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

Perfect for meeting friends, celebrating birthdays or just treating someone you love, afternoon tea is not just a few sandwiches and a cuppa, it is an experience. Here at Quy Mill Hotel & Spa, Cambridge, we offer a full traditional afternoon tea as well as a cream tea.

For groups of over 10 we also offer private dining options for an extra special experience.

If you would like to buy an afternoon tea voucher as a gift, please click here.

We are currently revising our afternoon tea menus, which change seasonally, so watch this space! 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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