History of Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon.
The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread, butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This was thought to be an excellent idea and the habit caught on and the afternoon tea was born.
History of Marble Arch
Marble Arch is a white Carrara marble monument that now stands on a large traffic island at the junction of Oxford Street, Park Lane, and Edgware Road, almost directly opposite Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park. Historically, only members of the royal family and the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, have been allowed to pass through the arch in ceremonial procession.
Marble Arch was designed in 1825 by John Nash as a ceremonial entrance to the courtyard of the new Buckingham Palace. Construction began in 1827 and was completed in 1833. The design of the Marble Arch is based on that of the Arch of Constantine in Rome and the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in Paris. Marble Arch was dismantled in 1850 when the new east range of Buckingham Palace was constructed. It was rebuilt by Thomas Cubitt as a ceremonial entrance to the northeast corner of Hyde Park at Cumberland Gate.
The reconstruction was completed in March 1851. A popular story says that the arch was moved because it was too narrow for the Queen’s state coach to pass through, but, in fact, the gold state coach passed under it during Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953. Three small rooms inside the rebuilt arch were used as a police station from 1851 until around 1968. It firstly housed the royal constables of the Park and later the Metropolitan Police.
£25.00 per person
From English breakfast to fragrant Egyptian mint:
Choose your favourite specially selected tea.
An irresistible British open sandwich selection. Of course it wouldn’t be afternoon tea without crumbly, freshly baked, scones, delicious plain or with sultanas. Served with fruit preserve and the essential finishing touch, clotted cream. A tempting selection of afternoon tea cakes and sweet delights.
Champagne Afternoon tea
£35.00 per person
Enjoy our full Marble Arch Afternoon Tea, complemented with a chilled
glass of champagne.
This world class English Breakfast Blend is far from ordinary.
Blended with three different Assam leaves, it delivers a well rounded full bodied breakfast tea.
Only the finest tea estates are used to select this blend which is truly exceptional.
Sapphire Earl Grey
This rich, delicate yet full bodied Earl Grey is given an innovative twist to the traditional recipe with bergamot and blue malva flowers. Sapphire Earl Grey can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
The famous Lung Ching green tea has quickly become one of the most renowned green teas in the world.
It offer’s a smooth, subtle flavour with a slight sweet finish, the mark of exceptional quality.
This Egyptian Mint leaf dating back to the pharaoh’s is a hearty caffeine free peppermint.
It’s refreshing, cooling and flavourful notes are well rounded with no bitter aftertaste.
Perfect for cleansing the palate and energising the body after a meal.
Since early Greco-Roman period, the calming and soothing qualities of chamomile have been well known.
This caffeine free blend of chamomile is enhanced with delightful flavour of lemongrass.
The result is a mellow citrus delight.
Referred to as the “Champagne of teas”, this Darjeeling certainly is that!
This second flush is the most prized harvest of the year from one of the oldest and smallest tea plantations in India (Monteviot) and delivers exceptional character and exquisite flavour.
Capturing the unique flavour of one of the world’s oldest fruits, Persian Pomegranate delivers a succulent and sweet herbal infusion. Pomegranate is a super fruit which is high in antioxidants, accounting for its recent popularity amongst the health conscious.
White Tea, Pear & Ginger
A delicious silver needle white tea blend combined with juicy pear and a hint of
ginger zing on the finish, for a delicate and delightful infusion.
Afternoon Tea Champagne
Prosecco Extra Dry, Fantinel, Italy
Floral blooms whisper fruity elegance with each bubble
Glass £7 / Bottle £28
Pongracz Rose, South Africa
Delicate yeasty tones, toast and ripe fruit
Glass £7 / Bottle £37
Tattinger Brut Reserve, France
Dry and elegant tones, subtly biscuity
Glass £10 / Bottle £52
Laurent-Perrier Brut, Tour-Sur-Marne
Fresh and supple on the palate with rounded and expressive fruit flavours
Glass £12 / Bottle £65
Tattinger Prestige Brut Rose, France
Ripe, elegant summer fruits throughout
Glass £11 / Bottle £70
Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rosé, Tour-Sur-Marne
A legendary Champagne that needs little introduction. Full, rounded and delightfully fresh.
Coffee & Soft Drinks
Coffee by Costa
Espresso Small £1.95 / Medium £2.90
Americano £2.73 / £3.20
Cappuccino £2.95 / £3.50
Caffe Latte £2.95 / £3.50
Mocha £2.95 / £3.50
Hot Chocolate £2.75 / £3.30
Mineral Water £2.50
Still or Sparkling 330ml
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