It all began in 17th century England with the Duchess of Bedford.
Back then, it was the fashion to have dinner late, which left a long gap between meals, and left the poor Duchess going hungry. To remain on point with fashion, and get around these dreaded “hunger spells” she decided that a tray of tea, sandwiches and cake should be brought to her room in the late afternoon. She shared this delightful new habit with her friends, and it soon snowballed into a full blown social craze – voila! Afternoon tea was born.
A few centuries down the line, it’s more of a social event than a daily occurrence, but it just so happens that we’ve got the perfect setting for it in our Victorian Winter Garden. With stunning views of the Strathearn countryside to look out on to, and light flooding through the massive windows, you’ll struggle to find a better spot to enjoy an afternoon tea.
And it’s not just a cuppa we’re offering these days. We’re all about putting a modern twist on the classic.
Kick off your afternoon in style with one of our cake stands packed full of goodies. Our finger sandwiches are made using freshly baked bread from our local (award-winning) Campbell’s Bakery and packed full of Scottish produce.
But why stop there? You can have your tipple in a teapot with our gin, champagne and prosecco offerings too.
Take a look at our afternoon tea menu, remember to book in advance and, of course, mutter a little thank you to the Duchess of Bedford.