Afternoon Tea Tray
Food, Lifestyle

English Country Hotel Afternoon Tea

Something a little different today and I’m sharing with you a recent experience I had which was going to afternoon tea at a local country hotel.

Afternoon tea is a lovely thing to do when you are in the UK especially with older children as it’s so lovely to see them enjoying it and taking in the atmosphere and creating memories.Β I went along with my family to have afternoon tea and here is what we had.

A selection of tea’s including:

  • English Breakfast
  • Earl Grey
  • Pear Caramel
  • Chocolate Orange Truffle
  • Mandarin Rose Petal
  • Green Tea Tropical
  • Chamomile Citrus
  • Calming Moon
  • Berry Wellness

We were able to smell each of the infusions and take in the rich aromas of the tea. My children had a lot of fun with this part smelling all the different flavours and deciding which ones that they wanted to try. I chose Earl Grey, my partner he had the Chocolate Orange Truffle Tea, the children chose English Breakfast and Tropical Green Tea.

Tea selection

Herbal Tea selection

Earl Grey Tea

Next came the food!

Traditional finger sandwiches and a selection of cakes including Battenberg, mini lemon meringue tarts, Β macarons, a chocolate truffle and a honeycomb cheesecake also served were warm scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam.

Afternoon Tea

Cake Stand Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea Macarons

Cream and Jam Scone

Afternoon Tea Table

English Tea Time

It was really nice and although not the finest afternoon tea I’ve had, it was a pleasant way to spend an afternoon with my family. We were on such a sugar high after this. It was a real treat as we do not usually eat this much food in the afternoon.

It’s always such a magical and indulgent experience to share afternoon tea. Β The hotel was lovely, as were the gardens. It was so cold and rainy on the day we didn’t get to walk around them. I can imagine it would be lovely in the summer and I plan to return at a later date to explore some more.

Country Hotel

English Country Hotel

England Afternoon Tea

What do you think of the afternoon tea tradition? Have you tried it or would you love to try? Gemma xx

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  • Candice Petersen

    The food looks so yummy

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Candice xxx

  • Gabrielle

    What a beautiful afternoon tea experience! The hotel’s interior design looks lovely, particularly the painted walls in the dining area. Thanks for sharing this Gemma, I’m all for a luxurious (and well presented!) afternoon tea! πŸ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice


    • Jacquard Flower

      Gabrielle thanks! It isn’t the best hotel I have been too but it was a nice experience that’s for sure. It was like stepping back in time being in that hotel. Gemma xx

  • Wellemma

    Looks really delicious! And the place also looks lovely and like a nice place for some afternoon tea πŸ™‚
    Emma xx

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Emma xx

  • Lauren

    This all looks so delicious! I love afternoon tea – but haven’t been to one quite this fancy before (it’s definitely on the list of things to do!)
    Lauren xx

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Lauren. You should try it it’s such an amazing experience. Gemma xx

  • Linda Libra Loca

    As a self-proclaimed tea and food lover, this is my kind of heaven!

    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Anne πŸ™‚

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Oh my gosh, pear caramel tea, what?!?! Chocolate orange truffle?! Oh my goodness, this looks like my kind of heaven!!! I’m sitting here at work drooling over these photos, everything looks soooo delicious and I’m dying to try that tea!


    • Jacquard Flower

      Aww thanks Kay! Haha have a lovely day. xx

  • Catarina Neves

    I’m going crazy just for watch!

    • Jacquard Flower

      Haha thanks! xx

  • Maria Luisa
    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks xx

  • Chelsea Finn

    This sounds like so much fun! And it seems that there are so many yummy selections. I love going for tea.

    xx Chelsea

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Chelsea have a lovely day. Gemma xx

  • Jalisa

    This sounds and looks amazing, Gemma! I feel in the states, there isn’t that much of an emphasis on tea, as there is in Europe and other parts of the world, such as Asia. We seem to be more coffee oriented. It looks so delightful and sounds like such a great experience to sit and have tea and so much more chic and sophisticated than grabbing a coffee, might I add!

    Thanks so much for sharing and you’ve opened the idea of sitting and enjoying some tea with my hubby and family, most likely come spring. There’s a few places in Brooklyn, NY that have some tea spots that I’ve never tried out.

    Have a wonderful week ahead, beautiful, and thanks so much for sharing!



    • Jacquard Flower

      Hi Jalisa, Thanks so much for your lovely comment! I hope you had a nice weekend and I’m so pleased that I have inspired you to drink tea. πŸ™‚ Have a lovely week too! Gemma xx

  • natalieoffduty

    i love a good English meal. looks so so delicious!

    Natalie Off Duty

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks me too! Have a good day. Gemma xx

  • Tash Collier

    Looks yummy!


