With its elegant Victorian ambiance, it’s easy to imagine the ladies of Idlewyld spending leisurely afternoons enjoying the simple pleasure of afternoon tea.
What originated in the mid-1800s as an upper class English tradition, quickly caught on among the middle and working classes and is still a popular afternoon treat today.
Traditionally, loose tea is steeped and served with sugar and milk – providing a welcome mid-afternoon pick –me-up for workers and a way to fill the long gap between lunch and a proper evening meal.
High tea, as opposed to afternoon tea, was typically eaten a bit later in the evening and served as a more substantial meal, consisting of cakes, cold cuts, savouries, breads, butter, and jams.
We’ve recently reintroduced the tradition to Idlewyld Inn & Spa, and are now offering Afternoon High Tea on the third Saturday of each month between 2 and 5 pm.
Our menu includes all the traditional favourites like Butter Scones, Devon Cream and Preserves, Savoury Gougeres and Cucumber Sandwiches, followed by a variety of Mini Tarts, Macaroons, and Shortbreads. Of course, it’s all accompanied by some delicious brewed loose leaf tea!
We’re also happy to host a High Tea for your special celebration- such as a Bridal Shower, Baby Shower, Retirement Party, Birthday Party, or Wedding Anniversary. It’s a delightful and unique way to spend an afternoon with friends and family.