Afternoon Tea Week at Chatsworth, Belvoir Castle and The School of Artisan Food

Afternoon Tea Week at Chatsworth, Belvoir and Welbeck

We’re extremely lucky to work with three great aristocratic estates in the East Midlands.

For Afternoon Tea Week (12-18 August), Chatsworth, Belvoir Castle and the School of Artisan Food on the Welbeck Estate are serving up a refreshingly different take on this classically English pastime.

With just a short distance between each, it’s an easy drive to take in all three over Afternoon Tea Week.

Chatsworth, in Derbyshire, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, has launched an alfresco afternoon tea, on offer for the first time in the garden. Visitors can also feast on the classic luxurious afternoon tea experience in The Flying Childers served on beautiful Wedgwood teaware.

Afternoon tea at the Maze is available until 29 August. Located under cover by the Maze, this outdoor afternoon tea is the perfect way to sit back and enjoy an indulgent treat and take in summer views of the historic 105-acre garden. At £50 per person, the price includes free parking and admission to the garden.

Located in the Stables, the luxurious afternoon tea experience in The Flying Childers is served on Wedgwood teaware and is available to book every day between 11:30 and 16:30, at £35 per person. Upgrades to the experience with a glass of prosecco or Laurent-Perrier Brut NV are also available.

There’s even a special afternoon tea menu so little ones can join in the fun too.

To find out more, and book online, visit

Leicestershire’s Belvoir Castle, home to the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, is alleged to be the birthplace of afternoon tea, invented by Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford, during a visit to see the 5th Duchess of Rutland in the mid-1840s. Today visitors can choose from a quintessentially English experience at the Regency castle, or enjoy the new menu at The Balloon Bar in the Engine Yard at Belvoir.

Visitors can enjoy afternoon tea at Belvoir Castle in the Castle Tea Room, starting from £48 for two people. The ticket includes access to the castle’s award-nominated gardens, with upgrade options available for guests to explore the Staterooms in the Castle.

Afternoon tea at The Balloon Bar is a new addition to the venue’s food and drink offer, served every day from 14:30 to 17:30. Enjoyed in the whimsical, hot-air balloon themed interiors at the Engine Yard, the multi-million-pound artisan shopping village which is a stone’s throw from Belvoir Castle, prices start from £29 for two people.

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Situated on the 15,000-acre Welbeck Estate, in Sherwood Forest, home to the descendants of the Dukes of Portland, The School of Artisan Food invites food connoisseurs to try a hands-on course led by specialists with an impressive track record in the world of patisserie.

Expert pastry chefs and tutors Graham and Rose Dunton, who have worked at the world’s finest hotels and restaurants, will be sharing their expertise on ‘Make Your Own Afternoon Tea’ based on the idyllic Welbeck Estate in the heart of Sherwood Forest. 

Running on August 15 and 16, with the second date added due to popular demand, the one-day masterclass is £185.00 per person.

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Afternoon Tea Week 2019 takes place from 12-18 August and celebrates the great British tradition: #AfternoonTeaWeek.

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