Afternoon Tea Hertfordshire, Essex | Country House Hotel | Down Hall

Down Hall
Country House Hotel
Matching Road,
Hatfield Heath,
Essex CM22 7AS
Tel: +44 (0)1279 731441


Afternoon Tea in Ibbetsons Tea Lounge

Visit Down Hall Country House Hotel to experience the much-loved English tradition of Afternoon Tea at its finest! Served in the historic splendour of our lounge or Ibbetsons Tea Lounge, with a choice of delicious menus combined with a selection of the finest teas make for an unforgettable afternoon.

During December, we will serve our delicious Festive Afternoon Tea, our traditional Down Hall afternoon tea with a festive twist.

Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o'clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o'clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner.

The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread with 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.

At Down Hall, we serve Afternoon Tea daily between 2pm and 5pm, as all our Afternoon Teas are freshly made to order, reservations are required. To make a booking for Afternoon Tea, please call Reservations on 01279 731441 or email

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