Afternoon Tea Bedfordshire – Quintessential Afternoon Tea in a Historic Country House

Set in four acres of rural woodland gardens in Bedfordshire, our charming and historic country house is the perfect backdrop for quintessentially English afternoon tea.

The tradition is said to have started in Leicestershire during the 19th century; however, afternoon tea is strongly linked with our neck of the woods too. At the time, it was normal to eat only two meals a day: one in the morning and another at night. Feeling peckish between breakfast and dinner, Her Grace Anna Maria, Duchess of Bedford, requested that her butler prepare her a pot of tea and light snack.

At first, the Duchess would take this meal alone in her boudoir, but soon began to invite friends and acquaintances to join her for afternoon tea in the drawing room – thus the tradition as we know it today was born.

Perfect as a standalone treat or part of a baby shower or birthday party, afternoon tea at Woodland Manor is held in our bright and airy conservatory – a picturesque setting we’re sure Her Grace would have approved of. We serve tiers of plates generously filled with sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones, as well as side dishes of strawberry jam and clotted cream.

Woodland Manor is an afternoon tea Bedforshire venue.
Woodland Manor afternoon tea, served in the beautiful Conservatory.

To complement your meal, you can choose from a wide selection of teas including Earl Grey, Assam and Darjeeling, in addition to breakfast, peppermint and fruit. We also offer a decaffeinated option.

If you would like to enjoy a sophisticated variation on the traditional classic, why not try our sparkling afternoon tea? This delicious alternative comes with two glasses of Prosecco.

About Woodland Manor

Built in the early 1800s, Woodland Manor Hotel & Restaurant is a historic country house located in the heart of rural Bedfordshire. Our beautiful venue is easy to access via the A1 and M1, and is located just two miles from Bedford city centre, where you will find the well-connected local train station.

The entrance of Woodland Manor.

We pride ourselves on our first class service and will do all we can to ensure that you feel completely at home throughout your visit to Woodland Manor. Our friendly and professional staff offer attentive but unobtrusive service, ensuring you enjoy your afternoon tea in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

Book Afternoon Tea Bedfordshire

Traditional afternoon tea at Woodland Manor is priced at £20 per person, while sparkling afternoon tea is available for £30 per person. Both afternoon tea options are available every day of the week.

Pre-booking is essential – to reserve your table, please call 01234 363281 or email

Want to treat someone? Gift vouchers for both traditional and sparkling afternoon tea are available from Woodland Manor.

Please click on the following link if you would like to find out more about afternoon tea in Bedfordshire.

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