Afternoon Tea at the Treasure Houses of England

Take the English tradition of Afternoon Tea in the finest Houses, Castles and Palaces in England. We have put together our Top Ten venues for you to enjoy!

Woburn Abbey - The quintessential English tradition of Afternoon Tea is said to have been started around 1840 by Duchess Anna Maria, wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford, who entertained her friends in the Blue Drawing Room at Woburn Abbey.  Visitors today can experience Afternoon Tea at Woburn at the Duchess' Tea Room or at the Estate's hotel in the village.

Signature Afternoon Tea - Anna Maria Afternoon Tea

Burghley House – Have tea in 'Capability' Brown's Orangery restaurant overlooking the topiary in the South Gardens. Homemade scones jam and clotted cream can be enjoyed in the peaceful and romantic Rose Garden.

Signature Afternoon Tea – Signature Orangery Tea

Beaulieu – Enjoy a scrumptious afternoon tea with a wide selection of cakes and pastries all baked in-house in the Brabazon Coffee Shop and Restaurant.  Some produce comes from Lord Montagu's own Victorian Kitchen garden; beetroot is transformed into a delicious moist cake and plums made into jam, to eat on scones with lashings of Dorset clotted cream.

Signature Afternoon Tea – Beaulieu Afternoon Tea

Hatfield House – Take tea to new and dizzy heights with Hatfield's Helicopter Discovery Tour where you can escape on an eight mile helicopter pleasure flight over the estate to snatch spectacular aerial views of the stunning architecture of the house, rounded off by a delicious homemade cream tea at the house.

Signature Afternoon Tea: The Hatfield House Chocolate & Walnut Brownie

Castle Howard – From traditional sponge cake and scones with jam and cream to golden flapjack and indulgent caramel shortbread, enjoy an afternoon treat at one of Castle Howard's cafés.

Signature Afternoon Treat –Castle Howard Fruit Cake 

Chatsworth – Enjoy a British tradition at Chatsworth with an afternoon tea in the Cavendish restaurant in the 18th century Stables, designed by the famous architect James Paine.

Signature afternoon Tea: Devonshire Afternoon Tea 

Leeds Castle – Enjoy an afternoon treat with a cream tea in the 17th Century oak-beamed Fairfax Restaurant or outside in the sunshine on the Terrace overlooking the castle.  There is an excellent choice of freshly prepared hot and cold dishes on offer, along with cakes and other sweet treats, all of which can be enjoyed in a rustic farmhouse kitchen style setting featuring oak and wrought iron finishes.

Signature Afternoon Treat – Farmhouse Kitchen Cakes

Harewood House - Taste the delights of afternoon tea in one of Harewood's most renowned cafés. The Terrace Café - voted one of the best places to have afternoon tea by Gardener's World Magazine readers in 2010 - offers stunning views over the lake and “Capability” Brown landscape. Sit back and enjoy one of Yorkshire's most loved vistas

Signature Afternoon Tea – Discover a special new selection at Harewood

Holkham Hall –As part of a visit to Holkham Hall, you will discover the' Pop-up Café in the Park' with views overlooking the lake. Watch the cricket and enjoy some locally sourced goodies.

Signature Afternoon Tea- Lovely locally Sourced Cake

Blenheim Palace - Blenheim Palace is the perfect place to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the elegant surroundings only a palace could provide.  Tea is served in the palace's Indian Room, or Champagne Bar, overlooking the beautiful fountains on the Water Terraces for a truly inspired setting.

Signature Afternoon Tea – Winston Churchill Premier Tea (includes his favourite tipple Pol Roger Brut Reserve NV)

Treasure Houses of England

The Treasure Houses of England are ten of the most magnificent palaces, houses and castles in England today. Members are Beaulieu, Blenheim Palace, Burghley House, Castle Howard, Chatsworth, Harewood, Hatfield House, Holkham Hall, Leeds Castle and Woburn Abbey.  Each has its own unique charm and all combine together to give a fascinating insight into life in England over the centuries.

One of the most compelling features of the Treasure Houses of England is that they all offer the visitor a living history. Most are still homes to the great families who have owned them for generations. Others keep their heritage alive by re-creating scenes and events that have dominated and shaped England from the 9th century to the present day.

Between them they house some of the most important art collections in the world with famous works from artists such as Van Dyck and Gainsborough and priceless antiques including Chippendale, Wedgwood and Meissen.

Discover hidden gems and dark secrets, follow walks and adventure trails in beautiful parklands and gardens, enjoy classical concerts, outdoor theatre, family fun and relax over afternoon tea:  the Treasure Houses change with the seasons, move with the times and always have something unexpected to offer, something new to discover.

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