Visit The Shelleys Country House Hotel to experience the much-loved English tradition of Afternoon Tea at its finest! Served in the comfort of our lounge or alfresco on our terrace, the choice of 3 delicious homemade menus combined with a the finest teas make for an unforgettable afternoon.

Did you know…

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 brilliant 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.

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To book Afternoon Tea, please call Reservations on 01273 472361 or email