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 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.

Our Afternoon Tea tickets include a ticket to see the beautiful gardens at Belvoir and a delicious Afternoon Tea for two in the Castle Tea Room. If you’d like to see the State rooms in the Castle, either on a Guided Tour (£8 extra) or free flow admission (£6 extra), you can upgrade your ticket on the day at the Ticket Office.

We serve a selection of made-to-order sandwiches, homemade fruit cake or Victoria sponge, scones with jam and cream as well as hot and cold drinks.

Our Afternoon Tea is available when the Castle is open, so please check this calendar to see our Opening Times. Afternoon Tea can also be booked in our Fuel Tank Restaurant, located at the foot of the castle at The Engine Yard.

Our vouchers are suitable for any day when the castle is open and you do not need to book a table; our tea room is ready to serve afternoon tea at all times. (Groups over 15 should please book in advance.)

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Duchess’ Afternoon Tea

The perfect gift for a special someone, a delicious Afternoon Tea with Prosecco in the extraordinary Belvoir Castle!

  • Chilled glass of Prosecco
  • Selection of fresh sandwiches (including smoked salmon, cucumber and cream cheese)
  • Homemade scone with jam and clotted cream
  • Selection of homemade mini cakes
  • Tea or coffee

Our Afternoon Tea tickets includes a ticket to see the beautiful gardens at Belvoir and a delicious afternoon tea for two in the Castle Tearoom. Ticket upgrades are available on the day to see the State Rooms in the Castle.

Prices from £24pp

Afternoon Tea tickets are for a minimum of two and entry is from 11am. Please note this offer is only available online (Afternoon Tea is still available in our Tearoom after entry).

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Royal Afternoon Tea inspired by The Crown

Afternoon tea week 10th – 16th August

Royal Afternoon Teas will be served at 2pm.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to The Royal Afternoon Tea inspired by The Crown, taking place in regal opulence of Belvoir Castle; stand in for Windsor Castle in the Netflix production.

Enjoy champagne, sandwiches, handmade scones and pastries served in the State Dining Room, where you will be following in the footsteps of the starry cast of The Crown led by Her Majesty played by Olivia Coleman.

The tea in the State Dining room will be accompanied by the classic sounds of an elegant harpist and a breath-taking view of the picturesque Leicestershire landscape.

This special afternoon tea experience includes The Crown guided tour of the castle, featuring the key filming locations used by Netflix in all three series of its regal blockbuster including the normally private Wellington and Tapestry bedrooms featured throughout Season 3.

Traditional Afternoon tea Adult: £70
With a glass of Champagne: £80
Child: £40
Family of 2/3 children: £230