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We will be serving Festive Afternoon Teas from 17th November

We will be serving Festive Afternoon Teas from 17th November

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Our COVID promise to you

  • Fully refundable bookings up to 31st March 2022 if the hotel is closed due to COVID
  • Applies to new bookings made after 14th¬†Oct 2020
  • 10% resort credit to spend on retained money for rescheduled bookings
  • Helping to support the UK tourist industry
  • Peace of mind for your purchase
  • Terms and conditions apply

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Afternoon Tea

Take Afternoon Tea with stunning panoramic views over Constable Country, served 7 days a week from 12 noon until 3:30 pm.

From 17th November and through December we will be serving our Festive Afternoon Tea. Options are available to make your experience extra jolly and upgrade your tea to Prosecco or a G&T.

If you have a food allergy or intolerance please speak to a team member about the ingredients in your meal when making a reservation.

Prices from £21.95 per person

View our Festive Afternoon Tea menu here.

Sparkling Festive Afternoon Tea

History of Eliza Acton's Christmas Pudding

Eliza Acton¬†(17 April 1799¬†‚Äď 13 February 1859) was an English food writer¬†and poet who produced one of Britain’s first cookery books aimed at the domestic reader, modern cooking for private families. The book introduced the now-universal practice of listing ingredients and giving suggested cooking times for each recipe. It included the first recipes in English for Brussels sprouts¬†and for spaghetti. It also contains the first recipe for what Acton called “Christmas pudding”; the dish was normally called plum pudding, recipes for which had appeared previously, although Acton was the first to put the name and recipe together.

 

Acton was born in 1799 in Sussex. She was raised in Suffolk where she ran a girls’ boarding school before spending time in France. On her return to England in 1826 she published a collection of poetry and released her cookery book in 1845, aimed at middle-class families. Written in engaging prose, the book was well-received by reviewers. It was reprinted within the year and several editions followed until 1918, when Longman, the book’s publisher, took the decision not to reprint. In 1857 Acton published The English bread book for domestic class, a more academic and studious work than Modern Cookery. The work consisted of a history of bread-making in England, a study of European methods of baking and numerous recipes.

 

In the later years of its publication,¬†Modern Cookery was eclipsed by the success of¬†Isabella Beeton’s bestselling¬†Mrs Beetons‚Äô Book of Household Management (1861), which included several recipes¬†plagiarised¬†from Acton’s work. Although¬†Modern Cookery was not reprinted in full until 1994, the book has been admired by English cooks in the second part of the 20th Century and influenced many of them, including Elizabeth David, Jane Grigson, Delia Smith and Rick Stein.

Eliza Acton: Image Courtesy of Daily Mail

 

  • Add a bit of sparkle this Christmas

    If you’re looking for something extra indulgent, why not add a glass of bubbles or a Gin & Tonic to your Afternoon Tea?

    BUBBLES BOTTLE 125ML
    Da Luca Prosecco £28.00 £6.00
    Da Luca Rosato Spumante £28.00 £6.00
    Greyfriars Cuvee Brut, England £35.00
    Greyfriars Rose £35.00
    Taittinger Brut Reserve NV £60.00 £10.50
    Taittinger Rose Brut £70.00 £11.50

     

    GIN
    Hendricks £3.75
    Bombay £3.50
    Beefeater £3.30
    Beefeater Pink £3.40
    Beefeater Blood Orange £3.50
    Verano Watermelon, Passionfruit or Lemon £3.60

     

    FEVERTREE TONICS
    Indian tonic Water £2.40
    Light tonic water £2.40
    Mediterranean tonic water £2.40
    Elderflower tonic water £2.40
    Aromatic tonic water £2.40

Booking Times and Menus

Which one will take your fancy?

From 17th November we will be serving Festive Afternoon Teas daily from 12:30pm – 3pm.

We will be serving Festive Afternoon Teas from 17th November

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