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Christmas Afternoon Tea

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Christmas Afternoon Tea

If you’re coming to see our decorations why not treat yourself – or spoil someone special – by pre-booking a festively delicious Christmas Afternoon Tea.

From November 21 2023 we are offering Christmas-themed Afternoon Teas, with festive sandwich fillings, Christmassy cakes and an option to have mulled wine or prosecco!

Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.

Christmas Afternoon Tea for Two £17.50 per person

Christmas Afternoon Tea for Two with Mulled Wine £20.00 per person Christmas

Afternoon Tea for Two with Prosecco £22.50 per person

Booking is required in advance:

Book your Afternoon Tea Here

Once purchased, please be aware that Afternoon Teas cannot be refunded. Afternoon Teas do not include the price of entry to the Historic House – admission can be purchased at the Welcome Desk on arrival. 

If you have any queries about your booking please call 01202 128000 or email russellcotes@bcpcouncil.gov.uk


Afternoon Tea and Victorian Bournemouth

Nestled along the picturesque southern coast of England, Bournemouth exudes a timeless charm that seamlessly blends the contemporary with the historic. One tradition that has endured the test of time in this coastal town is the quintessentially British ritual of afternoon tea, a delightful experience that transports locals and visitors alike to the refined elegance of Victorian England.

The origins of afternoon tea can be traced back to the 1840s when Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, found herself in need of a light repast to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner. Eager to stave off the mid-afternoon hunger pangs, she began partaking in a selection of tea, sandwiches, and sweets, inviting friends to join her in this delightful ritual. This social gathering quickly gained popularity among the Victorian elite and eventually became a fashionable pastime.

In Bournemouth, a town with a rich history dating back to the Victorian era, afternoon tea has become more than a mere culinary indulgence; it’s a cultural institution that reflects the town’s enduring connection to its historical roots. Many of the tea rooms and establishments that offer afternoon tea in Bournemouth are housed in charming Victorian buildings, providing an ambiance that transports patrons back to the refined and genteel atmosphere of the 19th century.

The concept of afternoon tea has evolved over time, with variations like “high tea” also making an appearance in Bournemouth’s culinary scene. While afternoon tea is traditionally a light and social affair, high tea, with its heartier offerings, is more akin to a substantial evening meal. The choice between the two often depends on personal preference and the occasion, with afternoon tea being a popular choice for leisurely gatherings and high tea serving as a more substantial repast.

As the holiday season approaches, the connection between afternoon tea and Christmas becomes especially pronounced in Bournemouth. The town adorns itself with festive decorations, and tea rooms offer special Christmas-themed menus. Locals and tourists alike gather to indulge in the warmth and comfort of a festive afternoon tea, complete with seasonal treats such as mince pies, yule log, and gingerbread cookies. Bournemouth’s Victorian charm is particularly accentuated during Christmas, creating an enchanting atmosphere that complements the joyous spirit of the season.

Bournemouth’s association with Victorian England is not merely confined to the architecture and the practice of afternoon tea; it is a living testament to a bygone era that continues to shape the town’s identity. The Victorian influence is evident in the meticulous attention to detail in the presentation of afternoon tea, with fine china, silverware, and dainty sandwiches arranged with precision. The ambiance of Bournemouth’s tea rooms, often adorned with vintage furnishings and lace doilies, further enhances the nostalgic experience.

Bournemouth’s afternoon tea is a delightful journey through time, inviting patrons to savor the elegance of Victorian England. The town’s commitment to preserving this tradition, especially during the festive season, adds a touch of magic to the experience. Whether it’s a leisurely afternoon tea in a charming Victorian tea room or a high tea celebration during Christmas, Bournemouth’s tea culture is a testament to the enduring allure of a bygone era.

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21st November 23 - 01st January 23

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