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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 of 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 Hotel and Spa 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.
Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea – A savoury alternative to our delicious afternoon tea which includes a meat and potato pie, pork and apple sausage roll, piccalilli and chutney, mackerel pate, red onion and chive quiche, selection of sandwiches, a sweet treat plus a half pint of beer! £26.50 per person. Booking is essential, please call 017687 76551.
Vegan and coeliac menus available with prior notice.
Prices start from £26.50 per person, for more information or to book call now on 017687 76551.
If you have an enquiry please contact us and one of our team will be in contact with you.
Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa
Cumbria, CA12 4RE