The small but incredibly picturesque county of Hertfordshire is home to some magnificent gardens and manor houses, but its hidden past makes it a very appealing destination for visitors. Some facts that you might have never heard of before include Hertfordshire as the birthplace of William Penn, who was a founding father of the US state of Pennsylvania, and the fact that the first commercial airline had its first ever flight in Hertfordshire in 1949!
The close proximity to London and the inflated house prices around the area place Hertfordshire in the top 10 poshest places in England. The one thing one usually expects to be of good quality in counties like Hertfordshire is high tea, and boy does Hertfordshire deliver. With architecturally delightful manors and beautiful gardens, afternoon tea tradition in Hertfordshire is not taken lightly.
Afternoon Tea at St Michael’s Manor
This exquisitely beautiful manor house boasts five acres of private land, which include garden spaces and even a privately owned lake. A stay in one of its thirty luxurious and opulent bedrooms is bound to be an experience one cannot forget.
The afternoon tea options offers in St Michael’s Manor are plentiful and varied. Cream tea will set you back a mere £12.50 per person Ann it includes a choice of tea and coffee, served alongside beautiful freshly made scones and miniature cakes.
The full tea, which is definitely the piece de resistance, is a bit more expensive at £24.50 per person, but one definitely gets a lot for one’s money. Warm scones, clotted cream, miniature cakes, sandwiches on breads of your choice and your choice of tea and coffee will not let you go hungry.
If you are feeling a bit naughty, or you just want to relax with a champagne, high tea at St Michael’s Manor can also include a glass Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut, served with the obligatory strawberries. This decadent high tea option will set you back a considerable £29.50 per person, however, we thing it is totally worth it as a treat.
Afternoon tea at St Michael’s Manor is served between 15:30 and 17:30.
Afternoon Tea at House of High Tea
The clue is in the name. If there is anything this charming and quaint little coffee shop can do well, that is afternoon tea. With a vintage and fresh atmosphere, House of High Tea delivers excellent service and freshly made sandwiches, along little sweet creations to die for. The presentation is exceptionally well thought out and the staff are always happy to help, maybe by adding a glass of pink bubbly, because why not?
It is very hard to resist the old-fashioned charm of House of High Tea. Some of the delicacies one can sample at this magnificent little gem, include gluten free afternoon tea, mouth-watering sausage rolls and unparalleled friendly service.
Afternoon Tea at Sopwell House
This boutique-feel establishment is a perfect place to enjoy a decadent afternoon tea in Hertfordshire. Tiered stands with freshly baked scones, Devonshire clotted cream, luxury loose leaf tea and coffee, are bound to tantalise your taste buds and excite your senses.
Afternoon tea at Sopwell House does not come cheap at £25.95 per person, and can be enjoyed any day of the week. For the luxury addicts among you, Sopwell House also offers an upmarket champagne afternoon tea at £35.95 per person, which might sound a bit steep to the price savvy visitor, however, the quality of service, food and luxurious boutique environment, definitely worth paying for.