Afternoon tea at County Hotel

Happiness is tea and cake

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Time for a treat

Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around 4pm in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at 8pm, leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.

Why not join us for a fabulous afternoon and choose between our Traditional, Great British, Vegan and Children's Afternoon Tea. We have table sizes and rooms available for all occasions.

Traditional Afternoon Tea £26 per person

Vegan Afternoon Tea £26 per person 

Great British (Savoury style) £28 per person 

Kids Afternoon Tea £15 per child (under 10 years old) 

Why not add a 20cl bottle of Prosecco for £8.50 per person 

Allergens. Due to the way our food and drink is prepared it is not possible to guarantee the absence of allergens in our meals and drinks and we do not make a “free from” claim. Our allergen information only states allergens if they are an ingredient of a product. We do not include “may contain” information. Our menu descriptions do not include all ingredients. Full allergen information is available on request. Please contact us should you have any concerns.

Menu availability. All menu items are subject to availability. Any photography of our menus or other promotional materials are for representative purposes only. We reserve the right to change, amend or remove items without prior notice.

Deposits. In certain circumstances, such as a booking for our Mother's Weekend, Father's Day, Festive Meals, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve menus, we will usually require payment of a deposit for each adult in order to secure your Booking. We will let you know at the point of Booking how much deposit is required. Where a deposit is required, no Booking will be accepted or treated as confirmed until the deposit is paid. We reserve the right to cancel Bookings where deposits are unpaid. Deposits are redeemable against your bill on the day of your Booking. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Restaurant Closure: In certain circumstances, it may be the hotel's decision to close the restaurant without prior notice. We will use our reasonable endeavors to provide you with an alternative table in our Rainsford Bar with the same menus from The Samphire Restaurant. If we are unable to provide you with an alternative table for any reason, the booking will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund of any payment you have made in advance, in relation to your restaurant booking.

Make your visit extra special

We all enjoy a long lazy afternoon, and with so many treats to indulge in, it makes sense to stay the night.