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Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea


The consumption of afternoon tea increased dramatically in popularity during the early nineteenth century, when it is said that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford made the taking of tea fashionable. It is said that she complained of "having that sinking feeling" during the late afternoon when at the time it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast and dinner at around 8 o’clock in the evening. A solution for the Duchess was a pot of tea and a light snack, taken privately in her room during the afternoon.

Recently the afternoon tea has been somewhat forgotten with the surge of skinny lattes and creamy cappuccinos, but at Armathwaite Hall we are bringing it back to the 21st century. Our afternoon teas have come a long way from the cucumber sandwiches and one choice of tea. Today, afternoon tea is far more cosmopolitan with teas being imported from all over the world including Kenya, India, The Himalayas and China.

Guests at Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa can enjoy a full afternoon tea service from 2pm-5pm. Diners can choose from a selection of savoury and sweet treats, including sandwiches and filled mini brioche rolls, quiche, homemade cake, biscuits, scones and cappuccino panna cotta.


Prices start from £22.50 per person, for more information or to book call now.


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Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa


Bassenthwaite Lake,
CA12 4RE


Plan route to Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 206324  Lat: 54.68036 Long: -3.23296

M6 to Penrith, leave motorway at jct 40. A66 to Keswick roundabout then A591 signposted Carlisle. Go 8 miles to the Castle Inn junction, turn left and Armathwaite Hall is 300yds ahead. Nearest train station is Penrith then a taxi to Armathwaite.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 25 miles from Penrith station

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