A Tradition Begins...
Afternoon Tea is a tradition that began in 1840 by one of Queen Victoria’s
ladies-in-waiting, Anna Maria Stanhope, the Seventh Duchess of Bedford.
Due to a long period between meals, the Duchess suffered from “a sinking feeling”
in the afternoon between 3 and 4 o’clock. One afternoon she requested a tray of tea, bread,
butter and cake to be brought to her room.
Gradually she became accustomed to this habit and invited friends to join her in this daily ritual
in her rooms at Belvoir Castle. Within a short period of time this affair, known as ‘Afternoon
Tea’, became a social affair.
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 walking the fields.”
The practice of inviting friends to come for tea in the afternoon was quickly picked up by other
During this time, the Earl of Sandwich invented the sandwich, enhancing the
overall experience of Afternoon Tea.
Afternoon Tea remains to this day a graceful affair to enjoy in the
company of friends and associates.
Traditional Afternoon Tea
A selection of over 15 teas - View Our Afternoon Tea Selections
Featuring Imported Teas by Harney & Sons
$30 per person
Little Prince & Princess Tea
For our junior guests (5 to 12 years)
$15 per person
Friday and Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
While formal dress is not essential, tradition requires
that smart attire be worn. Casual attire is not appropriate.
We recommend reservations be made in advance
by contacting the Hotel Restaurant on 973-912-4757.
A 19% gratuity charge will be added to parties of 6 or larger.