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Looking for Afternoon Tea in South Lakes?

Looking for Afternoon Tea South Lakes?

In the picturesque South Lakes, a haven of natural beauty awaits an experience steeped in tradition and elegance: afternoon tea.

It is a classic tradition loved by so many people in the UK and beyond.

Afternoon Tea at the Whitewater Hotel: A Blend of Luxury and Natural Beauty

In the heart of the South Lakes, the Whitewater Hotel presents a luxurious and serene setting for enjoying the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea.

Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Lake District’s landscapes, this hotel offers an unforgettable experience where elegance meets natural splendour.

As you enter the Whitewater Hotel, you are greeted by a warm and inviting atmosphere, perfect for unwinding and indulging in afternoon tea.

The hotel’s commitment to excellence is evident in every detail, from the finely set tables to the exquisite selection of teas and treats.

The afternoon tea menu at the Whitewater Hotel is a delightful journey through classic flavours and innovative creations.

Savour a variety of finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, and an assortment of delectable pastries and cakes.

Each item is carefully crafted to ensure a perfect balance of taste and presentation.

The serene backdrop of the South Lakes, visible through the hotel’s expansive windows, provides a tranquil and picturesque setting.

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, afternoon tea at the Whitewater Hotel is an experience that blends the best of British tradition with the unmatched beauty of the Lake District.

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Cakes on a tray

Where is the Whitewater Hotel?

Address: Lakeland Village, Newby Bridge, Backbarrow, Ulverston LA12 8PX

Phone: 01539531133

Website: https://www.whitewater-hotel.co.uk/

What Makes the Perfect Afternoon Tea?

The perfect afternoon tea is a delightful blend of key elements that combine tradition, taste, and ambience.

Here’s what makes an afternoon tea experience truly special:

  1. Variety of Teas: A selection of high-quality teas is essential. This should include classic blends like Earl Grey and English Breakfast and herbal and fruit infusions for non-caffeine options.
  2. Freshly Baked Scones: Scones are a cornerstone of afternoon tea. They should be freshly baked, light, and fluffy, served warm with clotted cream and various preserves, typically strawberry jam.
  3. A Selection of Sandwiches: Dainty finger sandwiches are a must. Classic fillings include cucumber, egg mayonnaise with cress, smoked salmon, and ham with mustard. Bread should be freshly sliced, and sandwiches neatly prepared.
  4. Delicate Pastries and Cakes: An assortment of small, elegant pastries and cakes adds sweetness and variety. These can range from macarons and éclairs to fruit tarts and chocolate delicacies.
  5. Presentation and Setting: How afternoon tea is presented is as important as the food and drink. Fine china, crisp linens, and elegant teapots contribute to the experience. The setting, whether a luxurious hotel lounge, a quaint tearoom, or a garden setting, should offer a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.
  6. Attention to Detail: Small touches like fresh flowers, silverware, and attentive but unobtrusive service can elevate the afternoon tea experience.
  7. The Right Pace: Afternoon tea should be a leisurely affair, giving guests the time to savour their food and drink and enjoy the company.


The perfect afternoon tea is a harmonious combination of flavours, presentation, and setting, all contributing to a relaxing and indulgent experience.

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What is the History of Afternoon Tea?

The history of afternoon tea, a quintessentially British tradition, dates back to the early 19th century and is credited to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford.

During this era, the standard meals were breakfast and dinner, with dinner often served late in the evening.

The long gap between meals led the Duchess to experience a “sinking feeling” in the afternoon.

To remedy this, around 1840, the Duchess began requesting a tray of tea, bread and butter, and cake to be served in her private rooms at Woburn Abbey.

This private ritual soon became a fashionable social event as she started inviting friends to join her.

This practice quickly spread among the upper classes, becoming a high-society social event.

Ladies would dress in their finest gowns and gather in the drawing rooms of their homes to enjoy tea and a variety of light snacks.

Today, afternoon tea remains a popular and cherished ritual in the UK and has spread worldwide.

It is celebrated for its elegance, ability to bring people together, and the delicious food and tea that make it so enjoyable.

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A cup of tea

Final Notes On Afternoon Tea in the Southern Lake District Area

The Whitewater Hotel in the South Lakes provides an elegant afternoon tea experience set against the beautiful backdrop of the Lake District.

The hotel offers a warm, inviting atmosphere and a selection of classic afternoon tea items, including sandwiches, scones, pastries, and various teas. The option to add sparkling wine or champagne is available.

The picturesque setting and attention to detail make the Whitewater Hotel a perfect spot for enjoying this quintessentially British tradition in a luxurious and serene environment.

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