belvoir afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea


Belvoir Castle is said to be the official home of Afternoon Tea, so what better place to enjoy a scone or two!

Afternoon Tea’s served in the Castle’s newly refurbished Tea Room. Serving from the 21st May, available to pre-book now.

Afternoon Tea has long been regarded as one of Britain’s finest traditions. A tradition that started right here at Belvoir Castle.

It is believed that it was conceived in the 1840s by the 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna Maria Stanhope whilst visiting the Duke and Duchess of Rutland. At this time meals were traditionally only taken twice a day, once in the morning and the second mid evening. Whilst being entertained by her hosts The Duchess of Bedford would call for a pot of tea accompanied with both savory and sweet delicate refreshments around midafternoon to stave off the hunger before the evening meal. It was during her stay at Belvoir Castle that the British Afternoon Tea was born.

The Duchess of Bedford continued to invite friends to join her for Afternoon Tea and it didn’t take long for other socialites to follow suit. It was soon to become, as it remains today a popular tradition and served in the finest establishment around the world.

belvoir afternoon tea