The History of Afternoon Tea
Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is often credited with the invention of the tradition of afternoon tea in the early 1840's. Traditionally dinner was not served until 8:30 or 9:00 in the evening and the Duchess often became hungry, especially in the summer when dinner was served even later. She ordered a small meal of bread, butter and other niceties, such as cakes and biscuits to be brought secretly to her boudoir. When she was exposed she was not ridiculed, as she had feared, but her habit caught on and the concept of a small meal, of niceties and perhaps tea, became popular and eventually known as "afternoon tea".
Afternoon tea at Orestone can be enjoyed on our sun terrace, with sea and garden views, our bright and airy conservatory or in the winter in our bar by our roaring log fires. All of our cakes and scones are homemade, our sandwich selection varies depending on fresh produce and our teas are loose leaf. Booking is advisable.
Selection of biscuits £1.50
Toasted teacakes with butter & jam £2.75
Various open sandwiches £5.95
Slice of homemade cake £3.50
Devon Cream Tea £7.50
Two large Home made scones and Orestone preserve with Devon clotted cream & a choice of tea or coffee.
The Orestone Full Afternoon Tea £14.95
Selection of finger sandwiches, home made scone and Orestone preserve with Devon clotted cream, assorted homemade cakes of your choice and a choice of tea or coffee.
The Orestone Champagne Afternoon Tea £21.95
Selection of finger sandwiches, home made scone and Orestone preserve with Devon clotted cream, assorted homemade cakes of your choice and a choice of tea or coffee and a glass of champagne
Teas & Infusions £2.50
Traditional English Leaf
Earl Grey Leaf
Fruit & Herbal Teas £2.70
Columbian Supreme Cafetiere £2.50
Hot Chocolate £2.70