    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Tash xx

  • Shireen

    I’m not a huge fan of tea but those finger sandwiches are calling out my name!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Shireen πŸ™‚

  • Summer

    The food looks so nice β™₯

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Summer it was πŸ™‚ Gemma xx

  • Lubka Henry

    This is such a gorgeous arrangement! I love the afternoon tea tradition πŸ™‚

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Lu have a lovely day! Gemma x

  • Michele M

    How neat to get the kids involved in a afternoon tea (tasting). The hotel looks so beautiful and desserts look heavenly. πŸ™‚

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Michele. xx

  • Nina

    This looks amazing Gamma !! The place looks lovely too !

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Nina. Have a lovely day. Gemma xx

  • Kathleen Buytaert

    Omg… this looks too good… I’m seriously drooling right now… (I’ll take a tea later this evening… with a dry biscuit…). That trifle looks to die for πŸ˜›
    I love afternoon tea (probably because I’ve got such a sweet tooth!). In England we’ve already had tea at fancy places… The Ritz, The Waldorf, the Goring and in Paris we had afternoon tea at Hotel Daniel. But it doesn’t always have to be that fancy… in the Peak District we had the most amazing scones with clotted cream, accompanied by a fine Earl Grey tea (at the Monsal viaduct) and in a little village (Tissington) we had a fab afternoon tea served by Sir Richard Fitzherbert himself (he lives in the Hall right next to the little tearoom which he owns as well… he, nor his wife, are too proud to serve their guests!!).
    Love, Kathleen

    • Jacquard Flower

      Hi Kathleen, haha πŸ™‚ Wow you have had afternoon tea many times in the UK. I agree with you it seems always a nice experience whether you are at the best and most expensive hotel or a local small cafe. It’s just all about the experience. Have a lovely evening. Gemma xx

  • The Chicster Diaries

    The last time I was in London I had gone for some English afternoon tea and the experience was amazing! This post got back so many memories.. πŸ™‚

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks really glad it bought back good memories πŸ™‚ Gemma xx

  • Dressed With Soul

    Now I’m really hungry as everything there looks so extremely yummy!

    xx from
    Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Rena. xx

  • Ela BellaWorld

    Who wouldn’t love afternoon teas and all these treats… Smelling different teas sound interesting x

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Ela. xx

  • Danielle

    I used to drink a cup of tea and eat a pastry (or a piece of bread and cheese) every afternoon while I was growing up. I’m glad you had such a nice time with your family while enjoying delicious treats and tea. Have a great week, Gemma!


    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Danielle, glad it bought back some memories for you. Gemma xx

  • Monika

    It sounds like you had a nice time. I’ve only been to afternoon tea once before but I think there was a bit less food on offer at that time.


    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Monika haha there was a LOT of food πŸ™‚

  • yasmin sanchez

    My God, everything is exquisitely painted …

    Someone could resist eating some of that ????

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Yasmin xx

  • Elizabeth aka Ela

    This looks like a ton of fun! I definitely want to do something similar soon!

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Ela. xx

  • Yvonne Kong

    OMG, I am getting so hungry now!


    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Yvonne πŸ™‚

  • Christina Lau

    Wow, this meal looks amazing!! I am definitely planning on getting afternoon tea when I make my way to England next year!



    Looks by Lau

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Christina have a lovely day! Gemma xx

  • LifeStyleTalks

    This looks fantastic Gemma! An afternoon tea is something I always wanted to do…. because it’s part of English tradition and because it’s a real treat πŸ™‚

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thank you. You should definitely try it sometime πŸ™‚ Gemma xx

      • LifeStyleTalks

        I’m planning to! Bieke xx

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  • Tania

    Awesome post! I love a goof afternoon tea x

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Tania. Have a lovely day xx Gemma xx

  • Beauty Follower

    Mmmm looks the perfect place to have your tea!

    • Jacquard Flower


  • Stripes n Vibes

    I love high quality tea, especially if it’s served with great appetizers)


    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Tanya. xx

  • Dora Toubanaki

    I am a coffee person 100% but I would die to taste these. A great quality tea can be equal as coffee too! I am all for the English Breakfast

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Dora xx

  • Carol in a Page

    Everything looks so delicious! I’ve never had an afternoon tea, but would love to.

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Carol. It’s a lovely thing to do. You should try it one time. xx

  • Nadia

    LOVED this post. Huge fan of afternoon tea πŸ™‚
    It’s a perfect coincidence because I mentioned afternoon tea in my November Favourites (it’s live now). Gorgeous set up hon & amazing food and teas…. Mmmm! Would never say no to a good ol’ afternoon tea πŸ˜‰
    xox Nadia

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Nadia. xx

  • thefashionsalt

    What a beautiful selection of teas and food! I wasn’t sure what battenberg was and just looked it up – now my mouth is watering! I wish we had places around here that did afternoon tea, I would be there every weekend.

    • Jacquard Flower

      Haha thanks Lili, I’m glad you learned something new πŸ™‚ I love going for afternoon tea but there are so many treats in the table I can’t go too often. Have a lovely weekend. Gemma xx