Afternoon Tea in the New Forest
Great places to enjoy afternoon tea in style in Lymington, the New Forest and surrounding areas...
In fact, afternoon tea a relatively new tradition. The tradition of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife the Portuguese Infanta Catherine de Braganza, but it was not until the mid 19th Century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared.
Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, would have a “sinking feeling between luncheon and supper”. In 1840 she asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.
This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea, which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.
Afternoon tea: ideal for business and pleasure!
These days there are several distinct excuses to our mind for taking afternoon tea. The first is to make a change. Those groups of friends who have the luxury of time to meet for morning coffee and gossip, could try switching their gatherings to try afternoon tea in one of the many New Forest eateries where it’s served.
The second is for a business meeting with a colleague or your team, especially when you need to do a bit of brainstorming and thinking outside the box. We tried an afternoon tea and it works brilliantly!
And of course afternoon tea in the New Forest is a wonderful experience to share with loved ones on an anniversary, special birthday or other occasion; afternoon tea is a sophisticated and relaxed way to celebrate with your closest friends and family.
Pour your tea and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea, usually including a selection of dainty sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream and preserves. Cakes and pastries. Tea grown in India or Ceylon is poured from dainty tea pots into delicate bone china cups.
Where to enjoy a spendid traditional afternoon tea in Lymington and the New Forest
Afternoon tea served Monday to Friday from 2:30pm to 5:30pm and weekends 1:30pm to 5:30pm. Booking essential.
Indulge in Traditional Afternoon tea at the chic Cambium restaurant or in the comfort of a cosy lounge in front of a roaring log fire. A mouth-watering selection of finely cut sandwiches, speciality cakes including freshly baked scones smothered in New Forest Jam and thick clotted cream, all complimented by a large selection of the finest artisan teas from Camellia’s Tea House and Fair Trade coffee.
Careys Manor cater for everyone, their gluten free afternoon tea and vegan afternoon tea are especially popular. Special afternoon tea menus and offers are usually available for Easter, Mothering Sunday and Father's Day (with additional delights for Dad, including more savouries and local ale!)
Afternoon tea served from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Booking essential.
Afternoon tea at The Montagu Arms is reminiscent of the rituals of its 1840s origins, with a twist. A unique ‘course by course’ tasting journey starts with a savoury selection of delicate finger sandwiches and an array of sweet treats, before arriving at freshly baked scones served with homemade jam and clotted cream. Your afternoon tea will be perfectly accompanied by a selection of finest loose leaf teas and fairtrade coffee.
Enjoy an unforgettable afternoon tea experience in quintessential English surroundings in comfort of a cosy lounge with log fires or in the conservatory overlooking the manicured gardens. Special afternoon tea menus and offers are usually available for Easter, Mothering Sunday and Father's Day (with additional delights for Dad, including more savouries and local ale!)
Afternoon tea is served from 3pm to 5pm. Booking essential.
If you are looking for a family-friendly location then New Park Manor makes the perfect setting for afternoon tea after a walk in the New Forest. One of the luxious Family Friendly Hotels, children of all ages are welcome and catered for.
Take a seat in one of the cosy lounges, in The Vinery, or on the terrace if the sun shines, and sample sweet treats and delightful savoury snacks with a wide range of fresh loose-leaf teas, from traditional English breakfast and herbal classics to flavourful fruit blends.
Enjoy traditional Afternoon Tea at this historical country house hotel on the edge of the New Forest - ideal to combine with a stroll from the hotel across the forest! Whilst there, take a walk along the photo wall gallery and learn some history of the New Forest and the Balmer Lawn.
Afternoon tea is served in one of the comfortable and spacious lounges or outside on the terrace if the weather permits. It includes a pot of Birchall Tea, freshly prepared finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and a selection of home baked cakes and biscuits. Add Champagne for a really special occasion!
Afternoon tea is served from 3pm to 6pm.
Situated on Lymington High Street, the exclusive Stanwell House Hotel provides a calm and relaxing escape for an afternoon tea. Enjoy afternoon tea inside in the light and airy conservatory or outside in the delightful garden if the elements permit!
Select your tea from a range of SUKI teas and then then work your way through three tiers of assorted freshly prepared sandwiches and homemade sweet treats. Finish off with homemade scones served with clotted cream and jam. Menus change regularly to offer the freshest, locally sourced produce in line with the season.
Afternoon tea served 3pm to 5pm.
For the perfect sophisticated stop after a walk in the New Forest, head for The Bell Inn in Bramshaw. Choose to have a more formal tea in the Garden Room, a relaxed afternoon tea on the sofa in the lounge or maybe take tea al fresco in the garden if the sun is shining. There are four different afternoon teas available and booking is usually required. Very reasonably prices!
Afternoon tea (booking essential)
Enjoy afternoon tea or a cream tea inside at The Thatched Cottage or out in the beautiful garden when the weather is kind. Located in Brockenhurst in the heart of the New Forest National Park, the hotel is within easy walking distance of the rail station, village centre, open heathland and forest.