A Brief History of Afternoon Tea

With our award-winning gardens in bloom and the start of the warmer, lighter days of summer, what better time to join us for our fabulous Afternoon Tea in Bath? As we sit back with a cup of loose leaf tea and a homemade finger sandwich on our lovely lawns, we thought we would look back at the origins of our beloved afternoon tea.

Although the custom of drinking tea actually dates back to the third millennium BC in China and then later became popular in England during the 1660s, it was not until the mid 19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ appeared.

Afternoon tea was founded by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840. Anna would often become peckish around four o’clock every day, this time slot for afternoon tea soon became a fashionable and social event in nineteenth century England. At this time the upper classes and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for a spot of tea and cake, which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.

The Duchess would have a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake brought to her room during the late afternoon. Although this longstanding tradition is and always has been a treat for the all the senses, we must confess that none quite compare to the delights you will find at Homewood Park Hotel. Our afternoon tea can be enjoyed outside in our 10 acres of award-winning gardens and grounds or in front of a roaring fire in one of our comfy lounges.

Enjoy our delicious bespoke afternoon tea with either a glass of champagne or a variety of the highest quality teas, accompanied by delicious freshly made finger sandwiches, a mouth-watering selection of homemade cakes and scones with clotted cream and homemade fruity jam, all of which are prepared daily by our incredibly talented chef team.

Experience one of the finest afternoon teas that Bath has to offer and indulge yourself with a trip to the Homewood Park Hotel. View our menu and book your afternoon tea in Bath at our luxury Bath hotel by calling us on 0333 254 5122 today.


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