What better way to relax after strolling the grounds than with a selection of sweet and savoury treats and your choice of tea or coffee?
Whether you’re celebrating a special day or simply want a little light indulgence, tea at The Elms is a delightful way to spend an afternoon, served from 2.30pm to 5pm every day of the week.
In the winter, find a place by one of the crackling fires in the bar or the Front Hall for a cosy cream tea. Alternatively, you can take high tea in style in the Drawing Room or our elegant Brookes restaurant. At special request, or as part of a pampering day at the spa, tea is also served in the Garden Café, with wonderful views over the lawn.
On those warm summer days, why not enjoy afternoon tea outdoors? Take a seat in the sun on the Pear Terrace or find a secluded spot on the rear lawn and make the most of the beautiful gardens here at The Elms.
If you have any dietary requirements or requests, let us know in advance and we’ll get something prepared for you. Book online at the top of the page, or call 01299 896666.
Afternoon tea is also ideal for special events, such as baby showers, birthdays and wedding anniversaries. We can put aside a private room for you and your party, whether you want the Terrace, the Drawing Room or the Gallery. If you’d like to know more about booking a room for a private afternoon tea, email us at email@example.com.
The Elms Cream Tea
A delicious cream tea of classic sultana scones with jam and clotted cream, rounded off with your choice of loose-leaf tea, coffee or one of our herbal and fruit infusions.
£7.50 per person
Teddy Bear Tea
A tasty tea for your little ones: a ham or cheese finger sandwich followed by a selection of small cakes and treats, with a choice of fruit juice or hot chocolate to drink.
£6 per person
The Elms Afternoon Tea
Enjoy a full afternoon tea, with a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and sultana scones with jam and clotted cream, and a choice of coffee, loose-leaf tea or one of our herbal and fruit infusions.
£22 per person
The Elms Champagne Afternoon Tea
Sample true luxury with this lavish high tea: a selection of finger sandwiches, home-baked cakes and sultana scones with jam and clotted cream, finished off with a glass of house champagne and a choice of loose-leaf tea, coffee or one of our herbal and fruit infusions.
£32 per person
The Elms’ scone recipe
Whip up a batch of homemade scones using our very own recipe, courtesy of Head Chef John Brandon.
For 4-6 scones:
250g flour (sieved)
14g baking powder
70ml buttermilk or Greek yoghurt
Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and butter together until it looks like breadcrumbs, then mix in the milk and egg until it is all combined into a dough. Rest the mix for two hours in cling film. Roll to an inch thick and cut out your scones (dipping the cutter in flour each time to help them keep their shape) and place them on a baking tray. Leave for another 15 minutes to rise before baking in an 180-degree oven for 10-15 minutes.