“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea”Henry James
The Victorian Vicarage is a beautiful place to enjoy one of the most quintessential of English customs; a traditional afternoon tea.
First introduced just three miles away in Tavistock by Anne, the seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840, afternoon tea became a fashionable social event, and during the 1880’s upper class ladies donned long gowns, hats and gloves to partake of tea. Here, at the Victorian Vicarage, whilst we do not adhere to such a dress code, please feel free to dress for the occasion if you wish.
Atraditional Victorian afternoon tea consists of dainty sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream and jam and a selection of small cakes and pastries or during the autumn and winter, hot buttered crumpets. Served with a choice of freshly brewed piping hot aromatic tea leaves from an exquisite antique bone china tea set this really is a delightful experience to share as a couple of a party of friends or family.
Tea is served either on the lawn where you can enjoy a game of croquet or in the parlour where you will be delighted by the prettiest of afternoon tea tables beside a cosy fire which will warm you on chilly days.
Wherever you choose to take tea, we hope you will linger to chat over the tea cups and forget the time of day. After all, this is one of the most decadent occasions which should not be hurried.