A Quintessential Afternoon Tea

One of the UK’s quintessential characteristics is the afternoon tea, much loved by the Brit’s since the mid-19th century when it was popularised by the seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840. 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.

Now in the 21st Century there has been a revival of the traditional afternoon tea. Entrenched in to the British way of life, the delights of afternoon tea are being enjoyed all over the country.

Tea on the hill...

At Richmond Hill hotel, we love to celebrate this charming tradition.

Scrummy sandwiches, indulgent pastries, buttery scones and delicately created sweet treats are all on offer, to excite the taste buds and gladden the eye.

If tale be told, former resident of the hotel, the Countess of Mansfield, was known to frequent in afternoon tea in the original Georgian Manor House during her time spent here in the late 1800’s. To offset the afternoon weariness, friends would join the Countess most days for a spot of tea, it became quite a social occasion indeed.

Our Tea Partners...

Partnering with those that love the tradition as much as we do, is very important to us. Our talented pastry chef’s provide the culinary delights, while the premium loose leaf tea is supplied by 300 year old expert tea blenders Twinings, all beautifully presented using bespoke designed handmade crockery from Heritage.

For that extra special occasion, the bubbles come courtesy of Chapel Down and their extremely palatable and rather moorish Brut English Sparkling.

Beat your mid-afternoon slump when you are next in Richmond, and partake in a deliciously civilised afternoon tea spent with family, friends and loved ones. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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