The consumption of afternoon tea increased dramatically in popularity during the early nineteenth century, when it is said that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford made the taking of tea fashionable. It is said that she complained of "having that sinking feeling" during the late afternoon when 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. A solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea and a light snack, taken privately in her room during the afternoon.
Recently the Afternoon tea has been somewhat forgotten with the surge of skinny lattes and creamy cappuccinos, but at Armathwaite Hall we are bringing it back to the 21st century. Our afternoon teas have come a long way from the cucumber sandwiches and one choice of tea. Today, afternoon tea is far more cosmopolitan with teas being imported from all over the world including Kenya, India, The Himalayas and China.
Guests at Armathwaite Hall can enjoy a full afternoon tea service from 2pm-5pm. Diners can choose from a selection of homemade sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, selection of cream cakes, tray bakes and homemade biscuits, along with a refreshing lemon posset. The tea menu includes speciality leaf teas such as Earl Grey and Darjeeling.
Give us a call and one of our friendly staff will be happy to assist.