A little history

Afternoon tea originates from the 1840s when Queen Victoria’s lady of the bedchamber Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford became bored of waiting for her supper, and so at around 4pm she asked for a tray of tea and cake with bread and butter. By the 1880s this had progressed into something more formal with ladies dressing for the occasion.

Following the Second World War, afternoon tea became less popular and busy lives meant no time to ‘pause for tea’. These days, it seems to have had a re-incarnation and although lives are still busy, afternoon tea is ever popular for special occasions and catching up with friends.


Afternoon Tea at The Courtyard

Afternoon Tea at The Courtyard is no exception and we are finding this to be one of our most popular events. Baby showers, in particular, are choosing afternoon tea for the celebration, as well as birthday parties, hen parties and other occasions.  We always serve our afternoon tea on vintage china and top up your tea as often as you’d like.

So what makes a great afternoon tea? In our opinion, a selection of homemade cakes and scones served with jam and clotted cream along with sandwiches and of course a pot of tea.  We home bake all of our cakes and scones and while scones are available on our daily menu, cakes are only served as part of a pre-booked afternoon tea.  Our selection of cakes changes all the time but can include Victoria sponge, brownie, carrot cake, coffee and walnut, frangipane, or coconut macaroon among others.

Although afternoon tea was traditionally taken later in the afternoon, we recommend having it as an alternative lunch, otherwise, you will find yourself too full too enjoy it.  Somewhere between 12noon and 2.30pm would be the perfect time.

Cream teas are also very popular, so much so that we have made this a permanent part of our menu. Cream tea at The Courtyard consists of scones with jam and clotted cream and a pot of tea or a re-fillable filter coffee.

Our scones are gaining a reputation of their own, they are always homebaked and inspired by the recipe used for afternoon tea at the Ritz.

We are always happy to answer any questions you have before booking and where possible will cater for all dietary requirements.