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High Tea

A fun and unique way to enjoy time with friends

Delicate finger sandwiches and rich desserts. Homemade scones can only be enjoyed with preserves and clotted cream which takes more than twenty hours to prepare!

The History of High Tea

Whilst the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s, it was not until the mid 19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared.

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

This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.


selection of foods for high tea

The Menu

Traditional afternoon tea consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches (including of course thinly sliced cucumber sandwiches), scones served with clotted cream and preserves. Cakes and pastries are also served. Black tea is poured from tea pots into delicate bone china cups.

homemade scones

Homemade Scones and 20-hour clotted cream

We pride ourselves in making delicious homemade scones and a heavy, incredibly decadent clotted cream that takes over 20 hours to make!

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