“Under certain circumstances, there are few hours more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” – Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
The ritual of afternoon tea owes its origins to Anna Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. Living during a time when it was common to eat only two main meals a day; an early breakfast and a late dinner. Anna decided to schedule time to drink tea and eat a snack each afternoon.
This private ceremony was firstly done secretly in her bedroom but, over time, other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room.
Before long all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.
The Dudley Arms’ Afternoon Tea
Served Monday – Saturday from 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm (bookings only)
Afternoon Tea is served on Vintage china and our tables and chairs are elegantly decorated for that special touch.
Our Afternoon Tea includes:
- Tea and Coffee
- A selection of finger sandwiches
- Scones with Clotted Cream and Strawberry Preserve
- Selection of Small Cakes
Booking is essential so please telephone 01902 892223 and speak to Neil or Adam