I’m British, therefore it’s almost compulsory for me to drink a lot of tea. And I do, I adore tea. Black tea, tea with milk, herbal tea, green tea, I love them all!
One of my favourite things to do when I get back home to the UK is to have afternoon tea with my family. So far, we have tried three lovely places close to home in Bedfordshire that I highly recommend!
Afternoon Tea at Luton Hoo
Luton Hoo is a very beautiful Mansion House and 5* hotel located in Luton, Bedfordshire. Within the hotel grounds you will find a golf course, a spa and wellness centre and conference facilities. It is also a perfect location for a fairytale wedding. Luton Hoo dates back to 1601 and is bursting with history. The decor is beautiful and it is a fine example of a typical English Mansion.
Having afternoon tea at Luton Hoo was a real treat. It’s quite expensive, starting at £29.50 per person, but I think it’s definitely worth it as you are paying for the whole experience rather than just tea and sandwiches! The service here is exceptional and you also have the opportunity to explore the grounds and take photos. We felt like royalty while we were there!
Here’s the afternoon tea menu:
A Pot of Tea or Coffee of your choice.
A Selection of Finger Sandwiches:
Free range egg mayonnaise with chives on beetroot bread
Smoked salmon on seeded granary bread
Roast beef with horseradish on white bread
Wobbly bottom goats cheese with chervil on sultana and walnut bread
Seasoned cucumber on basil bread
Freshly Baked Raisin and Plain Scones with Devonshire Clotted Cream and Strawberry Preserve
Assortment of Home Made Afternoon Tea Cakes and Pastries
If you’d like to have a glass of champagne or Pimms you can pay around £10 extra and make the afternoon extra special!
It is recommended that you book around 3-4 weeks in advance as Luton Hoo is very popular, when we visited the tea room was full. I really enjoyed this visit and I would definitely go back again, especially if I want to treat someone to a very special afternoon somewhere fancy. You can find information about opening times and reservations on the Luton Hoo website.
2. The Priory House Tea Rooms
The Priory House Tea Rooms is in Dunstable, Bedfordshire and is a very relaxing place to spend an afternoon. Priory House is a Grade II listed building and a Heritage Centre and Tourist Information office for southern Bedfordshire.
Afternoon tea at The Priory House Tea Rooms costs £16.50 per person and it is excellent value. The selection of sandwiches, homemade savouries and cakes are delicious and the homemade scones are amazing! There was so much food that we couldn’t even finish everything that was served and we had to take some of our scones home! Your tea is also refilled so you really can sit back, relax and enjoy the views of the pretty gardens outside. This is such a cosy and friendly place and the atmosphere is just perfect. I couldn’t think of a nicer way to spend an afternoon and will definitely be going back again soon. The best thing is that you don’t have to feel like it’s a special occasion to book at Priory House, you can enjoy afternoon tea here anytime and for any occasion! They also have a very nice little gift shop that sells local crafts and souvenirs which is great if you want to pick up some interesting birthday or Christmas gifts while you are there!
It is recommended that you book in advance and a 20% deposit is required to reserve your place. You can find more information on The Priory House website.
3. Afternoon Tea at Woburn Abbey
Woburn Abbey is a beautiful English country house, and current home of the Duke of Bedford. The Abbey and the grounds are open to the public to visit, with the area including a Deer Reserve and Woburn Safari Park. Afternoon tea is held at two rooms within the grounds of Woburn Abbey, the Duchess Tea Room and the Bedford Tea Room. We recently visited the Bedford Tea Room and had a lovely afternoon enjoying the setting and the delicious tea, sandwiches and cakes! We were given gift vouchers for Christmas which is a fantastic idea if you want to treat someone you love. You do need to book in advance, sometimes as far as 4 weeks ahead as it’s very popular!
The afternoon tea is £15 per person and includes unlimited tea (or coffee) and a selection of homemade sandwiches, scones and cakes. Once again, we couldn’t finish all of our cakes and had to take some home! Full from all the food, we enjoyed a long walk around the pretty gardens. You can find out more and book by visiting the Woburn Abbey website.
I hope to try out some more local tea rooms soon and would love to hear if anyone has any recommendations for my next visit!