Afternoon Tea in Warwick
Enjoy a quintessentially English treat in a historic setting
There are few traditions more ‘English’ than afternoon tea. And where better to indulge in this culinary delight than in the market town of Warwick, in the heart of Shakespeare’s England?
It is widely believed that the 7th Duchess of Bedford created the ritual of afternoon tea in 1840. After experiencing a ‘sinking feeling’ between luncheon and her evening meal, she asked her footman to bring her a pot of tea and some light refreshment. She enjoyed it so much that she began inviting friends to join her for a gossip over tea, finger sandwiches and cakes. These days, of course, afternoon tea is enjoyed by everyone – from the young to the old, locals to tourists.
Afternoon tea in Warwick can be taken in many of the town’s fine hotels and restaurants. However, if you wish to step back in time and experience the complete English afternoon tea experience, visit ‘The Brethren’s Kitchen’ at the Lord Leycester Hospital or The Thomas Oken Tearooms set alongside the castle wall. Alternatively, just a few miles outside Warwick is the Ardencote Manor Hotel, which is becoming increasingly popular for its afternoon tea selection.
Why not take tea in the decadent surroundings of Warwick Castle and treat yourself to a VIP experience.
Browse the Food and Drink section of our website to find the numerous afternoon tea venues Warwick has to offer.