Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 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. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.
This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880's upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o'clock.
Afternoon Tea at The Wordsworth is a modern twist on the traditional affair served in our beautifully appointed lounges or conservatory with a selection of freshly baked handmade cakes, scrumptious scones and delicious sandwiches using the very best of locally sourced produce and artisan breads. Afternoon tea is served with one of our speciality teas or coffees, if you feel like a real treat why not add a glass of champagne... or two!