Afternoon Tea is a ritual introduced in the early 1840s amongst British aristocracy. It evolved as a mini meal to stem the hunger and anticipation of an evening meal at 8pm. Nowadays, Afternoon Tea is usually enjoyed as an occasional luxury for the British; a treat in a Country House Hotel, perhaps to celebrate a birthday or special occasion!
At Proud Stanmer Country House, we like to uphold this wonderful, timeless British tradition, where we offer our guests the perfect environment to relax and indulge in the pleasures of homemade cakes, scones, pastries, tarts and sandwiches, as well as a selection of all your favourite teas.
Whether you are celebrating a birthday, an anniversary or simply treating a loved one, Afternoon Tea at Proud Stanmer Country House promises to delight!
If you have a voucher, discount or loyalty card please book as normal and notify your waiter/waitress on the day of your visit.
Afternoon Tea is usually served in the cosy, red Library, the grand Thomas Pelham dining room and the Lady Anne dining room – pristine white walls, with historical artwork telling some of the history of this handsome Grade 1 listed house (built in 1722 – over 100 years before Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840). And in Winter months, our roaring wood fires will be burning throughout the house.
Our delicious Traditional Afternoon Teas are very popular so pre-booking is required. Please book using the online booking system, we cannot take reservations over the phone. We are unable to accept reservations with less than 24 hrs notice. You can book directly for groups of 8 or fewer. For larger groups, complete the online enquiry form and we’ll be in touch to confirm your reservation. Afternoon Tea is served for two, therefore if you have a dietary requirement (for example, Gluten Free) this will apply to both servings. You will not be asked for a payment in advance to secure your reservation.
Why not add a glass of prosecco or a bottle of Champagne for a special occasion? Dogs are permitted in some areas of the house.