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The tradition of Afternoon Tea was invented by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford (1783-1857), one of HM Queen Victoria's ladies in waiting.
In her day the upper crust ate a huge breakfast, little lunch and a very late dinner. Every afternoon, the Duchess experienced a "sinking feeling". One afternoon, she instructed her servants to serve tea and little cakes in her boudoir. The experience was so delightful that Anna repeated it every afternoon thereafter.
Soon other followed the Duchess' lead and in just a few decades the custom of "taking tea" in the afternoon became well-established. At first the practice was limited to the upper class, but it became so popular that teashops and tearooms began opening for the enjoyment of the general public.
NEW! Piper-Heidsieck 'Sublime' Chocolate Afternoon Tea - Middlethorpe Hall was once home to members of the Terry family and it is with this famous family of confectioners in mind that our pastry chef Paul (Harry) Harrison has designed this exciting new treat. As well as the traditional finger sandwiches, you will enjoy a tasting of chocolate delicacies both dark, milk and white including Orange & Chocolate Chip Scones! Click here to download more information.
Afternoon Tea at Middlethorpe is a long-lasting tradition enhanced by a local luxury connection with the old established family tea merchants "Taylors of Harrogate".
Each afternoon this English ceremony takes place in one of the grand public rooms of the historic hall or on warm, sunny days on the terrace.
Monday to Friday 2.30pm - 5.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 3.00pm - 5.30pm
Traditional Afternoon Tea £18.00 per person
Champagne Afternoon Tea £27.00 per person
Piper-Heidsieck 'Sublime' Chocolate Afternoon Tea £29.50 per person
Traditional Afternoon Tea Menu
A pot of Taylors of Harrogate leaf tea:
Darjeeling (Margaret's Hope Estate)
South African Kwazulu
Tippy Assam (Harmutty Estate)
China Rose Petal
Decafeinated or leaf herbal teas (Camomile or Peppermint)
A selection of finger sandwiches
(on white or brown bread) to include:
Home-made scones w/ clotted cream and strawberry preserve
A selection of home-made biscuits, pastries and rich fruit cake