Did you know that Leicestershire is the home of afternoon tea? In the 1840s, Anna Russell, the Duchess of Bedford, was visiting the 5th Duke of Rutland at Belvoir Castle when she found herself getting hungry. With Supper still hours away, she was presented with a selection of sandwiches and sweet treats, alongside a pot of traditional English tea. And so a tradition was born that is now an institution. Take a look at our article showing some of the best places to get afternoon tea.

Take tea at the home of the tradition

What better place to enjoy afternoon tea than in its official birth place? Take a seat in Belvoir Castle's newly refurbished Regency-styled Tea Room, ‘The Aviary’. Indulge in dainty finger sandwiches and delectable desserts, homemade scones with jam and clotted cream, a selection of homemade mini cakes and a pot of Tea or coffee.

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A country house to beat them all

Also near Melton Mowbray Stapleford Park is one of England’s finest country houses, and you can sink into the plump cushions of the Drawing Room, overlooked by glistening chandeliers, portraits and landscapes adorning the walls. Their afternoon tea is served between 1.30pm – 4.00pm with a pot of tea. They offer Vegan or Gluten free options and you can also choose from a selection of traditional teas, fruit and herbal infusions, or filtered coffee.

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Tea with Mrs Bridges

It’s a Leicester tradition going back 100 years! Mrs Bridges Tearoom on Loseby Lane has been serving the people of Leicester for a century and it’s the perfect place for a very reasonably priced afternoon tea. They’re open all day for Breakfast, Lunch and of course Afternoon Tea. At £9.50, it’s definitely the cheapest afternoon tea on this list, but it’s absolutely worth a visit.

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Leicestershire's best afternoon tea?

Located in the surroundings of Braunstone Park, Winstanley House was voted Leicestershire’s best Afternoon Tea in the Leicestershire Tourism Awards. They take it as seriously as the food they create in the Black Iron restaurant, seeking out some of the best loose tea in the country to complement the delicate flavours of sweets and savouries which are freshly made on the site. To complete the experience, it’s all served on a crockery collection by Yvonne Ellen (as seen on the Great British Bake Off). Only available on Saturday afternoons, make sure to book in advance!

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Clarendon Park tea time

A local afternoon tea with a twist. Right in the heart of Leicester’s Clarendon Park, The Skylark Bakery offer freshly baked treats from their beautifully quaint bakery. So sit back and sip loose leaf tea from dainty vintage china teacups and select delicious treats including fresh, fluffy scones, daintily cut sandwiches and delicious cakes and treats. They also offer a takeaway option!

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A traditional Victoria tea

Afternoon Tea at the Victorian Kilworth House has remained true to its roots in the 19th century. They offer a generous range of sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries, plus ten different varieties of tea in the gorgeous surroundings of the Orangery. If you’re staying there, then afternoon tea can be taken anywhere from your room to the library. But wherever you choose, they’ll bring it to you on the traditional three-tiered stand.

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Take tea on the farm

Away from the stately homes and neighbourhood cafés, why not take tea on the farm? Enjoy panoramic views of the Leicestershire countryside while you indulge in afternoon tea, then while away a few hours exploring the farm. They host events throughout the year, from the summer corn maze to pumpkin picking in the autumn and their farm shop is famed across the county.

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