Traditional Afternoon Tea

“Under certain circumstances, there are a few hours more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” - Henry James - The Portrait of a Lady

The ritual of afternoon tea owes its origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. Living during a time when it was common to eat only two main meals a day; an early breakfast and a late dinner. Anna decided to schedule the time to drink tea and snack each afternoon. 

This private ceremony was firstly done furtively in her bedroom, but over time other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room.

Before long all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.

Luxurious, elegant and perfect for every day...

Our Ladies Afternoon Tea begins with delicate finger sandwiches served with the pièce de resistance three tiers stand with light, crusty scones and rich clotted cream accompanied by a variety of homemade cakes and pastries.

Served with as much tea and coffee as you need to fuel the gossip (and why not add a glass of Champagne; after all, it is a ladies prerogative to enjoy only the finer things in life...)

Standard Afternoon Tea £24.50

Gentleman’s Afternoon tea £25.00

Champagne  Afternoon Tea £33.00

Children's Afternoon Tea £12.50


Gentlemen's Afternoon Tea 

"I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends" ~ Frank Sinatra. 

We couldn't agree more with Frank's sentiments. A suitably influential gent if ever there was one.

We've had huge success entertaining the ladies with our Traditional Afternoon Tea but we thought it was long overdue that we put a little something together for the gents & their very own 'Rat Pack'.  

So, we're proud to introduce:

Gentlemen's Jack Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a selection of wholesome canapé-style bites from Fish and chip skewer, prawn dumpling; chicken and leek pie; Mini beef burger and fries to our homemade scotch egg. Top this little feast off with our bespoke dessert menu of Cheese and crackers and warm chocolate brownie with Baileys ice cream.

As ever we'll throw in as much tea & coffee as your gents can drink, but we also know you appreciate the finer things in life so why not add a round of our unique 'Gentleman Jack' - a fusion of citrus and black raspberry with the smooth taste of Jack Daniel's. If that doesn't do it for you, you can always try a large glass of one of our fine wines.

And remember, in the words of Sammy Davis Jr. "The success of the Rat Pack was due to the camaraderie."

Standard Gentlemen's Afternoon Tea £25 per person 
Add a round of Gentleman Jack's for £33 per person 

(Please note Didsbury House is a residents only hotel, therefore Afternoon Tea is only available for event bookings or guests of the hotel with at least 24h notice period and subject to availability at time of booking)



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