Afternoon Tea

Served on a tiered cake stand @ £18.50 per head
  • egg mayo & cress
  • ham & mustard
  • tuna mayo & cucumber
  • cheese & chutney
  • Savoury treat
  • A variety of sweet treats along with mini scones served clotted cream & jam.
  • unlimited tea, filter coffee or squash. Other drinks are available to order at an additional cost.

Afternoon tea must be pre booked & a 50% deposit paid which is non refundable on changes made less than 24 hours before the booking.

It is sometimes possible to provide a version of afternoon tea on the day but with substitutes for mini treats.

A gluten free & vegan options is also available at a supplement.

Speciality Afternoon Tea available on Valentines Day, Mothers Day & throughout December. Vouchers cannot be used for these unless the difference is paid.



Whilst the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China it was popularised in England during the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife. It was not until the middle of the 19th century that the concept of afternoon tea' first appeared.

Afternoon Tea was introduced to England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in 1840. She is said to have complained of "having that sinking feeling during the late afternoon as it was normal practice at the time to only have breakfast then a main meal at around 8pm. The solution was to come up with a pot of tea & light snack that the Duchess would take in her private boudoir during the afternoon.

As this carried on she started to invite friends to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey here in Bedfordshire. A trend she carried on when she returned to London after the summer. This mid-afternoon snack proved so popular it soon became common place for all fashionable society to nibble on sandwiches & drink tea in the middle of the afternoon.

You will often see Tea Rooms advertising High Tea. This title came from the lower classes who would often have a more substantial high tea later in the day in place of a late dinner at a dinner table. A high table for high tea. It is quite simply referring to the height of the table on which you ate your tea. You can guess where low tea was served.

These days Afternoon Tea is a treat for special occasions however here at Southill we will happily provide you with Afternoon Tea at any time of the day. We do however suggest it is not rushed as we want you to thoroughly enjoy the experience. With that in mind we will not book Afternoon Tea less than 90 minutes before closing.

We can provide a full Gluten Free or Vegan option.