Afternoon Tea at Hart’s Restaurant
(Please note Afternoon Tea may be served in the Park Bar at Hart’s Hotel on a Sunday – please mention on booking if you have a preference.)
Available 12.00p.m – 4.30p.m
Afternoon tea is 21.95 per person
or Afternoon tea with prosecco is 27.95 per person
or Afternoon tea with Champagne is 30.95 per person
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 had the idea of putting a filling between two slice 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. Later friends were invited to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey and this summer practice proved so popular, that the Duchess continued it when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for “tea and a walking the fields”. Other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough for upper-class and society women to change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea to be held in the drawing room. Before long all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon. Traditionally, the upper classes would serve a ‘low’ or ‘afternoon’ tea around four o’clock, just before the fashionable promenade in Hyde Park. The middle and lower classes would have a more substantial ‘high’ tea later in the day, at five or six o’clock, in place of a late dinner. The names derive from the height of the tables on which the meals are served, high tea being served at the dinner table.
We offer a traditional afternoon tea that changes seasonally, an example of the contents are:
Sweet & savoury scones with clotted cream
Sticky toffee pudding
Chantilly cream with fresh fruit
Finger sandwiches filled with; Smoked salmon, Cucumber, Ham & Mustard
Tea & Coffee (please see below for full list)
We are proud to serve Jing loose leaf tea, the selection is:
Assam Breakfast, Black The ultimate breakfast tea, a rousing & robust blend of pure assam tea with a rich malty character
Earl Grey, Ceylon Black Nourishing & focused with lifted citrus charm
Assam Gold, Black Big, broad & thick textured
Darjeeling 1st Flush Supreme, Black Refreshing, sweet & light with balanced muscatel flavours
Jade Sword, Green Clean rounded, full & grassy with palate refreshing finish
Jasmine Silver Needle, White Fragrant jasmine tea with understated orchard blossom sweetness
Lemongrass & Ginger, Herbal Deeply aromatic, fragrant & refreshing
Ceylon & Whole Rose Buds, Ceylon Black Graceful, gentle sweet rose over a rich, smooth ceylon base
Sichuan Dew, Green Whole leaf green tea, picked between 5th & 10th April 2015 in Tongxin village, Sichuan province, China
Dragon Well, Green Lively flavours of grassy freshness
Ali Shan, Black Hearty, refreshing & bright with thick, creamy texture
Phoenix Honey Orchid, Oolong, Light-bodied & incisive with peach & citrus scents
Blackcurrant & Hibiscus, Fruit Infusion Intense, lively, refreshing & full of charm
Monmouth three bean espresso blend: American, espresso, double espresso, latte, cappuccino, macchiato, flat white.
Monmouth Fazenda Alta Vista, Brazilian single origin coffee for cafetiere
All also available in decaf using Granja la Esperanza, Columbian decaffeinated coffee beans
(please note that discount cards such as the Great Food Club Card are not valid when booking an Afternoon Tea).
Booking Essential. 48 hours notice required (Non-refundable and non-transferable) Tel: 0115 9881900.
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All allergen information is contained within the Allergen menu. Please call 0115 9881900 and talk to the Duty Manager who will be able to provide this information for you.