Published: 15 October 2023

Invented by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the 1840s, afternoon tea has become a British institution. The perfect indulgent pick-me-up between lunch and dinner, it’s a treat very few of us would turn our noses up at. Indeed, it’s often the highlight of an afternoon out. But what do you need to make the most of the experience?

The Three Key Ingredients of a Successful Afternoon Tea

Good food

Although there are plenty of eateries out there mixing up the afternoon tea concept with themes as diverse as tappa tea and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, there are a couple of afternoon tea staples that just can’t be dispensed with. Of course, there must be scones – cream or jam first? We’ll let you decide! – And you need plenty of savoury to balance the sweetness. And then there’s the choice between the traditional tea, coffee, and prosecco. But whatever you choose for your afternoon tea, and wherever you choose to have it, the food must always be good, and it must always be a bit of a treat.

Good company

Afternoon tea is a treat to be savoured, so select your company well! At Holker Hall we cater for singles, couples, families, and groups. So, whether you’re celebrating, catching up, or simply indulging in a little bit of R&R, have a think about who you’d most like to share your afternoon tea with. Or, if you’re in need of a little me time, don’t forget to bring a good book to make the most of your experience.

Just remember, no matter how big your group, it’s always wise to book ahead.

A great location

You can have afternoon tea anywhere. At home. In a hotel. Even the cafes of some high street shops offer it. But if you’re looking to make the occasion truly special, you need to think about your location. And Holker Hall’s gorgeous gardens take some beating. The 17th century house and 200 acres of land have something for everyone one – history, horticulture, and fabulous fauna. Making it the perfect way to wend away a gentle day. And once you’ve seen all that the gardens, woodland, and deer park have to offer, it’s time to relax and recharge in The Courtyard Cafe. Based within the Hall’s 18th century converted stable block, The Courtyard boasts oodles of charm and provides the ideal place to sit back with a sumptuous afternoon tea.

At Holker Hall, we take afternoon tea seriously! With our home-baked cakes and pastries and a range of other goodies, we want every afternoon tea to be special. Giving you one more memory to take home after an exceptional day out.

At Holker Hall, afternoon tea is available from £19.95 per person (£23.95 with a glass of prosecco), and includes homemade scones with jam and cream, a selection of homemade sandwiches, and delicious home baking with your choice of beverage. Vegan and gluten-free options are available. Please call the office on 015395 58328 or email to book.