Tea is £11

Afternoon Tea is served in our Williams’ Bar & Restaurant Monday to Wednesday 12.30pm – 5pm and Sunday 2.30pm – 5pm (Thursday – Sunday in our Cowshed )

Afternoon Tea Menu

‘Free From’ Afternoon Tea Menu

To book please call 01438 717793 or e-mail:

Afternoon Tea vouchers are also available and make a perfect present for that someone special who has everything!