Dunsley Hall’s Afternoon Teas
The tradition of afternoon teas
Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is said to have complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. At the time it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast, and dinner at around 8 o’clock in the evening. So the Afternoon Tea was born.
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 walking 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. Queen Victoria soon realized this was a fashionable event and started serving afternoon tea along with her Victoria Sponge Cake
Monday to Saturday 12pm – 4pm
Our cream tea consists of Homemade Scones that melt in your mouth along with the essential homemade jam and fresh cream.
£9.50 per person
Traditional Afternoon Tea
Throughout the year, our guests can indulge in our Traditional Afternoon Tea.
Must book before 10am on the day. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment
Sandwiches on brown and white
Roasted Turkey and Cranberry
Roast Sirloin of Beef and Horseradish
Severn and Wye Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Mayonnaise
Egg Mayonnaise and Cress
Cheddar Cheese and Dunsley Chutney
Ham and wholegrain mustard
Dunsley Christmas Cake
Selection of Fresh Baked Cakes
Freshly Baked Scone
with Dunsley Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream
Mini Dessert Appetizer
Tea or Coffee
(Includes a refresh if required)
£19.50 per person
We also offer a Gluten Free Afternoon Tea
Cocktail Afternoon Tea
with your choice of a cocktail
Mojito, Pina Colada, Strawberry Daiquiri or Peach Bellini
Sparkling Afternoon Tea
with a mini bottle of prosecco