Afternoon cream teas
May 4, 2017
The name “Devonshire cream tea” comes from the county of Devon in England. The exact origin of cream tea is disputed, although there is evidence to suggest that the tradition of eating bread with cream and jam already existed at Tavistock Abbey in Devon in the 11th century.
Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner.
At the Chichester Hotel we serve a traditional afternoon tea in the Gallery restaurant, although on a lovely sunny day our patio courtyard is the ideal area for soaking in the sun whilst enjoying a sumptuous afternoon delight.
In line with tradition our cream teas are served on a three tier cake stand with assorted finger sandwiches, mini cakes and superb scones, clotted cream and jam from the local and infamous Tiptree Jam Factory of Wilkins. A teapot arrives with assorted flavoured teas although we do offer standard tea or Arabica coffee. For extra special occasions and for a small extra cost why not treat yourselves to a glass of prosecco.
It’s not uncommon nowadays to celebrate occasions such as a baby shower, hen party or a celebration of life with an afternoon tea.
For big parties you can hire a function room for a small room hire cost, enabling you to have your afternoon cream tea privately.
Children are most welcome and under 12s are just half price. Why not get a group of mums together and treat yourselves.
Many overseas visitors still imagine that we are a nation where, in the words of the well-known song, ‘at half past three, everything stops for tea’. Sadly these days afternoon tea is usually only an occasional luxury for the British; a birthday treat in a country house hotel, or a welcome break from a hectic day shopping in town. Luckily tourists are still able to indulge in a little bit of British tradition for themselves.