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Afternoon Tea

The Tradition of Afternoon Tea

Tea consumption increased dramatically during the early nineteenth century and it is around this time that 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 meals a day, breakfast, and dinner at around 8 o’clock in the evening. The solution for the Duchess was a pot of tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon, and later, alongside friends prior to “walking the fields”. Before long all of fashionable society were sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon, and so the tradition was born.

Afternoon Tea in Cambridge

Here at Quy Mill Hotel & Spa, Cambridge, we offer a little more than the Duchess, with not only Cream Tea and the full Traditional Afternoon Tea, but also a Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea for the man in your life (or for those who just prefer a savoury option) , and a Children’s Afternoon Tea (so all the family can enjoy ).

On top of this, we also have the perfect solution for a special occasion, with Sparkling Afternoon Tea and Celebration Afternoon Tea also available with either a glass of Prosecco or Joseph Perrier NV Brut Champagne as an accompaniment.

Our Afternoon Tea menu, which changes seasonally, is served with your choice of loose leaf tea (or coffee of course) on traditional platters in either our 2 Rosette Mill House Restaurant, or in our lounge, both of which have beautiful views over our landscaped gardens. For groups of over 10 we also offer private dining options for an extra special experience.

For our complete selection of Afternoon Tea Menus, please do have a look at our sample menu here, and give us a call to make your booking. Please note, our Afternoon Tea Menu changes seasonally so, to make sure that the menu suits your requirements please ask to see a copy of the specific menu according to the time of year.

(we are also able to provide alternatives for any food allergies or intolerances, please just let us know at time of booking).

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