Afternoon Tea… a British Tradition

There aren’t many better ways to round off the day, than a spot of Afternoon Tea with friends.

Now a staple in every socialite’s schedule, Afternoon Tea dates back to the early nineteenth century. Back in the day, many would have just two meals each day – a good breakfast and then an evening meal at around 8pm.

It was around this time that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is believed to have complained of being peckish during the late afternoon. So she began a habit of having a pot a tea and a light snack in her boudoir each afternoon. She then extended the invitation to her friends, and would frequently have them join her for tea and light refreshments at Woburn Abbey.

The idea caught on quickly throughout London, and soon, many of the upper classes were sipping tea and nibbling finger sandwiches by mid-afternoon.

Today, Afternoon Tea comes in a variety of forms. From traditional, quintessentially English bites, to creative takes on the tradition, there’s an Afternoon Tea to suit every taste.

Here at The Mere, we love nothing better than an Afternoon Tea perfectly  paired with the person enjoying it.

So, if you’re in the mood for a little something to break up your day, we offer a selection of afternoon treats…

Traditional MERE Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a traditional English Afternoon Tea including delicious finger sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, cakes, pastries and a selection of teas. Served with a glass of Prosecco.


A traditional afternoon tea, topped off with a glass of chilled Champagne, to help you truly relax and wind down.


All the luxury… without the gluten. Finger sandwiches on gluten-free bread, delicious cakes, pastries and a range of teas.

Festive Afternoon Tea

Coming this Christmas, our Festive Afternoon Tea includes a selection of delicious finger sandwiches, festive cakes, pastries, freshly baked scones and warming teas.