If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you’ (Gladstone, 1865)
Hotel Westport Afternoon Tea
Served daily from 1pm to 6pm, choose to take Afternoon Tea by the fire in our tranquil Birmingham Lounge and watch the world go by. Afternoon Tea at Hotel Westport is served the traditional way on a three-tiered platter and includes a selection of finger sandwiches and a delicious assortment of home-made sweet treats, served alongside your choice of leaf tea or fresh coffee. You don’t have to have a reason to add some sparkle to the occasion with a glass of bubbly!
Afternoon Tea prices start from €28 for Two. Pre-booking is advisable.
Westport House Victorian Tea
Experience Westport House in a whole new way when you step back in time with a sumptuous Victorian Afternoon Tea in the gorgeous formal Drawing Room – served by your own Victorian maid. Pre-book your group’s visit anytime or drop in on Saturday or Sunday afternoons from July 1st to August 30th.
The History of Afternoon Tea
According to legend, one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting, Anna Maria Stanhope, known as the Duchess of Bedford, is credited as the creator of Afternoon Tea. Because the noon meal had become skimpier, the Duchess suffered from ‘a sinking feelings’ at about four o’clock in the afternoon. At first the Duchess had her servants sneak her a pot of tea and a few breadstuffs. Adopting the European tea service format, she invited friends to join her for an additional afternoon meal at five o’clock in her rooms at Belvoir Castle. The menu centred around small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, assorted sweets and of course, tea. This summer practice proved so popular, the Duchess continued it when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for ‘tea and a walk in the fields’. The practice of inviting friends to come for tea in the afternoon was quickly picked up by other social hosts.